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Recent articles by Kimberly:

A 2nd Republican will soon declare a presidential run, but expect another lag before a 'clown car' of candidates make it official, seasoned operatives say

Strategists agree that well-known candidates such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence won't be next to declare a 2024 run. → Read More

In the wake of Kanye West's praise for Hitler, Biden calls on political leaders to condemn anti-Semitism: 'Silence is complicity'

"The Holocaust happened. Hitler was a demonic figure," Biden tweeted after West, known as Ye, said "I like Hitler." → Read More

DeSantis brushes off Trump question from press, says there are plenty of other people living in Florida

DeSantis often gets asked about Trump given that the former president has openly criticized him and given him the nickname "Ron DeSantimonious." → Read More

As Trump prepares Mar-a-Lago announcement, DeSantis calls election night 'underwhelming' and 'disappointing' for Republicans but tells people to 'check out the scoreboard' in Florida

DeSantis called the midterms a "hugely disappointing performance" for the GOP, but said Florida "shows the blueprint of what you can to do." → Read More

Trump told Pence he didn't think he would have gotten elected without Twitter: Book

The 45th president was famous for sending out tweets at all hours of the night, often sending journalists and his own staff scrambling. → Read More

Trump laughed at coverage of Pence refusing to eat alone with women who weren't his wife, according to new book: 'Now they're attacking Mike for being faithful to his wife!'

The former vice president was worried about how Trump would react to coverage about the "Mike Pence Rule," which had first begun when he went to Congress. → Read More

Presidential politics, age, and a contrast in styles: DeSantis and Crist take center stage at Florida's lone gubernatorial debate

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist sparred in their lone debate over who would be Florida's next governor. → Read More

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez says he's considering a run for president in 2024

Suarez said former President Trump told him recently that he was the "hottest politician in America" — other than himself. → Read More

Ron DeSantis will continue sending migrant flights to blue states after Florida recovers from Hurricane Ian damage, spokesperson says

"President Trump was right to just have them wait at the border, most of the claims get denied, and then they've got to go back to the other countries," DeSantis said at a campaign event on Sunday. → Read More

Trump says Mar-a-Lago documents coverage has given the Palm Beach club '$5 billion-worth of free publicity'

Trump spent much of the speech defending himself over the FBI investigation, which he called a "documents hoax" and a "charade." → Read More

Trump said he almost didn't want to refute Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony that he lunged at a Secret Service agent on Jan. 6 because it made him look tough

"I almost didn't want to dispute it, because a lot of people said, 'I never knew you were that physically tough,'" Trump said Wednesday in Miami. → Read More

Marla Maples told Trump she had to throw up after he filmed a now famous Pizza Hut commercial with his ex-wife Ivana, book says

A new book says Donald Trump got $500,000 for filming the commercial, which sparked major demand for Pizza Hut's stuffed-crust pies. → Read More

Hurricane Ian barrels toward Florida's Gulf Coast, canceling Biden rally and bringing Ron DeSantis his biggest storm test as governor

The Republican governor warned about "significant flooding" in Tampa, as well as power outages, fuel interruptions, and traffic backups in areas that are being evacuated. → Read More

Florida Republicans prefer Ron DeSantis for president over Donald Trump in 2024, poll shows

The findings are a "sea change" turnaround from January, when Republican voters said they'd prefer Trump during a 2024 presidential primary. → Read More

Hungry migrants were lured with $10 McDonald's gift certificates to gain their trust and fly them to Martha's Vineyard, lawsuit against Ron DeSantis says

People working with DeSantis targeted the migrants by "trolling streets" outside a Texas shelter "pretending to be good Samaritans," the lawsuit says. → Read More

The migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard have filed a federal lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, alleging a 'premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal scheme,' after he chartered planes to move them

The lawsuit describes the migrants' experiences of escaping a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, "only for the defendants to use them as pawns in a political stunt." → Read More

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dangles numerous tax cuts on everything from pet food to baby supplies ahead of November reelection bid

The governor's tax cuts would come in the form of tax holidays on some items and through nixing the state's 6% sales tax. → Read More

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis refuses to confirm reports that migrants may be headed to Delaware as state scrambles to prepare to help

Speculation is that President Biden's home state could be a new destination for migrants after GOP governors sent them to Martha's Vineyard and DC. → Read More

Rep. Val Demings' campaign says she's 'strong, tough, no-nonsense' like Trump and DeSantis as she vies to defeat Sen. Marco Rubio

Demings is a solid Democrat who was one of Trump's impeachment managers, but some GOP voters are still in her favor, her campaign said. → Read More

Trump says he loves Kellyanne Conway, 2 months after saying he would have told her to 'go back to her crazy husband' when she said he lost reelection

Two months ago Trump had lashed out at Conway after she said in her book "Here's the Deal" that she told the former president he lost the 2020 election. → Read More