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Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief

Alex Leary

Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire.

Phone: (202) 306-4807


Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @LearyReports

  1. Former Rep. Corrine Brown denied new trial; to be sentenced in November


    JACKSONVILLE (AP)—A federal judge has denied a request for a new trial by former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who was found guilty of taking money from a sham charity that was purported to be aiding poor students.

    U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan’s ruling was issued Wednesday.

    The 70-year-old Ms. Brown was convicted of taking money from the One Door for Education Foundation and lying on her taxes and congressional financial-disclosure forms....

    Corrine Brown
  2. After Charlottesville, Charlie Crist sees turning point with GOP and Trump


    Congressman Charlie Crist was at his St. Petersburg condo building today when a painter suddenly said, "Can you believe what he said yesterday?"

    Immediately Crist knew the man was talking about President Donald Trump and his extraordinary comments Tuesday on race and Charlottesville.

    "He said, 'I just can't believe it,' " Crist recalled in an interview. "I hear that in the grocery store, I hear it everywhere. People are upset."...

    John McCain and Charlie Crist
  3. Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez disputes 'sanctuary city' label but welcomes Jeff Sessions


    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez sought to straddle the contentious politics of immigration, saying on Fox News that he holds “different views” than the Trump administration, he agrees with a policy of detaining undocumented immigrants for federal authorities.

    Gimenez appeared on Fox & Friends ahead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ 3 p.m. speech on "sanctuary cities" in Miami. He called Sessions’ message about law and order “very important.”...

  4. Rubio: Trump provided white supremacists with a win


    Sen. Marco Rubio this evening pointendly criticized President Trump for not placing all blame on the white nationalists who provoked violence in Charlottesville.

    "The organizers of events which inspired & led to #charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons," Rubio began a series of tweets after Trump's remarks today in which he again said both sides of the conflict share in the blame....

    Trump and the 'alt-left'
  5. Wasserman Schultz wants special legislative session to remove Confederate statue


    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants the Florida Legislature to convene a special session to vote on removing a confederate statue from the U.S. Capitol.

    “While the events in Charlottesville represent our nation’s original sin, we know these hateful acts do not define who we are as a country," the South Florida Democrat said in statement Tuesday. "We must denounce white supremacy and domestic terrorism and stand up for love and compassion – not just with our words, but with our deeds....

    The statue of Edmund Kirby Smith was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by Florida in 1922
  6. 'Dreamers' worry about future on 5th anniversary of DACA


    WASHINGTON - Today marks the 5th anniversary of DACA, the program that has protected nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation, and activists will hold events in Washington and cities across the country.

    “I remember that day extremely vividly,” said Juan Escalante, 28, who lives in Tallahassee and came to Florida with his Venezuelan parents in 2000. An activist himself, he had gotten a phone call from an undisclosed number. It was someone at the White House who told him to turn on the television where President Obama was announcing the program....

    Mariana Sanchez Ramirez, 23, was born in Torreon in the sate of Coahuila, Mexico, traveled with her family to the United States on a tourist's visa in 2000. She was able to stay in the U.S. and attended college after President Obama approved the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in June of 2012.
  7. David Jolly says Trump 'two days too late' on Charlottesville


    David Jolly, cable TV's favorite Republican, was on MSNBC last night and said President Trump was "two days too late" on addressing racial violence in Charlottesville.

  8. Jeff Sessions in Miami tomorrow for 'sanctuary city' event


    Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit PortMiami on Wednesday to highlight Miami-Dade's reversal as a so-called sanctuary city.

    Sessions will “give remarks highlighting jurisdictions like Miami-Dade that have increased their cooperation and information sharing with federal immigration authorities and have demonstrated a fundamental commitment to the rule of law and lowering violent crime,” the Justice Department said in a release....

    Jeff Sessions
  9. Family behind the Villages gives Rick Scott super PAC $100,000


    Gary Morse, the man who developed the Villages, died in 2014 but his family continues to play a role in politics, and recently gave $100,000 to a super PAC chaired by Gov. Rick Scott.

    The Holding Company of the Villages contributed to the New Republican PAC, which Scott announced in May, and is the biggest single donation to date. The super PAC took in $270,000 in the first six months of 2017....

  10. Marco Rubio: Donald Trump needs to clearly denounce white supremacists in Charlottesville


    As white nationals stoke violence in Charlottesville, Va., President Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio offered a study in contrasts.

    Trump was more general in his language while Rubio directly condemned Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists. As the day wore on, Rubio said Trump needed to act more decisively....

    Reaction from President Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio
  11. Trump threatens military action in Venezuela


    Donald Trump on Friday threatened military action in Venezuela, calling it a “mess.”

    “This is our neighbor. We’re all over the world and we have troops all over the world that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering. And they’re dying,” Trump said.

    “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary,” Trump said....

  12. Paul Manafort no longer represented by former Jeb Bush lawyer Reg Brown


    Reg Brown, once deputy counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush, has been immersed in some of the biggest action in Washington this year.

    He represented Rex Tillerson during his confirmation hearings (remember the Marco Rubio drama and then Rubio voting for Tillerson?). Lately, Brown has represented the beleaguered Paul Manafort.

    Until now. Brown's firm, WilmerHale, is no longer representing Manafort....

  13. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio: All options on table for North Korea


    WASHINGTON - Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio sounded deep concern over the situation with North Korea and say all options should be on the table, including a U.S. military strike.

    “North Korea poses a serious threat to the U.S. and all options should be on the table to protect the American people,” Nelson said in a statement. “We either do nothing, go to war or negotiate a stand down, and so far we’ve seen no sign that they’re willing to negotiate.”...

    A missile test in North Korea
  14. Jeb Bush out of the running for the Miami Marlins


    Jeb Bush struck out a second time in his attempt to buy the Miami Marlins.

    A partnership he formed with Wayne Rothbaum dropped out of the running, the Miami Herald and Associated Press reported yesterday, with a cause unclear except billionaire Rothbaum had gotten "impatient with the process after bidding $1.17 billion."...

  15. Rubio, Nelson restock Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission


    Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson have restocked the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, which recommends U.S. district judges.

    The panel will not recommend U.S. attorney vacancies, a change led by Rubio, whose GOP now runs Washington.

    JNC members for the Northern District:Leonard Collins, Conference Chair
    DuBose Ausley
    Martha W. Barnett
    Philip A. Bates
    Christa Calamas
    Marti Coley
    Brian R. D’Isernia
    Joseph W. Hatchett
    Melanie Ann Hines
    Donald M. Hinkle
    Wiley Horton
    William W. Large
    Christopher R. Moya
    Cody Khan
    J. Collier Merrill
    Mark Minck
    Daryl D. Parks
    Barry Richard
    Buzz Ritchie
    Scott Ross
    Linda L. Shelley
    Steve Southerland, II
    R. Waylon Thompson
    Dawn M. Vallejos-Nichols
    Kathy Villacorta
    JNC members for the Middle District:

    Domingo Sanchez, Conference Chair
    Rosemary E. Armstrong
    Kevin Cieply
    Charles Davis
    Jay Demetree, Jr.
    John M. Fitzgibbons
    David A. Gemunder
    William C. Gentry
    Daniel J. Gerber
    Nathaniel Glover
    Melissa Gravitt
    Jennifer M. Guy
    Wayne Hogan
    Tom Lee
    Deirdre Macnab
    Michael Maher
    Elizabeth Martin
    Charles W. McBurney, Jr.
    Nora H. Miller
    Benjamin W. Newman
    Hubert C. Normile, Jr.
    Edward J. Page
    Stephen J. Pajcic, III
    Paul Perez
    Scott Plakon
    S. Daniel Ponce
    Chris Posteraro
    Adam McGill Ross
    Steve Russell
    Marsha G. Rydberg
    Carol Saviak
    Harry L. Shorstein
    Bruce A. Smathers
    V. Ross Spano
    William B. Wilson
    JNC members for the Southern District:

    Manny Kadre, Conference Chair
    Georgina A. Angones
    Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff
    Reginald J. Clyne
    Kendall B. Coffey
    Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz
    Renier Diaz de la Portilla
    Albert E. Dotson, Jr.
    Peter M. Feaman
    Robert H. Fernandez
    Daniel Foodman
    Philip Freidin
    Carey Goodman
    Anat Hakim
    Jillian Hasner
    Marilyn J. Holifield
    Eduardo R. Lacasa
    Ira H. Leesfield
    Dexter W. Lehtinen
    David S. Leibowitz
    Richard J. Lydecker
    Debbie Maken
    Tom Mersch
    Carlos Nunez
    Thomas F. Panza
    Edward Pozzuoli
    David C. Prather
    Dennis Alan Richard
    Robert T. Rigal
    Jon A. Sale
    Christian D. Searcy
    Harley S. Tropin
    Joanne R. Urquiola
    Steve L. Waserstein
    Stephen N. Zack...