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Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump rallied at Jacksonville’s Equestrian Center on Thursday.

And while Trump was speaking, thousands of people were lining up at the University of North Florida to see President Barack Obama campaign on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

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With about 5 million ballots already cast in Florida, the state is on track to beat the all-time record for turnout in a presidential election.

As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the surge is partly because of first-time voters and what are considered unlikely voters, or those who didn’t vote in the last two elections.


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President Barack Obama rallied at the University of North Florida for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Obama’s visit happened the same day Republican Donald Trump also rallied in Jacksonville.

At the Equestrian Center on the city’s Westside, several current and former Northeast Florida Republican elected officials warmed up the crowd before Trump spoke, including state Sen. Aaron Bean and former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, who’s running for Congress in District 4.

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As President Barack Obama nears the end of his presidency, his Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell stopped in Jacksonville Tuesday to highlight his most consequential policy — the Affordable Care Act.

Burwell visited a hospital that was an early adopter of one ACA program meant to improve the quality of healthcare.


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TALLAHASSEE — President Barack Obama — in what is becoming an all-too-familiar role as the consoler-in-chief — spent Thursday afternoon in Orlando, comforting the family members of victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

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President Barack Obama was in Jacksonville Friday afternoon visiting a lithium-ion battery factory on the city’s Westside. Obama says the Saft plant is the result of stimulus dollars he sat aside for clean energy during his first year in office.


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President Obama outlined Tuesday executive actions on gun control that he says should help curb gun deaths in the U.S.  Among the changes, Obama is making it easier for states to share mental health records when someone is buying a gun.

“High-profile mass shootings tend to shine a light on those few mentally unstable people who inflict harm on others, but the truth is that nearly two-in-three gun deaths are from suicides, so a lot our work is to prevent people from hurting themselves," Obama said in a televised speech about the orders. 

President Obama toured a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday and said the nation needs to reconsider policies that contribute to a huge spike in the number of people behind bars.

In an unprecedented visit by a sitting president, Obama met with half a dozen inmates at the El Reno prison, outside Oklahoma City. The trip was part of a weeklong push by the White House to focus attention on the president's call for criminal justice reform.

President Obama says there's "no precedent" to revoke the Presidential Medal of Freedom for comedian Bill Cosby, who has been accused by several women of sexually assaulting them.

"There's no precedent for revoking the medal," Obama said at a news conference today. "We don't have that mechanism."

Cosby was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 for his contributions to television.

Here are Obama's full comments on the allegations against Cosby:

President Obama on Wednesday announced the formal resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba after more than half a century of hostilities. The two countries have agreed to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana.

Standing in the White House Rose Garden, Obama called it "a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people."

Obama said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana this summer to "proudly raise the flag over our embassy once more."

With the release of a White House report last week that highlighted the effects of climate change in Florida, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting reports that Republican leaders in the state are either reluctant to discuss the topic or don't believe climate change is real.