Today’s Top Florida Politics and News –

Herald Tribune: Rubio and Gaetz split on Russia investigation

PNJ: Rep. Matt Gaetz leads House Republicans in criticizing Russia-Trump FBI probe


Politico: Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago, where he often stirs up trouble


Herald: The banker to Florida’s medical marijuana players is getting out of the business


AP: Year-end survey shows drop in consumer confidence in Florida


Post: Fentanyl killing more in Florida than heroin: CDC report


Sun-Sentinel: Delray Beach files federal lawsuit against opioid drugmakers


Sun-Sentinel: ‘New normal’ requires year-round hurricane preparedness mindset, advocates urge


Herald: Climate change isn’t a hot topic for Floridians–at least on Twitter


Herald: South Florida’s looming sea-rise dilemma: Save drinking water or worsen flooding?


Sun-Sentinel: Mexican government boosts aid in South Florida to help defend immigrants facing deportation


Sentinel: Judge to decide whether statements by Pulse shooter’s widow will be allowed at trial

TCPalm: Pulse shooter’s widow in court for pre-trial hearing


AP: Endangered Florida panther killed by another panther


Herald: Florida’s latest python problem: They may spread disease to other snakes, study shows


Star-Banner: Marion’s unemployment rate continues to improve

CBS News: Trump endorses Ron DeSantis for Florida governor before he’s even announced

Politico: Trump endorses DeSantis for governor via Twitter

NSF: President Trump praises Ron DeSantis, touts him for Florida governor

Sun-Sentinel: Donald Trump endorsement shakes up Florida governor’s race

AP: Trump endorses GOP Rep. DeSantis for Florida governor


Herald: Florida could spend a billion dollars on an Everglades reservoir. But will it work?


DBNJ: Coastal waters threaten Florida’s historic resources


Politico: Florida Democrats ask county parties to help pay new regional staffers


NSF: New generators headed to Florida’s veterans’ nursing homes


TCPalm: Washington Amtrak crash should push lawmakers to pass high-speed rail bill, Mayfield says


NSF: Judge rules against state on greyhound drug testing


TCPalm: Army Corps: Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie River will stop before end of year


Sentinel: Step Up for Students takes lead on school vouchers


Sun-Sentinel: Lawmakers loot trust fund for affordable housing


Post: Brightline wins federal approval for $1.2 billion bond sale


TCPalm: All Aboard speeding up, preparing for local work


Sentinel: State pours water on Seminole Tax Collector Joel Greenberg’s unusual real-estate deal