Florida Five: Obama orders Scott to expand Medicaid, Wounded vets travel to Fla. for outdoor events

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Obama orders Scott to expand Medicaid but without funds to do so – Florida lawmakers say they’re closer to averting a government shutdown this summer after the Obama administration moved to defuse a health-funding standoff with Republican Gov. Rick Scott that has featured a lawsuit, comparisons to a TV mob family and personal pleas to Congress. Key players in Tallahassee said the administration sped the path to a state budget pact by late June, even though it proposed a significant cut to the Low Income Pool (LIP), a program that helps Florida hospitals care for the poor and uninsured. Read more

Operation Outdoor FreedomOperation Outdoor Freedom honors wounded veterans over Memorial Day weekend – Operation Outdoor Freedom celebrated its fourth year of providing recreational events for wounded veterans over Memorial Day weekend. Launched in 2011 by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, hundreds of wounded veterans across the state participate each year in fishing, hunting and boating at no cost to them or their families. Read more

Faith-based leaders united Republicans, Democrats to reduce Florida youth arrests – James Myles is more comfortable mentoring troubled teenagers in St. Petersburg than glad-handing lawmakers in the Florida Capitol. Yet that’s where he found himself earlier this year. Myles, an elder at Bethel Community Baptist Church and director of its truancy intervention program, was part of a loose-knit coalition of activists, faith-based leaders and service providers who traveled to Tallahassee to change the way Florida law treats juvenile offenders. They were pushing for an expansion of civil citations, an alternative to arrest. Read more

American flags placed on graves at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth for Memorial Day – A new Memorial Day tradition begins in Lake Worth Sunday morning. Miniature American flags are being placed on every grave in the South Florida National Cemetery. It’s one of the few national cemeteries in the country where flags haven’t been placed on the graves every year for Memorial Day. But this year, a national organization raised enough money to start up the program in south Florida. Read more

Actor Jack Black gives commencement speech at Florida high school – Actor Jack Black gave some tongue-in-cheek advice to high school graduates in Lake County. The “School of Rock” and “Nacho Libre” star told 175 students graduating Saturday from Montverde Academy to maybe skip college “unless you want to be a doctor, and then I totally get it.” Black told the graduates to seek inspiration from great minds who learned to fake it until they made it. Read more

Bonus: Bring Florida history alive on this holiday weekend

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