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Analysis: Donald Trump unlikely to avoid blame for health care loss

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It was a far cry from “The buck stops here.” President Donald Trump, dealt a stinging defeat with the failure of the Republican health care bill in the Senate, flipped the script from Harry Truman’s famous declaration of presidential responsibility and declared Tuesday, “I am not going to own it.”

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Former Marco Rubio staffers Terry Sullivan, Alex Conant launch consulting firm

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Three top staffers in Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign are opening up a new consulting firm in response to the Donald Trump phenomenon. Jim Rutenberg of The New York Times reports that Terry Sullivan, along with former Rubio communications adviser Alex Conant and Rubio lawyer Will Holley launched Firehouse Strategies, based on the idea that Trump has “rewritten the rules of modern communications strategy.” The political communications landscape has changed, they say, and candidates and corporations need to take heed. “Like…

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Personnel note: Caitlin Conant to join CBS News, ‘Face the Nation’

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Caitlin Conant, former communications staffer with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, is joining CBS News as Director of Communications for the D.C. Bureau and the Sunday news show “Face the Nation.” Conant is married to Alex Conant, Rubio’s former senior communications director. She most recently worked with the Rubio presidential campaign directing regional press and surrogate communications. Before that, Conant served from 2012-2015 as communications director and press secretary for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. CBS News’ Senior Vice President…

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Marco Rubio urges for John Kasich vote in Ohio

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Marco Rubio‘s campaign is urging people in Ohio to vote for his rival, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, to stop rival Donald Trump from clinching the prized contest. Alex Conant told The Associated Press Friday that the only way to stop Trump from sweeping next week’s basket of winner-take-all contests is to vote for Kasich in Ohio and Rubio in Florida. Conant said that “If you want to stop Trump in Ohio, Kasich’s the only guy who can beat him there.”…

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Marco Rubio relying on super PAC to attack Donald Trump in do-or-die Fla.

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Marco Rubio is taking a page out of Jeb Bush‘s playbook – letting his allied super PAC fight the advertising battle ahead of a must-win primary in his home state. After disappointing primary losses Tuesday, Rubio’s campaign hasn’t spent a single dollar on radio or television advertising in Florida, according to data from Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group. Instead, the Rubio-aligned Conservative Solutions PAC is directing attack ads at billionaire Donald Trump, pumping money into nearly every market in…

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Bay News 9 poll shows Donald Trump crushing Marco Rubio by 20 points in Florida

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A new poll conducted by SurveyUSA for Tampa television station Bay News 9 and Orlando station News 13 shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton running away in the Florida presidential primary next week. Trump leads Marco Rubio by a 20-point margin, 42 percent to 22 percent. Ted Cruz gets 17 percent, and John Kasich gets 13 percent. Alex Conant, chief spokesman for the Rubio campaign, is disputing the accuracy of the polling. He told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki that the campaign has much more faith in a Monmouth University survey released on Monday…

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Marco Rubio tax returns show steady salary, boosted by book deals

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Marco Rubio released summaries of his last five years of tax filings on Saturday, revealing him to be a candidate with a senator’s steady annual income of $176,000 who reaped repeated windfalls from book deals. During his first four years in the Senate, Rubio and his wife Jeanette together earned an average of $531,000 a year. Since winning election to an office in Washington, Rubio’s income has ranged from $276,059 to $938,963, and he has paid between $46,500 and $254,894…

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