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‘Little’ Marco Rubio holds big cards in Rex Tillerson confirmation

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We all remember when presidential candidate Donald Trump stuck Republican opponent Marco Rubio with the label of “Little Marco.” It’s hard to say if that insult led directly to Trump’s sizable thumping of Rubio in the Florida primary, but it’s worth mentioning because “Little” Marco holds perhaps the biggest card in Trump’s push to confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Rubio sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where Tillerson is expected to appear Wednesday as part of the…

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Martin Dyckman: The Red Menace redux

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Early in the Cold War, Hollywood was targeted by politicians and flag-waving pundits who accused Communists in the motion picture media of trying to subvert the United States with pro-Soviet propaganda. Hundreds of people were blacklisted and 10, including the Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, went to prison for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The 2015 film “Trumbo” deals with that episode and how the blacklist finally was broken. There was never any evidence, though, that the…

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Donald Trump picks Rex Tillerson to lead State Department

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President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday he has picked ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, calling him “among the most accomplished business leaders and international dealmakers in the world.” “Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest and most respected companies,” the billionaire real estate mogul said in a pre-dawn news release from…

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Self-styled D.C. “outsider” Steve Southerland turns up as Washington lobbyist

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On the campaign trail, former U.S. Rep.  Steve Southerland would always take great pains to remind anyone who would listen — especially anyone with a camera — that he was from the “real America.” He’d tell you he wasn’t some snobby sophisticate with insider ties to Capitol Hill power players like his 2014 opponent Gwen Graham. By Southerland’s account, the admittedly polished Graham was so tied in with the Washington establishment she was “more Potomac than Gulf Coast,” to use the National Republican Congressional Committee’s phrase.…

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