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FBI releasing conversations between gunman and police

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Federal investigators promised to provide more insight as to what was happening inside the Pulse nightclub after a gunman started a deadly assault that was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The FBI was releasing on Monday a printed, partial transcript of the conversations between the gunman within the Pulse gay nightclub and Orlando police negotiators, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said. The release is coming a day after tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil…

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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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Health official: Zika not worry now for pregnant women in US

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A top public health official says there’s been no local transmission of the Zika virus in the United States, so any talk about women in the country delaying pregnancy “is not even an issue for discussion at this point.” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health also says it’s “very likely” the U.S. could see “local transmitted cases as we get into the robust mosquito season” this summer. He says if there’s a “local outbreak,” it’s up to health…

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Voters in Florida begin early voting in crucial primary

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The Florida primary is weeks away, but tens of thousands of voters headed to the polls Monday for early voting in this critical contest that could make-or-break the presidential aspirations of native son, Sen. Marco Rubio. Sixteen of Florida’s 67 counties opened for early in-person voting, including some of the state’s most populated areas, with the remaining counties kicking off early voting on March 5. That’s on top of the 600,000 people who have already cast their ballots as absentees,…

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Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz jostle to claim ‘alternative-to-Donald Trump’ vote

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Republicans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz battled to emerge as the true anti-Trump on Sunday as the billionaire businessman took an ever-so-brief break from his trademark braggadocio to say his drive for the GOP nomination isn’t unstoppable — yet. Fresh off a commanding victory in South Carolina, Donald Trump declined to say the nomination was his to lose. But he quickly went on to declare, “I’m really on my way.” Soon enough, in a television interview, he was toting up…

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Marco Rubio brings optimistic conservative message to Sunday shows

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On all four broadcast network Sunday shows, Marco Rubio attempted to position himself as the “optimistic conservative” in a three-man race for the GOP nomination. On Meet the Press, Rubio was asked why he should “feel good” about coming in a “distant second” in South Carolina. Rubio’s answer boiled down to being the logical alternative to Trump. “Seventy percent of Republicans want someone other than Donald Trump as the nominee” and “more and more, that ‘alternative to Trump’ vote is…

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One-time presidential favorites engage longshot rivals

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Parallel political clashes were igniting Sunday in the volatile presidential primary races, as one-time Republican and Democratic favorites battled once-unlikely rivals in their own party over guns and foreign policy ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. Fueling the back-and-forth: President Barack Obama‘s address heralding two developments in U.S. relations with Iran as triumphs for “smart” diplomacy. Across the Sunday talk shows hours before their next debate, Hillary Clinton battered Bernie Sanders over his new opposition to a law that…

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