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Marco Rubio inspires, yet experience question lingers

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Marco Rubio is campaigning for president on the promise of a better future and on his powerful personal story about the American Dream. As he treks across Iowa this week, however, he often leaves unmentioned a record of accomplishment that is thin next to that of some rivals, thanks to his youth if nothing else. Opponents compare him to another rookie senator who sought the White House: Barack Obama. “These are major differences between me and the person who’s there…

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Jeb Bush to speak at Liberty University on Saturday

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Jeb Bush travels to Lynchburg, Va., early Saturday morning, where the  former Florida governor will give the commencement address at Liberty University, the evangelical Christian university founded by the late Jerry Falwell. In doing so he becomes the second potential Republican presidential candidate to visit Liberty this year, following Ted Cruz, who gave an impressive 30-minute speech without notes or teleprompter assistance in the round and in front of 11,000 students back in March, when he announced his official candidacy for the…

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Republican Joseph Bensmihen set to challenge Lois Frankel for U.S. House

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Boca Raton businessman John “J.B.” Bensmihen will give two-term U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel a general election challenge that his camp believes has a serious shot in the Democratic-leaning district based in Palm Beach and Broward. Bensmihen describes himself as a moderate Republican, and stresses that although the seat is historically Democratic, it is he that is best positioned to speak for the 22nd Congressional District due to his business acumen and pragmatic approach to politics. “I am running for Congress for four reasons;…

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Marco Rubio lashes out at Obama for failing “to respect” Netanyahu

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Marco Rubio took to the Senate floor on Thursday afternoon to lash out at President Obama for failing to congratulate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following his Likud Party victory in Israel’s elections on Tuesday. “In March of 2012, he was among the first to call Putin in Russia,” Rubio began. “Or that in June in 2012, he was among the first to call Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood when they won the Egyptian presidency.” He went on to mention…

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Marco Rubio plans major speech on Israel to Jewish group

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U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio plans a major foreign policy speech Thursday about Israel. He speaks before a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition, meeting in Palm Beach County. Republicans have been attempting to fracture the longtime alliance between Jewish voters and the Democratic Party. Jewish Republicans have stepped up those efforts as they argue that President Barack Obama isn’t sufficiently supportive of Israel. Rubio offered a preview in an interview with the conservative website Newsmax. The former Florida House…

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Marco Rubio: Obama is undermining Israel

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President Obama’s pronouncements and actions have been undermining Israel, Marco Rubio, the Republican candidate for Senate in Florida, says in a Newsmax interview. In responding to the Israeli raid on a Turkish flotilla, Obama has ignored the fact that the flotilla’s organizers and participants were looking for a confrontation and have “strong direct ties to Islamic fundamentalists, jihadists, and terrorists and to many who do not believe in Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,” Rubio, a former speaker…

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Politico: Robert Wexler being ‘courted’ to be ambassador to Israel

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Well, this would certainly throw a wrench into the plan for Democratic former Congressman Robert Wexler to campaign for Charlie Crist’s Independent bid for the U.S. Senate. Politico reports that Wexler is being courted to be the next Ambassador to Israel: Wexler, a strong pro-Israel ally for the Obama White House going back to the 2008 presidential campaign, has become an even more frequent presence in the White House and Foggy Bottom since resigning his House seat in January to become…

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