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Rand Paul takes on GOP critics over going to war

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has made his brand as not being your typical Republican. While he positions himself to seek the GOP presidential nomination, though, he’s found himself in a difficult stance balancing his isolationist views versus a public alarmed about combating terrorism. The Kentucky physician attempted that Saturday morning in Nashua, N.H., on Day Two of the GOP candidates’ weekend summit. He emphasized “If we want to protect and continue our prosperity at home, we have to defend ourselves.”…

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Orlando Sentinel: Upstart Marco Rubio’s Senate run bucks GOP etiquette

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It is hardly the path to the top of the ticket many envisioned for Marco Rubio just a few years ago. The West Miami lawyer, now 38, had a national profile even before he took the gavel as Florida House speaker in 2006. He held “100 Ideas” forums with the likes of the late Jack Kemp and Newt Gingrich. A Senate president predicted his charisma would ultimately lead him to the Governor’s Mansion and White House. Outgoing Gov. Jeb Bush…

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