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Marco Rubio has little to say about Donald Trump, but a lot about the media

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For anyone following national politics, it’s been a dizzying week. Marco Rubio isn’t sure what to make of it all. The Florida Senator, who turns 46 next weekend, was considered a possible nominee for President of the United States less than 15 months ago, but he’s now just a sideshow in the circus that is the Donald Trump presidency, and he’s getting frustrated about it. Speaking at the Pinellas County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, Rubio touted his bill to reform…

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Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Donald Trump’s secretary of labor

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The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The 60-38 vote confirms Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation’s 27th Labor secretary, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., spoke for many Republicans with a statement issued just after…

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Marco Rubio to chair commission on China

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Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he has been appointed chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The commission was created in 2000 to monitor human rights and legal issues in China and submit an annual report to the president and Congress. Rubio previously served as chair of the 23-member body, which includes nine senators, nine representatives and five senior administration officials appointed by the president. “I am honored to continue leading the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.21.15 — A comeback for Rand Paul?

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It may not have actually been the definition of a filibuster, but Rand Paul worked his ass off last night on the Senate floor yesterday, calling attention to the dangers of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. He spoke for 10 and a half hours, beginning at 1:18 p.m. and lasting nearly until midnight, calling it a day at 11:49 p.m. It was the second filibuster or near filibuster that Paul has performed in his first term in the Senate, and…

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Florida Progressives not impressed by DSCC endorsement of Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate

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Alan Grayson‘s entry into the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate for 2016 can’t come soon enough for the Florida Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus. Just a few hours after the Democratic Senate Congressional Committee endorsed Jupiter U.S Rep. Patrick Murphy in his bid for the U.S. Senate next year, the Progressive Caucus weighed in, and it wasn’t to congratulate Murphy. “The idea that a senator from Montana and Wall Street Democrats know better than rank-and-file Florida Democrats is both patronizing and unsurprising,” says…

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Patrick Murphy scores major Democratic establishment endorsement

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy received a major Democratic establishment endorsement today as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced its support for his 2016 Senate bid. The Jupiter Democrat is “one of our party’s most promising rising stars” and “the strongest candidate to win the Florida Senate race,” according DSCC Chair U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana. This endorsement comes as U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, the outspoken Democrat from Orlando, publically stated he would “probably” enter the race. Grayson – a liberal favorite…

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Alan Grayson will “probably yes” run for U.S. Senate

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Outspoken U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson will “probably yes” run for U.S. Senate in 2016, leading to an ideological primary battle against the announced candidate Patrick Murphy, a more centrist Democrat. Grayson, an Orlando Democrat popular in liberal circles, made the comment during an online Democracy Now! video. Asked whether he’s planning to run for the seat vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for his presidential campaign, Grayson said, “I’m giving it a lot of attention. The answer is probably…

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