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Donald Trump: My base is stronger than ever, despite 2020 rumblings

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President Donald Trump is insisting his support is stronger than ever, despite a report that some Republicans are weighing a 2020 presidential run without him.

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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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Donald Trump nominee decried criticism of judges, senators agree

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President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that comments by his Supreme Court nominee criticizing his own attacks on the judiciary were “misrepresented,” even as Republican and Democratic lawmakers vouched for the veracity of the remarks. Trump responded after private rebukes from Judge Neil Gorsuch, who said in meetings with lawmakers on Wednesday that the president’s comments about federal judges were “disheartening.” Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump last week to the nation’s highest court, made the comments in meetings with senators…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.14.16 — Will Trump’s tough talk help his candidacy?

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When it comes to foreign lands, Americans can sometimes be strangely provincial. Polls traditionally show that Americans think we give too much foreign aid. The Kaiser Family Foundation found last year that the average respondent estimated that 26 percent went toward assisting other countries, when in fact it’s just less than 1 percent. So when Donald Trump says in a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire that there was a “tremendous flow” of Syrian refugees coming into the U.S., it’s important to note…

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Bill Nelson asks U.S. Olympic Committee how it’s preparing for spread of Zika

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With less than 75 days until the Summer Olympics, Sen. Bill Nelson wants to make sure the United States Olympic Committee is prepared to protect its athletes from the spread of Zika. The Florida Democrat was one of 10 senators who signed a letter sent to the chairman of the United States Olympic Committee on Monday. In the letter, Nelson and others said they were inquiring about what steps the committee was taking to “assist and protect our athletes against…

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In op-ed, Marco Rubio disdains bankruptcy protection for Puerto Rico

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Marco Rubio opposes giving Puerto Rico the same type of bankruptcy protection available to U.S. towns and cities mired in fiscal crisis, he writes in an op-ed published in both Spanish and English today in El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico’s largest daily newspaper. “While some have suggested Washington can deliver a silver bullet solution to help Puerto Rico, the reality is that Puerto Rico’s leaders must lead and do the difficult but essential work of cutting spending, reining in out-of-control big government 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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