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Will Marco Rubio be called on his inconsistent positions during GOP debate?

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As the first presidential debate approaches, staged by Fox News, 10 top-tier Republican candidates are sure to be asked at least a few tough questions. Hey, it could happen. One such hopeful is Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who could face grilling on his inconsistencies over a government crackdown on online gambling – and how it might connect to his relationship with Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire GOP donor. Rubio had been courting Adelson, the casino owner, who spent $100 million…

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Marco Rubio blasted for ‘currying favor’ of Sheldon Adelson with online gambling ban

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Republican presidential candidate Mark Rubio is under attack by a Libertarian-leaning group for his support of a bill that could be used to expand the federal government’s powers to monitor the Internet. Campaign for Liberty, a political action group founded by former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, has launched an attack on the Florida senator, one of the original sponsors of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act. The act seeks to roll back a December 2011 Department of Justice opinion holding that the Wire Act…

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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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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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Rand Paul and 2016: A message of change, delivered deadpan

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Change? For sure. Hope? Maybe not so much. That’s Rand Paul‘s approach to winning the White House when the original hope-and-change candidate, Barack Obama, vacates it in early 2017. Ready to enter the chase for the Republican presidential nomination this week, the first-term Kentucky senator has designs on changing how members of his party go about getting elected to the White House and how they govern once they get there. He will do so with an approach to politics that…

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Donna Brazile: GOP divide could help Democrats in Florida, elsewhere

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Donna Brazile weighs in on Charlie Crist vs. Kendrick Meek vs. Marco Rubio: Harry Truman once said, “If you give the people a choice between a watered-down Republican and a Republican, they will choose the real thing every time.” Welcome to the 2010 midterm elections! Truman’s truism is a little ironic considering “watered-down Republican” Dwight David Eisenhower stomped, thrashed, thumped, and squashed the granddaddy of all “real” Republicans, Ohio’s Sen. Robert A. Taft, to win the 1952 Republican nomination. Not…

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Charlie Crist should run as independent, TampaBay.com readers say

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Republican Gov. Charlie Crist should run as an independent in his campaign for the U.S. Senate, according to a tampabay.com reader poll. More than 70 percent of respondents said Crist, a lifelong Republican, should abandon his bid for the Republican Senate nomination and run as an independent. About 28 percent said Crist should drop out of the race altogether, and about 2 percent said he should run as a Republican. The tampabay.com poll is unscientific and involves more than 11,000…

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