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Marco Rubio files bills cracking down on Iran, Russia

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Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio announced Friday that he is sponsoring a pair of bills to crack down on Iran and Russia. Rubio, along with Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse and Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue, filed a bill to crack down on Iran’s use of commercial aircraft in support of terrorism. The Iran Terror-Free Skies Act would require the executive branch to regularly report to Congress on whether Iran has used civilian planes for…

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Endorsement watch: National Women’s Political Caucus of Florida, National Federation of Independent Business and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — including the National Women’s Political Caucus, Fraternal Order of Police, and the National Federation of Independent Business — issued endorsements. — The National Federation of Independent Business has thrown its support behind Marco Rubio. The national organization announced it had endorsed Rubio in his re-election bid. In a statement, Bill Herrle, the executive director…

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Former rivals, military leaders, actors to take stage at RNC

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Former presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio — the latter by video link — are among those set to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Military leaders, members of Congress, actors, faith leaders and family members of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump are also set to speak in what the Republican National Committee calls “an unconventional lineup” that will challenge the status quo and press for Trump’s agenda. Speaker highlights at the four-day…

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Ron DeSantis talks tough on terrorism in Orlando speech

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If the race for the Republican nomination for Senate in Florida next year comes down to who’s the toughest on Islamic terrorism, it could come down to a Todd Wilcox vs. Ron DeSantis contest. Both have extensive and impressive military backgrounds, but DeSantis actually has been elected — twice now, as a Congressman representing the 6th District in East Central Florida. A member of the very conservative House Freedom Caucus, DeSantis began his speech at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit…

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ADLF files ethics complaint against Marco Rubio

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The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) has filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against Marco Rubio for potential violations of Senate ethics rules as well as federal law. In a letter to Senate Ethics Chairman Johnny Isakson from Georgia and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Boxer from California, ADLF says that, based on news reports, they believe Rubio has violated: (1) 31 U.S.C. § 1301(a), which provides that official resources made be used only for the purposes for…

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Marco Rubio on key issues of 2016 campaign

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A snapshot of where Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stands on issues likely to be debated during the Republican presidential primaries, as he enters the race. IMMIGRATION Rubio, whose parents emigrated from Cuba, was a co-author of a bipartisan immigration overhaul that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Rubio backed off the issue, after the measure came under fire from conservatives, saying it could not win enough support in Congress. Rubio now says that…

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Email insights: Marco Rubio and his four-minute smackdown

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It was a terrible week for “self-proclaimed foreign policy expert” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, says the Democratic National Committee in a new email to supporters. Four minutes is all it took for Rubio, a possible White House candidate for 2016, to be “schooled” in Middle East foreign policy by Secretary of State John Kerry. It all started when the Miami Republican became one of the 47 U.S. senators who signed a “reckless letter” undermining President Obama’s international negotiating ability with Iran.…

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