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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wins re-election in Florida, AP projects, defeating Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy. After losing in the GOP presidential primary, Rubio reversed his earlier decision to retire. It was a critical decision to help Republicans try and keep this seat as part of their fragile Senate majority.

This race became uphill for Democrats as soon as Rubio jumped back in, and the centrist Murphy had to fight off questions about his business background and whether he had inflated his resume.

National Democrats pulled most of their money from this race weeks ago, a telling sign of which way the winds were blowing. That caused some grumbling from Democrats who feared they were giving Rubio a free pass and missing a chance to damage him or take him out ahead of a possible 2020 presidential run. But for Democrats, it was a better calculation to put that money into multiple, less expensive states, like Missouri and North Carolina, in order to try and find the seats they need to win back the Senate.

Senate: Marco Rubio Wins Re-Election In Florida

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Trump: Vanity Fair is ‘dead’


President-elect Donald Trump took aim at a new media target Thursday morning, writing on Twitter that Vanity Fair magazine is “dead” and its editor has “no talent.”

The magazine has been regularly critical of Trump throughout his candidacy and into his transition, publishing stories this week headlined “someone has finally agreed to perform at Donald Trump inauguration” and “Trump Grill could be the worst restaurant in America.”

Trump shot back at the magazine Thursday morning, asking his followers, “has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!”

Carter, the long-serving editor of Vanity Fair, is credited with originating a popular joke about the size of Trump’s hands. The Manhattan billionaire was regularly referred to as a “short-fingered vulgarian” in the pages of now-defunct Spy magazine, which was co-founded by Carter. Sen. Marco Rubio cracked a joke about Trump’s hands during the Republican presidential primary, prompting Trump to hold up his hands at a GOP debate and say “Look at these hands. Are these small hands? And he referred to my hands if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee you.”

Vanity Fair is the latest addition to a long list of media outlets attacked by Trump, including POLITICO, The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post and NBC News.

The U.S. should not continue funding the lion’s share of the UN’s budget without, at a minimum, several key reforms to ensure greater accountability and transparency. Nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations was founded to maintain the peace after the end of World War II. While at some times throughout its history the UN has played an effective role in global affairs, today it is plagued by ineffective leadership, excessive bureaucracy, ethical abuses, misspending and transparency problems.

“With the many global challenges we face in the 21st century – including rogue regimes, failed states, terrorism, and blatant violations of human rights – the UN has to get with the times and change. By bringing greater accountability and budget transparency, the U.S. will be able to ensure that American taxpayer dollars going to the UN are actually advancing our national interest.


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) in his statement introducing UN reform legislation

The United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2013 would implement the following reforms:

  • Makes it U.S. policy to shift funding for the UN regular budget to voluntary contributions and includes a mandate to pursue zero nominal growth of the UN regular budget, maintaining the 22 percent cap on U.S. contributions to the regular budget and reinstating a 27 percent cap on U.S. contributions to peacekeeping operations.
  • Authorizes the creation of an Inspector General (IG) to investigate and audit the use of U.S. contributions to the UN. It withholds U.S. contributions to any UN entity that fails to cooperate with IG investigations and adopt an independent internal audit organization.
  • Withholds U.S. contributions to any UN entity that grants full membership to the Palestinian Authority in the absence of a negotiated peace settlement with Israel.
  • Withholds a proportional amount of U.S. contributions to the UN system that would have been expended on activities related to the Goldstone Report, which accused Israel of deliberately attacking Palestinian civilians during Operation Cast Lead. It also withholds U.S. contributions to any UN activities related to the Durban Process that has veered from its original intent of fighting racism to become a forum for anti-Semitism. The bill would also deny U.S. funding to any UN entity that recognizes NGOs that condone anti-Semitism.
  • Prohibits U.S. participation on the Council in its present form, and withholds a proportional percent of U.S. contributions to the UN regular budget that would go to the Council until the Secretary of State certifies that the Council has adopted strong human rights standards.
  • Conditions U.S. funding to the UN agency which aids Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) on a State Department report that UNRWA has adopted and is implementing several counterterrorism reforms, including the adoption of updated counterrorism list to vet their personnel.
  • Conditions U.S. contributions on the adoption of specific reforms at the organization, including measures to strengthen compliance oversight and seeks to ensure that U.S.-designated state sponsors of terrorism do not receive civilian nuclear assistance.
  • Calls for implementation of pending reforms in the areas of planning, management, conduct and accountability in UN peacekeeping, and mandates the withholding of U.S. support for new or expanded peacekeeping missions until the most critical are instituted (subject to a Presidential waiver based on vital U.S. national security interests or avoidance of genocide).
  • Updates the annual U.S. participation in the UN report by including assessments of progress towards UN adoption of a regular budget that rely on voluntary contributions, UN adoption of transparent personnel policies and an analysis that compares countries’ voting patterns with amounts of U.S. foreign aid amounts received. Includes an annual OMB report on all U.S. contributions to the UN.

VA - Actually the best UN reform would be for the U.S. to withdraw from the organization and kick their ass out of the U.S.

Senators are pushing a measure that could prevent Trump from lifting Russia sanctions

(Sen. Lindsey Graham at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2015.REUTERS/Brian C. Frank)

A group of US senators is poised to introduce new legislation that would reign in the Trump administration should it seek to lift sanctions on Russia, according to a CNN report published Tuesday night.

Citing a draft of the “Russia Review Act,” the cable network said the proposed legislation would allow a 120-day congressional review of any White House request to lift sanctions on Russia and give Congress final approval authority.

The bipartisan move will be led by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland.

Sens. John McCain, Marco Rubio, Claire McCaskill, and Sherrod Brown have also expressed support.

Rubio told CNN the legislation had received broad support, and he suggested lawmakers could potentially defeat a presidential veto if it came to that.

“I think if there was a real threat of lifting sanctions minus the respect for Ukrainian sovereignty and meeting those conditions, my sense is that we would have the votes to pass that in the Senate and we would be able to pass it with a veto-proof majority,” Rubio said.

Rubio has previously criticized Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and he grilled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over his Russia ties during his confirmation hearing.

The latest move in the Senate comes after an interview Trump gave to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in which Trump appeared to defend Putin. In response to O'Reilly’s description of Putin as a “killer,” Trump responded: “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”

(US President Donald Trump talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone about “mutually beneficial” trade and security, according to the Kremlin.Associated Press/Andrew Harnik)

US officials have had Russia in the crosshairs in recent months because of the cyberattacks they say Russia carried out to destabilize the presidential election — and for the regime’s interference in eastern Ukraine.

The new measure is scheduled to be introduced on Wednesday.

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But this election is not going to be about Donald Trump. He thinks it is, but it’s not about him. It has to be about the issues confronting our country. And my sense of it is that every time issues become prominent, he will say something outrageous or do something outrageous so that he doesn’t have to talk about the issues.

11 incredible Bernie Sanders quotes show he’s the progressive we’ve been waiting for 

To say Bernie Sanders is the most liberal candidate in the race is not just an understatement, it fundamentally misstates his place on the political spectrum. From a policy perspective, Hillary Clinton has more in common with Republican hopefuls like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) than Sanders, who advocates for single-payer health insurance, free college for all Americans and rewriting U.S. free-trade agreements. And he has a strong message for his 2016 rivals.

As for the fate of the GOP, the evidence mounts that it cannot go merrily on its way after the election. A party that would sanction people who call out a racist deserves to go out of business. A party whose congressional leaders remain supportive of a nominee who incites violence, perpetuates racism, blatantly, and traffics in conspiracy theories loses the moral authority to govern.

In essence, birtherism is a lenient dividing line. Any who excuse Trump’s involvement in birtherism and defend his current lies should not have a seat at the center-right political party. That still allows reconciliation with those Republicans who felt Trump was “better than Hillary” (patently wrong, but earnestly felt). That still allows embrace of Republicans who meekly put party above country by endorsing Trump. (From a personal standpoint many of us in the #NeverTrump camp could not personally vote for anyone who fell into any of the categories — be it Speaker of the House Paul Ryan or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio or Indiana Gov. Mike Pence; others are surely entitled to conclude differently.) Actively defending, excusing, covering up and minimizing Trump’s birtherism puts Republicans in the exact camp as David Duke, the alt-right and other white supremacists. They should not be welcome in whatever party follows the GOP.


The GOP died this weekend

This was written by a Republican, and boy do I hope she’s right.

Marco Rubio goes hard after Trump at the GOP debate

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio fired up the machine in Houston, unleashing a torrent of attacks on frontrunner Donald Trump. Rubio took on Trump’s inheritance and business acumen, as well as his history of hiring illegal workers. Trump fired back by mocking Rubio’s previous debate performance.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz went after Trump in a completely different way and Ben Carson brought up fruit salad. Really.


Gay voter confronts Marco Rubio in New Hampshire

Need to know the 11 words that can get Sen. Marco Rubio to run away? Try these: “Why do you want to put me back in the closet?” New Hampshire voter and gay man Timothy Kierstead asked Rubio just that when they came face to face at the Puritan Backroom diner early Tuesday morning, the day of the state’s primary. Rubio’s answer doesn’t align with his policies.

The Top 11 Lines and Zingers From the GOP Debate

1. “I never attacked him on his looks, but believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there.” — Donald Trump, responding to Rand Paul’s attacks.

2. “We don’t need an ‘Apprentice’ in the White House. We have one right now.” — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, on Trump’s lack of government experience.

3. “The one guy who had some special interest that I know of that tried to get me to change my views on something — and was generous and gave me money — was Donald Trump. He wanted casino gambling in Florida.” — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, responding to Trump’s attacks on him as a “puppet” of his donors.

4. “I’m also aware that California has a drought, and so that’s why I made sure I brought my own water.” — Sen. Marco Rubio, in his debate introduction, in a subtle reference to his infamous bottled water moment in his 2013 State of the Union response.

5. “More energy tonight. I like that.” — Trump, commenting on Bush’s energy level, which he has repeatedly criticized as “low.”

6. “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” — Carly Fiorina, hitting back at Trump’s “Look at that face” comment about Fiorina in Rolling Stone magazine.

7.I haven’t been [to the White House] in the last seven years. I probably would have to have a food tester.” — Ben Carson.

8. “Your brother and your brother’s administration gave us Barack Obama, because it was such a disaster those last three months that Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have been elected.” — Trump, debating the Iraq war with Bush.

9. “We could see how many people smoked pot in high school.” — Sen. Rand Paul, challenging fellow contenders to be truthful about their youthful indiscretions.

10. “40 years ago, I smoked marijuana, and I admit it. I’m sure other people might have done it and may not want to say it in front of 25 million people. My mom’s not happy I just did.” — Bush, answering Paul’s pot challenge.

11. Humble.” — Trump, asked what his Secret Service code-name would be.

As Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., prepared for his official announcement of a White House run, so had Conservative Solutions PAC. It’s a Super PAC focused exclusively on helping Rubio reach his goal. Technically, Conservative Solutions has no ties to Rubio. His campaign can’t coordinate messages or strategy with it.

But Rubio isn’t the first to have a superPAC revving up at announcement time.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who officially declared last month, is backed by not one but four Super PACs, in a network: Keep The Promise, and Keep The Promise numbers 1, 2 and 3.

Who Needs One Super PAC When You Can Have Four?

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This is where the top 2016 presidential candidates stand on gun control:

Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson: At a National Rifle Association assembly in April, Carson confirmed his support for the right to bear arms. “Just for the record, let me be extremely clear: I am extremely pro-Second Amendment, no question about it,” he said.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina: In a message to the NRA published on her official YouTube channel in April, Fiorina thanked the NRA for “supporting our right to bear arms.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: Rubio introduced the “restore Second Amendment Rights in the District of Columbia” bill in March to amend the capital’s gun laws to make it easier to obtain firearms. Following the Sandy Hook massacre, Rubio voted against the Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, Business Insider reports.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: Some have questioned Sanders’ stance on gun control policy, largely because he voted against the 1993 Brady Act, which required background checks before obtaining a gun. His voting history, however, shows that Sanders voted against the Brady Act because there was a waiting period for background checks. Sanders said he voted for instant background checks, which he called “probably the most important thing we can do,” the Washington Post reports. Sanders insisted that he’s an ally for gun control advocates in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper in August, saying he’s “been strong on the issue.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: To answer those Twitter users’ questions, Bush is pro-guns. “Florida is a pro-gun state. Gun violence has dropped. There’s a reason for it,” he told CNN after a speaking at a town hall event in Nevada in June. “We created a balance that’s focused on lowering gun violence but protecting the Second Amendment, and it’s a model for many other countries and many other states because of that.”

Real estate mogul Donald Trump: Trump said on his official website that he supports the right to bear arms. “Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families,” he wrote. “This is about self-defense, plain and simple.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Shortly after the Roanoke, Virginia, shooting that killed two journalists, Clinton stressed the importance of ending gun violence at an event in Iowa. “We have got to do something about gun violence in America, and I will take it on,” she said. She promised to fight to “balance” the second amendment to prevent tragedies such as the Virginia shooting, saying that there is “so much evidence” that with stricter gun laws “we could prevent this kind of carnage.”

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Marco Rubio: Roe v. Wade Was ‘Egregiously Flawed Decision’

“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) laid out his strong anti-abortion views in a speech on Friday, calling the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion rights decision in Roe v. Wade a “historically, egregiously flawed decision” that “has condoned the taking of innocent life on a massive scale.”

“It is fundamentally impossible for America to reach her destiny as a nation founded on the equal rights of all if our government believes an entire segment of the human population doesn’t have a right to exist,“ the 2016 presidential candidate said at the National Right to Life Convention in New Orleans.

The Supreme Court legalized abortion in the 1973 decision, ruling that states cannot prevent women from obtaining the procedure up until the fetus would be viable outside the womb, around 22 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. In the years before abortion was legal, it was common for women to land in the hospital after seeking illegal, "back-alley” abortions or attempting to self-induce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade, 130,000 women obtained illegal or self-induced procedures, and 39 of them died.

Republicans in Congress are currently trying to chip away at Roe v. Wade by banning abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Rubio and nearly every other Republican presidential candidate has endorsed the legislation. Ten states have enacted similar abortion limits, and anti-abortion advocates hope one of the laws eventually makes its way to the Supreme Court and overturns Roe.”

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Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire? Cruz Hopes To Overcome Bitter Accusations With Faith
South Carolina is living up to its reputation for nasty politics. Cruz is being accused of being a "liar" who is playing dirty tricks. He hopes religious conservatives will side with him.

Ted Cruz needs an awakening among his religious base for a strong showing or a surprise win on Saturday in South Carolina.

In any other year in the GOP primary, the Texas senator, who talks of his faith with ease and frequently reiterates that he will defend religious liberty, might have the state’s sizable evangelical vote sewn up. The voting bloc was crucial to his win in Iowa earlier this month, and religious conservatives make up an even larger share of the South Carolina Republican electorate.

But much to his frustration, Cruz is still competing with Donald Trump — the thrice-married billionaire with no problem cursing on the campaign trail — for white, born-again Christians. And the mudslinging between him and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio that has enveloped the race’s final hours may also be denting Cruz as his rivals try to paint him as a liar.

We cannot endorse businessman Donald Trump, hometown Sen. Marco Rubio or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz because they are unqualified to be president. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the best of the bunch, but if you measure a candidate by the caliber of his campaign, Kasich’s lack of traction and organization make a vote for him count for little.

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Florida Sun Sentinel: No GOP candidate worthy of endorsement


The editorial board for the Florida Sun Sentinel has refused to make an endorsement for the GOP primary because “the kind of person who should be running is not in the race.”

The paper had previously backed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush before he dropped out of the race in February.