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Trump's Latest Target Is Fighting Back

Attack on Rubio earned boos from conservative crowd

(Newser) - At a summit yesterday, Donald Trump discovered a big difference between Marco Rubio and some of the other people he has bad-mouthed: A lot of conservatives like him. The crowd at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit booed after Trump called the senator as a "clown,"... More »

Why Jeb Bush Should Be the Next to Quit

Then Marco Rubio could take over, writes Matthew Yglesias

(Newser) - Now that Scott Walker has called it quits in the 2016 race, it's time Jeb Bush follows suit, writes Matthew Yglesias at Vox . Wait, isn't Bush a frontrunner with money coming out his ears? Yes, which is why you'd be more likely to see a unicorn than... More »

11 Candidates, 11 Lines: Debate's Standout Remarks

Including one about turning the TV off

(Newser) - Eleven candidates and three hours of debate: Which lines made an impression? A standout statement from each of tonight's GOP hopefuls, via CNN , the New York Times , and the Washington Post :
  • Donald Trump: "I would get along with [Assad]. I would get along with a lot of the
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Why Kasich-Rubio Is a Dream Ticket

National Review writer applies the 'Buckley rule'

(Newser) - If Republicans want to win the White House next year, they should root for a ticket with John Kasich as president and Marco Rubio as his running mate, writes Myra Adams at the National Review . Adams knows that Kasich will take a hit on the right for not being "... More »

NYT Thinks Rubio Is Lousy at Managing His Money

Says concerns over spending and debt came up in VP vetting with Romney

(Newser) - Last week, the New York Times dinged Marco Rubio over the 17 traffic tickets he and his wife have racked up over the years. Today, the paper takes a deeper dive into how the senator and would-be president manages his personal finances—and is not impressed. "Among the serious... More »

Rubios' Traffic Ticket Total: 17

Wife Jeannette has most of them

(Newser) - The Rubios have lead feet, apparently: The New York Times reports that Marco and his wife, Jeanette, have racked up a total of 17 driving infractions since 1997. In fairness to the senator, Jeanette has most of them, 13. The tickets cover everything from reckless driving to speeding to blowing... More »

Marco Rubio: I'm Running

Florida senator makes US presidential bid official

(Newser) - Marco Rubio officially announced his run for US president tonight before a crowd of hundreds at Miami's iconic Freedom Tower, the Miami Herald reports. "In many countries, the highest office in the land is reserved for the rich and powerful," said the 43-year-old son of Cuban immigrants.... More »

2 Names Rising on 2016 List: John Kerry, Marco Rubio

But Larry Sabato's 'Crystal Ball' still thinks it's Hillary vs. Jeb, for now

(Newser) - Political prognosticator Larry Sabato is out with an update of his Crystal Ball rankings of 2016 presidential candidates, and the top names remain Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush. But perhaps the most notable change is Sabato's addition of John Kerry to the Democratic mix. The secretary of state is... More »

Scott Walker a Big Hit at CPAC

And Jeb Bush holds his own

(Newser) - Today saw the conclusion of the Conservative Political Action Conference, a gathering which a GOP strategist calls "the starting gun of the Republican primary campaign," the Los Angeles Times reports. The event saw a number of possible candidates offer their pitches, and Scott Walker was among its stars:... More »

The 'Conservative Woodstock' Kicks Off

What to watch for at CPAC

(Newser) - The Conservative Political Action Conference—which Politico calls "the conservative Woodstock" and the Christian Science Monitor calls "the Super Bowl of conservative activism"—is currently under way in National Harbor, Md. What to watch for during the 41st annual CPAC—this one, Politico notes, is "the... More »

Rubio Won't Say Whether He Inhaled

Says it's a darned-if-you-say-you-did-darned-if-you-say-you-didn't question

(Newser) - Did Marco Rubio ever smoke pot? The Florida senator has an answer for that one, and it is a decided non-answer, reports Politico : "Here’s the problem with that question in American politics: If you say you did, suddenly there are all these people saying ‘Well, it’s... More »

Rubio Flip-Flops on Climate Change

He's taken plenty of positions in recent years: Ruth Marcus

(Newser) - Just what does Marco Rubio think about climate change? It's tough to tell, given the array of stances he's taken over the years, writes Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post . On Sunday, he said he didn't "believe that human activity is causing ... dramatic changes" to our... More »

Rubio: Climate Change Not Our Fault

Senator says he's ready for presidency

(Newser) - Humankind isn't to blame for climate change, according to Marco Rubio: "Climate is always evolving, and natural disasters have always existed," the senator said on ABC's This Week today. "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the... More »

On Question of Christie, No One Rushes to Judge

GOP thinks he can move on; Dem O'Malley says 'I don't know'

(Newser) - Chris Christie was as popular a topic on the Sunday shows today as one might expect, but rather than getting tarred and feathered, guest after guest either came to the New Jersey governor's defense or declined judgment. A rundown of the highlights, as per Politico :
  • John McCain : "I
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At 11th Hour, Obama Eases Health Care Mandate

People who lost policies can claim hardship exemption

(Newser) - In a surprise move, the Obama administration essentially lifted the individual mandate last night for anyone who saw their insurance policy cancelled thanks to the Affordable Care Act, just days before the Dec. 23 deadline to sign up for Jan. 1 coverage. These consumers will be able to apply for... More »

Hey, GOP: You Don't Want Cruz, You Want Rubio

Rubio's the real threat, but he's being eclipsed: Peter Beinart

(Newser) - Marco Rubio is the person the Republicans should want on their presidential ticket come 2016: Upon reading both Rubio's memoir and a biography of the Florida senator, Peter Beinart was left "with the queasy feeling many Republicans must have had when they began reading Obama books in 2007... More »

Scott Walker Is GOP's Best Bet Right Now

Virginia's Larry Sabato: And only Elizabeth Warren has a chance of beating Hillary

(Newser) - University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato is out with his updated "crystal ball" on the 2016 presidential elections, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sits atop it on the GOP side. (Note that this is a reflection of his strength in the Republican primary and not necessarily a general... More »

McCain: Hillary Vs. Rand Paul Would Be 'Tough Choice'

Says Hillary is a 'rock star'

(Newser) - Who's John McCain voting for in 2016? If it comes down to Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul, "It’s gonna be a tough choice," he jokes in a sizable new interview with the New Republic . Though Paul and McCain have famously butted heads before , McCain was quick... More »

Tea Partiers Trying to Recall Rubio Hit Pesky Problem

You can't recall senators in Florida

(Newser) - You can't actually recall a US senator in Florida, but Tea Party activists aren't letting a little thing like that thwart their efforts to recall Marco Rubio. Radio host KrisAnne Hall says she and a group of other conservatives are helping draft legislation that would allow senators in... More »

Marco Rubio: I'll Vote Against My Own Bill

Immigration reform must get beefed up, or 'we're wasting time'

(Newser) - Marco Rubio may have been one of the driving forces behind the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, but that doesn't mean he's planning to vote for it. He told radio host Hugh Hewitt yesterday that the parts of the bill related to border security need to... More »

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