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Rubio Embraces Comparisons with Obama

A liberal Democrat would say Barack Obama has been a pretty influential president. He got Dodd-Frank, the stimulus, the deal with Iran. All these things that they were able to get done, they’d look at it and say, ‘This guy’s been pretty consequential.’

— Sen. Marco Rubio, quoted by the New York Times, embracing the comparison many make between him and Obama.

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Presidents Versus Porn Stars — Some Endorsements are More Welcome than Others

Mitt Romney (left) and Meatloaf
Mitt Romney (left) and Meatloaf
It might seem a bit early in the 2016 campaign for endorsements to make a difference, but apparently, since 1980 at least, endorsements from party elites and big donors have been the single best predictor of who a party’s eventual nominee will be, according to the New York Times.

The pace of endorsements is a bit off of what it has been in the past few elections, probably because of the number of candidates, at least on the GOP side. The Times notes that only 14 percent — or 45 of 335 — current Republican governors, senators or representatives have publicly backed a candidate. Of those who have, however, more have endorsed Jeb Bush than any other candidate.

Not so on the Democrat side, with Hillary Clinton bagging a former president (her husband), Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, former governor of Vermont and candidate for Democratic nomination for president in 2004.

In addition, Clinton has been endorsed by 11 sitting and former Democratic governors, 33 current or former U.S. senators and nearly 90 U.S. representatives as well as a ton of state politicians, government operatives, musicians and actors, celebrities and businesspeople.

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Obama Says He Hasn’t Given Up on Gun Control

I am not resigned. I have faith we will eventually do the right thing. I was simply making the point that we have to move public opinion. We have to feel a sense of urgency.

— President Obama, quoted by Politico, saying his comments after the Charleston shootings do not reflect surrender on gun control measures.

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Rubio’s Obama Problem

A majority of early-state insiders say that Marco Rubio’s lack of national experience will prove problematic in the GOP primary after seven years of President Barack Obama, who was also a first-term senator when he ran.

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50 Years After ‘Bloody Sunday’

sfPresident Obama spoke at a ceremony in Selma, Ala.,marking the 50th anniversary of the events of “Bloody Sunday” when more than 600 nonviolent voting-rights protesters were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they marched for voting rights. His remarks are below.

It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes.

Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning fifty years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel, heroics were not on his mind. A day like this was not on his mind. Young folks with bedrolls and backpacks were milling about.

Veterans of the movement trained newcomers in the tactics of non-violence; the right way to protect yourself when attacked. A doctor described what tear gas does to the body, while marchers scribbled down instructions for contacting their loved ones. The air was thick with doubt, anticipation, and fear. They comforted themselves with the final verse of the final hymn they sung:

No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;

Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you.

Then, his knapsack stocked with an apple, a toothbrush, a book on government – all you need for a night behind bars – John Lewis led them out of the church on a mission to change America.

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Netanyahu: I’m Not Dissing Obama

My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both.

— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opening “his high-profile visit to the American capital by playing down any personal dispute with President Obama, but he said that he had a ‘moral obligation’ to warn against the dangers of an American-brokered nuclear deal with Iran,” the New York Times reports.

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Paul Noncommittal About Obama’s Love of America

I don’t question his motives. And I try not to question the president’s motives as being a good American or a bad American.

— Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by CNN, on whether President Obama loves America.

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Walker Doesn’t Know If Obama Loves America

I’ve never asked the President so I don’t really know what his opinions are on that one way or another.”

— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, sought to stay out of the uproar over former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments about President Barack Obama and love of country, saying those two could speak for themselves.

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Giuliani: Obama Doesn’t ‘Love This Country’

I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.

— Rudy Giuliani, quoted by Politico.

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GOP Wary of Giving Obama War Powers

You go to war with the president you’ve got, which would give us all pause.

— Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), quoted by the New York Times, on President Obama seeking war powers to fight the Islamic State.