Rubio uses Senate perch to further big donor’s financial gains

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). REUTERS/Jason Reed

I’m no choir boy.

Perhaps this is just business as usual on Capitol Hill, but to regular Americans, it stinks. Sen. Marco Rubio has been using his influence on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to further the financial ambitions of one of his biggest donors, Paul Singer, who just endorsed Rubio for president.
Singer makes a lot of his money by buying up foreign debt and then suing countries for the full amount if they default on it. That’s exactly what happened in Argentina and Rubio’s done everything in his power to make Argentina pay up, reports International Business Times.

Bloomberg reports that Singer’s firm, Elliott Management — through a subsidiary called NML Capital — invested in the country’s bonds, and after the country defaulted on its debts in 2001, Singer’s firm was one of a few creditors to decline Argentina’s request to reduce its repayments by 65 percent. Instead,

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Cartoon: The real Republican debate

When it comes to Republican presidential candidate silliness, it doesn’t get any better than this. (Oh wait, unless you’re talking about this.) After the recent on-stage mayhem, the GOP presidential candidates are trying to get control of the debate formats. Now multiple campaigns are getting into details like the temperature of the venue— which shall henceforth be a crisp sixty-seven degrees Fahrenheit.

Besides appropriate temperatures, the definition of a “gotcha” question seems to be expanding to include questions about policy and foreign affairs. (You know, things a president should kinda’ sorta know some things about.) I agree that the candidates shouldn’t be hit with unfair questions by the moderators, but in their quest to eliminate the liberal “mainstream media,” they want a campaign event, not a debate.  

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush would be happy if he could just talk about his fantasy football league for an hour or so.

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Are Republicans afraid of confronting Black Lives Matter on the campaign trail?

Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks as U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (L) and Dr. Ben Carson (R) listen at the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Ri

Is it true? Could it be that the 2016 presidential hopefuls are afraid of running up against the burgeoning movement against police brutality out on the campaign trail?
Except for Donald Trump of course. Trump said back in August that he would fight activists associated with Black Lives Matter if they tried to disrupt one of his speaking engagements.

Physically fight them.

But what of the other Republican presidential candidates? Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Rand Paul appear to have declined a sip of the Hater-Ade that is being passed around to the other presidential hopefuls.  

Most recently, Rubio in particular appears to be making an effort to be thoughtful and sincere in his remarks.  He stated that many of the recent killings of unarmed black men by police “raised strong questions” about whether or not the cops were in the right.

Rubio and Carson have been approached

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Obama weighs expanding background checks on guns with new executive order

Barack Obama, seated in chair, leaning back, right profile.

As President Obama headed to Oregon Friday to meet with the families of the Umpqua Community College shooting victims, his aides were revisiting an executive order that would require more gun dealers to conduct background checks on buyers. Juliet Eilperin reports:

The proposed executive action aims to impose background checks on individuals who buy from dealers who sell a significant number of guns each year. The current federal statute dictates that those who are “engaged in the business” of dealing firearms need to obtain a federal license — and, therefore, conduct background checks — but exempts anyone “who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms.”
White House officials drafted the proposal in late 2013 to apply to those dealers who sell at least 50

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Cartoon: Pope Francis after one week in the USA

Pope Francis is the “Pope of the People” and arrived this week to his first ever visit to the USA. I hope he had a good time, and I’m sure he adapted well to American culture. This is how I see El Papa after five long days in our fabulous country.

White House all but called the entire Republican Party racist

The White House no longer minces words. President Obama’s administration is using the freedom that comes with not having to run for another election to maximal effect.
The White House called out Donald Trump specifically and the GOP generally for their support of prejudice and intolerance in their policies and actions. This was triggered by Trump’s silence after a supporter made offensive remarks towards Muslims and the president.

The White House was specific. And it had prescient advice for the GOP that it should heed.

“People who hold these offensive views are part of Mr. Trump’s base,” said Josh Earnest. “Mr. Trump himself would be the first to tell you that he’s got the biggest base of any Republican politician these days. Now it is too bad that he wasn’t able to summon the same kind of patriotism that we saw from Senator McCain, who responded much more effectively and directly when one of

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Cartoon: Your Trump tonight

Now that the media sun revolves around the Trump, we all must become accustomed to seeing everything as it relates to The Donald. People, particularly cable news, just can’t avoid the delicious catnip that is Donald Trump. He’s a ratings bonanza in the form of a strange, entertaining billionaire demagogue. But, hey, he makes for good teevee—although he doesn’t make for good Democracy, but who cares, this is about ratings and fun!

Methinks this is what happens when the two predetermined “frontrunners” are from rehashed old political dynasties. People want new and different fun, entertainment, and off-the-cuff jokes and jabs. Now if only we could find someone who had all that AND good solid policy positions on foreign policy, the economy and global warming.  

Mostly missed while we watch the Trump spectacle are things like Bernie Sanders twenty-two (22!) points lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

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