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Politics
1:42 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Florida Roundup: An Eye On Cuba And Florida's Health Care

On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with the area's top journalists. Here's a quick recap of the issues we'll discuss on the show.

U.S. And Cuba Relations

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News
3:33 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio and 'Dreamers,' Scott on Medicaid

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:09 pm

Now that Sen. Marco Rubio is officially running for president, he's already being hit with a barrage of attack ads. One of them says he tried to deport so-called "dreamers."  We talk about that - and whether Gov. Rick Scott is taking both sides of the Medicaid debate - with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen.

On the day Sen. Marco Rubio announced his presidential campaign, opponents wasted little time attacking his record.

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Politics
8:33 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Marco Rubio Makes Presidential Run Official

Supporter of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio cheer his announcement that he is running for president.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says he’s running for president in 2016.

Rubio made the announcement to about 1,000 supporters packed into downtown Miami's Freedom Tower.

Marco Rubio said the lessons he’s learned as the son of Cuban immigrants will guide him if elected president.

“I am humbled by the realization that America – America doesn’t owe me anything; but I have a debt to America I must try to repay,” he says. "This isn't just the country where I was born. America is literally the place that changed my family's history."

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Politics
2:25 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Taking A Class At FIU With Professor Marco Rubio

A photo of Marco Rubio during the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference.
Credit Michael Vadon / Flickr/Creative Commons

Marco Rubio will speak this afternoon at the historic Freedom Tower where he will share his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race. During his time as Florida senator, he’s also held another title: Professor Rubio.

Abel Ramos Taype was 23 years old and a few electives short of graduating with a degree in international relations from Florida International University.

Upon looking for one of those final electives needed to graduate, an international relations course billed with two lecturers caught his eye.

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Politics
11:26 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio Tells Political Donors He’s Running For President

Marco Rubio celebrates clinching his U.S. senate on election night at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on November 2010.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants who rocketed from the obscure West Miami City Commission to the U.S. Senate, told top political donors Monday that he’s running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a campaign he intends to officially launch at 6 p.m. at downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower.

In a conference call with benefactors Monday morning, Rubio cast the election as a choice between the past and the future, one of the fundraisers told the Miami Herald.

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Politics
11:12 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Florida Roundup: U.S. And Cuba At The Summit

  On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's top news with area journalists. 

Summit of the Americas

The State Department recommended this week removing Cuba from the U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism - a move that could speed up normalizing relations with the island. Though no formal announcement has been made yet to remove Cuba from the list, Obama said a decision on it would be soon. The two leaders will be together at the Summit of the Americas for the first time.

Presidential Aspirations

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Politics
12:04 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Jeb Bush Takes Early Lead on Marco Rubio With Florida GOP

Undated photos of Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Credit Miami Herald

Senator Marco Rubio or former Governor Jeb Bush? That’s a question Republican primary voters in Florida are likely to be asking themselves next year. But many in the state’s congressional delegation are already wrestling with it.

“Jeb Bush. Bush. Bush. Bush,” says Daytona Beach Congressman John Mica. It’s early in the process: only Texas Senator Ted Cruz has officially announced his run. Still, when it comes to Floridians, Mica says he’s firmly a Bush-man.

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Politics
1:44 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Florida Roundup: Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's website shows how to get tickets to his “big announcement” on April 13.
Credit MarcoRubio.com

Editor's note: This is a pre-recorded episode of the Florida Roundup. There is no live chat this week. 

On the Florida Roundup, we talk about the week's top news with the area's top journalists.

National Politics

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Politics
6:47 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio's Defense Spending; Patrick Murphy's Health Care Votes

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 11:08 pm

Our military budget is back in the news.

Even with the U.S. combat role in Iraq and Afghanistan officially over, potential presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for a reversal of a shrinking defense budget.

Earlier this month, Rubio moved to raise the Pentagon’s budget - despite the end to two wars. In a speech on the Senate floor, he said the defense budget already has gone down too much.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Poll: Jeb, Rubio Get Boost in Florida

Jeb Bush

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:33 am

With voters pointing to concerns about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's honesty, former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have gained ground on the Democrat in the presidential race in Florida, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Bush, who has been traveling the country and raising tens of millions of dollars in anticipation of a bid for the Republican nomination, leads Clinton by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent in Florida, the Quinnipiac University poll said. A similar survey in early February showed Clinton ahead 44 percent to 43 percent against Bush.

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Newscast
6:55 am
Tue March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015: Nelson: A Rubio Run For President Would Be Good For State

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
1:33 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Why Some South Florida Lawmakers Remain Opposed To Normalized Relations With Cuba

Movement toward ending the trade embargo with Cuba is continuing since the release of Alan Gross in December.
Credit Jeff Flake

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently brought a handful of Democrats with her to Cuba – a trip she calls a sign of “friendship” between the U.S. and the island nation that remains under a congressionally mandated embargo.

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Politics
7:14 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 8:12 am

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PolitiFact
10:41 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Fact-Checking Marco Rubio's Immigration Stance

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 7:37 am

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is still pondering a run for the White house.

And Democrats are already taking shots at Rubio -- especially on his big issue, immigration.

Some are claiming he has back tracked on favoring immigration reform that that includes a pathway to citizenship for people in this country illegally now.

One of those Democrats is the Democratic National Committee Chair -- Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

New Cuba Policy Faces Attacks On Capitol Hill But Still Moving Ahead

Miami Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaks at a House Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on human rights transgressions in Cuba.
Credit C-SPAN

Today concluded three days of U.S. congressional hearings on President Obama’s plan to restore diplomatic relations with communist Cuba. The administration faced tough skepticism – at times some outright hostility – but the new policy came out largely unscathed.

Senate and House committee members from both parties questioned President Obama’s efforts to normalize Cuba relations. Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio warned Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson the policy change “will not be effective” in democratizing Cuba.

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