April 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - One of the senators behind the compromise proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases will mount a Senate floor sales pitch Monday, part of a lobbying effort to ensure passage for the key piece of a larger guns bill when it comes to a vote this week. When the Senate convenes Monday afternoon, Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W. Va.) plans to take to the floor to go through his proposal piece-by-piece to dispel what he considers misrepresentations from critics of tighter gun laws.
April 12, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 14 -20, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Doctor Who The Doctor and Clara (Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman) land on a submarine in 1983 that has an alien on board. 5 and 8 p.m. BBC America Orphan Black Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) wants to leave town after learning she is a clone in this new episode.
April 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When Marco Rubio was the No. 3 Republican in the Florida House of Representatives, he worked with Democrats in 2003 to protect farmworkers from unscrupulous contractors and harmful pesticides. "My heart goes out to the workers in this industry," the Miami native, then 31, told the Palm Beach Post. "Like a lot of my constituents, they come over to this country and try to get ahead and they should be treated fairly. " Democrats in the state House had recruited Rubio to help convince the GOP majority, especially a citrus grower who ran the agriculture committee, to support the legislation.
April 7, 2013 |
Almost four years ago, long before the 2012 presidential campaign heated up, CNN took a poll to learn who Republicans might choose as their party's next nominee. There were two clear front-runners: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, limped in third. By the time the campaign arrived, of course, Palin and Huckabee were pursuing careers as television pundits and after-dinner speakers, not presidential candidates.
March 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Key senators trying to negotiate an agreement on immigration reform were divided Sunday on how close they are to reaching a consensus on the legislation. Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), touting a compromise on work visas brokered Friday by union officials and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, predicted that a bipartisan plan could be announced as soon as next week, when the Senate returns from a two-week recess. But Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
March 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Conservative Republicans are open to an overhaul of the nation's immigration system, including creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to a new report on voter attitudes in two states with early presidential contests. According to a Republican research group , recent discussions with Republican voters in Iowa and South Carolina indicated that conservatives are inclined to support the party's involvement in fixing immigration and may well reward potential presidential candidates, like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who have taken a prominent role in that effort.
March 14, 2013 |
FORT WASHINGTON, MD -- High-profile speeches by a pair of Republican presidential possibilities suggested that noneconomic issues are likely to emerge as 2014 and 2016 campaign themes as the economy continues to recover. Beyond pocketbook concerns, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky touched on American exceptionalism, civil liberties, guns, marriage and abortion, among other topics, in back-to-back appearances Thursday before several thousand conservative activists.
March 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- What began as Rand Paul's one-man crusade to press the Obama administration for clarity regarding its prosecution of U.S. citizens suspected of terrorist ties became a bipartisan spectacle in the Senate chamber Wednesday -- one that delayed a vote on the president's choice for a new CIA director. Senate leaders had said they could hold a vote on John Brennan's nomination as soon as Wednesday evening, barely 24 hours after a lopsided vote in his favor in the Intelligence Committee.
February 15, 2013 |
By now millions of Americans have seen Sen. Marco Rubio's televised response to President Obama's State of the Union address, in which the parched politician nervously reaches for a bottle of water mid-speech. But what struck me wasn't his awkward rebuttal. Rather, what I was left wondering was why does the GOP think Rubio can help the party's reputation with Latinos? Clearly, Rubio is smart, ambitious and bilingual. But he's hardly a household name outside of Florida among Latinos, the majority of whom are of Mexican origin, according to Census data.
February 14, 2013 |
It is no wonder Florida Sen. Marco Rubio needed to grab a bottle of water in the middle of delivering the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address. The speech he was given to recite was like a hunk of stale, dry sourdough and it surely caught in his throat. For 30 years, Republican aspirants to the presidency have been giving variations of the same speech. It sounded fresh and bold when Ronald Reagan first spoke the words as a candidate in 1980. At that point, the liberal era that began with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 had pretty much run out of gas. Democrats had grown too comfortable with their seemingly permanent lock on the House of Representatives, while their ideas about the creative use of government had devolved into a system of doling out federal dollars to clamoring interest groups.