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March 28, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida joined a growing chorus of Republican leaders on Wednesday in endorsing GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, saying Romney is going to be the party nominee and Republicans need to get behind him to avoid an ugly convention fight that will harm their ability to take on President Obama. "I don't have a problem with primaries, but I think we're at a stage now where at least two of the candidates have openly admitted the only way they're going to be able to win the nomination is to have a floor fight in Tampa in August," Rubio told Fox News' Sean Hannity.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a full-throated defense of gun ownership Friday, telling a National Rifle Assn. audience that firearms are central to achieving the American Dream. The dream, Rubio said, is not just a measure of financial prosperity but the ability to raise a family in a home that is stable, safe and secure. That, in turn, rests on the ability to possess a firearm for self-protection, the lawmaker said. “The safety of our families is not something people should hope government can provide,” Rubio told delegates to the NRA's annual convention, held this year in Indianapolis.
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NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In Marco Rubio and Julian Castro, both parties tapped emerging Latino leaders to deliver a message based on the idea that the American dream can be realized. But in expanding on that premise, each moved to the underlying philosophical differences between the respective parties' presidential candidates, about just how much of a role government plays in making that possible. In Tampa, Fla., last week, Rubio roused Republicans as the senator from Florida linked Mitt Romney's story to his own, saying their lives were testimony to the idea that America is a truly exceptional nation.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - With his standing among the conservative base still hobbled by his support for immigration reform, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has settled on a new course, staking his claim as a leader of the Republican Party's wonk wing. The latest example came in a speech Monday on how to boost America's economic growth, in which Rubio argued that Washington needs new thinking to meet the challenges of a new economic age. "As much as we innovate now, we could be doing even more," Rubio said at a forum hosted by the Jack Kemp Foundation at Google's Washington headquarters.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Step forward, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)! You've won the prize for cynical attacks on Obamacare. In fact, keep the trophy -- you've retired it! We're talking, of course, about your proposal to repeal the provisions of the Affordable Care Act providing for "risk corridors. " As we explained last month , risk corridors are a feature of the law designed to protect insurers that end up with a disproportionate share of sicker, costlier customers. In effect, they get a subsidy from the government to cover those patients; the law also requires firms that land more than their share of healthy, inexpensive patients to rebate some premium dollars back to the government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
State Sen. Michael J. Rubio (D - Shafter) abruptly announced Friday that he is resigning his office to spend more time with his family and accept a government affairs job with Chevron Corp. The departure of Rubio, who was leading the charge to make California's environmental laws more business-friendly, creates a third vacancy in the 40-person Senate. “As many of you know, a little over a year ago I decided not to run for the United States Congress to meet the needs of my growing family," Rubio said in a statement.  "My time serving since then has been a blessing, but it has also been a challenge.  I have missed too many family dinners, bedtime stories and parent-teacher conferences.
NEWS
April 25, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - If Sen. Marco Rubio isn't planning on being Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate, he's certainly jockeying to position himself for greater prominence on the national stage. Delivering a speech at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday, Rubio stepped into the sphere of foreign policy. The senator from Florida declared at the start of his speech that “the easiest thing for me to do here today is give a speech on my disagreements with this administration on foreign policy,” and largely kept his jabs at President Obama limited to references to current policies, and focused his remarks on his own vision.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Wednesday he wants to tackle small parts of immigration reform before addressing how to create a pathway to legal status for most illegal immigrants in the U.S. Rather than working on one comprehensive bill, Congress should pass a series of bills that help foreign entrepreneurs, technology workers, agricultural workers and those who were brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children, Rubio said while speaking...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
The abrupt resignation of state Sen. Michael J. Rubio (D - Shafter)  to accept a government affairs job with Chevron Corp. sparked renewed complaints by some ethics watchdogs about the revolving door between the public and private sector in Sacramento. As chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, Rubio was leading the charge to make California's environmental laws more business-friendly and has introduced bills during his two years in office that affect the oil industry in his Central Valley district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Already facing questions about financial ties to oil executive Majid Mojibi, former state Sen. Michael Rubio (D-Shafter) on Friday disclosed an additional partnership funded by Mojibi to buy an office building and agricultural land. Rubio, who abruptly resigned last week from the Senate to take a job with Chevron Corp., had already confirmed that investment firm DCM Asset Management, headed by Mojibi, purchased a Bakersfield house in a short sale from Rubio in 2011 and provide a loan so Rubio could buy an El Dorado Hills home for $681,000.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Step forward, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)! You've won the prize for cynical attacks on Obamacare. In fact, keep the trophy -- you've retired it! We're talking, of course, about your proposal to repeal the provisions of the Affordable Care Act providing for "risk corridors. " As we explained last month , risk corridors are a feature of the law designed to protect insurers that end up with a disproportionate share of sicker, costlier customers. In effect, they get a subsidy from the government to cover those patients; the law also requires firms that land more than their share of healthy, inexpensive patients to rebate some premium dollars back to the government.
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Sen. Marco Rubio is in the midst of a multiday money run through California, raising cash for his reelection campaign and meeting with the wealthy donors the Floridian must cultivate if he hopes to run for president in 2016 or beyond. On Wednesday, Rubio met with Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg in Menlo Park addition to holding fundraisers and events in the Central Coast and Central Valley. “It was fantastic. It's great to see a Republican whose talking about growth and opportunity and an aspirational message and supports the policies that encourage free enterprise,” said Ruben Barrales, president of GROW Elect, a group dedicated to getting Latino Republicans elected to office in California.
NATIONAL
July 17, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio played a crucial role in orchestrating passage of the bipartisan immigration overhaul in the Senate last month, but the Florida Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender has bowed out of the messy battle as it moves to the House. Key senators behind the immigration bill admonished top business leaders in a session at the Capitol this week to put more pressure on reluctant House Republicans, but Rubio was notably absent. The bill's supporters were counting on his voice as a Latino and tea party favorite to help sell the measure to conservatives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Every time I cross the border into Mexico, drive along the Tijuana river and head west up the hill toward the ocean, I feel a little bit sick. Believe me, it's not the water. It's the wall. Undulating gently over hilly terrain from the San Ysidro border before it drops into the Pacific at Imperial Beach, the double barrier, complete with stadium lights, is an infuriating symbol of our hypocritical relationship with Mexico and the impoverished souls who steal across the border to pick our strawberries, clean our toilets, mow our lawns.
NATIONAL
June 1, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a key author of the bipartisan Senate immigration overhaul, is working on a proposal that would give Congress, not the Obama administration, the authority to devise a plan to bolster border security. The Florida senator has long insisted that the bill's border security provisions are not strong enough to win significant Republican support. He plans to introduce his proposal as the legislation moves to the Senate floor late this week or next.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
News that Simon Cowell has tapped R&B singer Kelly Rowland and Latin superstar Paulina Rubio to join him as judges on Season 3 of “The X Factor” doesn't come as a surprise. Along with dozens of others, their names had been floated around for some time as potential replacements for Britney Spears and L.A. Reid. Neither new judge generates the sort of fanfare that came with snagging Spears, but that's not a bad thing. “X Factor” has already gone through a handful of judges, with Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole having done short bids.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - With his standing among the conservative base still hobbled by his support for immigration reform, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has settled on a new course, staking his claim as a leader of the Republican Party's wonk wing. The latest example came in a speech Monday on how to boost America's economic growth, in which Rubio argued that Washington needs new thinking to meet the challenges of a new economic age. "As much as we innovate now, we could be doing even more," Rubio said at a forum hosted by the Jack Kemp Foundation at Google's Washington headquarters.
NEWS
October 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
ABOARD THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN PLANE - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio denied Saturday that he was comparing President Obama's policies to those of Cuba when he criticized the president at a campaign event for Mitt Romney. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, told supporters at a Pensacola, Fla., rally that Obama's recently released plan for a second term was a “picture book.” “Unfortunately there's nothing really innovative in that picture book,” he told the audience. “They're the ideas that have failed every time they've ever been tried.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Scott Collins
It's official: Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio will be the new judges on Fox's "The X Factor" this fall. That means that executive producer Simon Cowell will have to represent for the y chromosome. He'll be the only male left on the panel, now that L.A. Reid is gone. Demi Lovato will return to fill the fourth judging slot of the singing contest.  "It's taken more than a decade, but I'm delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!)," Cowell said in a statement.
NATIONAL
May 7, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Wearing a 2010 vintage Marco Rubio campaign T-shirt and matching button, Cheryl Griffin spewed frustration that the man she helped win a long-shot conservative bid for Senate is now leading an immigration overhaul. An evening downpour was falling on this coastal town, less a city than a hodgepodge of new and old subdivisions. But the weather did not deter Griffin, a small, skeptical woman, or her husband, Mark, a friendly man twice her size with rain dripping from his straw cowboy hat. The Griffins, who came down from neighboring Fort Pierce, were protesting Rubio's appearance at the annual Republican Party dinner.
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