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Marco Rubio: Hillary is ‘yesterday’

onpolitics.usatoday.com — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the most focused on national security of the potential 2016 field, said Friday that the administration's "Obama-Clinton" foreign policy means "our allies no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us.'' Rubio said it was his fifth appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but his first as a potential presidential candidate.

‘Passionate’ Christie wants a Jeb Bush town hall

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Don't call him short-tempered or hot-headed. Call him "passionate." That's how New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie described himself before a full house of conservative activists at the CPAC gathering Tuesday, when conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham read off a list of the unflattering adjectives sometimes applied to Christie.

Conservatives to vet GOP 2016 hopefuls at CPAC

usatoday.com — A gaggle of potential Republican presidential candidates will pitch their 2016 credentials this week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, but they'll find a new wrinkle at the best-known of GOP cattle calls. Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and others will for the first time have to answer questions from the audience, made up of the GOP's most conservative and libertarian activists.

Clinton backs Philly’s paid sick leave

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Could this be a clue to Hillary Clinton's 2016 platform? If there is one? On Thursday, the same day Philadelphia won the Democrats' next presidential nominating convention, Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law a paid sick leave bill. And guess who likes it: Clinton tweeted her approval today.

Obama hams it up - again - for healthcare.gov

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Time was, presidents goofed around in videos and only the gang at the White House Correspondents Association dinner ever saw them. But now, all you need is Facebook and there's President Obama faking jump shots and sticking out his tongue in a video for Healthcare.gov called "Things Everybody Does but Doesn't Talk About."

Rand Paul asks Kentucky GOP for a caucus in 2016

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Sen. Rand Paul, with an eye on running for president, is asking Kentucky Republicans to swap the state's presidential primary for a caucus instead. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Paul sent a letter Feb. 9 to the state Republican committee asking for the change.

“Hillary’s Hiding” in plain sight

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Republicans think Hillary should be ready, already. A mobile billboard cruising Des Moines today accuses Clinton of "hiding" from voters. It's part of a "Hillary's Hiding" campaign launched by Republicans to give the impression Clinton can't be bothered to earn the Democratic nomination. "Hillary's hiding from you.

Deadline looming, Boehner lets loose

onpolitics.usatoday.com — House Speaker John Boehner boiled over Wednesday when he suggested Senate Democrats "get off their ass" and stop blocking a $40 billion Homeland Security bill that would derail President Obama's immigration programs. While the conversational mode of Capitol Hill is generally decorous - members of the opposite party are still referred to as "distinguished colleagues" - Boehner does sometimes let fly with language, particularly when there is a deadline closing in and he is being politically stymied.

Scott Walker ducks evolution question

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Count London as the new location for tough questions to U.S. politicians, especially governors who look like they're running for president. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, on a trade mission to London, was asked whether he is comfortable with the theory of evolution. "I'm going to punt on that one as well.

Gavin Newsom to run for Calif. governor

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Gavin Newsom, California's Democratic lieutenant governor, last month said he would pass on a Senate race next year to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer. Now we know why: Newsom said Wednesday he will run for governor in 2018. Newsom, 47, the former mayor of San Francisco, said on his website he is forming a committee to raise money for the campaign.
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Mar 03, 2015

RT @matthewjdowd: for all my criticism of @BarackObama over the years, i trust him more than @netanyahu to look out for the best interests of America.

Mar 03, 2015

RT @EBeier: Did you know that the proper name for a selfie stick is a monopod??

Mar 02, 2015

@jimpoco I dont think that takes a scientist to determine for god's sake. .

Mar 02, 2015

@RameshPonnuru Trying to reach you; could you send an email? Thx. mmoore@usatoday.com

Feb 28, 2015

RT @CapitalDownload: Sneak peak shot of tmrws episode with our guests @margarettalev and @USATMoore. Be sure to tune into @WUSA9 at 830 AM ow.ly/i/8OMwp

Feb 28, 2015

This is way worse than Christie got at #CPAC2015: Scott Walker pressed for specifics at Club meeting politico.com/story/2015/02/… via @POLITICO

Feb 28, 2015

RT @bobingle99: @GovChristie says 21 months from presidential election. Obviously doesn't want them to think he is out of it.

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