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Rubio announces, calling for generational change . . . Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday announced his 2016 presidential candidacy, asking for the chance to create a new American Dream and to be part of a new generation of leaders. “My parents achieved what came to be known as the American Dream,” said Rubio, a first-generation Cuban-American, at his official announcement. “But now, too many Americans are starting to doubt whether achieving that dream is still possible. … Yesterday is over, and we are never going back.” Fox News
Rubio’s coterie . . . Rubio is tapping into a close-knit, fiercely loyal circle of advisers, many of whom are expected to take on influential key roles in the campaign. Politico
Ace political reporter Ron Fournier says Hillary’s campaign is particularly worried about Rubio.
Marco Rubio has a Hispanic problem . . . As Cuban-Americans celebrate his candidacy, other Hispanic voters accuse the Republican of betrayal. National Journal
Marco Rubio has a Tea Party problem . . . “Everybody likes Marco Rubio,” said Iowa conservative radio host Steve Deace, a nationally syndicated commentator. But “I still don’t hear his name from conservatives at all, and I think the Gang of Eight” — the bipartisan group of senators that pushed the most sweeping immigration overhaul in a generation — “has a lot to do with that. Politico
Ben Carson will announce May 4 in Detroit.
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Corker and Democrats nearing deal on Iran bill . . . Top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are nearing a deal on legislation that would allow Congress to review any nuclear agreement with Iran, a potential breakthrough that could herald a veto-proof majority for the measure. Key congressional negotiators are confident they can strike a bipartisan agreement just hours ahead of a Tuesday afternoon committee vote on the bill. Politico
Administration mounts massive lobbying campaign . . . The administration is racing to prevent a veto-proof majority for a bill that would give Congress the power to block a nuclear deal. National Journal
Obama pleads with Jews to support Iran deal . . . Obama made an “emphatic and passionate” case during the nearly 90-minute meeting with Jewish organizations that the deal is the best way to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, according to an official from a group that participated. “Concerns were raised and there was a fair amount of back and forth,” the official said. “There were some folks walking in who support and favor the deal and there were some who have deep, deep concerns about the deal. I don’t think anyone’s fundamental view was changed by the conversation.” The Hill
Former Obama chief of staff pans the Obama recovery . . . William Daley said on Monday that the uneven recovery will prevent Hillary Clinton from running as an extension of Obama’s economic policies. Daley said the reality is that the economic recovery has benefited only a “very small slice” of the country. Politico
Obama and Revolutionary Romance . . . The president has an adolescent, romantic view of professed revolutionary societies and anti-Western poseurs — and of his own ability uniquely to reach out and win them over. In the most superficial sense, Obama demonstrates his empathy for supposedly revolutionary figures of the non-Western world through gratuitous, often silly remarks about Christianity and Western colonial excesses, past and present. National Review
Russia selling advanced missile defenses to Iran . . . Following years of dissent from the United States, Russia announced on Monday that it would proceed with the sale of the advanced S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, which has been vying to purchase the hardware for years. The announcement crosses a so-called “red line” established by the Obama administration in 2010. Washington Free Beacon
U.S. fears North Korea has nukes mounted on ICBMs . . . Adm. William Gortney, head of the U.S. Northern Command, said Pyongyang has the capability of mounting a nuclear weapon on the KN-08, a North Korean ICBM, and fire it at the continental United States. Newsmax
Gains against ISIS . . . The Islamic State group has lost control of “25 to 30” percent of the territory it holds in Iraq after coalition air strikes and an Iraqi offensive, the Pentagon said Monday. AFP
Hillary lists two dubious achievements as Secretary of State . . . It took some digging, but Hillary Clinton scrounged up with two “accomplishments” achieved during her tenure as Secretary of State and listed them in the biography section of her new campaign website. Neither are particularly impressive, one because it doesn’t seem to be true, the other because – it’s not particularly impressive. White House Dossier
Hillary wants to put America into the hospital . . . Hillary Clinton’s campaign logo is really bad, on a number of levels. White House Dossier
GOP to cast Hillary as Romney in a pantsuit . . . Republicans are readying a familiar template: The out-of-touch plutocrat who lives in a world of private planes, chauffeured vehicles and million-dollar homes. Politico
Hillary attacks CEOs . . . Hillary Clinton, under pressure from the left wing of her Democratic Party to aggressively campaign against income inequality, voiced concern about the hefty paychecks of some corporate executives in an email to supporters. Reuters
Companies pay good CEOs a lot of money because they need them, not because they want to oppress the proletariat.
Hillary goes incognito at Chipotle . . . Driving to Iowa for her first campaign swing, Mrs. Clinton’s van — with two aides and Secret Service agents aboard — pulled into a Chipotle restaurant for lunch in Maumee, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo. And no one recognized her. New York Times
I wonder how she enjoyed her first trip to Chipotle. The things you have to do to get elected president . . . or maybe she first tried it when she had just left the White House and was broke.
Video || SNL skewers Hillary . . . Oh boy. Bad news for Hillary. This is devastatingly funny – I thought so, at least. Kate McKinnon’s Hillary is on a par with Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin. And you know what effect that had.
Report: Syria used chemical weapons last month . . . The Syrian government forces likely used toxic chemicals in several barrel bomb attacks in the Idlib governorate between March 16-31, according to the new Human Rights Watch report. The six attacks questioned by Human Rights Watch affected roughly 200 people, including 20 civil defense workers. Six civilians were also killed, including three children. Washington Examiner
Another Obama-Kerry foreign policy triumph.
Castros move to consolidate power . . . Critics say the communist regime is growing politically confident in its ability to hold power after opening talks with their U.S. counterparts. “It ensures that he and his regime will continue to rule Cuba. It makes it a lot easier for them to remain in place and have a Russian or Chinese [type] transition,” said one. Fox News
One-year anniversary of Boko Haram schoolgirl kidnappings . . . Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday cautioned he could not make promises on the return of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram, as the country marked the first anniversary of their abduction. AFP
The White House and others got all spun up, and then promptly forgot about it.
Legal immigration to add equivalent of seven major cities . . . The United States is on pace to legally admit 10 million immigrants over the next decade, an amount equal to the current populations of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and St. Louis combined, according to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). The Blaze
Illegals’ crimes expose broken immigration system . . . As the Obama administration prepares for a new surge of illegal immigrant children this year, some of those from previous waves are turning up on court dockets across the country, charged with serious crimes such as capital murder and aggravated rape. Washington Times
Blackwater guard gets life . . . A federal judge Monday sentenced a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for killing 14 unarmed civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007, an incident that fomented deep resentments about the accountability of American security forces during one of the bloodiest periods of the Iraq war. Washington Post
Maryland “Free Range” kids taken into custody . . . The Maryland parents accused of “unsubstantiated” child neglect for letting their 6- and 10-year-old children walk the neighborhood without an adult had to retrieve their kids from child protective services late Sunday night after they were picked up again by police. Washington Times
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