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Senator Marco Rubio pledges to block efforts to normalize Cuba relations

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said on Wednesday he would “make every effort” to block moves by President Barack Obama toward normalizing relations with the Cuban government.

“The president’s decision to reward the Castro regime and begin the path toward the normalization of relations with Cuba is inexplicable,” Rubio said in a statement.

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The Florida Republican senator, who is Cuban-American, said he would use his role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Western Hemisphere subcommittee in the new Congress to try to block the plan.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Doina Chiacu)


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GOP senator derails Lindsey Graham’s Obamagate hearing with profanity-laced rant on ‘grandstanding’

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Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) blasted senators on the Judiciary Committee on Thursday for what he said was "grandstanding for the cameras" at a hearing to review former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

“It’s bullshit the way people grandstand for cameras in here," Sasse told the committee. "The reality is if we didn’t have cameras in this room, the discussion would be different. The Senate doesn’t work. It doesn’t diffuse the partisan tensions that are leading the country toward dissolution.”

"Ninety percent of our committees are about people trolling for soundbites," the senator added. "That's what actually happens. Some of us have other work to do. People can troll for soundbites whenever they want."

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Man who shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery stood over his body and uttered racial slur: report

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According to a new report from CBS News, the man who shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery allegedly stood over his body and uttered a racial epithet.

"Agent Richard Dial testified that the driver of the second pickup truck, Roddie Bryan, said Travis McMichael then stood over Arbery's body and said a racial epithet before police arrived," CBS News reports.

"The evidence was presented to support murder charges against McMichael and his father as well as Bryan. It also could factor into a federal investigation into whether hate crime charges are warranted."

This is a developing story. Check for updates at CBS News.

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Bishop who criticized Trump gets blocked from accessing her church — thanks to new White House border wall

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Bishop Mariann Budde, who earlier this week criticized President Donald Trump for using the St. John's Church as a photo-op location without asking permission, was unable to access her church this week to hold a planned vigil.

Mother Jones reports that Budde had wanted to use the church to hold a vigil in solidarity with protesters on Wednesday, but was prevented from doing so thanks to the new wall being constructed around the perimeter of the White House complex that includes St. John's Church.

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