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Four-time loser Marco Rubio already plotting to swipe Trump’s coronation at contested convention

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Senator Marco Rubio of Florida speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told donors on Wednesday night that he plans on a contested convention as an avenue of wresting the hotly contested, fractious GOP nomination away from rivals Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, CNN reports.

If Rubio can’t secure the delegates needed to win the nomination outright, two unnamed sources told CNN he plans to unleash a messy process WFTV calls a “free-for-all” in which delegates continue voting until one candidate has at least 50 percent of the vote. This can only happen if no candidate has the majority of delegates.

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In this process, delegates can vote for any candidate — it no longer has to be the winner in their state.

This can potentially lead to such chaos as someone who wasn’t previously a candidate getting nominated.

This hasn’t happened since 1948, according to WFTV, when the GOP ended up with candidate Thomas Dewey, who lost the general election.

Rubio has yet to win a state caucus or primary, while Trump has won New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Cruz won the Iowa caucus.

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Trump campaign in danger of having lawsuits thrown out over unpaid legal bills: report

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump's cash-strapped campaign is frantically attempting to collect settlements in legal disputes because it needs the money to fund other lawsuits that are in danger of being dismissed.

Noting that the campaign of the embattled president is pressing Omarosa Manigault Newman to make a delinquent $52,000 payment for writing an unauthorized book about White House doings, the report explains the money is desperately needed.

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‘Women didn’t like that’: Fox News host grills GOP chairwoman after Trump interrupts ‘145 times’ at debate

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Fox News host Sandra Smith pressed Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday over the idea that President Donald Trump could be punished with a "mute button" after he repeatedly interrupted Democratic candidate Joe Biden at Tuesday's presidential debate.

During an interview on Fox News, Smith noted that the Commission on Presidential Debates is considering changing the rules due to the constant interruptions at the first debate between Biden and Trump.

"At any point when you were watching the debate, did you wish that perhaps President Trump didn't jump in there as much as he did?" Smith wondered.

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Rod Rosenstein secretly crippled the Mueller investigation: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a hand in limiting the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians by secretly curtailing an FBI counterintelligence probe.

The report from Michael Schmidt of the Times begins by stating, "The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials," before adding, "But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them."

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