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Dem blasts ‘most homophobic senator’ Rubio for ‘exploiting’ Orlando shooting to run for re-election

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A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate is accusing Florida Republican Marco Rubio of cynically using the Sunday morning mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando as an excuse to run for re-election after losing his presidential bid, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Senate candidate Patrick Murphy condemned Rubio for announcing on Monday — a day after a shooter killed 49 people at Pulse night club — that he would reconsider running for Senate even after previously saying he was leaving. Murphy said Rubio was one of the country’s most homophobic senators.

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“I cannot tell you how many phone calls I’ve received just in the last 48 hours about how appalled people are, especially, especially my friends — our friends — in the LGBT community,” Murphy said when asked by reporters whether he thought Rubio was exploiting the tragedy. “Many of which are actually Republican, right now calling me and saying, ‘this is atrocious, this is despicable’ that a senator who is one of the most homophobic senators in this country, someone who voted to keep this terrorist gun loophole open, who has a 100 percent voting record with the NRA, I think — and now all of a sudden is going to use this horrific mass shooting, this act of terrorism, this hate crime to decide to run for the U.S. Senate? ”

Rubio’s spokesman did not respond to requests for comment from the Times.

“Look at his voting record,” Murphy continued. “But what’s appalling is not that he’s the most homophobic senator but that he’s now using this tragedy, targeting the LGBT community … as an excuse, an epiphany now, that he’s going to run for the Senate.”

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Lindsey Graham leaves open the possibility of voting to impeach President Donald Trump

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left open the possibility that he would vote to impeach President Donald Trump if he saw evidence that the commander-in-chief had engaged in a quid pro quo during an interview with "Axios on HBO" broadcast Sunday night.

After telling Axios’ Jonathan Swan that he would need to see evidence of an actual “crime,” Graham added that “if you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing."

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Connecticut town’s KKK history recalled ahead of controversial upcoming GOP event

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The town of Shelton, Connecticut was brutally whacked for its history of racism ahead of a Connecticut Republican Party event.

"Fun fact. In the 1980s, the Imperial Wizard (the national leader) of the Ku Klux Klan lived in Connecticut," columnist Colin McEnroe noted in The Middletown Press.

The host of WNPR's "The Colin McEnroe Show" explained how James Farrands ran the KKK out of his garage in Shelton.

"This may be an unfair memory to bring up, right when Shelton is having another bad run. In recent weeks, the school system there had to deal with a Snapchat pic of a student in blackface lifting both middle fingers and using a common distasteful racial epithet," McEnroe explained.

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Vladimir Putin helped convince Trump to sour on Ukraine: report

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Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin successfully convinced President Donald Trump to turn on Ukraine according to a bombshell new report published by The Washington Post on Monday.

"President Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine for information he could use against political rivals came as he was being urged to adopt a hostile view of that country by its regional adversaries, including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin," the newspaper reported, citing "current and former U.S. officials."

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