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‘Grow a spine’: Florida columnist hammers Marco Rubio for being a Trump apologist

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Like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio went from being a blistering critic of Donald Trump during the 2016 GOP presidential primary to being someone who rarely criticizes the president. And a columnist in Rubio’s back yard, Daniel Ruth of the Tampa Bay Times, lambasts the Florida Republican in a blistering opinion piece published with the headline, “Will Marco Rubio Ever Stand Up to Donald Trump?”

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Denouncing Rubio as a “cowering apologist” for Trump, Ruth asserts, “You would think for the $174,000-a-year one gets for the part-time job of U.S. senator, every now and then Rubio might actually stand for something, anything, remotely resembling a principle. Too heavy a lift?”

Trump is presently facing an impeachment inquiry for trying to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt on a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, during a July 25 phone conversation. On top of that, Trump publicly urged the Chinese government to investigate the Bidens.

“In highly technical legal terms,” Ruth writes, “soliciting a foreign power to become your bagman is considered really, really stupid. And illegal. But not to Master Marco, whose forthcoming memoir ought to be titled, ‘Profiles in Obsequiousness.’ Rubio had no problem with Trump trying to enlist China’s Xi Jinping as his Sancho Panza of corruption.”

Rubio insisted that journalists shouldn’t take Trump’s China-related comment seriously, but Ruth disagrees.’

“Rubio dismissing a plea to enlist the help of China to hold on to power as the handiwork of a jesting Trump allowed the senator to avoid the distasteful prospect of exhibiting some scruples and incurring the president’s ire,” Ruth stresses.

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Many Republicans in Congress are terrified at the prospect of facing a GOP primary challenge in 2020 should they say anything critical of Trump. But unlike Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, Sen. Martha McSally or Arizona or Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Rubio won’t need to seek reelection until 2022 .

“Apparently, even three years away from facing the voters isn’t enough time to grow a spine or find a conscience,” Ruth says of Rubio. And he emphasizes that the Florida senator should spend more time thinking about the U.S. Constitution and less time worrying about the possibility of offending fellow Republicans.

“Upon ascending to the U.S. Senate,” Ruth writes, “Rubio took an oath of office swearing to protect and defend the United States against enemies, foreign and domestic. He pledged his fealty to the U.S. Constitution — not to Trump or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or the Republican Party or Sean Hannity or Fox News.”

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Louisiana judge admits to exchanging racist texts with cop boyfriend about courtroom employees

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Appearing on a local TV station on Sunday, a district court judge in Assumption Parrish in Louisiana owned up to racist comments she made about African-American employees in her courtroom that she texted to her then-police officer boyfriend.

According to WAFB, Judge Jessie LeBlanc initially denied using the N-word about a black sheriff’s deputy and a black law clerk in her district when texting with former chief deputy, Capt. Bruce Prejean, with whom she was involved while both were married.

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Julian Assange lawyer tells court: After pardon fell through, Trump administration resorted to ‘extortion’

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An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the Trump administration of extortion in a London court on Monday.

The WikiLeaks attorney appeared at Woolwich Crown Court along with U.S. prosecutors, who argued that Assange should be extradited the United States, where he faces 18 charges and up to 175 years in jail.

Attorneys for Assange previously told the court that former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) tried to broker a pardon deal between the White House and Assange if he would agree to say that Russia was not the source of hacked Democratic Party emails.

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Black teens shocked after basketball announcer calls their names ‘disgusting’

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A longtime announcer at high-school basketball games in Oklahoma sparked outrage last week when he said that black players on the Crooked Oak High School lady's basketball team had "disgusting" names.

Local news station KFOR reports that the announcer made the remarks during a game between Crooked Oak and rival Newkirk High School on Friday.

In a video taken at the game, the announcer can be heard saying, "The Crooked Oak Lady Ruff Necks, now their names are pretty disgusting."

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