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The Republican Infighting Continues: Rand Paul Calls Mitt Romney “Yesterday’s News”

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After Mitt Romney told a senior Republican he “almost certainly will” run for president and spent the weekend reviving his national network of political supporters and donors, Rand Paul called his potential rival for the 2016 GOP nomination “yesterday’s news”. Well, he kind of has a point there…

The junior senator from Kentucky criticized Mitt Romney for being too liberal for the Republican Party in 2016. Rand Paul told a Fox News Radio interviewer Monday that Romney’s promise to be a “conservative alternative” to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush won’t go over well and the former Massachusetts governor’s time has passed.

“If (Mitt Romney) runs to the right of Jeb Bush, he’ll still be to the left of the rest of the party, so it may be a difficult spot to occupy,” Paul said.

“Look, I like Governor Romney, I like him personally, I think he is a good person, I think he was a great businessman,” Paul said. “But you know that’s yesterday’s news.”

Paul went on: “I think he did a lot of things right, but in the end you got to have a bigger constituency, you got to get new people, you got to attract new people to win and I think it’s time that probably the party is going to be looking for something fresh and new.”

Like Rand Paul? I’m not sure what Paul is complaining about – if Romney runs slightly to the right of Jeb Bush, he and Bush (and maybe Chris Christie too?) could be competing both for the same financial backers and for the Republican middle ground – which leaves Rand Paul free to duke it out with Tea Party darling Ted Cruz for the crazy vote. If anything, Rand Paul should be thanking Romney for muddling up the Republican middle, not calling him “yesterday’s news”.

Romney, who won some of the Republican primary contests in 2008 but was ultimately beaten by John McCain, went on to lose the presidential election to Barack Obama in 2012. But this time around, Romney is determined to learn from his past mistakes – i.e. not to alienating Hispanics, poor people, binders of women – basically anyone who isn’t a white male millionaire. Who knows – maybe third time’s the charm?

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Florida Legalizes Gay Marriage

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Florida was dragged into the 21st century by a court order on Monday that lifted the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The state’s gay-marriage ban has been officially ruled unconstitutional, making Florida the 36th most gay-tolerant state. Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage has now ended in all 67 counties, going into effect at the stroke of midnight Monday.

But some couples couldn’t even wait until then. Just a few hours after U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle lifted the stay overthrowing a same-sex marriage ban in Florida, couples began tying the knot in Miami-Dade County before the ruling was even effective. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel found no need to wait until the statewide ban expired and presided over Florida’s first legally recognized same-sex marriages Monday afternoon. The first two pairs to get married were part of the original six-couple lawsuit last January that ended in the ban’s dismissal.

Even former Florida governor Jeb Bush is coming around on the same-sex marriage issue – albeit slowly. Bush, a long time same-sex marriage opponent who is currently flirting with a 2016 presidential run, signaled an increasing openness to same-sex marriage saying that “regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law.”

“I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue—including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty,” Bush said in response to his state overturning a ban on same-sex marriage.

Huh. Well that’s not exactly a marriage equality endorsement, but it’s Jeb Bush so we’ll take what we can get.

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Illegal Immigration is an Act of Love but Three President Bushes is One Act Too Many… And Other News

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Illegal immigration isn’t a felony, it’s an act of love – or at least according to Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida and brother of famous artist George W Bush.

Speaking at a 25th anniversary celebration of his father’s presidency, Jeb ruffled a few conservative feathers by saying:  “I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families… Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony, it’s kind of — it’s an act of love.” Can’t it be both? Bush also said he will decide by the end of the year whether to run for president. While his immigration comments may distance him from the Tea Party crowd, many moderate Republicans are encouraging the former governor to follow in the footsteps of his father and brother. But can the US handle three President Bushes? Al Jazeera

Ping PingPings present the most promising lead so far in the search for the Boeing 777 that went down in the Indian Ocean in March. On Saturday, a Chinese vessel on the lookout for any suspicious debris detected a pulse that could be coming from the plane’s black box. Then on Sunday two more ships, another Chinese ship and an Australian one, also reported pings. According to Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency co-ordinating the multinational search for Flight MH370, the pings are “a most promising lead” in the month-long search. But what’s less promising is the fact that finding out where the signal is precisely coming from could take several days and the batteries in the black box are expected to expire this week, which means the signal will quit transmitting and no one will ever no what happened. Ever. CTV News

Fort-Hood-shooting-sparked-by-argument-over-paperwork-witnesses-saidPaperwork can make people angry – angry enough to go on a shooting spree. Witnesses and relatives of the Fort Hood shooting spree victims are saying that alleged shooter Spc. Ivan Lopez—who also shot himself—became frustrated by a simple dispute over paperwork which may have sparked his shooting rampage. Lopez had asked for a leave-of-absence application from a human resources office at Fort Hood and was told to come back the next day. Exasperated, the 34-year-old military truck driver left, but returned moments later with a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol and opened fire on soldiers in his unit before walking outside and indiscriminately shooting at other soldiers. So basically things escalated quickly…. Washington Post

Cronut ClosureHumans aren’t the only ones who go nuts for cronuts; mice love ’em too! Dominique Ansel Bakery, the New York City shop that’s become the go-to spot for the croissant-and-doughnut hybrid has “a severe mouse infestation.” Health officials had to temporarily shut down the shop on Friday after a customer shot a video of a mouse running around the kitchen and posted it on YouTube. The SoHo bakery will not be allowed to reopen until inspectors determine the mouse problem has been fixed. The bakery hopes to reopen by Monday after a thorough mouse hunt… and perhaps a cat infestation. New York Times

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Jeb Bush: Immigrants are Fertile… And Other News

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According to Jeb Bush, immigrants are more fertile.

And Jeb Bush knows firsthand – his wife was born in Mexico. The former Florida Governor said Friday that immigration reform is needed in part because immigrants are “more fertile” than native U.S. citizens, so they can help offset population declines and boost the economy.

“Immigrants create far more business than native-born Americans,” Jeb Bush said at a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference earlier this week. “Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.”

Someone’s sucking up to Latinos… not sure if complimenting their fertility is the best way to go about it, but whatever. Politico

Unpaid InternsRevenge of the interns! After two unpaid interns who worked on the set of Black Swan won their lawsuit against the studio, another set of unpaid interns has come forward with a class-action lawsuit – this time against publication giant Condé Nast. The former interns say the company failed to pay them minimum wage at their summer jobs at W Magazine and The New Yorker. Instead, the pair claims they were each paid less than $1 an hour. One of the interns reports having worked 10 hour days and only decided to take action after her editor never sent her the recommendation she needed for course credit. There are up to 1 million unpaid internships offered in the United States every year – which means up to 1 million more possible lawsuits. New York Times

Colorado WildfireCalifornia isn’t the only state with killer wildfires this year. Colorado has now joined the club after a deadly wildfire destroyed 379 homes and killed two people near Colorado Springs. The blaze, which is going 3 days steady, also prompted evacuations in the aptly named town of Black Forest. Nearby, thousands of Colorado Springs residents were on standby, waiting for evacuation orders if the flames got any closer.  NBC News

Quebec no like turbanQuebec really doesn’t like turbans but FIFA has now backed the distinctly racist province into a corner. The Quebec Soccer Federation issued a ban on patkas, keskis and turbans, citing safety issues and the fact that FIFA had not specifically endorsed the headwear. Turns out, they just didn’t want the turbans. FIFA issued a statement saying that turbans are perfectly acceptable on the soccer field and the organization authorizes the Canadian Soccer Federation “to permit all players to wear head covers … in all areas and on all levels of the Canadian football community.” Looks like Quebec will have to suck it up and allow Sikhs to play. Or not. The Quebec federation says it will hold a news conference Saturday to announce its decision regarding the ban. CBC News

Merry Christmas Rick PerryThe War on Christmas debate is starting a little early this year thanks to Texas Governor Rick Perry. On Thursday Perry signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in Texas public schools from legal challenges. Dubbed the ‘Merry Christmas’ bill, the measure removes legal risks of saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in schools while also protecting traditional holiday symbols, provided more than one religion and a secular symbol are also represented. The governor invited cheerleaders from Kountze High School in East Texas to the signing ceremony who wore red “I cheer for Jesus” T-shirts. The Globe and Mail

Michael the NaziThey’re always where you least suspect them: Minnesota! A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit has been found living in Minnesota. The former Nazi has been living there since 1949 when he lied to U.S. immigration officials about his military service. Word on the street is there may be enough evidence to have Michael Karkoc deported and prosecuted. Reports from other men from his units say Karkoc was at the scene of atrocities, including massacres and the burning of villages filled with women and children. And on that happy note, have a good weekend everybody! Associated Press

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