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February 22, 2016
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Add three more names to the list of Marco Rubio supporters in Congress.

Three Republican members of the U.S. House from South Florida — Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen — announced their support for Marco Rubio in a press conference today in Miami. The kicker? All three had backed Jeb Bush for president before the former Florida governor ended his campaign Saturday after a poor showing in the South Carolina primary.

The three Cuban-American lawmakers made the announcement both in English and Spanish. Ros-Lehtinen, who had even campaigned for Bush in New Hampshire back in December, said Rubio can "bring new voters, new voices to our Republican Party." Former Florida Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera (who is running for Rubio's Senate seat) were also present at the presser.

Rubio — perceived by many as the only electable alternative to Donald Trump — is poised to gain much newfound support now that Bush is no longer running. Politico reported yesterday that Nevada Sen. Dean Heller — another erstwhile Bush supporter — switched his allegiance to Rubio after the former Florida governor dropped out. Rubio has also recently won the backing of North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and, today, Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Orrin Hatch of Utah.

Expect more of these in the weeks to come. Ben Shull

6:37 a.m. ET
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Sen. Bernie Sanders has pulled into a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton in California's June 7 Democratic primary, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday night. Clinton leads Sanders among likely voters, 46 percent to 44 percent, within the poll's margin of error; a poll from the institute in March had Clinton leading 48 percent to 41 percent. Among Democrats, Clinton leads 49 percent to 41 percent, but there has been a surge of independents registering in California; unaffiliated voters can vote in the Democratic primary.

Clinton will almost certainly clinch the Democratic nomination on June 7, whether she wins California or not, but her campaign will start airing ads in the state on Friday. Sanders is also running commercials in California, and is spending almost all his time there until the primary. For Clinton, "big wins on the last major day of the campaign would hasten the party unification she will need if she is to defeat Trump in November," the Los Angeles Times explains. "A Sanders win on June 7 would revive at least in part his long-shot argument that party superdelegates should flip to him to increase the odds of a Democratic victory over Trump. More realistically, a solid victory would strengthen his hand in debates over the Democrats' future." The poll included 996 likely voters; it has a margin of error of ±4 percentage points. Peter Weber

5:52 a.m. ET
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On Wednesday night, the House approved a measure banning the federal government from paying contractors that discriminate due to sexual orientation or gender identity. The amendment to energy and water spending legislation, proposed by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.), passed, 223-195, with modified language from Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) dictating that the White House "must not run afoul of the 1st amendment, the 14th amendment, and Article One of the Constitution" in anti-discrimination actions. The House also passed, 233-186, a measure from Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) that shields religious groups from President Obama's directives on transgender bathrooms in schools and anti-LGBT federal contractors. Last week, the House nearly passed Maloney's measure, but fell one vote short after unusual parliamentary maneuvering by Republicans. Peter Weber

4:47 a.m. ET

The last time Donald Trump came on Jimmy Kimmel Live, back in December, Kimmel read him a Dr. Seuss-style children's book, Winners Aren't Losers. It was apparently a hit with Trump's grandkids, so Kimmel read Trump the follow-up book, Winners Still Aren't Losers, on Wednesday's show. It captures Trump's campaign pretty brilliantly, from the tweeting to the name-calling, with a nod even to the scandal-plagued Trump University. "Here are some heads, these are heads you can use, these heads talk all day on TV cable news," Kimmel read. "Just say funny things, and skips the issues, they'll give you free airtime whenever you choose." Trump nodded at that and mouthed, "True." And you can watch Kimmel join in that proud tradition below. Peter Weber

4:11 a.m. ET

On Wednesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Donald Trump weighed in on the ongoing primary fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. "Well, I actually think Bernie would be easier to beat, even though he shows up a little bit better in the polls," Trump told Kimmel, though he acknowledged "I may be wrong." But Sanders has gotten a raw deal, Trump argued. "The system is rigged" in both parties, Trump contended, but he won by such large margins it did not matter. "I think it's very unfair what's happening with Bernie, actually," he added.

Kimmel asked Trump if he'd ever met Sanders. "I've never really had the privilege," Trump said. So Kimmel passed on a question from Sanders, who will be on Kimmel Live Thursday night: Is Trump willing to debate him before the California primary, since Clinton won't? "Yes, I am — how much is he going to pay me?" Trump said. "You would do it for a price?" Kimmel asked. "Yes, because if I debated him, we would have such high ratings," Trump said. "If he would pay a nice sum for some charity, I would love to do that." Watch below. Peter Weber

2:07 a.m. ET
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In response to outrage over the brutal gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in April, Indonesian President Joko Widodo approved on Wednesday new punishments for sex offenders found guilty of abusing children.

Effective immediately, the maximum penalty is now death and chemical castration, and after being released from prison, convicted pedophiles could be ordered to wear electronic monitoring devices, Agence France-Presse reports. "This regulation is intended to overcome the crisis caused by sexual violence against children," Widodo said. "Sexual crimes against children are extraordinary crimes, because they threaten the lives of children."

Under previous laws, the maximum sentence for rape, including of a minor, was 14 years in jail. In the case of the 14-year-old girl raped and murdered in April, seven teens, all either 16 or 17 years old, have been arrested. The girl was followed by a drunken mob while she walked home from school on the island of Sumatra; three days later, her naked body was found tied up in a wooded area. Catherine Garcia

1:24 a.m. ET

Yes, Donald Trump admitted on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he has used aliases in the past, but it's only because he wanted to save money on real estate deals.

Trump explained to Kimmel that while setting up transactions, he would use "an alias in terms of setting up a meeting with Mr. Donald Trump. And many people in the real estate business do that, you use alias. And you have to, frankly, otherwise they find out it's you and they charge you more money — and nobody wants to pay more money." He'd often use an alias "when I was out in Brooklyn with my father and I'd want to buy something. And honestly nobody knew who Trump was at that time, nobody knew me, so it wasn't so much so important. But I would never want to use my name because you had to pay money for the land."

Trump has shied away from reports that he used to pose as his own spokesman, going by such creative monikers as "John Miller" and "John Barron." His youngest son's name is Barron, and he said he did use that name once and made "a very good deal." He also revealed that he'd be delighted to have a one-on-one debate with Bernie Sanders, promising the duo "would have such high ratings." Watch the alias conversation below. Catherine Garcia

May 25, 2016

At least four people were shot during a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza in New York City Wednesday night, leaving one person dead and another in critical condition, the NYPD said.

Sources told CBS New York the shooting started with a fight backstage, and shots rang out in the venue at around 10 p.m. Officials said a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest, a 33-year-old man was shot in the abdomen, and a 26-year-old woman was shot in the left leg. A fourth victim's age and condition are unknown.

A witness told CBS New York the show was about to start when "we saw two people up on the VIP arguing, and then everybody started running because they heard the shots. It was terrifying. We just kept running with everybody else because they were running for their lives, so we just started running, and I fell, and I got stomped on a little bit." In 2006, there was a shooting at a T.I. concert in Cincinnati, and the hip-hop artist's personal assistant, Philant Johnson, was killed. Catherine Garcia

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