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Republican Rubio offers bill on new education financing vehicles

By Caren Bohan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a possible 2016 White House contender, unveiled legislation on Wednesday to broaden the use of financial vehicles known as "income share agreements" that students can use to fund their higher education costs.

Rubio woos tech companies with promises of more airwaves, collaboration with government labs

WASHINGTON - Pitching himself as an ally to Silicon Valley, presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio proposed giving cellphone companies more access to government-controlled airwaves and other pro-business initiatives he said would create "thousands upon thousands of high-paying jobs."

Abe stresses importance of alliance in talks with U.S. Sen. Rubio

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the significance of the Japan-U.S. alliance in a meeting Tuesday in Tokyo with U.S. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, the Foreign Ministry said. Rubio is considered to be a possible contender for the next presidential election.

Sen. Rubio to meet President Park in Seoul this week

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, one of the potential Republican presidential candidates, will visit South Korea this week for meetings with President Park Geun-hye and other senior officials, his office announced Sunday. The Florida senator, who serves as the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, plans to arrive in Seoul on Thursday. He will meet the South Korean president the next day.

Republican aspirant for U.S. president to meet with Abe on Tues.

A Republican senator said to be an aspirant to become the next U.S. president will visit Japan, the Philippines and South Korea next week and meet with their leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the senator's aide said Friday. Sen. Marco Rubio, 42, will meet with Abe on Tuesday in Tokyo and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Defense Minister Istunori Onodera and economic reform minister Akira Amari on Monday.

Rubio threads conservative needle as White House race looms

Republican Marco Rubio, a potential 2016 White House contender, urges the projection of US global power in the name of liberty -- an interventionist strategy at odds with isolationists in his party. Back home he spearheaded comprehensive immigration reform earlier this year, infuriating hardliners who helped elect him to the Senate in early 2011. But since then the lawmaker and hip-hop aficionado from Florida has mostly hewed to the right, voting the Tea Party line on social issues and fiercely opposing President Barack Obama's health care reforms.

US senator scolds China over Philippines aid

A prominent US senator reproached China Tuesday for not doing more to support the typhoon-hit Philippines, saying the relief effort showed the need for US leadership in the world. Beijing initially offered only $100,000 to the Philippines, a Washington ally with which it has tense territorial disputes. Donations later swelled its aid to $1.8 million, but that was still a fraction of Japan's $30 million or the US commitment of $20 million and its deployment of 1,000 Marines.

Florida ex-governor runs for his old job after switching parties

By Saundra Amrhein ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who quit the Republican Party and became a Democrat, launched a campaign on Monday to win back his old job, setting the stage for what is expected to be one of the most expensive governor's races in the country next year. At the rally where he formally announced his campaign before a crowd of supporters, Crist criticized current Republican Governor Rick Scott.

Ex-Florida governor Crist moves closer to unveiling bid for old job

By Bill Cotterell LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (Reuters) - Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-Democrat, launched a campaign-style video and website on Friday that threw open the door to a likely run for his old job in 2014. In the video posted on YouTube and the website (www.charliecrist.com), Crist highlights his past as governor, calling the period from 2007-2011 a time when "the people were in charge."

US Senator Rubio says China 'tortures' its people

US Republican Senator Marco Rubio mounted a fierce criticism of China Thursday as it named its new president, saying the Asian giant tortures its citizens, uses forced labor and is bent on global superiority. Rubio, a rising political star seen as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, offered his critique at the conservative policy conference CPAC, where he said communist Beijing's goal was to surpass US influence. "While we are bickering (about budget and tax and spending policies), there is a nation trying to supplant us as the leading power in the world," Rubio warned.
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