In it, but not of it. TPM DC

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) seems to be taking it from all sides.

First, major member businesses left the organization griping about climate change. Then ALEC's spat with liberal advocacy groups became public when those groups published cease and desist letters from ALEC.

Now, the progressive wireless carrier Credo Mobile is refusing to comply with Alec's most recent attempt to gag an opponent.

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WASHINGTON — Nothing infuriates Senate Democrats' budget chief Bernie Sanders quite like calls for cutting Social Security.

So the Vermont senator was livid when TPM asked him at a Capitol news conference about a proposal floated Tuesday in New Hampshire by Republican presidential hopeful and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to incrementally raise the Social Security retirement age to 69 and reduce benefits for upper earners.

"You take a deep breath and try to wonder what world these people live in," said Sanders, who is also considering a run for president. "What Governor Christie is saying is just the continuation of the war being waged by the Republican Party against the elderly, against the children, against the sick and against the poor, in order to benefit millionaires and billionaires. It is an outrage."

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WASHINGTON — Just two years after becoming a U.S. senator in 2011, Marco Rubio shot to the top of early polls for the Republican presidential nomination.

Over the next few months, he began a precipitous decline into the single digits, where he remained when he declared his bid to become the first Hispanic American president Monday at the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami.

What happened at that critical juncture? In 2013, the Florida senator teamed up with Democrats to write and pass a sweeping (but ultimately doomed) bill that included a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. The fateful decision will loom large for the talented 43-year-old politician in the coming year — perhaps large enough to affect the outcome of the nomination fight, and with it, the presidency.

Eventually Rubio came out against his own bill and returned to his hardline opposition to reform, demanding stronger border security before anything else. (The timeline below explains his complicated evolution on the issue.)

But will Republican voters forgive him? A recent Washington Post-ABC poll found that 70 percent of GOP voters want the next president to oppose a path to citizenship. The issue is guaranteed to come up in the primary particularly given the crop of competing hard-right candidates like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, both of whom voted against the bill.

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