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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) may have no interest in running for reelection in November, but GOP leadership doesn’t want to hear it. In a series of interviews in recent days, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ramped up the public pressure on Rubio to reconsider.

"I and my colleagues have been trying to convince Sen. Marco Rubio to run again in Florida," McConnell said in a Tuesday interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt.

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A former IRS official, under a congressional subpoena, said he had doubts about the administration’s rationale for funding Obamacare subsidies that are at the heart of a House Republican lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act, according to a New York Times report published Sunday. His deposition was part of a Republican-led House committee investigation and, in a moment of partisan jockeying, the deposition was made public by Democrats on the committee, who sought to get ahead of a potential Republican leak, according to the Times.

The official, David Fisher, who worked for the IRS as financial risk officer, recounted in a May 11 deposition for House Ways and Means Committee investigators a January 2014 meeting during which IRS officials were taken to an Old Executive Office Building conference room. There, they were shown a Office of Management and Budget memo justifying the administration’s funding of billions of dollars in health insurance subsidies. They were not allowed to take notes or copy the memo, according the Times, and the IRS officials were also told that then-Attorney General Eric Holder had approved of the rationale.

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In announcing Tuesday that he had raised less for veterans groups than he had originally claimed, Donald Trump teed off on the the assembled political press, expresssed anger over the scrutiny, and at one point referred to a reporter as a "sleaze."

"What I don’t want is when I raise millions of dollars, have people say this sleazy guy right over here from ABC, he's a sleaze in my book — you're a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well," said Trump.

ABC News' Tom Llama claimed credit as the target of Trump's ire:

During the Trump Tower press conference, Trump announced that he raised $5.6 million for veterans groups, down from the $6 million he originally said that he raised for veterans group at the January fundraiser he held in lieu of attending a Fox News debate. But since his initial claim, it's been unclear just how much Trump raised, how much he personally donated to veterans groups, and which groups received donations as a result of the fundraiser. Trump on Tuesday characterized the number as "almost $6 million."

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Dena Minning isn't widely known in Florida's 9th Congressional District, but that all could change now that she has taken Rep. Alan Grayson's last name.

According to Politico, Grayson – who is running for the open Senate seat in the state–married Minning over the weekend.

"Dena Minning promptly became Dena Grayson on Twitter and Facebook," Politico wrote, a move that may help Dena Grayson win in a competitive Democratic primary.

The Orlando Political Observer reported that "for months the two had been at the center of marriage rumors."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seems unconcerned about Donald Trump's impact on vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in November, suggesting that Republicans line up behind Trump.

In an interview with USA Today published Monday evening, McConnell was asked whether Trump could hurt Republicans chances in some Senate races.

"I don’t," McConnell responded, adding that Trump's candidacy could help in some places.

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