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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) took to the opinion pages of Politico in order to combat allegations by the Washington Post that he had embellished the story of how his parents emigrated from Cuba. Rubio had previously said that his parents left the nation in 1958 or 1959 in order to escape Castro. In reality, his parents left the island nation before Castro took power.

“My understanding of my parents’ journey has always been based on what they told me about events that took place more than 50 years ago — more than a decade before I was born,” Rubio said. “What they described was not a timeline, or specific dates.”

He lashed out against the paper, writing: “to call into question the central and defining event of my parents’ young lives – the fact that a brutal communist dictator took control of their homeland and they were never able to return – is something I will not tolerate.”

Miss President Obama’s Iraq announcement live? Watch Obama announce the United States' full drawdown from Iraq below, via the AP.

Sen. John Kerry released the following statement after President Obama announced U.S. troops will completely withdraw from Iraq by the year’s end:

“The United States is fulfilling our agreement with an Iraqi government that wants to shape its own future. The President is also following through on his commitment to end both the conflict in Iraq and our military presence. We are creating a new partnership that shifts from a clear military focus to a new relationship that is more expansive, hinging on increased diplomatic, economic and cultural relations. At the same time, we are committed to our security relationship with Iraq. These moves appropriately reflect the changes on the ground. American troops in Iraq will be coming home, having served with honor and enormous skill.”

The death of former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi sparked celebrations in Libya and congratulations from world leaders. But one group of American lawmakers were cautious to give the Obama Administration any credit.

Enter Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who heaped praise on the British and French efforts in Libya. And while Sen. John McCain commended the administration, he also focused on the European efforts.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) abruptly cancelled his scheduled speech on income inequality at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday morning after his office was warned that the school opened the speech to the public. Originally, the speech was going to be heard only by the university community.

Cantor’s speech was going to be protested by liberal groups, unions, and the Occupy Philadelphia protesters.

CBS and the Republican Party of South Carolina will host a GOP presidential debate on Nov. 12, The State newspaper reports. The debate will focus on national security.

New Jersey state senate candidate Phil Mitsch knows just what America needs to get his awful state back on track: tax reductions, something called "mandatory mortgage loan modifications on at risk residential properties," and a more pronounced Madonna-whore complex. "Women, you increase your odds of keeping your men by being faithful, a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom," he recently tweeted.

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President Obama on Friday announced that all U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year.

“After nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said.