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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is generating buzz that he might be next vice president, but he is also attracting attention for an honesty problem: Rubio has been inconsistent about when his family came to the United States from Cuba. National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason visited MSNBC’s “Hardball With Chris Matthews” to discuss Rubio — and how he is trying to “cloak himself” in the history of anti-Communism for political gain. Watch the clip from Friday’s show here:

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The Treasury Department's nine-page "2021 Sanctions Review" released on Monday makes vague recommendations for "calibrating sanctions to mitigate unintended economic, political, and humanitarian impact." Unfortunately, it offers few tangible policy suggestions on how to end the high humanitarian
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In New York City, a statue of Thomas Jefferson has graced the City Council chamber for 100 years. This week, the Public Design Commission voted unanimously to remove it. "Jefferson embodies some of the most shameful parts of our country's history," explained Adrienne Adams, a councilwoman from Queens. Assemblyman Charles Barron went even further. Responding to a question about where the statue should go next, he was contemptuous: "I don't think it should go anywhere. I don't think it should exist."

When iconoclasts topple Jefferson, they seem to validate the argument advanced by defenders of Confederate monuments that there is no escape from the slippery slope. "First, they come for Nathan Bedford Forrest and then for Robert E. Lee. Where does it end? Is Jefferson next? Is George Washington?"

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