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"I've been running for 10 months we've been polling out front, Marco's saying he's getting in."
Watch Jolly's full interview on CNN's "New Day" below:
— David Jolly (@USRepDavidJolly) June 17, 2016
The Representative's office quickly backtracked his comments. A spokesperson said Jolly "has no actual knowledge of a Rubio decision." Or does he?
Jolly then held a press conference later in the day, where he confirmed he won't seek Rubio's Senate seat.
— Kellie Cowan (@KellieCowan) June 17, 2016
The thing is, he faces a steep battle in his own re-election campaign. Jolly is a victim of redistricting that's placed thousands of Democratic voters among his constituency. (Redistricting is when Congressional districts are re-drawn.)
Plus, Jolly is running against former Florida Governor Charlie Christ, a Republican turned Democrat, who might be able to sway both Repubs and Dems to vote for him.
Why does it matter if Rubio runs?
Rubio previously said he wanted to become "a private citizen" and wouldn't seek re-election.
But his colleagues in the US Senate worry the party will have to spend unnecessary time and resources to keep Rubio's seat if he doesn't run. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top dogs in the GOP have openly encouraged Rubio to stay put:
"... we hope our candidate will end up being Marco Rubio."
Florida's Lieutenant Governor Carlos López-Cantera is also seeking Rubio's seat, but he's said he'll drop out if Rubio entered. Rubio has until June 24th to file for re-election.
Salman initially texted Mateen after his mother asked her if she knew where he was. A law enforcement official has supplied their conversation to the press.
Below is Omar Mateen's alleged exchange with his wife, Noor Salman:
Salman: "Where are you?"
Mateen: "Do you see what's happening?"
Mateen: "I love you, babe."
After their short-lived conversation, Salman called her husband repeatedly and unsuccessfully.
Authorities are investigating Salman extensively. She was aware of the guns Mateen purchased and his mental instability, so she may face charges if a federal grand jury decides to indict her.
Mateen's wife has given conflicting reports and it's unclear if she had forewarning of his plan. Mateen had been married to his wife since 2011 and is survived by their 3-year-old son.
Did Mateen contact anyone else from within the club?
The Orlando shooter did more than text his wife during the attack. He also posted his allegiance to ISIS on Facebook while dead bodies were strewn around the dance club:
"I pledge my alliance to (ISIS leader) abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me ... The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west ... You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes ... now taste the Islamic state vengeance."
In his final Facebook post, Mateen predicted a future attack in the US:
"In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the usa."
Authorities had his social media accounts and postings removed before most people could see them.
Mateen also called the local news station, News 13, when he was holding hostages in the club:
"I'm the shooter. It's me. I am the shooter."
Remember computer engineer Barbie? Who needed some mansplaining to figure out her fancy new job?
Compare the original version to mine.
Barbie can't even code, and the book is called "Barbie is a computer engineer" pic.twitter.com/CholDn2oVE
— SecuriTay (@SwiftOnSecurity) November 18, 2014
It looks like Mattel (the makers of Barbie) got the hint after people were outraged with the computer engineer version. And the new game developer Barbie isn't as sexist as her predecessor.
In fact, some have even called the new Barbie "fantastic" for its gender neutral accessories, actual programming books, and lack of Barbie stereotypes (like Ken and fashion magazines).
Here's a montage of the new game developer Barbie:
Yes, you read that right. A German court has sentenced the 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning, a former SS guard at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, to five years in jail for helping kill 170,000 people. And guess what? He's "sorry."
A photo of Hanning in his SS regalia:
— EIHR (@EIHumanRights) June 17, 2016
Auschwitz is the most notorious Nazi concentration camp of World War II. Nazis at Auschwitz used gas, human-sized ovens, and other despicable means to assist in the murder over 1 million people (most of them Jewish) during the Holocaust.
How did they prove his guilt?
Prosecutors matched Hanning's travel logs to show he helped kill at least 170,000.
One Auschwitz survivor, Leon Schwarzbaum, testified and described Hanning's heinous acts:
"It was just like Dante's Inferno ... The older I get, the more time I have to think about what happened. I am nearly 95 years old and still I often have nightmares about this."
Schwarzbaum faced Hanning head on in court:
"Mr. Hanning, we are virtually the same age and soon we will face our final judge. I would like to ask you to tell the historical truth here, just as I am. Tell the truth about what you and your colleagues did."
— de Volkskrant (@volkskrant) June 11, 2016
Hanning didn't want to speak at first. But later, he told a German broadcaster he was "sorry" about what he did:
"I am ashamed that I witnessed injustice and allowed it to continue without taking any actions against it. I am sincerely sorry."
The Iraqi army entered Fallujah late May after a week of fighting on the outskirts of the city.
— NBC News Videos (@NBCNewsVideo) June 17, 2016
An Iraqi colonel said that ISIS' strength in the city has diminished since they've entered the city:
"ISIS has lost its power to defend Falluja. Its defensive lines have collapsed, and the battle of Falluja will be over in no time."
Another Iraqi counterterrorism commander said, "ISIS has collapsed in Falluja very fast."
This doesn't mean the city is safe from suicide bombings, though:
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) June 17, 2016
Although the Iraqis now control most of the city, there are still plenty of combatants lurking in the shadows.
Santa Barbara is in a state of emergency. A massive wildfire has spread across the Santa Ynez Mountains and is threatening crops of avocados, lemons, and more.
Santa Barbara's agriculture industry, which the fire mainly endangers, is worth roughly $1.48 billion.
This is when the fire started:
— ABC News (@ABC) June 16, 2016
And here it is now:
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) June 17, 2016
#SherpaFire in Santa Barbara County, CA, doubled to 4,000 + acres overnight on Thursday.
? Santa Barbara City Fire pic.twitter.com/ua8mOlAvFk
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) June 17, 2016
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) June 17, 2016
There's an eighth grader out there who's probably better at impersonating presidential candidates than you.
Jack Aiello used his graduation speech to deliver impersonations of all the major presidential candidates this season: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Ted Cruz. Plus, he threw in a President Barack Obama.
Watch Jack Aiello's impersonations below:
His father said Aiello started following politics with his parents:
"He's always been good with impressions, so while watching along with his mom and I, he picked up phrases and mannerisms of the candidates. He started with impressions of his parents, of course. He then moved on to teachers at school, and it developed to the point where he's very good at picking up mannerisms and tones."
Hillary Clinton (or at least her social media team) have been making a mark in the Twitterverse. You might remember when she sparked the #DeleteYourAccount hashtag after telling Donald Trump to quit Twitter?
Delete your account. https://t.co/Oa92sncRQY
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 9, 2016
Now, she's thrown more shade at Trump:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 17, 2016
How? She retweeted CNN correspondent Phil Mattingly who quoted Trump saying, "You tell me: who is better for the gay community and who is better for women than Donald Trump."
Trump: "You tell me: who is better for the gay community and who is better for women than Donald Trump."
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) June 17, 2016
In her retweet, Clinton simply said, "Hi." Obviously, she thinks she's way better for women and the LGBT community than her Republican opponent.
With over 27,000 retweets, it's safe to say her jab reached hundreds of thousands.
Is it better than #DeleteYourAccount? Probably not. But second place seems fair.
Russia's track and field team probably won't be at the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games. News reports and the World Anti-Doping Agency have already accused (and presented evidence) of the Russian government turning a blind eye or even allowing its track and field athletes to use blood doping to enhance their performance.
The accusations and following investigations led to the current ban on Russia's track and field team--a ban Russia hopes to overturn. But overturning the ban is a lot less likely now.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) reviewed the ban and instead of lifting it, they extended it. If the ruling holds, this will be the first time the Olympics has barred a team for blood doping.
The IAAF extended the ban because they don't think Russia has done enough to prevent future blood doping violations:
"The deep-seated culture of tolerance of doping appears not to have been changed materially. The head coach of Russian athletics and many athletes appear unwilling to acknowledge extent of the doping problem and ignore the anti-doping rules."
There's still some hope for Russia, though. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet next week to decide whether or not to uphold the IAAF's ban.
Naturally, the Russian Ministry of Sport is pressuring the IOC to lift the ban:
"We now appeal to the members of the (IOC) to not only consider the impact that our athletes' exclusion will have on their dreams and the people of Russia, but also that the Olympics themselves will be diminished by their absence."
If Russia's appeal fails, its athletes clean of doping charges can still apply as independent competitors.
Apparently "dozens of Republican convention delegates" are colluding to get rid of Donald Trump during what should be his coronation: the upcoming GOP convention in July.
This plot is reportedly "the most organized effort so far" to unseat Trump from the nomination. But this isn't the first time we've heard of a scheme to oust the presumptive Republican nominee.
So why is it a big deal? Well, the delegates involved in this new plot actually have the ability to change party rules, unlike many conservative pundits and politicians who have disavowed Trump.
The leader of the movement basically wants anyone but Trump:
“This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement. Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just doing that job to make sure that he’s not the face of our party.”
Trump just brushed aside the new Republican plot against him:
"I won almost 14 million votes, which is by far more votes than any candidate in the history of the Republican primaries. I have tremendous support and get the biggest crowds by far and any such move would not only be totally illegal but also a rebuke of the millions of people who feel so strongly about what I am saying.
People that I defeated soundly in the primaries will do anything to get a second shot — but there is no mechanism for it to happen."
How would the plan work?
Trump is right in saying there's "no mechanism for it to happen," yet. But the delegates are frantically coordinating with other #NeverTrump Republicans across the country to mount a contested convention in July.
The movement's goal is to unbind Republican delegates so they can vote for whatever candidate they want at the convention. If they reach their goal, they would effectively create a "mechanism" capable of kicking Trump off the ticket.
The "Anybody but Trump" movement still needs to convince the majority of the GOP rules committee members to join their side so they can unbind the delegates. Only time will tell if they succeed.
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Dieter is an associate editor at Kicker who loves discussing dolphins and politics. On top of Kicker, he's a HuffPost campus editor. He has a bachelor's of philosophy from UC Santa Cruz and is studying for a masters of computational journalism at Cardiff University. Follow him on Twitter @dieterholger.