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March 02, 2016

Claim: Fox News Is Done With "The Rubio Thing"

I'll believe it when I don't see it, but it's too delicious not to slap a headline on and call it a post.

In his role as the donor class's darling, Marco Rubio has enjoyed support from the Republicans' media arm, Fox News. Throughout the primary, Fox provided Rubio with friendly interviews and key bookings, including the first prime-time response to Barack Obama's Oval Office address on ISIS. Many of the network's top pundits, including Stephen Hayes and Charles Krauthammer, have been enthusiastic boosters. Bill Sammon, Fox's Washington managing editor, is the father of Rubio's communications director, Brooke Sammon.

But this alliance now seems to be over. According to three Fox sources, Fox chief Roger Ailes has told people he's lost confidence in Rubio's ability to win. "We're finished with Rubio," Ailes recently told a Fox host. "We can't do the Rubio thing anymore."

I have no idea if any of that is true. Pretty much everything is lies now. Used to be it was only 30% lies. Now it's like 85% lies.

But, whatever, sounds like something I should Hit My Great Big Blog Retweet Button on.

I guess I'm intrigued enough by this Thousand Layer Cake of Wonderfulness that I might just watch Megyn "Rubes4Ever" Kelly tonight to see if she can force herself to utter the words "Ted Cruz" outside of the context of weighing how Cruz might complicate Rubio's bid for the presidency.

Thanks to New Guy.

Unrelated but Big: The DOJ grants immunity to Hillary's server guy, which therefore strips him of the right to plead the Fifth when questioned about potentially criminal acts.

Now, the DOJ can be playing games here, obviously. But this is how you get people to flip on the higher-ups in a criminal enterprise -- you give immunity to the guy selling crack on the corner to get testimony about his supplier.

The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server, a sign the FBI investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing is progressing.

A senior U.S. law enforcement official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009.

Thanks to @comradearthur, JJ Sefton.

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