Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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    February 6, 2014

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Dressed as Scarface for Congress Yesterday

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen showed up on the House floor yesterday in a white suit with a red shirt and a gold necklace. Apparently someone informed her that her sartorial sense seemed pretty close to Scarface's Tony Montana, so she decided to have some fun with it on Twitter. "Two Cuban-Americans who ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Poll: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Trails Generic Democratic Opponent

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is such a part of Miami-Dade's political firmament it's hard to imagine the moderate Republican losing her seat until she's ready to retire. But a new poll shows Ros-Lehtinen trailing a generic Democratic opponent by two points. Is this just a temporary manifestation of the ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Blasts UN for Preserving Che Guevara's Memory

    Never much of a fan of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is more peeved than usual at the NGO. Today she blasted UNESCO for preserving the works of Che Guevara in its "Memory of the World Register."

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    June 13, 2013

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen First Republican To Pose for NOH8 Campaign

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has followed in the footsteps of the likes of the Kardashian sisters and the cast of Glee by getting "NOH8" painted over her face, duct tape placed over her mouth, and a ring flashed for the gay rights campaign. Whiles Ros-Lehtinen isn't the first member of congress to pose ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Jay-Z, Beyoncé in Cuba "Funds Machinery of Oppression," Say Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart

    As supercouple Jay-Z and Beyoncé prep for World Humanitarian Day ("I'm doing something good," Mrs. Carter tweets, "somewhere, for someone else. Join me!"), they're also getting slammed by South Floridian members of Congress Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart for helping to "fund the machiner ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen One of Only Two Current Republicans in Congress to Sign Brief in Favor of Gay Marriage

    Seventy-five prominent Republicans have signed a legal brief backing the idea that gay people have a constitutional right to get married according to the New York Times, but to give you an idea of how contentious (and possibly electorally damaging) the issue still is within the party, only two of th ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    That Fiscal Cliff Deal Is Going To Cost Florida Billions; Here's How Much More You'll Pay

    Chances are, when you heard that the GOP-controlled House had finally relented on a deal that kept the nation from plunging Wile E. Coyote-style off a fiscal cliff, you popped a little mental champagne. But even though the compromise prevents huge tax increases and keeps unemployment benefits in pla ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    "Whereas... LeBron James Decided to Take His Talent to South Beach": The Awesome Congressional Resolution Congratulating The Heat

    It seems that Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen went all fan girl when drafting up a Congressional resolution to congratulate the Miami Heat on their NBA championship, because the thing is actually the rare Congressional measure that's a pleasure to read. It's basically a manifesto on why the Heat are just s ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Marco Rubio Used to Throw Up Drunk on People, Go to Foam Parties

    Before he was a Tea Partier, Marco Rubio was just a plain old hard partier. His new memoir, An American Son, is out today, and while reviews seem to indicate it's what you might call sort of boring and politically safe, Florida's junior Senator does admit to drinking and partying in his past. In fac ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Gloria Romero Roses, Random Person, to Run Against David Rivera as Democrat

    Democrats have finally found a candidate to take on vulnerable Republican incumbent congressman David Rivera. Her name is Gloria Romero Roses. She has no electoral experience, no name recognition, and doesn't even live close to the district. Oh boy.

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    March 23, 2012

    Connie Mack, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Other Florida Politicians Chided by Watchdog Report

    Fudge your expenses at work and you could get fired. Fudge them when you're in Congress and you'll probably get away with it.A new anti-corruption report spells out how hundreds of U.S. representatives use their positions to enrich themselves and their families. According to the report, those engage ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Comes Out Against SOPA, Too

    ​Miami-area congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has finally made her position on SOPA clear: she's against it. Unlike Marco Rubio, who changed his position on SOPA's Senate companion, PIPA, earlier today, Ros-Lehtinen had never been a co-sponsor of the bill.

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    September 28, 2011

    Crazy Anti-Gay Group Targets Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

    ​The National Organization for Marriage, the sometimes fumbling and controversial anti-gay marriage group, is targeting Miami-area Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in its latest publicity stunt. Last week, Ros-Lehtinen became the first and so far only Republican to sponsor a bill that ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Becomes First and Only Republican to Back the Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act

    ​Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is boldly breaking away from the rest of the Republican party to become the first and likely only Republican to co-sponsor a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Ros-Lehtinen, currently the most senior female Republican member of the house and chairwoman of ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Should We Cut off Aid to Pakistan? Allen West Says Yes, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Says No Way

    ​The Pakistani government and military is facing tough criticism after Osama bin Laden was found living rather comfortably in a large city in their country just minutes from Pakistan's top military training academy. Rep. Allen West of Broward and Palm Beach, ever the reactionary Republican, is lea ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balarts Deemed Not Conservative by American Conservative Union

    ​The American Conservative Union, the group now headed by Miami lobbyist Al Cardenas, has released their 2010 ratings of congress and they've deemed the three Cuban-American Republicans who represented much of Miami-Dade county not conservative. In fact, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario and Lin ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Leads Us Into Annoying New World of Live Tweets from House Floor

    ​Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made history yesterday by making the first (semi-) authorized Tweet from the House Chamber of the U.S. Congress. The Republican congresswoman, whose Twitter is usually full of rooting for local football teams, live Tweeted a picture of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi handing ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Call to Assassinate Castro Haunts Her as She Takes Charge of Foreign Affairs Committee

    ​After nearly 22 years in the House and becoming the Republican's longest serving female member of that body, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is about to get her biggest taste of power yet in DC. When the GOP assumes control of the House in January, Ros-Lehtinen will become the chair of the Committee on Forei ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    News Roundup

    Manny Diaz sent letters to a hundred Miami Police officers informing them they'd be let go unless the police union agrees to pay cuts. [Herald]Doctors at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were able to use a portion of a woman's tooth to restore her eyesight. [ABCNews]Yet another Miam ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    News Roundup

    An appeals court in Miami today will take up Florida's gay adoption ban. [AP]Michael Beasley's stay in rehab was planned; in fact, he had already been in Houston attending therapy for two weeks beforehand. [Herald]After seeing so many wackos storm Democratic congressman with accusations of ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    Ros-Lehtinen Helps Reintroduce ENDA with Protection for Transgender Individuals

    It's quite ironic that so many so-called liberal politicians still have such a hard time talking about or defending the rights of transsexual people. Why should it be such a struggle to pass legislation that ensures people won't be discriminated against by potential employers on the basis of gen ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Ros-Lehtinen Debates Rangel over Whether Young Americans Should Play Their Hip-Hop in Cuba

    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) has a dream about Cuba:"I can imagine American tourists, our young kids, playing their hip-hop and letting the world see what America stands for."He was on CNN last night debating Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Campbell Brown's "The Great Debate" segment about the Cuban em ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Important Congressional Dog Update

    After watching the press hubbub over Bo Obama unfold we wondered last week if any local Pols had any cute puppies of their own. A few quick Google searches didn't turn up much, but we've had a few blanks filled in for us since then. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office sent over this pic ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Angry at Statistics

    Every month it seems Forbes puts out some dumb list of city rankings. Riptide always notes how dumb the list is, but posts about it anyway. Forbes appreciates any extra page views it gets, because that's half the reason they do it, but at the end of the day, these lists don't really mean all that mu ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    News Roundup

    Your Miami Dolphins did it! Some how! Some way! They took their division, are heading to the play offs, and made the greatest season to season turn around in NFL history. Not only that but to get their they beat the Patriots, who last year came ridiculously close to joining the '72 Dolphins in per ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    News Roundup

    The Washington Post company, which owns channel 10, will not be buying channel 6 as previously planned. It will remain an NBC O&O. [Just News]Florida isn't as competitive in luring movie shots as other states, anymore. [SunSent]A lady decided to track down some hoodlums that snatched her purse b ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Where Are Dubya's Miami Balls?

    The official White House Christmas tree this year is festooned with ornaments from more than 369 artists chosen by senators and representatives. Conspicuously absent are any ornaments selected by our local dream team of Cuban-American Republicans. Did they not get the memo? Even disgraced sex fiend ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Ros-Lehtinen Swears She Won't Hang Up On You

    Congratulations to Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who moved her Washington, D.C. offices this weekend, and as is her custom, she sent out a release about it, with lots and lots of exclamation marks!Starting today Monday, December 15, 2008, this will be our new home away from home. If you have recently sent a p ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Will There Be Any Miamians in Obama's Administration?

    Not only did Barack Obama pass over Manny Diaz as secretary of HUD, but also he is widely expected to name Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion as head of his newly created Office of Urban Policy, another position Diaz was considered in the running for. But with the nasty habit our most powerful l ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Hey, Miami, You're Stupid

    Public figures offer comic relief.

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    December 4, 2008

    Oh, How Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Is Dumb, Let Us Count The Ways

    If Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ever got an important 3am phone call of national importance, apparently she would hang up, and then put out a press release about it. Riptide has already written up Ileana's now infamous Obama hang up, but let's use the magic of bullet points to painstakingly detail just how ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Congressional Ballers

    South Florida congressional leaders Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Kendrick Meek sure know how to live the good life when they are on the campaign trail. According to campaign financial disclosure forms filed with the Federal Elections Commission, the federal legislators spent big bucks entertaining staff ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Electorial Money Makers, Part I

    With the election season wrapped up, Banana Republican sifted through federal campaign financial reports, including those of Barack Obama and John McCain, to see who got paid. We begin with the companies that made money working for Mario Diaz-Balart, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008

    Annette Taddeo Wants Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Job

    The Colombian-American is gaining momentum on the Cuban-American in the race for Congress.

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    October 14, 2008
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    October 13, 2008
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    October 3, 2008

    Bailout Is In

    Get it? Because if you bailed out a boat, you'd need a bucket, and now we has that bucket. Is it the best bucket? I am not sure, but is Friday. This bailout rescue thing went through the House and Bush signed it. So signed, sealed, delivered, its ours, errr, Wall Street's. Rep. Ilean ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008

    Joey Porter's Solution To The Financial Crises: Grab A Shovel

    via SI Enough about what our congressional delegates and candidates think about the financial crises. Is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a three time Pro Bowl selection? Does Mario Diaz-Balart have a Super Bowl ring? Did Raul Martinez deliver the Patriot's first regular season loss in 21 games? Nope. So what d ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    News Roundup

    "Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama issued a joint statement Wednesday night in which they said the American people are facing a moment of economic crisis." Which is just about as obvious as Clay Aiken issuing a statement that he's gay. We know, but thanks for confirming. Both cand ... More >>

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    August 24, 2007

    Castro Is Dead. Or Not.

    The city is abuzz with rumors that Fidel Castro has gone to that big communist gulag in the sky. Here's what we know: folks who picked up the phones at City Hall, Miami Police, Metro-Dade police and the county emergency center so far deny the rumors. So does Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's offic ... More >>

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    July 13, 2007
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    December 21, 2006
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    May 16, 2002


    Three Kings Parade

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    April 25, 2002

    Letters from the Issue of April 25, 2002

    The Everglades, dead fish, and dictators

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    April 18, 2002

    Letters from the Issue of April 18, 2002

    Is the only good fish a dead fish?

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    April 11, 2002

    Heretics in the House

    They came to Miami. They gathered publicly. They showed no fear. And they trashed the Cuba embargo.

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    November 1, 2001

    Should These Three Firemen Go Back to Work?

    Plus: Ros-Lehtinen's strange name game

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    April 19, 2001

    Voice of a Nation

    Radio and TV Martí are supposed to remain above politics and provide Cubans with unbiased news. This is not a joke; it only seems like one.

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    February 15, 2001

    True Colors

    Alex Penelas gets in touch with the inner Alex Penelas

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    August 31, 2000

    Broadcast Blunder

    When the feds snatched Elian, Radio Martí should have been first with the news to Cuba. Instead its director quit in protest and chaos reigned.

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