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DayStarter: Today should be beautiful; last night's debate gets the Truth-O-Meter test — and get your mock football draft on

• You'll wish the weekend lasted a few days longer, as mostly sunny skies are expected to be the norm for the next few days, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs should be in the low to mid 80s, with lows in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

• Waking up and wondering about the Democratic presidential debate? Who told the truth? Who didn't? PolitiFact will be fact-checking throughout the day at

• Meanwhile, on the Republican side, party leaders, donors and other supporters of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio portray a political operation that continues to come up short in its message, both in its attention to the fundamentals of campaigning and in its use of a promising politician. The failures have all but doomed Rubio's chances of securing the GOP nomination, leaving him far behind Trump and Cruz in both delegates and states won.

• The issue of migrants flowing to Europe will be at the center of a summit in Brussels between the European Union and Turkey. EU leaders, such as Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, want to persuade Turkey to reduce the number of migrants leaving its shores and to take back large numbers of people who are not eligible for political asylum in Europe.

• The White House is cautioning against expecting any breakthrough in Middle East peace talks as Vice President Joe Biden visits the United Arab Emirates, Israel, the West Bank and Jordan this week. The Islamic State group and the Syrian war are also expected to be on his agenda.

• It's Mock Draft Monday. Staff writer Matt Baker brings you up to date on the latest projections for the Bucs and the top state college players this morning.

• Looking ahead, here are the top things to do around Tampa Bay this week, from Grand Prix racing to both Rihanna and Jewel in concert and an early start to St. Patrick's Day celebrating.

DayStarter: Today should be beautiful; last night's debate gets the Truth-O-Meter test — and get your mock football draft on 03/07/16 [Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2016 12:08pm]
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