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Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief

Alex Leary

Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire.

Phone: (202) 306-4807

Email: leary@tampabay.com

Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @LearyReports

  1. Rubio and Cruz a study in contrasts over Donald Trump


    Marco Rubio’s RNC speech lasted 1 minute 25 seconds. His first reference to Donald Trump came 50 seconds in.

    But the tepid support was support nonetheless. Compare that with Sen. Ted Cruz, who like Rubio, will likely run for president again.

  2. Wasserman Schultz demanded MSNBC host apologize for saying she should resign as head of DNC


    Debbie Wasserman Schultz demanded MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski apologize after the Morning Joe host said she should resign as head of the Democratic National Committee.

    "This is the LAST straw. Please call Phil a Griffin. This is outrageous. She needs to apologize," Wasserman Schultz wrote in an email to the DNC spokesman Luis Miranda.

    Hundreds of DNC emails were made public by WikiLeaks and they lend fuel to the bitterness between the commitee and Bernie Sanders' campaign. In another email, Wasserman Schultz describes as "silly" a story about Sanders as president. "He isn't going to be president," she wrote to Miranda....

    DNC email
  3. Donald Trump to meet with Hispanic leaders in Miami


    Donald Trump will hold a "Hispanic leadership roundtable" on Tuesday in Miami, according to his campaign.

    The time and place was not announced; the event is a make-up as Trump canceled a visit to Miami following the slaying of police in Dallas.

    Trump faces a huge challenge with Hispanic voters and Hillary Clinton's event Saturday in Miami, along with her Spanish-speaking VP Tim Kaine, shows how central those voters will be to her campaign....

    Signs at the RNC in Cleveland
  4. Clinton in Miami calls Tim Kaine 'everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not'


    Hilllary Clinton introduced Tim Kaine as her running mate today in Miami, calling him "everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not."

    She cast Trump as a dictator-like figure who thinks he can fix American alone. "We Americans solve problems together and if Donald doesn’t understand that, he doesn’t understand America," Clinton said.

    Kaine continued the attacks on the Republican and the suggestion Trump was a despot....

    Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine in Miami
  5. In accepting nomination, Donald Trump pledges, 'I alone can fix this'

    State Roundup


    Conjuring up a dark, dangerous time and presenting himself as an uncompromising strongman against terrorism and illegal immigration, Donald Trump promised to restore "law and order" during his presidential nomination acceptance speech Thursday night that also played to his outsider appeal.

    "I have loved my life in business. But now, my sole and exclusive mission is to go to work for our country — to go to work for all of you," Trump said. "It's time to deliver a victory for the American people. But to do that, we must break free from the petty politics of the past....

    Donald Trump watches the closing celebration surrounded by his family, including wife Melania, left center, and youngest son Barron, and running mate Mike Pence. Ivanka Trump is at the far right.
  6. Rubio: 'It's time to come together'


     Marco Rubio delivered a short, taped video speech at the convention, using it to blast Hillary Clinton and offering somewhat measured praise for Donald Trump.

    "After a long and spirited primary, the time for fighting each other is over," he siad. "It's time to come together and fight for a new direction for America."

    Before and during Rubio's speech, Democrats issued emails recounting his campaign trail criticism of Trump....

  7. How Donald Trump is changing the Republican Party

    State Roundup

    CLEVELAND — Donald Trump hasn't just won the Republican nomination. He has conquered the Republican Party.

    Forcing it in different directions on trade, foreign policy, entitlements and other issues. Hardening the party's position on immigration at a time when party leaders are desperate to reach new voters.

    "Donald Trump respects us enough to tell us the hard truths about what has happened to our country — on issues like immigration, trade, and our diminished status around the world — even in the face of unfair criticism and sheer hatred," radio host Laura Ingraham told convention delegates Wednesday night. "They had their chance. Now, it's our chance."...

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to vice presidential running mate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and family members after arriving near the site of the Republican National Convention, Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
  8. President Obama calls Gov. Rick Scott to discuss growing Zika threat


    From the White House:

    The President spoke by phone today with Governor Rick Scott of Florida regarding the suspected case of mosquito transmission of Zika announced by the Florida Department of Health. This case would be the first documented Zika infection caused by a mosquito in the Continental United States. The President recognized Florida's strong record of responding aggressively to local outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses like Zika, and offered Federal support and technical assistance for Florida's ongoing case investigation and mosquito control efforts....

  9. A scare at Marco Rubio's office in Washington


    Capitol Police this afternoon gave the all-clear at Sen. Marco Rubio's office in Washington after investigating a suspicious substance.

    The substance, contained in a small plastic bag left in the lobby, turned out to be crushed up motion sickness medication, a Rubio aide says.

  10. Carlos Beruff makes the rounds in Cleveland


    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - "I'm just here to support the nominee," Carlos Beruff said this morning at the Florida delegation breakfast.

    Of course his visit here is also designed to help his U.S. Senate campaign, and Beruff has been meeting with grassroots activists and getting some media attention. He's also drawing a contrast with rival Marco Rubio, who stayed in Florida but will address the convention tonight via video....

    Florida Senate candidate Carlos Beruff
  11. Donald Trump to fundraise next week in Tampa, Miami


    Donald Trump is scheduled to attend fundraisers in Tampa and Miami next Tuesday, according to organizers.

    A fundraising invite for Donald Trump
  12. One Florida delegate's journey from doubts about Trump to acceptance


    It took several weeks to accept the whole idea, but there was Jessica Fernandez rising from her prime seat on the floor of the Republican National Convention as Donald Trump emerged Monday night, WWE-style with We Are the Champions blaring, to introduce his wife.

    At her first convention, Fernandez was applauding a man she did not support in the primaries and still has reservations about — a feeling shared by many here as Trump has become the GOP's standard-bearer....

    Florida delegate Jessica Fernandez
  13. As Donald Trump becomes GOP nominee, he reclaims convention narrative

    State Roundup


    Donald J. Trump officially clinched the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday, another step in an extraordinary campaign that sought a reset after a tumultuous first convention night punctuated by allegations of plagiarism.

    Delegates erupted as Trump's New York state put him over the top for the required 1,237 votes, minting a new Grand Old Party standard-bearer in the face of lingering discontent of some in the room and others who refused to show up. Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, was also nominated....

    Trump addresses the convention Tuesday via video, declaring, “This is a movement, but we have to go all the way.’’
  14. Florida GOP pays homage to LeBron, Disney -- and votes for Donald J. Trump


    "Mr. Chairman, my name is Blaise Ingoglia, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

    "I am proud to lead this delegation of the Sunshine State, home to Disney World, the Daytona 500 and the stunning Florida Keys. We have no state income tax, and our residents enjoy over 600 miles of pristine beaches. Florida is the paradise where you vacation but we all live. We are home to over1.5 million veterans and we make it a point to thank them every day....

    NBA player LeBron James accepts the Best Male Athlete award onstage during the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles.
  15. Rubio: 'Vast majority of Americans' won't care about Melania Trump plagiarism


    Marco Rubio defended Melania Trump, saying the alleged plagiarism is an issue that won't matter to "the vast majority of Americans."

    "I think we got a chance to meet her last night ... and hear her story," Rubio said on CNN. "I think that's what's really going to matter to voters. Probably not the political punditry class, but to voters."

    Jake Tapper asked if Rubio would be upset if a teacher said one of his children plagiarised. "I would, but that's different from what you're asking. Last night was a convention speech and one that I don't think she claims to have written." He said whoever wrote it probably wishes he or she had chosen different words....

    Marco Rubio on CNN