Florida Five: The Florida buzz on Marco Rubio’s jump, Former US Senator seeks 9/11 answers

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Marco Rubio announces cropMarco Rubio enters presidential race calling 2016 a ‘generational choice’ – Saying America faces a “generational choice” in the upcoming presidential election, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio jumped feet first Monday into the race for the highest office in the land. Read more

Florida politicos respond to Rubio’s announcement that he’s running for president

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio; Fast facts about his background

Read: Marco Rubio’s full presidential kickoff speech

Video: Party in Miami: Watch Rubio announce White House bid, take swipe at Hillary

Florida ex-Senator pursues claims of Saudi ties to Sept. 11 attacks – The episode could have been a chapter from the thriller written by former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida about a shadowy Saudi role in the Sept. 11 attacks. A top F.B.I. official unexpectedly arranges a meeting at Dulles International Airport outside Washington with Mr. Graham, the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, after he has pressed for information on a bureau terrorism inquiry. Mr. Graham, a Democrat, is then hustled off to a clandestine location, where he hopes for a breakthrough in his long pursuit of ties between leading Saudis and the Sept. 11 hijackers. Read more

Is Will Weatherford interested in the U.S. Senate? – Now that Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is out, there’s a lot of speculation as to who might seek Marco Rubio’s seat in the U.S. Senate. Among the potential contenders: former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel. Asked Monday if he was interested, Weatherford was coy. Read more

Related: Marco Rubio’s presidential bid creates open-seat scrum

Florida House Speaker Blaise Ingoglia? – We’re a little late to this internal squirmish within Florida House GOP, but chatter that Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia could replace Orlando state Rep. Eric Eisnaugle as Speaker-to-be in 2020, has ticked off a bunch of folks. Here’s the letter former Florida GOP Chairman sent to Ingoglia Saturday. Read more

The untold, bad-science story of the Everglades Foundation founders – It’s been 19 years since investigative reporters Bob Malloy and Will Bourne wrote how money and political influence contributed to the demise of water quality and the seagrass/coral reef ecosystems of Florida Bay and the Florida Keys. The story reads like a Greek tragedy. Read more

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