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Florida Senator Marco Rubio is just the latest announced candidate for next year's Republican presidential nomination. We hear how his campaign's shaping up against Rand Paul, Ted Cruz — and nine other possible contenders.

Also, former educators get stiff sentences in Atlanta test cheating case. On today's Talking Point, does society owe a debt to innocent people after years in jail for wrongful convictions? 

Photo: Marco Rubio, the latest Republican to declare his candidacy in the 2016 presidential race

Producers:
Christine Detz
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb

Ex-Educators Get Stiff Sentences in Atlanta Test Cheating Case 6 MIN, 30 SEC

In Atlanta today, eight of 10 former public school educators were sentenced to jail in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests.  Judge Jerry Baxter of the Fulton County Superior Court called the case, "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town." Cameron McWhirter is based in Atlanta for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Cameron McWhirter, Wall Street Journal (@cammcwhirter)

The GOP and the Road to the White House 33 MIN, 54 SEC

Three freshman Senators are already campaigning for next year's Republican presidential nomination — but they won't be lonely. Nine others are likely to compete against Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz from Texas -- and now, Florida's Marco Rubio. Yesterday, when Rubio announced his run for the Republican presidential nomination, he didn't mention Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton — by name. He didn't have to. "This election is a generational choice about what kind of country we will be. Just yesterday a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday. Yesterday is over"

We hear where they differ so far and how each might play with Latino Voters, moderates, mega-donors — and the base of the Republican Party.

Guests:
Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post (@RoigFranzia)
Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity (@davelevinthal)
Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions / UCLA (@LatinoDecisions)
Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)
Matt Welch, Reason magazine (@mattwelch)

More:
Roig-Franzia on Rubio's campaign launch
Center for Public Integrity on 12 things to know about Rubio
Barreto's 'Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population Is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation'
Latino Decisions on Rubio's standing with Latino voters
Welch on Rubio as the 'anti-Rand Paul' on foreign policy

The Rise of Marco Rubio

Manuel Roig-Franzia

What Do We Owe Victims of Wrongful Convictions? 9 MIN, 23 SEC

Glenn Ford spent 30 years on death row in Louisiana's Angola prison — convicted for a murder he didn't commit, but now that he's been exonerated he still can't get the compensation state law says he's entitled to.  Last month, prosecutor Marty Stroud told NPR he felt guilty for his role in the wrongful conviction. "I want to apologize to Mr Ford. I would wish him well and wish him the best in efforts for compensation and to be compensated for the years he's been deprived of... I believe it's a horror story from beginning to end, and I played a part in that." Emily Bazelon is staff writer for the New York Times and Truman Capote fellow at Yale Law School.

Guests:
Emily Bazelon, New York Times magazine (@EmilyBazelon)

More:
New Yorker on the right way to compensate someone for decades of lost freedom
Los Angeles Times on settlement in wrongful-imprisonment lawsuit

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