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In Audio, Border Agent Jokes About Screaming of Separated Kids

McCain calls policy an 'affront to the decency of the American people'

(Newser) - A harrowing recording from inside a border facility has added fuel to the controversy over the immigration policies that have separated thousands of children from their families. In the recording, which ProPublica says was made last week and provided to civil rights attorney Jennifer Harbury by a whistleblower, wailing children... More »

Cruz Beats Kimmel in Hyped 'Blobfish Basketball Classic'

The presidential also-ran beat the late night host 11-9

(Newser) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has triumphed over late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic. With each basket worth a single point, Cruz topped Kimmel 11-9 in a two-hour one-on-one match they agreed to abbreviate Saturday at Texas Southern... More »

Time 'Most Influential' List Includes Youngest Honoree

Millie Bobby Brown makes cut at age 14; also, Obama writes blurb for Parkland students

(Newser) - Time is out with its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and the unnumbered list includes President Trump, of course. Ted Cruz wrote the accompanying blurb , explaining that Trump "is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of... More »

A New Kind of Threat for Ted Cruz: a Democrat With Money

Beto O'Rourke raised more than any Democratic US Senate hopeful in Q1

(Newser) - Ted Cruz's re-election campaign got off the ground Monday with a new slogan: "Tough as Texas." On Tuesday came an indication that Cruz's fight may be tougher than expected. Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke announced on Twitter that his campaign brought in $6.7 million... More »

Ted Cruz Doesn't Like Rival Using a Nickname

Chris Cuomo explains why Rafael Edward Cruz is a hypocrite

(Newser) - In a sign of the politics to come before November's midterms, Ted Cruz has called out a rival's name change—and been called a hypocrite. After Rep. Beto O'Rourke won the Democratic primary for the Texas Senate race Tuesday, Cruz released a radio ad slamming O'Rourke... More »

Mark Hamill Burns Ted Cruz in Net Neutrality Debate

'Maybe you're just distracted from watching porn at the office'

(Newser) - The Force was not with Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday when he tried to use Star Wars references to win an argument on net neutrality—with Luke Skywalker. BuzzFeed reports that it began Saturday when Mark Hamill tweeted a picture of FCC chair Ajit Pai wielding a lightsaber in a... More »

Texas Trooper Killed During Traffic Stop

Suspect was captured more than 100 miles away

(Newser) - A man suspected of killing a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop was taken into custody more than 100 miles away, authorities said Thursday night. The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced on Twitter that the suspect was apprehended in neighboring Waller County. The Texas Department of Public Safety... More »

Locals Say Moore Was Banned From Mall for Harassing Girls

Despite denial, he appears to have signed latest accuser's yearbook

(Newser) - After a woman came forward to accuse Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a 16-year-old waitress, he issued another denial, saying he didn't know her or the restaurant she worked in—but her yearbook appears to tell a different story. Beverly Young Nelson showed reporters a... More »

Cruz Joins Opposition to Republican Health Care Bill

'Right now, they don't have my vote'

(Newser) - The GOP's path to passing its most recent attempt to repeal ObamaCare continued to get narrower—perhaps closing altogether—on Sunday. “Right now, they don’t have my vote,” Politico quotes Sen. Ted Cruz as saying during a panel discussion Sunday. “And I don’t think... More »

Cruz Blames Porn 'Like' on 'Staffing Issue'

His official Twitter account made an NSFW gaffe overnight

(Newser) - Ted Cruz found himself fending off some embarrassing questions from the press corps Tuesday regarding porn. He blamed a late-night Twitter "like" of a risque clip from his official feed on a "staffing issue," reports NBC San Francisco . "There are a number of people on the... More »

Ted Cruz 'Likes' Porn Clip on Twitter

Like came from senator's verified account

(Newser) - Sen. Ted Cruz was trending on Twitter Tuesday after some strange and NSFW late-night goings-on with his verified account. The senator's personal account "liked" a two-minute-long porn clip from @SexuallPosts, Mediaite reports. It was "unliked" around an hour later, at around 1:30am. "The offensive tweet... More »

Fact Checker: Ted Cruz's Claim About Sandy 'Wildly Incorrect'

His claim that two-thirds of bill was unrelated to the hurricane is wrong, says Fact Checker

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is among the lawmakers being accused of hypocrisy for seeking federal relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey even though he opposed similar relief after Hurricane Sandy. Cruz explains his Sandy relief opposition thusly: "The problem with that particular bill is it became a $50 billion bill... More »

NJ, NY Republicans Attack Texas Colleagues' 'Hypocrisy'

As Harvey lashes Houston, politicians recall Texans who voted against Sandy aid

(Newser) - Even as Texas suffers perhaps the worst natural disaster in its history, congressmen from the northeast are using Hurricane Harvey as an opportunity to lash out at their Texas colleagues for voting against aid following Hurricane Sandy back in 2013. After Sandy devastated parts of New Jersey and New York... More »

Story About Iceland Sets Off Angry Debate Over Abortion

CBS explored the declining number of Down syndrome births

(Newser) - A story by CBS News about the declining number of Down syndrome births in Iceland has caused an uproar, with conservative critics accusing the story of celebrating abortion and others lashing out at Iceland itself. There's so much to unpack that even the myth-busting site Snopes has weighed in... More »

Major Insurance Groups Call Out GOP Health Bill

Rare joint statement calls Ted Cruz provision 'unworkable'

(Newser) - Two of the insurance industry's most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate GOP health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is "unworkable in any form," delivering a blow to party leaders' efforts to win support for their legislation, the AP reports. The... More »

Ted Cruz May Have Solved GOP Health Care Problem

Cruz amendment being considered by CBO

(Newser) - Ted Cruz could be the one to push an ObamaCare repeal and replacement through the House and Senate, the Hill reports. A GOP aide says the Congressional Budget Office is looking at two versions of the Better Care Reconciliation Act—one of which contains an amendment by Cruz that is... More »

This Photo Prompted One of Ted Cruz's Best Jokes Ever

It involves Chuck Schumer, Ben Sasse, and ... male rompers

(Newser) - A caption contest on Twitter this week ended up pulling in Ted Cruz, Chuck Schumer, and a romper for men that's inexplicably all the rage. Mashable reports on a photo tweeted out Thursday by the Washington Free Beacon that showed a somewhat disheveled-looking Schumer chatting with Nebraska Sen. Ben... More »

Ted Cruz Wants Drug Lord to Pay for Border Wall

Senator introduces 'EL CHAPO' bill

(Newser) - Mexico says it won't pay for the border wall, but Ted Cruz has a plan to solve the funding standoff that involves getting a rich Mexican to pay for it. The senator introduced the EL CHAPO—Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order—Act on Tuesday, calling... More »

Former Punk Rocker Enters Race to Bring Down Ted Cruz

Rep. Beto O'Rourke might be the Democrats' best hope in 2018

(Newser) - Texas hasn't elected a Democrat to the US Senate in 30 years, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Beto O'Rourke wants to end that drought—by taking down Sen. Ted Cruz. The US representative from El Paso officially entered the race against the former presidential candidate Friday. O'Rourke isn'... More »

Ted Cruz Irks China, Meets Taiwan Leader

Move comes amid tense relations after Trump phone call

(Newser) - Ted Cruz has joined his rival-turned-ally Donald Trump in tweaking China . The Texas senator met with Taiwan's president Sunday when she stopped in Houston on her way to Central America, reports the AP . Cruz made a point to show that he was defying the wishes of China in doing... More »

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