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  • It’s Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin versus Jan Brewer in Arizona today

    08/26/2014 12:51:12 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 26 at 11:45 AM | Sean Sullivan
    A victory-starved national tea party movement has a final opportunity to claim a statewide win ahead of the general election campaign, pinning its hopes on Doug Ducey in Tuesday's Republican primary for governor of Arizona.Ducey, Arizona's state treasurer and the former chief executive of Cold Stone Creamery, is backed by national tea party leaders like Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Mike Lee (R-Tex.). His main rival is Scott Smith, the former mayor of Mesa and a more moderate Republican. A third candidate, Christine Jones, is a wildcard."I think this Republican race here is the epitome of the infighting...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Ferguson response shows libertarian divide between Paul and Cruz

    08/17/2014 1:55:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | August 17, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz’s differing tone in response to the Ferguson riots could provide clues for the divergent trails they're forging to woo libertarian voters in 2016. Both the Kentucky and Texas Senate Republicans urged that civil liberties be protected in statements following unrest in Ferguson, Mo.. After an officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18 year old African American teen, last weekend, riots have erupted and police have been criticized for using overly-aggressive force against protesters and reporters calling for answers. Strategists say Paul struck a more provocative tone against in his TIME op-ed, calling for the...
  • Protest and Counter-Protest: Opposing Groups Protest at Sen. Cruz Office

    08/16/2014 12:40:18 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2014 | Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Opposing views on the issue of border security and open borders engaged in a standoff of words outside the Houston office of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). The groups were as opposite on the issues as they were the side of the street where they stood. Pro-Amnesty groups supporting an expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) stood on the side opposite Senator Cruz's Houston district office while border security activists stood on the side closest to his office. Houston Police patrol officers, almost outnumbering the protesters, were on hand to make sure both groups remained separated. After...
  • Pro and anti illegal immigrant protestors demonstrate outside Ted Cruz offices

    08/16/2014 11:17:10 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 15, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    A Thursday story in Breitbart News reported that pro illegal immigration demonstrators and anti-illegal demonstrators, numbering about 20 a piece, protested outside the Houston offices of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. It has been previously announced that a group claiming to represent young illegal immigrants would attempt to forcibly occupy Cruz’s offices. Instead a delegation of six of the protestors were invited to meet with Cruz’s staff to air their grievances.Cruz has taken something of a hard line against the surge of illegal immigrants, many of them unaccompanied children, which has inundated the southern border in recent months. In a recent...
  • Ted Cruz rallies to the support of his friend and political rival Rick Perry

    08/16/2014 8:25:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 80 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 16, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    In a sign that the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for abuse of office and coercion may not be having the political effects some have hoped for, Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican junior senator from Texas, has taken to his Facebook page to express support for the governor. Cruz is considered a possible rival to Perry for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. However differences are being set aside, at least for the time being, to rally around Perry.“Unfortunately, there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Attorney's Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this...
  • Senator Cruz: Secure the Border, End the Amnesty, and Celebrate Legal Immigration

    08/15/2014 11:16:55 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    CFIF ^ | August 14 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    This op-ed originally appeared in The Texas Tribune on August 13, 2014.We should welcome a debate over how to secure our borders and reform the legal immigration system. That’s not a debate, however, that President Obama and his supporters are willing to have.Instead, they are devoted to amnesty — and they’re holding the safety and security of our nation hostage to get it.Although polling shows that 68 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s immigration policies, the president and his allies remain committed to an agenda that has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis at our southern border.As the son of a refugee...
  • Cruz Spokesman: Protesters Outside My Office Could Just Ask for a Meeting

    08/14/2014 6:05:50 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 12, 2014 4:01 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Illegal immigration activists who plan to protest outside of the office of Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) could get inside the office if they would only ask, a Cruz aide says.“Of course, it’s this group’s First Amendment right to say what they want to say and we are happy to talk, if they are willing, but we have not received such a request,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told National Review Online when asked about United We Dream’s plan to protest at the senator’s Houston office on Thursday.Maria Fernanda Cabello, an organizer at youth-immigrant advocacy group United We Dream, said that they...
  • Group plans to occupy Ted Cruz’s Houston office for ‘bullying’ undocumented immigrants

    08/12/2014 11:29:40 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 114 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 12, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    A group representing young immigrants is planning to take over the Houston office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday, to protest Cruz’s attempts to stop immigration reform from passing in Congress.
  • Ted Cruz’s positioning in Iowa

    08/11/2014 10:30:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | August 11, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    With each trip to an early primary state, potential 2016 Republican candidates are defining the issues and their own experience in ways that will bolster their presidential prospects. Pundits call this sort of activity “creating a narrative,” but whatever you call it, it can provide insight into the candidates’ self-image and what they think the primary electorate will want in a nominee. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), in an Iowa visit, sought to define five conservative victories: “Stopping the gun legislation that followed the Newtown shooting;” “stopping a bill reforming the International Monetary Fund that would have put more taxpayer money...
  • Cruz: 2016 candidates should "stand up and lead"

    08/11/2014 6:47:41 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Aman Batheja
    FORT WORTH — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday evening that Republicans thinking of running for president should lead by example, and he suggested that some of the names being thrown around by political pundits are of politicians who are not currently doing so.“By all accounts, there are 10, 12, 15 people who seem to be thinking about running,” Cruz told reporters after delivering a speech at the RedState Gathering, an annual conference hosted by the conservative blog. “What I would encourage each of them to do is stand up and lead. I think it would be fantastic if, a...
  • Ted Cruz: Obama Must Seek Congressional Authorization For Iraq Strikes

    08/10/2014 7:28:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Time ^ | Aug. 9, 2014 | Zeke J Miller
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that President Barack Obama must seek congressional authorization for U.S. strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if they continue.Speaking to reporters following a speech to Iowa conservatives, Cruz declared the rise of the islamist militant group “the latest manifestation of the failures of the Obama-Clinton foreign policies.”While Obama has said the strikes are “limited” to protect American forces and personnel, as well as vulnerable Iraqi refugees, Cruz said Obama had yet to articulate a “clear military objective” for the strikes, calling on the president to focus on U.S. national security...
  • Ted Cruz: President Obama Should Spend Less Time Golfing, More Time Leading

    08/10/2014 7:22:57 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Aug 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Speaking to reporters after his speech at the Iowa state fair, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized President Obama for failing to demonstrate leadership -- even though he had begun airstrikes in Iraq. “Airstrikes could well make sense, to degrade the lethality of ISIS if they are directed towards accomplishing a concrete defined military objective that furthers U.S. national security interests,” Cruz said. “What is missing right now is the Commander-in-Chief laying out a strategic vision.” Cruz called for a vision and moral leadership that he explained could only come from the president. “The president unfortunately is an absentee president,” Cruz...
  • Ted Cruz: ISIS is the Face of Evil

    08/10/2014 7:20:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Aug 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz responded to President Obama’s statement on Iraq on Saturday, criticizing him for failing to properly address the threat posed by ISIS. “Sadly what’s happening in Iraq is the latest manifestation of the failures of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy,” Cruz said, pointing out that since Obama took power, America’s leadership has receded. Cruz spoke at length about the crisis in Iraq with reporters following his appearance at the Faith Leadership Summit in Iowa. “What ISIS is doing in Iraq is unspeakable; ISIS is the face of evil,” Cruz said. “ISIS right now is crucifying Christians in Iraq. Crucifixion...
  • Ted Cruz's "Five Conservative Victories"

    08/10/2014 6:40:43 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Aug 10, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at the 2014 Red State Gathering in Ft. Worth on Friday, telling the hundreds of gathered conservative activists not to believe the media's rhetoric on the lagging conservative movement - that, in his time in Washington, there are distinct and powerful victories that conservatives can be proud of. He named five victories, and two that, in his words, "are fixin' to be completed." 1. The defeat of President Obama and congressional Democrats' proposed gun control measures Conventional wisdom last year was that the President's gun control proposals were unstoppable... I was proud to stand with my...
  • Cruz: Americans have reason for optimism

    08/09/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | August 9, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday insisted that American voters have plenty of reasons to be optimistic, he said at a stop in the important presidential state of Iowa. Speaking at the Iowa State Fair, Cruz said that grassroots conservatives would wrest the country back from President Obama and Democrats – much the way they did from President Jimmy Carter more than three decades ago. “All across this country, people are waking up,” said Cruz, long rumored to be considering a 2016 presidential bid. “And they’re waking up to bring America back to the principles we have been founded on....
  • Ted Cruz for President?

    08/09/2014 3:41:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 9, 2014 | Molly Ball
    Conservatives are literally praying that the Texas senator will be the 2016 nominee. The rest of the Republican Party isn't so sure. FORT WORTH, Texas—After finishing his speech, Ted Cruz announced he would take questions from the audience. But instead of asking him anything, they just wanted to tell the Republican senator how great he was. "When I look at you, I can imagine you would be just like one of the founding fathers of this country," one woman said from the microphone stand in the middle of the hotel ballroom. "Honor to you, Ted Cruz," said the next. "We...
  • Ted Cruz: Conservatives will take back the country

    08/09/2014 3:02:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 74 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Several GOP 2016 presidential hopefuls made public appearances in Iowa Saturday, including Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who told conservatives to remain optimistic going into the next election cycle. During a speech at the Iowa state fair, Mr. Cruz told listeners that conservatives would take back the country from President Obama and Democrats, just as they did when Jimmy Carter was president, The Hill reported. “All across this country, people are waking up,” Mr. Cruz said. “And they’re waking up to bring America back to the principles we have been founded on. There is a better way than the path...
  • The GOP: Chaos is Their Goal

    08/06/2014 11:30:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    BlackVoiceNews ^ | August 6, 2014 | Lee A. Daniels
    Three events occurred in the tight confines of Capitol Hill last week that underscore the Republican Party’s extraordinary institutional decline and its responsibility for the Congress’ fully deserving its “do-nothing” label. First, early in the week, all but seven Republicans in the GOP – controlled House of Representatives voted to give Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio the go-ahead to sue President Obama because they claim his executive orders are in violation of the constitution. The purpose of that “political stunt” – the president’s words for the lawsuit, which he and the Democrats have come to relish for...
  • The Insiders: Ted Cruz is burning bridges in Washington. Does it matter?

    08/05/2014 7:14:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Lately, I had been thinking about writing a piece asking the question of whether Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is more like the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) or if he is more like President Ronald Reagan. For those of you who don’t remember — or who weren’t born yet — the irascible Helms served in the Senate from 1973-2003. He was well known for his independent streak, and he was certainly not shy about ignoring the will of Senate leaders when he did not see things their way. Some of his stubborn pursuits and lonely battles in the Senate are...
  • Ted Cruz Lowers the BOOM 76 Times on Obama’s Lawlessness

    08/05/2014 10:07:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    TPNN ^ | August 4, 2014 | Staff
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been a dream come true for Americans who have longed for a strong Constitutional conservative who would stand up to the tyranny of big government in D.C. For everyone else, he’s been a nuisance and a nightmare. Why do some in D.C., on both sides of the political aisle, view him as a nuisance? The answer is simple. His brilliance and knowledge of the Constitution are a combination that few can go up against and win. His Harvard award winning debate skills, coupled with his knowledge, have caused many to refer to him as ‘the...
  • The Daily Beast: On Border, A Huge Win for the Right

    08/04/2014 6:52:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 4, 2014 | Staff
    Editors Note: The MSM continues to react to the turning point in the immigration debate that occurred last week in DC. We reprint here.Don’t be confused about what happened in the House of Representatives on Friday: It was a huge win for the far right, a major victory for Ted Cruz, an embarrassment for John Boehner, and, potentially, a pivotal moment that will make future dealings between the White House and congressional Republicans, if you can possibly believe it, far worse than they’ve been already. What happened, as you probably know, is that Boehner had a bill ready to go...
  • Michael Steele: Beware pizza with Ted Cruz

    08/04/2014 6:26:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 4, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Michael Steele thinks House Speaker John Boehner needs to keep closer tabs on Sen. Ted Cruz. The former Republican National Committee chairman on Monday poked fun at reports that some House Republicans changed their minds on crucial border legislation last week after meeting with Cruz, the Texas Republican and tea party icon. “For John Boehner, whenever any of his members says, ‘Hey, I’m about to have pizza and beer with Ted Cruz,’ he should be concerned,” Steele joked. “Really look at the calendar and see if there’s a vote coming up,” he said, adding that Cruz “undermined” GOP leaders. Steele...
  • Earwax-eating Democrat: Ted Cruz un-American for wanting border security

    08/04/2014 9:43:07 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Joe Newby
    Rep. Joe Garcia, the Florida Democrat caught on video consuming his own earwax, caught an earful from critics on Twitter Sunday after posting a tweet highlighting a speech in which he excoriated Republicans, especially Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for failing to pass "comprehensive immigration reform.""WATCH @JoeGarcia's impassioned speech to #Congress-stripping kids of rights is unAmerican. The #TimeIsNow for #CIR," he tweeted. A number of Twitter users reminded Garcia that the children he referred to aren't American citizens."How can U strip children of rights they don't have?" one twitter user asked in response. "These R not American children & thus do...
  • ‘Return of freedom to this country’ will come in 2016, Cruz predicts

    08/03/2014 1:17:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 30, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    Blending a muscular foreign policy with a combative domestic agenda, Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday told young conservatives the end of the Obama era will mean a “return of freedom to this country.” Speaking to the Young America’s Foundation in Washington, the Texas Republican reiterated his opposition to Obamacare, the Democrats’ disastrous health care reform law, and tried to channel President Ronald Reagan in urging a tougher American response to Russian machinations in Eastern Europe. “Mr. Putin, give back Crimea,” Cruz said, echoing Reagan’s famous “tear down this wall” to the Soviets in Berlin in 1987, according to Business Insider....
  • Reports: Cruz Angering GOP Establishment on Way to '16 Run

    08/02/2014 4:07:20 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 79 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, 01 Aug 2014 06:02 PM | John Blosser
    Sen. Ted Cruz has his eye fixed on the White House, and he plans to undercut the established Republican House leadership to help get him there, reports say. Cruz's latest political target, according to Breitbart, is New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who he says "has voted lock-step with President Obama to prevent any efforts to finally secure our border."  But while Shaheen's most likely opponent in the upcoming elections will be Republican Scott Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts, Cruz's choice of key state New Hampshire to make an impression says more about the lofty aspirations of the junior...
  • Jon Voight To Cruz, Bardem On Israel: “Oblivious To The Damage They Have Caused”

    08/02/2014 11:58:30 AM PDT · by DFG · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 08/02/2014 | THE DEADLINE TEAM
    The ongoing battle between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has moved several high profile actors and filmmakers to voice their opinions. Now, one of the most strident, Jon Voight, has taken to attack the Spanish contingent that has spoken about the bloodshed, and blamed Israel for a campaign of genocide. In response to the strongly-worded July 29 letter blaming Israel for the genocide on the Gaza Strip, which was signed by Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz and published in a Spanish newspaper, Voight blasted the actors this morning with his own statement saying they have defamed the only democratic country...
  • House chaos a sign Boehner is Cruz’ing to Obama impeachment?

    08/02/2014 11:58:12 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 1 at 4:16 PM | Jonathan Capehart
    The Post articles on the House Republican revolt over the border bill and and the role Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) played in making it happen have nuggets of information that show why I’ve been harping about the possibility of  impeachment since June.As the article on the revolt notes, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies said they had the votes to pass a border bill that not only speeded up deportations but also had a $659 million price tag, which was considerably less than the $3.7 billion President Obama asked for. And then the bill was pulled from the floor...
  • Ted Cruz Meets with House GOP Prior to Leadership Shift on Border Bill

    08/02/2014 11:41:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Jul 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Just hours before House GOP leadership abruptly changed course on the border crisis bill, moving to allow a vote on a second bill that addresses President Obama's "deferred" prosecution of illegal aliens, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) met with House conservatives on the issue. Leaving the meeting Wednesday, Cruz signaled optimism. “I am encouraged. I think it is likely that the House is going to vote on the bill to eliminate President Obama’s authority to grant amnesty because of the humanitarian crisis we’re facing right now,” Cruz told reporters after the event.About a dozen House conservatives joined Cruz in his Senate...
  • Ted Cruz rides momentum into Iowa

    08/02/2014 11:37:18 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/02/14 06:04 AM EDT | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz arrives in Iowa this weekend riding a wave of political momentum after clashing with GOP leaders in Washington over immigration legislation.Cruz, a Republican from Texas, is emerging as a favorite of conservative activists, who every four years play an outsized role during the Iowa caucus, the first contest of the GOP presidential primary. He bolstered his reputation as a Tea Party rebel over the last two weeks by repeatedly meeting with House conservatives who forced GOP leaders to rework an emergency bill aimed at stopping unaccompanied minors from streaming across the Texas border.  Anti-establishment conservatives in Iowa are...
  • Ted Cruz bucks the establishment, again

    08/02/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu July 31, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN) -- Ted Cruz appears to have played a key role in the emergency border bill falling apart in the House.Less than 24 hours before GOP leaders pulled a vote on Thursday on the $659 million emergency measure to address the crisis provoked by a surge of migrant youth from Central America, the arch-conservative Republican senator had lobbied House allies to scrap it unless it included a provision to toughen deportation policy.Support for the bill as written was already tenuous at best, but Cruz held sway, for the moment anyway. Negotiations were scheduled to run into Thursday night with...
  • David Brooks: Republican Border Stance the 'Palin-ization' of GOP, Blames Ted Cruz

    08/02/2014 11:28:57 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Aug 2014, 7:43 AM PDT | Jeff Poor
    On Friday’s “NewsHour” on PBS, New York Times columnist David Brooks took aim at the conservative wing of the Republican Party for its influence on the language of latest round of legislation dealing with the southern border crisis. According to Brooks, these policy gestures were less about governing and more about winning over a certain constituency.“This is about Palin-ization of parts of the GOP,” Brooks said. “This is not about passing legislation, not about, well, we’re in a party. We should pay attention to our leaders. We should craft some compromise. We should compromise with the other side. This is...
  • Ted Cruz’s hard-line stance renders border crisis key 2016 issue

    08/01/2014 8:23:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 1, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    In the short term, the House GOP’s failure to pass an emergency immigration bill on Thursday over tea party opposition was another embarrassing moment for Speaker Boehner in a growing list. But the political damage may be limited: Americans tend to pay little attention to process stories in Congress, and the 2014 elections haven’t been particularly focused on immigration. Something Americans do pay attention to, however, are presidential elections. Here’s where this week’s border skirmish starts to look more significant. The key player in this drama is Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has been working to corner the market...
  • Ted Cruz to attend influential Iowa bash on Saturday

    08/01/2014 1:42:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Des Moines Register | 8/1/2014 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett newspaper, link only: Ted Cruz to attend influential Iowa bash on Saturday
  • Dem Rep Slams GOP for Folding to 'Speaker Cruz' (Excellent Idea, Lib!)

    08/01/2014 4:52:23 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/31/14 | breitbart tv
    Thursday on MSNBC's "Now with Alex Warner," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) blasted Republican leadership for letting “Speaker Cruz” "call the shots," which caused a delay of the August recess, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) battled over the bills details. Van Hollen said, “It was Senator Cruz calling the shots, and that’s why people around here are calling him ‘Speaker Cruz’ today." He added, "It means when Speaker Boehner says he’s going to get something done from now on, he’d better be checking with Senator Cruz to see if he’s gonna get the votes...
  • Amid opposition by Sen. Ted Cruz, House GOP border funding bill stalls

    07/31/2014 4:35:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | By LISA MASCARO
    House Speaker John A. Boehner was always expected to have trouble passing emergency funds for the crisis at the Southwestern border -- but Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made his job impossible. Cruz, the hard-line Texas Republican, has been working behind the scenes to stir up conservative opposition to a House GOP plan to approve $659 million to secure the border and handle the flow of unaccompanied immigrant youths. And it worked. Amid disarray, House GOP leaders canceled Thursday's vote after it was clear they did not have the votes. House GOP leaders bristled at the senator's interference on their turf....
  • Border crisis bill derails in House amid Ted Cruz-inspired disarray

    07/31/2014 1:48:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/31/2014 | Lisa Mascaro
    House Speaker John A. Boehner was always expected to have trouble passing emergency funds for the crisis at the Southwestern border -- but Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made his job impossible. Cruz, the hard-line Texas Republican, has been working behind the scenes to stir up conservative opposition to a House GOP plan to approve $659 million to secure the border and handle the flow of 57,000 migrant youths. And it worked. Amid disarray, House GOP leaders canceled Thursday's vote after it was clear they did not have the votes. The senator's handiwork lighted up the telephone lines in the Capitol...
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t care if John Boehner hates him. He likes it.

    07/31/2014 1:22:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | By Chris Cillizza
    Ted Cruz is running for president.No, he hasn't announced it yet. But if you can tell a man by his actions, then expect to see Cruz in Iowa a LOT more over the next year or two. (Cruz will be in the Hawkeye State on Saturday to headline a dinner thrown by Bruce Rastetter, a major GOP fundraiser. And he's going back next week, too!)The latest example — outside of the constant Iowa trips — came Wednesday, when WaPo's Bob Costa reported that Cruz was actively encouraging conservative House Republicans to oppose the spending bill pushed by Boehner aimed at...
  • House pulls border vote

    07/31/2014 11:41:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 7-31-2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House GOP leaders canceled a Thursday vote on their $659 million border bill after failing to win over conservative members who opposed giving any more money to President Obama. A significant number of Republicans had balked at sending any money to the White House for the border, and Democrats were generally united in opposing the measure. The decision is another defeat for House GOP leaders, who have repeatedly failed to bring their members in line on tough votes. Signs of trouble emerged late Wednesday night when the House Rules Committee delayed reporting a rule for the border bill. Even a...
  • 'SPEAKER CRUZ IS IN THE HOUSE' — Republican Border Plan Is In Total Chaos After Conservative Revolt

    07/31/2014 8:19:29 AM PDT · by Mariner · 72 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    House Republican leaders abruptly changed their plan to deal with the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border late Wednesday night, after they were not able to muster enough votes to pass the legislation before Congress leaves Friday for a five-week recess. Conservatives in the House revolted against the Republican-led plan, which provides about $659 million in emergency spending for the border crisis through the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. As a result, the House will vote Thursday on two pieces of legislation, the first being the border plan. If that legislation passes, the House would be required to vote on...
  • Ted Cruz looks to steer House conservatives on immigration (SOMEBODY has to lead them!)

    07/31/2014 8:25:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 7/31/14 | Rebecca Kaplan
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, one of the Senate's most outspoken conservatives, is stepping into the middle of House Republican politics yet again. Cruz held court in his office with about a dozen of the House's most ardent conservatives Wednesday night, according to news reports. On the agenda: ways to limit the president's future authority on executive immigration decisions. While the House and Senate already far apart on how to handle the arrival of more than 60,000 children at the southern border, Cruz's demands only widen that gap. He introduced legislation in the Senate earlier this month that would bar the...
  • Why Ted Cruz Matters in the House of Representatives: Cruz finds more traction in House than Senate

    07/31/2014 4:01:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 30, 2014 | Lauren Fox
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has a challenger vying to lead the House — and he's coming from the opposite side of the Capitol Building. Though Ted Cruz is most often seen as a rabble rousing troublemaker in the Senate, when it comes to key decisions he has emerged as the leading vote-wrangler in the House. With his Tortilla Coast strategy session on Capitol Hill last year, the Texas Republican proved he has real influence in the House of Representatives. It was Cruz, after all, who concocted the "defund Obamacare" strategy that marched Republicans straight into a government shutdown last...
  • Hot Air Survey: July Results (2016 presidential poll)

    07/30/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 30, 2014 | Patrick Ishmael
    Cruz control, indeed. Taking 41% of the vote, Ted Cruz is your new primary leader, taking over from Scott Walker who finished in second at 15%. Rick Perry, Rand Paul and Mitt Romney round out the top 5.Cruz also won the second choice vote, although by a much smaller margin, edging Walker and Perry. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson round things out.Cruz, Walker, Perry, Jindal and Carson are the most “acceptable” among the candidates posed.As to the most important issue, readers believe general election voters will be most interested in the economy, followed by immigration, health care and foreign policy....
  • Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare

    07/30/2014 6:29:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016.</p> <p>“I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.”</p>
  • Ted Cruz: Boehner's Immigration Plan Will Not Solve Border Crisis

    07/30/2014 6:25:06 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jul 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Tuesday afternoon that the plan revealed by Speaker John Boehner’s border crisis working group will not solve the crisis because it doesn’t stop President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty for illegal aliens. “The evidence shows that the amnesty President Obama announced in 2012 is driving record numbers of immigrants to enter our nation illegally,” Cruz said in a statement his office released. “Because of President Obama’s amnesty, children are being abused and exploited by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs. We must put an end to any expansion of this amnesty that puts countless numbers...
  • Cruz opposes House border bill

    07/30/2014 6:18:47 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/29/14 5:06 PM EDT | BURGESS EVERETT
    Ted Cruz and other Senate conservatives are urging rejection of the House border security package, miffed that it excludes language prohibiting expansion of President Barack Obama’s deferred action policies.Cruz has urged House and Senate Republicans to rally around his proposal to attack Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, an administrative change Obama made in 2012 to halt the deportation of some young immigrants.On Tuesday, House Republicans unveiled a bill that includes $659 million in money for the border and a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law — but no change to DACA. Cruz and other members of the party’s right...
  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...
  • Ted Cruz Is Smart, So What?

    07/29/2014 6:30:40 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 29, 2014 4:00 AM | Ian Tuttle
    In the first volume of his magnificent three-tome biography of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris recounts the story of writer Owen Wister’s visit to the Roosevelt White House. Wister, a Harvard classmate of the president, “has lent [Roosevelt] a book shortly before a full evening’s entertainment at the White House, and been astonished to hear a complete review of it over breakfast. ‘Somewhere between six one evening and eight-thirty the next morning, beside his dressing and his dinner and his guests and his sleep, he had read a volume of three-hundred-and-odd pages, and missed nothing of significance.’”For those unconvinced of Teddy’s...
  • The “Ted Cruz is smart” trap: Why this garbage is false — and dangerous (Preemptive Palin on him?)

    07/28/2014 10:40:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | July 28, 2014 | Nathan Robinson
    The Texas senator convinces all of his enemies to praise his intellect. Here's why they're wrong -- and should stop. Even Ted Cruz’s critics seem to concur on one point: whatever else you might say about him, the man is very smart. Mother Jones magazine has called him the “thinking man’s tea partier.” Josh Marshall, in a mostly withering assessment, made the same obligatory concession to his being an “incredibly bright guy.” Jeffrey Toobin’s recent, ostensibly critical New Yorker profile of Cruz is full of quotes about his being “the smartest guy in the room,” his “sophisticated” constitutional views, and...
  • Fearing Obama Unilateral Amnesty Threats, Tea Party Jams Congress's Phone Lines

    07/28/2014 2:24:19 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-28-14 | Matthew Boyle
    The phone lines are jammed. The American people have risen up in response to a rallying cry from Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), overloading the phone lines on Capitol Hill to pressure their members of Congress to fight against President Obama’s planned executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. ~snip~ “This shows the American people are going to resist,” a Sessions aide told Breitbart News. “The crescendo will grow. They are only beginning to be heard. They will get louder in the coming days.” The calls are coming in response to Sen. Sessions, who last week asked...