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  • Hot Air Survey: July Results (2016 presidential poll)

    07/30/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 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 · 15 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 · 15 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 · 19 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 · 49 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...
  • Sen. Cruz: We Must Put a Stop to President Obama’s Amnesty and Give Governors All Options Possible

    07/27/2014 8:49:13 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    Full Title: Sen. Cruz: We Must Put a Stop to President Obama’s Amnesty and Give Governors All Options Possible to Mitigate This Crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced the Protect Children and Families Through the Rule of Law Act, which includes measures that would stop President Obama’s amnesty, reform the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and empower governors to utilize the National Guard to address this specific crisis at federal expense, including authority to arrest violators of federal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism laws. “The current situation in the Rio Grande Valley is...
  • Sen. Cruz Files Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act

    07/27/2014 8:42:49 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | July 25, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today filed legislation to impose sanctions against Iran to help safeguard America. “The recent extension of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and further relaxation of economic sanctions is confirmation that the Obama Administration's policy of tempting Tehran to curb its nuclear ambitions through preemptive concessions is indeed a historic mistake,” said Sen. Cruz. “The Iranians still have not taken any serious steps to rein in their nuclear program. The 19,000 centrifuges are still spinning. Not one pound of enriched uranium has left Iran. Research and development of ICBMs continues unchecked.  And,...
  • Ted Cruz depicted as a vampire slayer by guerilla street artist

    07/26/2014 5:36:27 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 26, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    If Ted Cruz were not in the United States Senate, he might have a new career as a vampire slayer. At least that is how he is depicted in a new poster by a conservative street artist who goes by the name of Sabo, according to a Friday piece in MySanAntonio. The posters, which have started to pop up on southern California street corners depicting Cruz wearing a long, leather duster and carrying a crossbow. First Lady Michelle Obama is depicted as a bat winged monster swooping down on Cruz.The posters are apparently in response to a recent dust up...
  • Ted Cruz Blames Democrats for Capitol Hill Gridlock

    07/26/2014 5:29:05 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 2 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | Todd Beamon
    Sen. Ted Cruz slammed President Barack Obama and the Democrats for the gridlock that has paralyzed Congress. "It should embarrass all of us, and it's the result of a deliberate partisan decision," the Texas Republican said in an interview to air on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. The tea party-backed freshman senator cited the stalemate over the border crisis as a recent example of Washington inaction. Story continues below video. Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency aid to address the thousands of illegal immigrant minors who have been arrested in South Texas, but Republicans and Democrats...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Demands Answers On FAA Flight Ban To Israel

    07/25/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    CBS ^ | July 25, 2014 5:15 PM
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Questions remain about the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on flights to Israel earlier this week and whether it was based on safety or politics. One U.S. senator is vowing to block Obama administration diplomatic appointments until he gets answers.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blocking confirmation of ambassadors and other diplomatic nominees until the FAA explains why it blocked flights to Israel after a rocket landed a mile from the Tel Aviv airport.“The timing was such that this ban on flights from America was announced at the same time that John Kerry arrived in the Middle East;...
  • Unhinged Chris Matthews Fumes Over Ted Cruz's 'McCarthyism'

    07/25/2014 12:35:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    In his never-ending obsession with Ted Cruz, Hardball’s Chris Matthews devoted the start and close of his program to rants against the supposed "McCarthyism" of the Texas Senator. Matthews objected to Cruz’s belief that the FAA’s short lived ban on air travel to Israel was political in nature. On the July 24 edition of Matthews’ program, the host wondered if Cruz was “trying to mimic the headline grabbing of the bad old days, or is he just so ignorant of what those tactics have done to this country that he's not aware of what he’s committing: the horror of McCarthyism...
  • Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz: Don't Let 'Scandalous' Obama Run 'Roughshod' with Immigration Exec. Actions

    07/25/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), who have arguably been the two most influential conservatives in stopping amnesty legislation, urged their colleagues to put more pressure on President Barack Obama, so he does not unilaterally grant temporary amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants.  In a colloquy with Cruz on the Senate floor, Sessions said Obama's potential executive actions represent an "exceedingly grave threat that go[es] beyond anything we've ever seen in this country" and "threatens the very constitutional framework of our republic and the very ability of this nation to even have borders."He vowed that the...
  • Cruz, Sessions sound alarm on Obama’s plan to expand amnesty program

    07/24/2014 4:15:57 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2014 4:36pm | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) vowed Thursday afternoon to fight President Barack Obama’s reported plans to expand amnesty for up to six million more illegal residents by the end of the summer.The two senators have been among the most vocal Republican opponents of Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which they say has prompted a flood of unaccompanied minors to try crossing into the United States.GOP senators on Thursday again warned about plans by President Barack Obama to expand an amnesty program for illegal immigrants. (AP Photo)Cruz said he was back at the Texas border last weekend, when he...
  • Boehner indicates no room for Ted Cruz border plan in House bill

    07/24/2014 3:54:00 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2014 1:20pm | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated Thursday that the House will not be considering legislative language to defund President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which some Republicans want to see as a condition of approving new funding to ease the crisis at the southern U.S. border.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has said he wants to see Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy defunded, and says that policy is precisely why about 60,000 illegal immigrant children have tried to cross into the U.S. this year.Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is pushing to end President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation policy, but House GOP...
  • With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid (Christians United for Israel)

    07/23/2014 11:10:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jewish Telegraph Agency
    Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, addressing the annual Washington conference of Christians United for Israel, July 21, 2014.With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority. David Brog, the group’s executive director, said CUFI regarded the Iran nuclear talks as a failure and would back legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would impose new sanctions immediately. The Cruz measure is tougher than legislation already under consideration that would trigger sanctions...
  • Sessions to Congress: Back Ted Cruz or Remain 'Complicit' in 'Nullification of Border'

    07/22/2014 9:35:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and a key immigration hawk, took to the Senate floor on Monday afternoon to attack the efforts by President Barack Obama to grant amnesty via executive order to millions of illegal aliens. During his floor speech, Sessions endorsed a bill from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that aims to curb the president’s executive amnesty efforts—and called on his colleagues to cosponsor it. Sessions said: Senator Cruz has a bill that would stop this presidential overreach. Sessions said. It’s very simple. It lays out that we won’t spend money providing legal...
  • Sen. Cruz: Halbig a 'repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that comes with it'

    07/22/2014 8:15:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz's Office ^ | July 22, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    Statement regarding Halbig v. Burwell.July 22, 2014 | (202) 228-7561WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the Halbig v. Burwell decision: "The D.C. Circuit's decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it," said Sen. Cruz. "The Obama Administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse. This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens...
  • (Bleep): Ted Cruz Rips HBO Over 'Misogynist' 'True Blood' Episode

    07/22/2014 4:47:22 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jul 2014 | John Nolte
    Using Facebook, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz responded to a Sunday night episode of HBO's "True Blood." The show revolved around a vampire bloodbath at a fictional Ted Cruz fundraising event held at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The episode is laced with insults aimed at the GOP and coins the term "Republi-cunt." Cruz labeled the episode "misogynist and profanity-ridden" and then added that he was surprised "HBO is suggesting that hard-core leftists are blood-sucking fiends...." Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO's True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of...
  • Ted Cruz bites back at ‘True Blood’

    07/22/2014 3:17:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/22/14 | Colby Itkowitz
    There were only a few ways Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) could react to HBO’s “True Blood” portrayal of Texas Republicans being murdered at a fictitious Cruz fundraiser. He could have ignored it, or laughed it off. But he went political. A scene in Sunday’s episode took place at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, where a Cruz function was being held. The vampires who went made disparaging comments about the Republicans in attendance (What do you expect? It’s Hollywood.) and then there was a vicious bloodbath. (We admittedly do not watch “True Blood,” so we can’t offer further context, but...
  • Glenn Beck Blows It, But Ted Cruz Saves The Day

    07/22/2014 2:45:47 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 59 replies
    LastResistance.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Frank Camp
    There’s a lot of talk about optics in politics, and generally speaking, I am wildly opposed to the notion of optics. Optics refers to how one is viewed by the general public, how one’s actions are perceived. Optics are, in essence, a manipulation of perception. In my opinion, the top priority on a politician’s mind should not be optics, but actions. Actions–if they are driven by noble intent–should speak for themselves. Action should not require extra manufacturing. However, there is something to be said about making sure one’s actions are not perceived negatively, thus undermining one’s entire political philosophy.We have...
  • GOP sees court ruling as major step toward unraveling of Obamacare

    07/22/2014 9:41:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 22, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    EXCERPT Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas were quick to pounce on the decision as one that reveals the Obama administration’s ongoing attempts to implement the law in a way that exceeds the parameters set in the law that Democrats themselves devised and passed. Cruz called the ruling a “repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it.” “The Obama administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse,” Cruz said. “This decision restores power to Congress and...
  • Ben Carson Wins Western Conservative Straw Poll (Cruz, Palin, #2 and #3)

    07/22/2014 6:52:39 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/21/2014 | Melissa Clyne
    Ben Carson was the top vote-getter in a 2016 presidential straw poll at the weekend’s Western Conservative Summit in Denver, The Denver Post reported. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Carson-2016-straw-poll/2014/07/21/id/583821#ixzz38CmSgI00 Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • Cruz: Rich Do Fine with Big Govt, GOP Must Help the Working Poor

    07/22/2014 6:08:50 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 20 2014 | Todd Beamon and Elliot Jager
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday said that to resurrect America's greatness it was necessary to revive the economy, defend the Constitution, and restore America's place in the world arena. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ted-cruz-poor-gop-western-conservative/2014/07/20/id/583716#ixzz38Cbu8mbS Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • GOP’s ’16 consolation vanishes: Suddenly, Democrats have the deep bench!

    07/21/2014 11:23:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | July 21, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor at large
    In the wake of President Obama’s reelection in 2012, reporters found one source of solace for the GOP. “One race the Republicans appear to be winning is the one for the deepest bench of rising stars,” wrote the Washington Post, and plenty of folks followed up. Democrats, meanwhile, had nobody on the bench but Hillary Clinton – a formidable candidate if she were to run, but that wasn’t even certain. Beyond Clinton, there seemed to be a wasteland populated by ambitious governors no one had ever heard of (Martin O’Malley), and some who were well known but not widely liked...
  • Sarah Palin on Border Crisis: 'What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It?'

    07/21/2014 8:22:01 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Tony Lee
    The Washington Post's reporting brought down Richard Nixon. On Sunday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wondered if it could do the same to President Barack Obama regarding his lawlessness on illegal immigration. Palin, who called for Obama to be impeached on the pages of Breitbart News, demanded in a Facebook post that Congress get answers to two questions: "What did the President know and when did he know it?" Palin mentioned that the Washington Post had a blockbuster piece on Saturday about how “top officials at the White House and the State Department had repeatedly been warned of the potential...
  • Cruz: Rich Do Fine with Big Govt, GOP Must Help the Working Poor

    07/20/2014 3:07:55 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 23 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 08:07 AM | Todd Beamon and Elliot Jager
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday said that to resurrect America's greatness it was necessary to revive the economy, defend the Constitution, and restore America's place in the world arena. Appearing at the conference themed "America at Its Best," Cruz told more than 3,000 attendees to the Western Conservative Summit in Denver that "the single biggest lie" is that Republicans are the party of the rich. "The rich have done fine with big government," he said. The ones most hurt by big government are those who are struggling. The event, in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Centennial Institute,...
  • Ted Cruz: Harry Reid, Obama Holding Migrant Children for ‘Ransom’

    07/20/2014 3:04:04 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Jul 2014, 8:55 AM PDT
    On Fox News Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NA) are holding the illegal immigrant children flooding across the U.S. Mexico border “hostage” with promises of "amnesty." Laying the blame for the humanitarian crisis squarely on President Obama, Cruz said, "I agree with the president in one respect. We are seeing a humanitarian crisis. We're seeing tens of thousands of young children coming in illegally, being brutalized, being mistreated by global transnational drug cartels. And the cause of this crisis is the promise of amnesty. If you look at the history of...
  • Here’s What Ted Cruz Had to Say About Glenn Beck’s Border Relief Work

    07/20/2014 3:00:23 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 20, 2014 1:35pm | Zach Noble
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz praised the relief efforts of Glenn Beck and Mercury One in the border town of McAllen, Texas on Saturday, where the charity Beck founded worked to provide food, clothing, water and toys to the illegal immigrant children who have been streaming into the U.S.But Cruz also stressed the importance of sending those kids back home.“Let me say thank you to Mercury One, thank you to Glenn, for leading on this issue, for raising over two million dollars to provide food, to provide medicine, to provide toys to these kids,” Cruz said. “These children, while they’re here,...
  • Cruz to Harry Reid: Get Out of ‘Ritz- Carlton in D.C.’ and See the Border

    07/20/2014 11:53:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    mediiaite ^ | 7/20/14 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) characterization of the U.S.-Mexico border as “secure” by telling his colleague to come take a look for himself. “President Obama and Harry Reid both engage debates divorced from the facts and divorced from the reality,” Cruz said on Fox News Sunday. “Harry Reid lives in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., and I’m sure from his perspective the border seems secure. I would invite Harry Reid to come with me down Texas and see the border.” “I’ll tell you who is holding these kids ransom,” Cruz continued, “Harry Reid...
  • Ted Cruz: 'Abolish the IRS' and station all 110,000 agents 'on the southern border'

    07/20/2014 11:04:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 20, 2014 | David Martosko
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told a cheering crowd of conservatives Saturday night that the next U.S. president should shutter the much-maligned Internal Revenue Service and turn the agency's 110,000 employees loose to police the U.S.-Mexico border. 'That's slightly tongue-in-cheek,' he said in Denver at the Western Conservative Summit. 'But think about it for a second: You travel thousands of miles, you cross over and see 110,000 IRS agents? You'd turn around and go home!' [Snip] The normally stolid and bloated GOP establishment, he hinted Saturday, is dismayed at his rise to prominence among tea party sympathizers and other grass-roots...
  • Cruz calls for end to 'Obama amnesty'

    07/20/2014 6:59:43 AM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 19, 2014 | Megan R Wilson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday urged supporters to sign a petition to end what he said was “Obama’s amnesty,” a program authorized Obama that allows certain undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. without fear of being deported. Cruz took to social media on Saturday to spur attention to his proposals. “Join the fight to stop the crisis on the border -- sign the petition to #StopObamasAmnesty,” Cruz wrote on his Facebook and Twitter. The Tea Party favorite is pushing legislation that would defund the program to prevent it from being expanded. Cruz says his bill should be a...
  • Glenn Beck: 'Pusses' Don't Want to Hand Out Soccer Balls to Illegal Aliens

    07/19/2014 8:24:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On his Friday radio show, Glenn Beck suggested those who do not want to pass out soccer balls and teddy bears to illegal immigrant children at detention centers with him are "pusses." He also said Americans should not "focus" on the gangsters, killers, and rapists who are coming across the border with the illegal immigrant children two days after Breitbart Texas reported that an illegal immigrant whom the federal government released in June with a "notice to appear" was arrested for murder. While discussing his plans to go to McAllen, Texas on Saturday with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep....
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Announces He Will Be Joining Glenn Beck at the Border This Weekend

    07/18/2014 7:34:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 114 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 07/18/2014 | Erica Ritz
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he will be joining Glenn Beck and Mercury One at the border in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday to feed, clothe, and provide toys for illegal immigrant children. Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for the senator, told TheBlaze in an email: “Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled into the United States by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs – it is heartless to allow that to continue.” “But while we work to reverse the policies that have caused this tragedy, it is important we recognize the human element of this crisis, and Sen....
  • Glenn Beck rips Breitbart, Fox News border coverage

    07/19/2014 1:42:33 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 166 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Ian Hanchett
    <p>Talk radio host Glenn Beck criticized Fox News and Breitbart for their reporting of his plan to visit the border to bring food, soccer balls, and teddy bears to illegal immigrants on the southern border.</p>
  • Ted Cruz pushes to undo 2012 deportation ban for young immigrants

    07/19/2014 10:32:11 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 5:00 pm on July 17, 2014 | Todd J. Gillman
    WASHINGTON – Blaming a recent surge in young border-crossers on the president, Sen. Ted Cruz waded into the crisis Thursday with a bill to reverse a 2012 order protecting child migrants from deportation.“The staggering conditions that children are being subjected to are a direct result of the amnesty that President Obama illegally and unilaterally enacted in 2012, which caused the number of unaccompanied minors to skyrocket,” Cruz said. “The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop President Obama’s amnesty.”Obama ordered the policy — known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA – to shield immigrants brought into...
  • Cruz: Border surge is a direct result of President Obama’s action

    07/19/2014 10:25:42 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Wilson County News ^ | July 17, 2014, 4:05pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced legislation to prevent the Obama Administration from using any taxpayer funds to expand DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and from continuing to lawlessly grant amnesty and work permits to new immigrants who enter the country illegally. He also outlined guiding principles that Congress should keep in mind when considering reforms. “We all recognize the terrible humanitarian crisis that is occurring at the border, and all of us should come together to end the policies that have caused it,” said Sen. Cruz. “Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled...
  • Could Elizabeth Warren Face Ted Cruz In 2016?

    07/19/2014 10:20:56 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 79 replies
    RedState ^ | July 18th, 2014 at 03:37 PM | Dan McLaughlin
    Should the Democrats nominate Elizabeth Warren for President in 2016, as a draft-Warren movement, some liberal pundits and enthusiasts at this week’s Netroots Nation convention believe? Should Republicans nominate Ted Cruz, who has kept his options open with frequent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire? In some ways, Cruz and Warren are mirror images, and the cases for and against them are surprisingly similar. But there are also some critical differences.Before 2008, the idea of a presidential contest between two first-term Senators in their (by then) fourth year in Washington would have seemed ridiculous; in 1988, Dan Quayle was roundly...
  • Heritage Action Buttresses Ted Cruz’s Border Solution

    07/19/2014 10:15:36 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 1 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | July 18, 2014 3:02 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Heritage Action called for the end of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, making an argument that dovetails with legislation offered by Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) as a solution to the border crisis.The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano denounced the program in a Thursday op-ed.  ’The president’s 2012 policy for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, regardless of the Oval Office’s intent, sets a precedent that encourages further unlawful migration, particularly among minors,” Carafano wrote. ”It leaves those in the program mired in uncertainty as to their future status. It resolves nothing, encourages the problem to grow and is a detriment...
  • Palin, Cruz, DeMint headline Denver summit (Going on now)

    07/19/2014 8:49:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    DENVER — Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz and former Sen. Jim DeMint are headlining a gathering of some 2,500 at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. The summit at the Hyatt Regency and Colorado Convention Center culminates Sunday with a straw poll to gauge attendees' early choices for a 2016 presidential nominee....
  • Morning Plum: On immigration, the GOP is Ted Cruz’s party

    07/17/2014 11:57:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | July 17, 2014 | Greg Sargent
    As I’ve noted here before, the current crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the border has had one upside. It has forced the actual GOP stance on immigration out into the open, increasingly boxing Republicans into a position where their main solution to the broader immigration crisis is effectively advocating for maximum deportations from the interior, including of the DREAMers. Now, as the battle over the crisis continues to roil the political landscape, the point is being underscored by none other than Ted Cruz: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz plans to take a hard-line stand that could rile up conservatives just as...
  • House Leadership Skeptical of Ted Cruz’s Plan to Halt DACA

    07/17/2014 6:23:44 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | July 17, 2014 7:08 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) unveiled legislation to shut down President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ program, and the bill is getting a mixed response among Republican colleagues.Cruz offered his bill as a plan to end the border crisis — and the suffering that takes place south of the border as children travel to the United States — by thwarting Obama’s policy of acting as if the DREAM Act has already passed.“The staggering conditions that children are being subjected to are a direct result of the amnesty that President Obama illegally and unilaterally enacted in 2012, which caused the...
  • Cruz introduces 'stop amnesty' bill

    07/17/2014 2:13:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 17, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday introduced legislation that would defund the Obama administration program that allows some illegal immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation. Cruz is pressing to have the bill linked to the emergency funding that President Obama has requested to deal with the recent surge of Central American children illegally crossing into the United States. "The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop President Obama’s amnesty," Cruz said in a statement. "If we do not put an end to its expansion — to the promise of amnesty that is the...
  • Cruz's next fight: Immigration

    07/17/2014 8:15:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz plans to take a hard-line stand that could rile up conservatives just as lawmakers — including two from his home state — are struggling to address the growing humanitarian crisis along the southern border. The conservative firebrand believes that any bill to deal with the unaccompanied migrant children at the border must also include language to stop a 2012 immigration directive from President Barack Obama — a proposal unlikely to go anywhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate. That’s a much tougher approach than the one being sought by Cruz’s fellow Texans — GOP Sen. John Cornyn and...
  • Reid: ‘Dreamers’ here legitimately

    07/17/2014 8:30:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 17, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says immigrants who came to the country illegally at a young age are now legitimate residents and should not be deported. Reid made the remarks in response to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is demanding that an emergency spending bill for the border reverse President Obama’s 2012 order halting deportations of so-called Dreamers. “Before Republicans help our Border Patrol agents and all the personnel trying to do something to handle this humanitarian crisis, they want President Obama to deport the Dreamers who are already here, legitimately here,” he said on the Senate floor Thursday...
  • Ted Cruz: Border Bill Must Address Obama's Executive Amnesty Threat

    07/16/2014 9:58:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/16/14 | Matthew Boyle
    With House Republicans exploring lawmakers' immigration “wish lists” as they craft a legislative response to the border crisis, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is drawing a line in the sand: unless the bill prevents President Obama from expanding unilateral amnesty for so-called DREAMers, he will oppose it. “No legislation should be considered unless it specifically prohibits Obama from expanding” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), “which allows those who have come here illegally to stay,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told Breitbart News. “That should be a prerequisite for any bill considered to address this crisis.” Frazier also told Breitbart News...
  • Ted Cruz Drafting Border Crisis Bill

    07/16/2014 4:46:04 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 16, 2014 6:11 PM | Joel Gehrke
    I’m hearing from Senate sources that Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is writing an alternative to the border crisis bill proposed by Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D., Texas). A “central feature” of Cruz’s bill will be a reversal of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to one Senate source.Republicans in both chambers agree that the surge of children from Central America was caused by Obama’s 2012 announcement of DACA, a policy under which the federal government does not deport people who would have qualified for the DREAM Act, a bill that never...
  • Ted Cruz: Abortion Access Law Is Part of 'Real' War on Women

    07/16/2014 6:43:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 11:12 PM | Cathy Burke
    A proposed bill to protect access to abortion services is a "manifestation of a war on women," Sen. Ted Cruz charged Tuesday. Speaking at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Texas Republican questioned the Women's Health Protection Act, which would prevent states from implementing restrictions—such as doctors' admitting privileges at local hospitals, structural requirements for clinics, mandated waiting periods, and mandated ultrasounds—that make abortion services more difficult to get. The bill is aimed at actions like those in Texas, which last summer passed a set of restrictive laws that has already closed about a third of the abortion...