Thursday September 03, 2015
April 2nd, 2015
A political nobody just three years ago, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is the first official candidate vying for the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nomination. His was a noisy entrance into government, marked by outspokenness and partisanship that clearly delighted part of the public even as they irritated many of his colleagues. In a remarkably short period, Cruz has become a national figure - and one who is often misunderstood. Here are five myths about Ted Cruz.
Now that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has thrown his cowboy hat into the ring for president, it's time to start handicapping the candidates, even if some of us may wish that we had more choices.
That's OK, my fellow Americans. You vote for -- or against -- the choices that you have. Do you hear me, progressive-wing Democrats who are begging Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary Clinton?
Late last night, Galileo's skeletal hand (not the one that's in a museum, the other one) reached out of a grave and gave me this letter. I reproduce it in full.
Dear Ted, Dear Everyone, Please stop dragging me into this. Please, please stop.
At 17, Zakiya James has a story that shows what's very right and very wrong in American education.
Let's just stipulate that she is pretty brilliant.
She's a junior at Drexel University in Philadelphia. At 17. Studying civil engineering.
Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have.
We don't need to know the political or religious views of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz to call his crashing of a crowded airliner into a mountainside an act of terrorism. And we don't need any further evidence to recognize a cruel irony: Legitimate fear of potential terrorist attacks apparently made this tragedy possible.
The presidential race is on! And right now the official pack of contenders consists of ... Ted Cruz.
You are, perhaps, already familiar with the Republican List of Things You Cannot Say. If not, here's a quick refresher:
1. "Vagina." That's a definite no-no. Three years ago, Republicans in the Michigan statehouse banned Democratic Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking after she used the v-word.
Let's start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security to millions of previously uninsured Americans and has helped slow the rise in health care spending.