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Ilhan Omar Blasts Ted Cruz, Accused of Flying to Mexico, as Texans Struggle After Winter Storm
The Texas Republican appeared to be flying to Cancun, Mexico, for a family vacation on Wednesday, while millions of Texans are without heat and water due to severe winter weather. © Greg Nash/Getty Sen, Ted Cruz (R-TX) was criticized Thursday after photos appeared to show him traveling to Mexico during an ongoing winter crisis in Texas. Here, Cruz speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 27, 2021.
The TAKE with
Being the viral public face of crisis is dangerous territory -- as the Democratic governors of California and New York haveof late.
Now comes Sen., with a Houston police escort. He offered regrets for taking the trip Thursday night, after first offering the improbable story that he popped down to Mexico to drop off his kids while his in .
If punch lines could defeat Cruz, he would probably no longer be a senator. Democrats are already seeing this, though a meme, because this moment illustrates both a consequence of GOP leadership who appears detached from those realities.
Ted Cruz is an embarrassment to Texas (opinion)
Caught out at the airport--taking vacation in the midst of a pandemic and energy catastrophe in his home state--Cruz offered a callous example of how our state's conservatives try to avoid embarrassment by being slippery and disingenuous, writes Texan James Moore. Meanwhile, Texas's attitude toward government has become deadly. The winter storm that was too much for Cruz offers a clear example of the tragedies that can accompany policies that are too conservative to make sense, but calculated enough to make some people money. Texas fancied itself as independent from the rest of the Union, so it built an electrical grid all its own.
Cruz's mockery of California power outages and of Democrats who traveled during COVID-19 shutdowns looks quite a bit different now. So do the, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, to somehow suggest that Green New Deal policies that haven't come close to being enacted should share some of the .
Cruz himself isn't on the ballot again until 2024 and tallying the number of times Democrats have called on him to resign doesn't matter. But Texas is set to gain House seats in theand Abbott is running for a third term next year in a state that Democrats have a statewide race in since 1994.
Matt Gaetz Defends Ted Cruz Amid Cancun Debacle: 'Should Not Have Apologized'
The Texas senator is facing calls to resign after heading to Mexico as millions in his state grappled with power outages and freezing weather.Cruz returned home on Thursday amid national outrage at his decision to leave for Cancun on Wednesday evening. The senator was photographed on his flight by other passengers, sparking hours of speculation as to his whereabouts while his office remained silent.
There's auntil next year's elections. But this moment could quite a bit longer than Cruz's trip to Cancun lasted.
The RUNDOWN with
The internet can be a weird place and on Thursday, lawmakers whose daily responsibilities rarely overlap with online culture attempted to make sense of the impact "meme stonks" had on financial markets last month.
For hours, members of the House Financial Services Committeeand a Reddit user in hopes of answering the question headlined in the sweeping title of the hearing: "Game Stopped? Who Wins and Loses When Short Sellers, Social Media, and Retail Investors Collide."
In her opening remarks, Rep. Maxine Waters -- who chairs the committee -- said the hearing would be the first in a series "to examine theinvolving GameStop and other stocks." Waters also acknowledged the hearing's dual purposes of examining the "institutional practices of Wall Street firms" as well as "the evolving role of technology and social media in our markets."
Ted Cruz Cancun Trip Prompts Wave of Mexico Border Wall Jokes
The senator found himself at the center of a media frenzy on Thursday after photos of him traveling to Cancun amid the disaster emerged.The senator found himself at the center of a media frenzy on Thursday after photos of him traveling to Cancun amid the disaster emerged, garnering widespread condemnation.
The committee established the government's interest in probing the events thatof financial markets through Robinhood's friendliness to novice traders. Meanwhile, Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev refuted allegations of helping hedge funds through trading restrictions and insisted that January's meltdown won't happen again.
Still, the hearing did not offer clarity regarding whatif they uncovered crimes or whether the events related to the GameStop incident could lead to regulatory changes. Meanwhile, despite Tenev's admission that his company made mistakes in handling the situation, he did not offer specific examples when pressed by Rep. Madeleine Dean. "We're not going to be perfect, and we want to improve and make sure that we don't make the same mistakes twice," Tenev said.
Ted Cruz Billboard, Posters Spotted in Texas Mocking Senator's Cancun Trip
Senator Ted Cruz is facing calls to resign after flying with his family to Cancun on Wednesday night where, his wife told friends, rooms at the Ritz-Carlton where they planned to stay cost $309 a night.A digital billboard emblazoned with the message "Texans Froze. Ted Fled" has been seen on the side of a truck was reportedly spotted driving through Houston by Fox 26 journalist Natalie Hee.
The TIP with
Beto O'Rourke has been busy.
He's been actively sharing city- and county-to his Twitter following that is nearing 2 million. He's organized his to make over 300,000 . And he's still had time to condemn Republican leadership in his state for on the wrong things and helming a botched response to the chaos. Through it all, whether explicitly or not, the Texas Democrat is signaling it's time for a change at the top.
As his state slipped into darkness for days, O'Rourke has seized the moment to criticize what he sees as the GOP's inept leadership, while also elevating his own. "We are nearing a failed state in Texas and it has nothing to do with God or natural disasters. It has everything to do with the leadership and those in the positions of public trust who have failed us," he said earlier this week on MSNBC.
O'Rourke's rhetoric and actions come as a contrast to his former and potentially future foes. The twice unsuccessful candidate is finding his moment as he openly weighs a challenge to Abbott, and those in his own party,his , might be him towards one more attempt at public office.
United Airlines Investigating Who Leaked Ted Cruz's Cancun Flight Info
When Cruz suddenly changed his travel plans to return home from Cancun on Thursday instead of on Saturday, a source from United Airlines reportedly leaked the information to a journalist who shared it on Twitter.Cruz faced widespread criticism for traveling to the Mexican beach spot while millions of his constituents in his home state went without power, water or heat amid severe winter storms. A few Texans have also died from weather-related causes during the storms.
ABC News' "Start Here" podcast. Friday morning's episode features ABC News' Marcus Moore in Houston, who tells us where residents are directing their anger after days of no power and no water. Dr. Simone Wildes from South Shore Health tells us what we know so far about vaccines and pregnant women. And ABC News Chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega examines President Joe Biden's immigration bill proposal.
FiveThirtyEight's Politics Podcast. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, civil and environmental engineer Daniel Cohan explains why the blackouts in Texas occurred, who bears responsibility and how politics are shaped by these kinds of crises.
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Daisy Ridley claps back after Ted Cruz diss .
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