Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week had a solid-if-unspectacular Twitter burn, projecting a modicum of normal social behavior. In a tweet Wednesday, Cruz appeared to “dunk” on his former Senate challenger-turned-2020 presidential primary candidate, Democrat Beto O’Rourke. In an interview with late-night television host Seth Meyers, the Democrat was asked if, given the crowded 2020 field, he missed “how easy it was to be different from Ted Cruz.” O’Rourke responded: “Where is Ted Cruz when you need him?” Cruz’s twitter account, quote-tweeting a reporter who transcribed the exchange, responded: “…in the Senate.” The joke here is that Cruz is in the Senate because O’Rourke is not, having lost to Cruz in a high-profile contest in 2018. While Cruz’s tweet does not clear the bar for an “ethering,” it was far better than most senatorial jibes. Related A Jeffrey Epstein-Clinton … [Read more...] about Ted Cruz Made a Pretty Decent Joke
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Alabama high school football coaches agree a combination of factors -- not just fear of concussions -- caused the second straight year of dwindling football participation.Coaches say sports specialization, more competition for teens' after-school time, and, yes, concussions contribute to the sport's fall in popularity. "Football is tough," said first-year Ardmore coach P.J. Wright, a longtime assistant at Class 7A Davidson. "It is tough on everyone. This generation of students has found other things to do that do not involve the time commitment or stress of heat and physical abuse it requires to play."The National Federation of State High School Associations' annual High School Athletics Participation Survey was released last week, revealing 30,882 student-athletes at 386 AHSAA schools played football during the 2017 season.RELATED: See past NFHS sports surveysThat's down from the 31,356 players during the 2016 season, or a decline of 1.5 percent. It's also the second straight … [Read more...] about Why are fewer teens playing Alabama HS football?
As Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManafort's attorneys say he should get less than 10 years in prison The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump looks for boost from Korea summit The Hill's Morning Report - A pivotal week for Trump MORE awaits sentencing next month, his viable options seem to be dwindling down to a presidential pardon. While the sentencing memorandum of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE has not been made public, there is little question that Manafort is looking at a likely terminal period of incarceration after his cooperating agreement was tossed out for allegedly withholding information. His lawyers insist that Manafort, who will soon turn 70, is in failing health and cannot do a long stretch. Judge Amy Berman Jackson is unlikely to be particularly sympathetic, much like the judge who handed down a lengthy sentence to an older defendant who objected, “Judge, I am too old to serve all of … [Read more...] about Are New York Democrats handing Paul Manafort a case for pardon?
Editor's note: This is the third of an 18-chapter profile of Sen. John McCain, portions of which originally were published in October 1999 and March 2007. It has been updated and expanded. Read more about this project: John McCain’s American Story. John McCain sat on a stool in Hanoi, his teeth broken, his body battered from a savage beating, his arms tied behind him in torture ropes. A guard entered the room. "Are you ready to confess your crimes?" he asked. "No," McCain replied. About John McCain Born: Aug. 26, 1936. Birthplace: Panama Canal Zone. Resides: Phoenix. Party: Republican. Current office: U.S. senator. Wife: Cindy L. Hensley. Family: 7 children. Political experience: U.S. Senate, 1986-present; presidential candidate, 2000 and 2008; U.S. House of Representatives, 1982-1986. Every two hours, one guard would restrain McCain while two others beat him. They kept it up for four days. Finally, McCain lay on the floor at "The Plantation," a bloody mess, … [Read more...] about John McCain as a POW was ‘a very determined guy with a lot of spirit’