Senator Ted Cruz Urges SCOTUS To Hear Emergency Appeal On Pennsylvania Election Challenge

CRUZ TO TWITTER’S JACK DORSEY: ‘Who the Hell Elected You?’

WASHINGTON — Senator Ted Cruz on Wednesday tore into Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over what he claimed was an anti-Conservative bias on his company’s social media platform.

During an often heated hearing with big tech titans Facebook, Twitter and Google, Cruz, (R)- Calif., called Twitter “a dire threat to free speech in America.”

Grilling Dorsey over Twitter’s decision to block the posting and sharing of a recent New York Post report that made corruption allegations against Joe Biden, Cruz demanded to know what gave Dorsey the right to do so.

“Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear, and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?” Cruz asked.

In response, Dorsey stated, “We’re not.”

“You’re testifying to this committee right now that Twitter,” Cruz said, “when it silences people, when it censors people, when it blocks political speech, that has no impact on elections?”

“People have choice of other communication channels,” Dorsey responded.

“Not if they don’t hear information,” Cruz countered. “If you don’t think you have the power to influence elections, why do you block anything?”

“Your position is you can sit in Silicon Valley and demand of the media, that you can tell them what stories they can publish, you can tell the American people what reporting they can hear?” he said. “Is that right?”

“No,” Dorsey responded. “Every person, every account, every organization that signed up to Twitter, agrees to a terms of service.”

“So media outlets must genuflect and obey your dictates if they wish to be able to communicate with readers,” Cruz shot back.

“Not at all,” Dorsey said.

Later in the hearing, Sen. Ron Johnson, (R)-Wis., challenged Dorsey’s claim that Twitter does not attempt to influence elections with their policies and actions. He , too, challenged the company’s decision to censor the Post’s reporting, as well as Facebook’s decision to flag it.

“Do either one of you have any evidence that the New York Post story is part of Russian disinformation or that those emails aren’t authentic?” Johnson asked Dorsey and Zuckerberg.

“We don’t,” Dorsey said.

Throughout the hearing, executives for Facebook, Twitter and Google claimed they have no slant against conservatives and have never targeted conservative users or pages for their political beliefs.

FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM: Ted Cruz Introduces Bill To Block Covid Funding For States That Prevent Church Worship

WASHINGTON — Senator Ted Cruz has introduced legislation that would withhold Coronavirus funding to states and localities that prevent in church worship citing Covid restrictions.

The Safeguarding Americans from Coronavirus and Religious Exercise Discrimination (SACRED) Act would penalize the states and localities that Attorney General William Barr determines are targeting people of faith with religious discrimination.

“Throughout this pandemic we’ve seen numerous examples of state and local governments instituting discriminatory regulations that unfairly target people of faith and which restrict houses of worship from operating while exempting secular gatherings and operations from the same rules,” Cruz said in a statement.

Since the Coronavirus outbreak, Cruz has been a strong opponent of any legislation that infringes upon the right of citizens to worship freely in their chosen place of worship, warning of the slippery slope that such actions could lead to and the importance of protecting religious freedoms.

“As Congress continues to provide relief funds to combat the impact of COVID-19, it is crucial that we protect the First Amendment right of religious liberty from discrimination,” Cruz’s statement continued. “That’s why I’ve introduced the SACRED Act. By blocking funds from governments that discriminate against religious organizations, we can fairly protect religious liberty and the rights of those who seek to gather together safely for worship.”

BORDER NIGHTMARE: GOP struggles to deal with family separations at border as debate over immigration continues

Washington, D.C. (Fox News) — The Trump administration is facing mounting pressure from fellow Republicans and other allies to end the practice of separating children from parents caught illegally crossing the border, as backlash over the enforcement policy quickly escalates into a political crisis.

Some GOP lawmakers want the administration to stop the policy on its own, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and others are proposing emergency legislation. Senate Majority Whip Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday he thinks Congress might be able to act on the issue this week. “We need to fix it,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell added.

House Republicans reportedly are working on their own plan to allow children to be detained for extended periods with their parents, loosening rules that now limit the amount of time minors can be held to 20 days. Meanwhile, GOP governors are pulling their state’s National Guard troops from the border in protest.

All this comes as President Trump and top Cabinet officials put the blame on Congress, in the run-up to a meeting late Tuesday between the president and House Republicans — where discussion of the family-separation backlash will likely dominate.

On Twitter, Trump has not backed down.

“Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!” he tweeted Tuesday morning.

He also said, “We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally,” noting most of those detained at the border journeyed without their parents. He again called on Congress to change the laws.

Speaking at a business event Tuesday in Washington, Trump added that child smugglers are exploiting loopholes and, “All we need is good legislation and we can have it taken care of.”

While legislation is being discussed, the family separations stem from the Justice Department’s “zero tolerance” policy, which calls for all illegal border crossers to be prosecuted. Because a 1997 legal agreement and related policies say children cannot be jailed with adults for extended periods, the administration is separating the families.

But the administration is facing bipartisan calls to change its approach.

Cruz’s bill would double the number of immigration judges to 750 and mandate that illegal immigrant families be kept together, unless there has been “aggravated criminal conduct” or the threat of harm to the children, according to Cruz’s office.

The new legislation would also authorize new temporary shelters for immigrant families, and provide for expedited resolution of asylum claims within 14 days.

“All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers,” Cruz said. “This must stop. Now.”

The controversy has extended across Capitol Hill. During a hearing Tuesday meant to examine the Justice Department inspector general’s report on the Hillary Clinton email probe, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., used his opening statement to call on Republicans to stand up to the president and say no to “child internment camps.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has called the current situation “cruel.”

“The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said.

Figures ranging from religious conservative leaders to the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have condemned the policy.

At the state level, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, both Republicans, announced that they would reverse decisions to send National Guard troops to the border, citing the separation of families.

“Until this policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded, Maryland will not deploy any National Guard resources to the border. Earlier this morning, I ordered our 4 crewmembers & helicopter to immediately return from where they were stationed in New Mexico,” Hogan tweeted Tuesday.

Trump and members of his administration have said that it is Congress that needs to act, as they are just enforcing the laws on the books.

“Now is the best opportunity ever for Congress to change the ridiculous and obsolete laws on immigration,” Trump said on Twitter Tuesday.

“Fundamentally, we are enforcing the law,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday night. “Hopefully people will get the message … and not break across the border unlawfully.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, in the face of tough questioning from the White House press corps, defended the policy at a heated press briefing on Monday.
Specifically, Nielsen called for Congress to overturn the Flores Settlement Agreement and expansions of it which do not allow families to be housed together, and accused critics of wanting only open borders, which she said would benefit child smugglers.

“Those who criticize the enforcement of our laws have offered only one countermeasure: open borders, the quick release of all illegal alien families and the decision not to enforce our laws,” she said. “This policy would be disastrous.”
She said there has been a 314 percent increase in adults and children arriving at the border fraudulently in the last five months. Nielsen also blasted Congress for demanding the administration not enforce the laws that Congress itself has passed.

“Surely it is the beginning of the unraveling of democracy when the body who makes the laws, instead of changing them, tells the enforcement body not to enforce the law.”
Yet other Republicans are now putting pressure on the administration to change course.

“I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel,” former first lady Laura Bush said in an op-ed for The Washington Post. “It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”

“The administration’s current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded,” Arizona senator and longtime Trump foe John McCain said in a statement. “The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now.”

While some of those voices are establishment GOP voices who have often grimaced at Trump’s hardline immigration policies and rhetoric, even some on the right flank of the party are demanding immediate action.

A number of immigration bills are under consideration in Congress, addressing the family separations to various degrees. A bill supported by Republican leaders, which would end the diversity lottery visa and fund Trump’s border wall, would also end the separations by housing children with adults.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on “Fox & Friends” that a more conservative bill being introduced Tuesday afternoon would also address the issue while keeping a narrower focus and keeping out more controversial topics.

“What it does it deals with this issue we’re having at the border with separation of children from their parents,” he said. “It also deals with some of the asylum issues at the border, but it also takes out some of the more controversial issues like sanctuary cities, the wall, [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], and it keeps it very narrow,” he said.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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HORROR IN TEXAS: 8 dead as gunman opens fire at Texas highschool; Suspect now in custody

Santa Fe, Tx (Fox News) — At least eight people have been killed in a Texas high school shooting Friday, FOX 26 reported. The suspected shooter was taken into custody and the active shooter situation was said to be over.

Police officers responded to Santa Fe High School around 8 a.m. CDT after reports that a shooter opened fire inside. The gunman appears to be a student, KTRK reports, citing a law enforcement official. Further details of the incident were not immediately available.

“Details will be released as we receive updated information. Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location,” the school district said in a statement.

Galveston County Sheriff’s Maj. Douglas Hudson said units responded to reports of shots fired. Witnesses say a gunman opened fire inside an art class during first period. A student in the class told KTRK she witnessed at least one girl being shot.

“We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, ‘Start running,'” the student told the news station.

Two seniors at the school told KHOU 11 their friend pulled the fire alarm after spotting the shooter and urged other students to run. They also said they saw an injured female student.

“Now I am worried about everyone else,” one student commented. “ I don’t even want to go to graduation now.”

Authorities have not yet confirmed these accounts.

President Trump tweeted Friday regarding the shooting stating, “School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also tweeted regarding the shooting.

“Heidi and I are keeping all the students and faculty at Santa Fe High School in our prayers this morning, along with all first responders on the scene. Please be safe and heed warnings from local officials,” he said.

Aerial footage from the scene showed students standing in a grassy field while officers inspected their backpacks. At least three life-flight helicopters landed at the school.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said it was also on the scene. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted early Friday that he arrived at the school to assist officers with the Galveston County Sheriff Office.

Santa Fe is a city of about 13,000 residents, located 30 miles southeast of Houston.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘IT WILL ONLY MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER’: Cruz backs teachers’ rights to arm themselves in classroom

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday said teachers who choose to do so should be free to arm themselves in the classroom.

“I think it makes perfect sense that if teachers want to exercise their right to keep and bear arms, that it will only make schools safer,” Cruz said while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

“I don’t think you should make teachers do that, but if a teacher is comfortable and wants to be prepared to defend himself or herself, that’s a good thing,” he added.

The former Republican candidate for president’s comments come a week after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida resulted in the deaths of 17 and the injury of dozens more.

President Donald Trump on Thursday also called for similar measures, adding that protecting our schools through the use of armed teachers and former military members may be a solution to the ongoing violence.

“…Giving ‘concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience- only the best,” the president tweeted. “…Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!”

Cruz said the most effective way to combat gun violence is for law enforcement officials to target violent criminals and not law-abiding gun owners.

“The left’s answer is always, always always strip the Second Amendment rights from law-abiding citizens,” he said. “You want to see crime take off? Disarm the law-abiding citizens.”

Since the February 14 shooting, Democrats have called for stricter gun control laws and a ban on AR-15s.

NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre, however, said cracks in law enforcement was to blame for last week’s shooting, not Second Amendment protected gun owners.

“What they want are more restrictions on the law-abiding,” LaPierre said while speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. “Think about that — their solution is to make you, all of you, less free.”

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GOP UNVEILS REVISED HEALTHCARE BILL AS BATTLE FOR PASSAGE RAGES ON

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The GOP on Thursday unveiled an updated version of the Replace and Repeal Act in an effort to convince Conservatives who are still sitting on the fence to jump on board with their answer to Obamacare.

Their efforts came to a screeching halt, however, as three Republican senators, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Susan Collins, a moderate from Maine and conservative Rand Paul of Kentucky, announced that they were still not impressed by the revision.

With the revised bill, House majority leader, Mitch McConnell, (R)- Kentucky, had hoped to gain the 50 votes he needs to win Senate passage. But based on the reaction of some ultra right Republicans, the changes may not have been enough to bridge the gap between the Senate’s most staunch Conservatives, who have vowed to drive the current plan into the ground, and more moderate Republicans, who have worked to push the legislation through.

For the most part, the new version of the Bill gave broad concessions to right wing Republicans who had declared the initial draft too similar to the Affordable Care Act, which was passed under the Obama administration. Per the updates, Medicaid sections remain the same, meaning that deeper cuts to the program will still be on track to begin in 2025, and the funds for ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid will still end, as scheduled, in 2024. On the opposite end, The Bill includes new funding, $70 billion over seven years, aimed at easing costs for the chronically sick and seriously ill. The Bill also includes $45 billion to fight opioid addiction, but Senators such as Portman who hails from a state where opioid addiction runs rampant, say they also want changes to the Medicaid portion of the legislation.

Despite McConnell’s efforts to strike a fair balance, the result left both sides less than satisfied.

Senator Ted Cruz, (R)- Texas, who supported the changes in the new revision, expressed concern for the outcome of the Bill amid fallout from his fellow Conservatives.

“I think failing to get this done would be really catastrophic,” Mr. Cruz said on the radio station KFYI, “and I don’t think any of the Republican senators want to see failure come out of this.”

Seemingly unphased by Cruz’s open appeal, the three holdouts stood fast in their vow to delay a vote on the legislation.

“My strong inclination and current intention is to vote no on the motion to proceed,” Collins told reporters after leaving a hearing on the legislation.

“The only way I’d change my mind is if there’s something in the new bill that wasn’t discussed or that I didn’t fully understand or the CBO estimate comes out and says they fixed the Medicaid cuts, which I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Read the updated changes to the Bill via the link below: https://www.scribd.com/document/353689897/BetterCareJuly13-2017#from_embed

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‘NOT ENOUGH’: EMBATTLED HEALTH CARE BILL ON LIFE SUPPORT AS ‘GANG OF 4’ OPPOSE PASSAGE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The embattled Republican health care plan faced a serious setback on Thursday as four key Republican leaders again came out in opposition of the bill.

Senators Rand Paul, (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), Mike Lee, (R-Utah), and Ron Johnson, (R-Wis.), told the press Thursday morning that they intend to contest the Senate Republican plan in its current form.

“Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor,” the foursome said in a released statement. “There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system but it does not appear this draft, as written, will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal ObamaCare and lower their health care costs.”

Paul, who holds a unique perspective on the plan being a physician himself, has been exceptionally vocal in his disapproval of key elements of the bill, particularly refundable tax credits, and has taken his issues with the bill in it’s current form to the president himself.

““I told him, part of my problem is it still looks too much like Obamacare for me,” Paul told The Washington Examiner (http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/22/rand-paul-ted-cruz-mike-lee-and-ron-johnson-oppose/).

“My hope is not to defeat the bill, but to make the bill better,” Paul told a group of waiting reporters in DC. “Now the discussions begin — I think it could take longer than a week.”

Cruz and Lee say their main issue with the bill as written is that it does not do enough to lower premiums for Americans.

“As currently drafted, this bill draft does not do nearly enough to lower premiums. That should be the central issue for Republicans — repealing Obamacare and making health care more affordable,” said Cruz. “It is important to remember that what was released today was only a draft,” he said. “I am hopeful that as we openly debate this legislation, real improvements will be made prior to floor consideration so that we can pass a bill that provides the relief from Obamacare that Republicans have repeatedly promised the last seven years.”

As for Johnson, the Minnesota native says he opposes what he calls the “secretive” drafting process and worries that the Senate might be rushing to a vote.

“I’ve got to talk to the governor, to our state legislators, to doctors, to nurse, to health care providers, to hospitals — and we actually have to get the information we don’t have yet,” he said.

In it’s current state, the bill repeals key components of the original ObamaCare plan but has managed to cut some of the “crucial” spending that conservatives have fought for, primarily a cut to Planned Parenthood funding.

Senate GOP leaders hold a 52-seat majority, so they cannot afford to lose more than two votes. Doing so will most certainly lead to a Democratic filibuster on the bill.

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TRUMP TAKES ON SOROS: REPUBLICANS TAP TILLERSON TO INVESTIGATE SHADOWY BILLIONAIRE’S LEFTIST GROUPS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The man behind such powerful groups as Black Lives Matter and the push to legalize recreational marijuana has been deemed by some as unstoppable…until now. According to a letter sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Republicans have decided it’s time to take billionaire leftist George Soros down.

The letter (https://www.scribd.com/document/341866712/Lee-Inhofe-Letter-to-Secretary-Tillerson#from_embed), which was sent to Tillerson late Tuesday, asks president Trump’s Secretary of State to investigate claims that U.S. taxpayer money is being used to back Soros’ left-wing agenda. In particular interest to Republicans are reports that U.S. funds are being used by agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to back left-wing political groups in other nations.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee, (R)-Utah, one of the letter’s co-signers, said high ranking foreign officials and political leaders have come forth with “reports of U.S. activity in their respective countries.”

“This includes reports of diplomats playing political favorites, USAID funds supporting extreme and sometimes violent political activists, and the US Government working to marginalize the moderates and conservatives in leadership roles,” Lee said in the statement. “This sort of political favoritism from our missions around the world is unacceptable.”

A citizen’s effort calling themselves “Stop Operation Soros” has also published a white paper that alleges U.S. money has been used to fund violent protests and publishing of Saul Alinsky’s far-left guide “Rules for Radicals.”

“Respected leaders from Albania have made similar claims of U.S. diplomats and Soros-backed organizations pushing for certain political outcomes in their country,” the letter, which was co-signed by Sens. James Inhofe, (R)-Okla.; Thom Tillis, (R)-N.C.; David Perdue, (R)-Ga.; Ted Cruz, (R)-Texas; and Bill Cassidy, (R)-La, went on, “citing a FOSM-backed push for Albanian judicial reform, which opponents say are aimed to give the socialist government full control over the country’s judiciary.

“The destabilizing effects of such actions in a NATO country are clear and the threat for further escalation eminent as Albania anticipates parliamentary elections later this year,” the letter said.

The senators went on to express their concerns about reports coming in from countries inside Africa and Latin America.

“We respectfully ask that you use your authority to investigate all funds associated with promoting democracy and governance and review the programs, accounts, and multiplicity of U.S. entities involved in such activities,” the letter said.

Conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary also expressed concern last month about Soros’ “trans-border empire,” and said both Hungar and America dodged a bullet in regard to Soros’ relationship with former democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“I think it is no secret and everyone knows about the very close relationship between the Democrats and George Soros and his foundations. It is obvious that if Hillary Clinton had won then this pressure on us would be much stronger. With Donald Trump winning we have the hope that this pressure will be decreased on us,” he said.

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