Ted Cruz warns of “Watergate-style blowout” in 2018

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Wealthy conservative donors and influential Republican lawmakers say they increasingly fear a historic backlash at the ballot box next year if the GOP effort to pass a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws falls short in the coming months.

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At a two-day midtown Manhattan summit of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers’ powerful donor network, GOP patrons, senators and strategists spoke in cataclysmic terms about the price they expect to pay in the midterm elections if their tax reform effort does not win passage.

They voiced concerns a demoralized Republican base would stay home, financiers would stop writing campaign donation checks to incumbents and the congressional majorities the party has built in the House and Senate could evaporate overnight.

To head that off, the same Republicans said they are waging an intense, multi-front effort in and outside of Congress and the White House to shepherd the endeavor to the finish line.

Koch network officials said they have invested more than $10 million this year in advocating for the GOP tax plan.

Art Pope, a major conservative donor from North Carolina, put it this way: “When you have lack of success, that may depress voter turnout for Republicans, that may depress donations for Republicans and conservatives.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) warned that Republicans could face a “Watergate-level blowout” in the midterm elections if they don’t make major legislative strides on taxes and health care, invoking the political scandal that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency and set back the GOP considerably in subsequent elections.

“If tax reform crashes and burns, if [on] Obamacare, nothing happens, we could face a bloodbath,” said Cruz, who spoke in a moderated discussion.

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New GOP Health Care Bill Expected to Allow Low-Cost, Skimpy Plans

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(WASHINGTON) — In a high-stakes bid for conservative support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to demands from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to allow insurers to sell low-cost, skimpier plans as part of a new but still-reeling health care bill being released Thursday, two GOP aides said. However, including that provision seems…

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5 things you need to know Tuesday

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Wisconsin heads to the polls

The unpredictable presidential race of 2016 returns Tuesday with the Wisconsin primary. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is hoping for a big win in the state, where 86 delegates are at stake, even as front-runner Hillary Clinton maintains a sizable delegate lead. On the Republican side, polls show front-runner Donald Trump trailing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s endorsement. Trump has been calling for rival John Kasich, whose only primary win was in his home state of Ohio, to leave the race.

More spring snow on the way 

Say it ain’t so: Winter is just refusing to let go. Wintry precipitation is expected for portions of the Upper Midwest and Upper Great Lakes on Tuesday, the weather service said. Over the past couple days, heavy snow pasted parts of the Great Lakes and Northeast, and whiteout conditions in New York state caused dozens of accidents. Looking past Tuesday’s snow, no real signs of consistent spring warmth are forecast for the north-central and northeastern U.S. in the first half of April, according to AccuWeather.

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American Muslims: Yes, We Feel Targeted By Cruz Surveillance Comments

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“We’re targeted even if it’s not our fault,” said Omar Ghanim, 23, eating Lebanese pizza Tuesday at a suburban strip mall in Orange County’s Little Arabia neighborhood, just miles from Disneyland in California.

Ghanim said Islamic State doesn’t represent his faith.

“They don’t follow the Islamic rules or anything Islam,” he said. “We’re a peaceful people — we’re not violent.”

Cruz said Tuesday that law enforcement should be empowered to “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” Echoing earlier statements from rival Donald Trump, Cruz also said the U.S. should stop the flow of refugees from countries where the Islamic State militant group has a significant presence. IS claimed responsibility for the attacks at the Brusselsairport and a subway station that killed dozens Tuesday and wounded many more.

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Good Grief – Glenn Beck Today: Ted Cruz is “The Mormon Prophecy” Sent To Save The World from the “last of days”…

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This isn’t the first time Glenn Beck has said his blessed candidate was the representative image and embodiment of his lord and savior who has arrived to save the world.   Beck also isn’t the only one who believes it.  Ted’s father has said something similar when he proclaimed “Ted was anointed to take control of society“.

Previously Glenn Beck proclaimed that God killed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to insure Ted Cruz wins the republican nomination.  Today Beck proclaimed the “end of days”, and Senator Cruz as the prophecy fulfilled.

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Cruz is Attacking Himself

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Ted Cruz talks about fighting Washington and ‘the establishment.’ He is pointing the finger at himself. He is the reason why our government is broken; it was his plan and his fault.

His ads are full of lies, and it appears that voters are not fooled.

Today is the Nevada Republican Caucus. The polls indicate another huge victory for Donald Trump. The most recent polls give Trump a percentage as high as 45 percent; the most Cruz can achieve is 23. Marco Rubio is a distant third at 19 percent.

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GOP Candidates Rally As Nevada Voters Head To Polls For Republican Caucus

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Donald Trump has his eye on the prize, while Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz prepare to battle it out for second place.

The Nevada Republican caucuses take place today — and after a big win in New Hampshire, Donald Trump has his eye on the prize, while Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz prepare to battle it out for second place.

On the eve of the state’s GOP caucuses the Republican front-runner did not hold back slamming a protester, saying: “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you that.”

Trump also bashed rival Ted Cruz for what he called dishonest campaign ads, CBS2’s Don Champion reported.

“This guy is sick there’s something wrong with this guy,” Trump said.

In the days leading up to Tuesday’s Nevada caucuses, Marco Rubio’s campaign office in Las Vegas buzzed with activity.

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