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Ted Cruz is the most hated man in America. The senator was heavily criticized for jetting off to sunny Cancun, Mexico, while his constituents froze to death.
Cruz, wearing a Texas flag print mask, hurried back to Texas on Thursday morning, as angry Texans called on him to resign his Senate seat.
But the story gets worse. Photos circulating on social media shows Cruz abandoned his poodle, Snowflake, at home alone without heat or lights.
Michael Hardy, a reporter for New York magazine's Intelligencer, stopped by Cruz's home in the exclusive River Oaks neighborhood. There, he photographed the lonely pooch peeking out a glass pane in the front door.
"Is this Senator Cruz's house?" the reporter asked a man who stepped out of a vehicle parked in the driveway.
The man, who identified himself as a security guard, told Hardy he was there to check on Snowflake.
"Just drove by Ted Cruz’s house in Houston. His lights are off but a neighbor told me the block got its power back last night. Also, Ted appears to have left behind the family poodle," he wrote.
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Cruz claimed his daughters asked him to take them on vacation - and the tickets were already booked before the power outages.
Power has been restored to about 80% of residences in Texas, but many people are still without electricity and clean water.
To add insult to injury, some power company customers were hit with massive electric bills averaging $2.32 per kilowatt hour.
Twitter user @KatandTonyT shared a copy of her most recent power bill for a whopping $3,801.16.
"When your electric company tells you to switch but there has been a hold on switching for over a week now. Using as little as possible 1300 sq ft house and this is my bill. How is this fair. I only paid $1200 for the whole 2020 year."
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Senator Ted Cruz is returning to Texas after a massive outcry on social media in reaction to photos of Cruz and his family jetting to Cancun this week.
4.4 million Texans are still without power or water after 5 days, thanks to frozen turbines and a bungled response by the state's power company.
"Keep your family safe, and just stay home and hug your kids," Cruz reportedly told Texans a day before he and his family jetted to sunny Cancun for a relaxing vacation.
"If you can stay home, don't go out on the roads, don't risk the ice," he told radio host Joe Paglialuro on Tuesday.
He also tweeted: "Stay safe! Please don't risk the ice."
A day later, a sharp-eyed taxpayer spotted the congressman waiting in a standby line at Houston airport to upgrade to business class where there is more leg room to stretch out on the plane.
Cruz requested a police escort through the airport on Wednesday around 4 p.m. He and his family were pictured at the United Airlines Lounge, and on the plane before departure.
Less than 24 hours later, Cruz hightailed it back to Texas after a furious public backlash.
He tweeted on Wednesday: "I got no defense. A blizzard strikes Texas & our state shuts down. Not good. Stay safe!"
He previously attacked the Biden administration's plan to take California’s energy policy and rolling power outages nationwide:
"California is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity. Biden/Harris/AOC want to make CA's failed energy policy the standard nationwide. Hope you don't like air conditioning!"
Twitter tested the powers of Congress by censoring the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee website for sharing a link to the NY Post's bombshell article about Hunter Biden.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) shared a link to the NY Post article on Twitter, and practically dared Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to block the link.
Dorsey took the challenge by blocking or hiding the link from Twitter users.
An outraged Cruz threatened to issue a subpoena to Dorsey to testify before the judiciary committee next Friday.
Twitter also suspended the Twitter pages of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany AND the NY Post's official Twitter account.
In a video posted on the judiciary committee website, Cruz said Twitter's censorship "has no precedence in the history of democracy."
"Never before have we seen active censorship of a major press publication," said Cruz. He noted that the NY Post has the 4th largest circulation of any newspaper in the United States.
"Twitter and Facebook and big tech billionaires don't get to censor political speech and actively interfere in the election," he said.
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Black NFL fans were surprised after the NFL announced it would play the national Black anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" before the "Star Spangled Banner."
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the hymn became recognized as the national Black anthem in 1920. But it was popularized by AARP singer Beyonce who performed it at Coachella in 2018.
Chris Conley of the Jacksonville Jaguars took to Twitter to explain the song is a rallying cry for Blacks from the Jim Crow era.
"For those who aren't familiar with it, this song seeks to remind us of our past as a country and to strive to be better. It speaks to all of us not just black people even tho it became a rallying cry for blacks in the Jim Crow era. It is a beautiful message birthed from pain.
"The league taking the oppurtunity [sic] to play "Lift every voice and sing" (the black national anthem) is sweet. It's a great way to honor those who started this movement year and years ago."
But not everyone sees the need for the NFL to play 2 national anthems before every game.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino tweeted: "There are many great songs, which mean a lot, to a lot of people, but there is ONLY one National Anthem. The division must stop if there’s any hope for us."
And Texas Senator Ted Cruz called the NFL's plan "asinine," saying "How many national anthems do we have?" and "Is there an Hispanic national anthem?", "An Asian-American national anthem?"
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg was literally on the hot seat on Tuesday when he testified in front of Congress about the Facebook data breach scandal.
Zuckerberg was called to testify -- not under oath -- how the data of 87 million Facebook users was stolen by a British data analysis firm which worked with the Trump campaign in 2016.
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Political "experts" scoffed when billionaire developer Donald Trump announced his plans to run for president. Many predicted he wouldn't get far. They predicted wrong.
Yesterday, Trump was named the presumptive Republican nominee after his only competition, Ted Cruz, dropped out of the race.
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Presidential candidate Donald Trump engaged in dirty politics by retweeting a meme attacking the wife of fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on social media. How small of him.
Trump objected to Cruz's camp tweeting a campaign ad featuring a partially nude image of Trump's wife, Melania Trump, from a GQ magazine photo shoot.
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A federal judge in Kentucky ordered Rowan County clerk Kim Davis released from jail today. The same judge jailed Davis last week for refusing to issue gay marriages because doing so would conflict with her religious beliefs.
The news comes as GOP presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz were scheduled to visit Davis in jail today during campaign stops in Kentucky.
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