The New York Times • Shane Goldmacher, Nicholas Fandos • February 18 •
Ted Cruz’s Cancún Trip: Family Texts Detail His Political Blunder
The Texas senator faced fierce blowback for fleeing his state as a disaster unfolded. Text messages sent by his wife revealed a hastily planned trip away from their “FREEZING” family home.
POLITICO • Natasha Korecki, Christopher Cadelago • February 18 •
Biden privately tells governors: Minimum wage hike likely isn’t happening
The remarks are the clearest sign yet that the president is content to fight this battle at a later date.
POLITICO • February 18 •
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump snubs Haley
And Sen. Ted Cruz faces backlash for a trip to Cancun while Texas faces a crisis.
The New York Times • William K. Rashbaum, Ben Protess, Jonah E. Bromwich • February 18 •
Manhattan D.A. Recruits Top Prosecutor for Trump Inquiry
The Manhattan district attorney has enlisted a former federal prosecutor who is an expert on white-collar crime to join the team investigating the Trump family business.
CNN • Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck, CNN • February 18 •
Ted Cruz has repeatedly slammed politicians for vacationing during crisis
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is facing backlash for traveling to Mexico as a winter disaster ravages his home state, has repeatedly criticized politicians who vacationed or took part in leisure activities during times of crisis, a CNN KFile review finds.
The New York Times • Maggie Haberman • February 18 •
Ivanka Trump will not run against Marco Rubio for one of Florida’s Senate seats.
Such a bid would involve a primary challenge to a sitting Republican senator, Marco Rubio, and a competitive general election.
POLITICO • March 19 •
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And Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) faces a sexual misconduct allegation.
The Texas Tribune • Erin Douglas, The Texas Tribune • February 18 •
Texas was "seconds and minutes" away from catastrophic monthslong blackouts, officials say
Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said that grid operators implemented blackouts to avoid a catastrophic failure that could have left Texans in the dark for months.
Associated Press • Steve Peoples • February 18 •
'Obviously a mistake': Cruz returns from Cancun after uproar
DALLAS (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said his family vacation to Mexico was “obviously a mistake” as he returned stateside Thursday following an uproar over his disappearance during a deadly winter...
The Dallas Morning News • Todd J. Gillman • February 18 •
Ted Cruz, blistered for Cancun getaway during epic Texas power crisis, calls it ‘obviously a mistake’ in hindsight
Updated at 10 p.m. with new comment from Cruz WASHINGTON — As 3 million Texans shivered in the dark, Sen. Ted Cruz jetted off to Cancun with his family,...
The New York Times • Erica L. Green • February 18 •
A College Program for Disadvantaged Teens Could Shake Up Elite Admissions
An education program is immersing underprivileged students in Ivy League classes, and the students’ success has raised questions about how elite university gatekeepers determine college prospects.
CNN • Paul P. Murphy, Betsy Klein, Daniella Diaz, Manu Raju and Keith Allen, CNN • February 18 •
Cruz calls Cancun, Mexico, trip 'a mistake' as Texans remain without power amid historic winter storm
Sen. Ted Cruz said that flying to Cancun, Mexico, as a winter disaster in his home state left millions without power or water "was obviously a mistake" and that "in hindsight I wouldn't have done it."
The Washington Post • Felicia Sonmez, William Wan, Amy B Wang • February 18 •
Sen. Ted Cruz faces storm of controversy for flying to Cancun as Texas grapples with power outages caused by severe weather
The Texas Republican said the trip was “obviously a mistake” after returning home to Houston on Thursday.
The New York Times • Sabrina Tavernise, Abby Goodnough • February 18 •
A Grim Measure of Covid’s Toll: Life Expectancy Drops Sharply in U.S.
American life expectancy fell by one year, to 77.8 years, in the first half of 2020. It may rebound as the pandemic’s end approaches.
BuzzFeed News • Rosie Gray • February 18 •
Trump Can Still Be The Republican Party’s Future. Just Look To Arizona.
Arizona Republicans keep losing — but the state party has already turned itself into a Trump machine, still trying to win an election that's long over. And that might be the future of conservatism.
NBC News • Rebecca Shabad, Vaughn Hillyard, NBC News, Julie Tsirkin, Caroline Radnofsky, Sara Mhaidli, Matthew Mulligan, Peter Alexander, Dareh Gregorian • February 18 •
'Obviously a mistake': Sen. Ted Cruz says he regrets going to Cancún while Texans froze
Cruz said he went to Mexico to drop off his daughters and was flying home Thursday. He said he originally planned to stay through the weekend.
The Atlantic • David A. Graham • February 18 •
Ted Cruz Is No Hypocrite. He’s Worse.
The senator’s error is not that he was deliberately shirking his duty, but that he couldn’t think of any way he could help.
CNN • Joan Biskupic, CNN legal analyst & Supreme Court biographer • February 18 •
Supreme Court is still sitting on Trump's tax returns, and justices aren't saying why
Lawsuits involving Donald Trump tore apart the Supreme Court while he was president, and the justices apparently remain riven by him.
The New Yorker • Susan B. Glasser • February 18 •
The White House Is Definitely in Different Hands
Biden’s new chief of staff, like the new President, is a serious Washington lifer.
The New York Times • Michael D. Shear, Shane Goldmacher, Nicholas Fandos • February 18 •
Senator Ted Cruz left Texas for Cancún as the state was battered by a winter storm.
Photos of Mr. Cruz and his wife boarding a flight from Houston to Cancún, Mexico, sparked a fierce outcry on social media late Wednesday.