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Washington Post deletes cartoon of Ted Cruz’s kids as organ grinder’s monkeys after candidate complains

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Responding to complaints from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), the editorial page editor of the Washington Post pulled down an online cartoon depicting the GOP presidential candidate’s children as organ grinder’s monkeys.

The animated cartoon by longtime Washington Post artist Ann Telnaes was online for several hours on Wednesday and was immediately the subject of ire by conservatives, with Cruz sarcastically tweeting “classy” at the paper for allowing it to be published.

“Classy,” Carson tweeted. ” @washingtonpost makes fun of my girls. Stick w/ attacking me–Caroline & Catherine are out of your league.”

The cartoon by Telnaes was in response to an ad the candidate ran during the Democratic debate on Saturday, featuring a wholesome Cruz family reading Christmas stories critical of Democrats and front running candidate Hillary Clinton, In the ad, both of Cruz’s daughter join in the mockery, which Telnaes claims made them “fair game.”

Writing at the Post, Tenaes said, “There is an unspoken rule in editorial cartooning that a politician’s children are off-limits.”

“But when a politician uses his children as political props, as Ted Cruz recently did in his Christmas parody video in which his eldest daughter read (with her father’s dramatic flourish) a passage of an edited Christmas classic, then I figure they are fair game,” she added.

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Editorial page editor Fred Hiatt disagreed, writing that he never would have approved on the cartoon in the first place.

“It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it. I failed to look at this cartoon before it was published,” Hiatt said in a note at the link where the cartoon formerly resided. “I understand why Ann thought an exception to the policy was warranted in this case, but I do not agree.”

Telanes had telegraphed earlier Tuesday morning that a cartoon featuring the Cruz kids would be forthcoming, tweeting: “Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad- don’t start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well,” and including a link to the Cruz commercial.

Screenshot of original Telnaes tweet below:

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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