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Ted Cruz tells his volunteers to ‘strap on the full armor of God’ so he can win the GOP primary in three months

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Ted Cruz predicted Thursday morning that he could win the Republican race for the White House within the next three months, telling supporters to prepare for a “90-day sprint” to clinch the nomination.

“There is a very good possibility that the Republican primary will be decided by the end of March,” the Texas senator told volunteers on a conference call in which he also rallied them against an anticipated deluge of attack ads. 

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“Strap on the full armor of God” for the negative advertising that is coming, Cruz told volunteers, predicting that foes could spend tens of millions of dollars against him in January alone. “We ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” 

Cruz urged supporters to remain upbeat as he faces a heightened level of scrutiny from his detractors, who are increasingly setting their sights on the Texas senator in Iowa. His opponents, he warned, will “toss out any lie, toss out any attack, and the attack will do its damage before anyone discovers it’s not true.”

The call came a day after Cruz’s campaign announced it had raised $20 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, its biggest haul yet. Cruz assured supporters he would be a responsible steward of their dollars, using as an example the fact that his consultants do not earn a share of media buys.

“If that’s how you’re getting paid, suddenly spending $10 million on TV commercials sounds like a good idea,” he said. 

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The call contained little talk of Cruz’s GOP opponents, save for a few references to his closest competition in many early voting states: billionaire Donald Trump. Mark Campbell, Cruz’s political director, told volunteers that a growing chunk of the “establishment wing of the Republican Party is coming to our campaign as the alternative to Mr. Trump.”

Cruz returns to the campaign trail Monday, when he is set to begin a six-day, 36-county bus tour of Iowa.

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune

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Conservative columnist blasts GOP as ‘partisan hacks for whom hypocrisy is second-nature’

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump once again ripped into The Squad, this time to undercut an emotional press conference in which Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MN) described the conditions her Palestinian relatives live under.

“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” the president tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”

Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!

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Trump-worshipping artist unveils insanely disturbing new painting — and the internet is having a field day

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Jon McNaughton, the Trump-loving artist whose worshipful portraits of the president have drawn comparisons to North Korean propaganda, has unveiled a new painting that many Twitter users find deeply disturbing.

The new painting, which is titled "The Masterpiece," features President Donald Trump sitting at an easel and preparing to unveil a painting of his own.

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Trump-loving evangelicals don’t want Mike Pence as president because he has too much ‘decency’: WaPo columnist

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Washington Post columnist Elizabeth Bruenig this week talked with Ana Marie Cox on her "With Friends Like These" podcast about how evangelical Christians have an almost apocalyptic fervor for supporting President Donald Trump.

Bruenig, who is herself a practicing Catholic, earlier this year traveled to her home state of Texas to get a sense of how evangelicals were feeling about politics headed into 2020.

What she found, she told Cox, was a group of Christian conservatives who are even more devoted to the president than they were just three years ago when they helped power his electoral college victory.

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