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Conservative columnist explains why Ted Cruz is the most hated man in Washington

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A conservative Washington Post columnist jokingly explained to her MSNBC co-panelists Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz’s demeanor may point to why he’s likely to lose against Beto O’Rourke.

Columnist Jennifer Rubin noted that there’s a “technical” aspect to O’Rourke appeal.

“He is completely fluid,” Rubin said. “He talks from the diaphragm up. There are so many politicians who either screech, they turn up way too high because they’re faking emotion or they’re way too reticent and brittle.”

“Where’s Ted Cruz talking from?” host Nicolle Wallace asked. “Is it his nose?”

The columnist and laughed rolled her eyes before responding.

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“Good golly,” Rubin said, “and then there are people who are just unlikable, that’s the Ted Cruz problem.”

She went on to add that voters need to “like the candidate” in order to elect them — and that “Donald Trump is the exception to the rule.”

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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits

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Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.

Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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UK prime minister hopefuls slam Trump tweets — but refuse to call them racist

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The two candidates vying to become Britain's next prime minister both condemned on Monday US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen as "totally offensive" and "totally unacceptable".

But front-runner Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt refused to call the tweets racist when pressed to do so during their last debate before next week's announcement of who will succeed Prime Minister Theresa May.

May's spokesman had earlier said that the outgoing leader's view was that Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable".

On Monday Trump doubled down on a series of his tweets from the day before urging the four congresswomen of colour to "go back" to the countries they came from.

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