Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is "dead wrong" about former President Reagan's legacy, says Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
In the latest round of bickering between the two politicians, Paul writes in Politico that Perry's "new glasses haven't altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly." Perry, he adds, has misrepresented his and President Obama's foreign policy positions, while also wrongly claiming to see the world like Reagan did.
This is where many in my own party, similar to Perry, get it so wrong regarding Ronald Reagan's doctrine of "peace through strength." Strength does not always mean war. Reagan ended the Cold War without going to war with Russia. He achieved a relative peace with the Soviet Union — the greatest existential threat to the United States in our history — through strong diplomacy and moral leadership. [...]
Some of Reagan's Republican champions today praise his rhetoric but forget his actions. Reagan was stern, but he wasn't stupid. Reagan hated war, particularly the specter of nuclear war. Unlike his more hawkish critics — and there were many — Reagan was always thoughtful and cautious. [Politico]
The back-and-forth began with a Paul op-ed in June that cited Reagan to argue against U.S. intervention in Iraq. Perry swiped back in The Washington Post that Paul was fudging Reagan's beliefs to make them align with his own. At this rate, Perry should be out in the next few hours with a rebuttal to Paul's rebuttal to his rebuttal to Paul's original essay. Jon Terbush
The Los Angeles Rams had the first overall pick at Thursday night's NFL draft in Chicago, and they chose Cal quarterback Jared Goff for their newly relocated franchise. The other contender being floated for first pick, North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, was snapped up by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second overall draft pick. Goff, 21, said he is ready to move to L.A. "There's going to be pressure no matter when you're picked in the first round," he told reporters. "I think I can bring a lot to the table. I think I can bring a lot to the team."
There was a bit of drama before and during the draft with the social media accounts of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, previously considered a likely No. 1 draft pick. Right before the draft began, a video of Tunsil smoking something out of a bong while wearing a gas mask was posted on his Twitter feed, before being taken down, along with his Twitter account. Tunsil said his account was hacked but told ESPN that it was him in the 2-year-old video, adding that he doesn't have a drug problem.
The Miami Dolphins nabbed Tunsil as the No. 13 overall pick, and after the draft, someone posted an image of a text message exchange to his Instagram account that appeared to show Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller discussing paying the rent and bills of Tunsil's mother. In a news conference, Tunsil said that he had taken money from a coach at Ole Miss, telling reporters: "I made a mistake. That happened." When reporters asked if he had spoken with NCAA investigators, Tunsil was ushered out of the room. You can watch the first two draft picks in the video below. Peter Weber
On Thursday night, Black Trump (The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr.) released a new music video for his song "They Love Me" (feat. Jordan Klepper). Its lyrics are verbatim lines Donald Trump actually said, with sycophantic ad-libs thrown in by Klepper. It's fun, it's (mostly) safe for work, you can dance to it, and it's a pretty clear encapsulation of the Trump message: I'm rich, and everybody loves me. Watch below. Peter Weber
Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had some tough words for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at Stanford on Wednesday night, calling him "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch," adding, "Over my dead body will he be president." That became "the top story in the country" on Thursday, Megyn Kelly said on Thursday night's Kelly File, upstaging Cruz's naming of Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Cruz gave his response to Kelly, saying he doesn't even know Boehner and criticizing the former speaker's friendly relationship with Donald Trump.
On Thursday afternoon, Cruz also addressed Boehner's broadside, saying "he allowed his inner Trump to come out" and framing the comments as an attack on the American people, not himself. "When John Boehner calls me Lucifer, he's not directing that at me," Cruz told reporters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. "He's directing that at you," because he's blaming Cruz for holding him accountable. Watch Cruz make his case below. Peter Weber
A man in a full-body hedgehog jumpsuit and "surgical-style mask" was shot by police outside of a Baltimore TV station after setting a car on fire and claiming to be carrying an explosive, The Baltimore Sun reports.
The man reportedly entered Fox 45 in Baltimore claiming he had information to share with the station, except he was wearing a "hedgehog onesie" and boots, security guard Jourael Apostolides said.
— WYMT (@WYMT) April 28, 2016
While Apostolides didn't let the man into the lobby, he did take the flash drive from him (it reportedly contained a video of the man "talking about space and the government"). The man also appeared to be wearing something that looked like a bomb, and Apostolides called 911.
The man later left the Fox 45 building, where he was shot by a sniper on the street. Police officials say the man is still alive and that his hand is still in his pocket.
"He still poses a significant public safety threat," police commissioner Kevin Davis told The Baltimore Sun. Jeva Lange
Teen pregnancy rates are now lower than ever before, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention out Thursday reveals, and it's not for the reason popular culture might lead you to suspect. While analysts do attribute the stark drop in teen birth rates — with, notably, a nearly 50 percent drop among Hispanic and black teens in particular — to better access to more effective contraception, they also contend that teens today are simply having less sex. The Washington Post reports:
...teens — despite their portrayal in popular TV and movies as uninhibited and acting only on hormones — are having less sex.
'There has been a change in social norms that has happened in the past 20 years, and the idea of not having sex or delaying sex is now something that can be okay,' said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. [The Washington Post]
All in all, in the last 23 years teen birth rates have plummeted by 60 percent. In 1991, teen birth rates were 61.9 per 1,000. In 2014, teen pregnancies hit a low of 24.2 births per 1,000. Becca Stanek
Ted Cruz is not what one would call a communist. That is why, as a joke, some witty young man reportedly decided to ask the Texas senator to sign Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel's seminal work on the philosophy, The Communist Manifesto.
Get it? Because Cruz hates communists. This is funny.
Ted Cruz, though, apparently did not get it:
— Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) April 28, 2016
Way to ruin a good laugh, Ted. Jeva Lange
The Republican Party has not been this unpopular since 1992, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center released Thursday. According to the numbers, a whole 60 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the GOP — up from 58 percent last October. Only a third of Americans view the party favorably.
Americans have held a more level opinion of the Democratic Party over recent years, with the numbers sticking around 50 percent with an unfavorable view and 45 percent viewing the party in a good light. A quarter of the public has a negative opinion of both parties.
Pew reports that the failing faith in the GOP mostly came from people who identified as Republicans. Eighty-eight percent of those who identified as Democrats, on the other hand, had a favorable image of their party.
Pew surveyed 2,008 people by phone between April 12 and 19. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.5 points. Jeva Lange