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September 1, 2011

Back in 2009, Texas Gov. Rick Perry floated the idea that Texas might secede from the United States because "we're a pretty independent lot...." Now a top candidate for the GOP 2012 nomination, Perry seems intent on leading our once-repellent-to-him nation — as this tongue-in-cheek T-shirt ($14.95) punnily notes: "If at first you cannot secede, Run for President!" The Week Staff

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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

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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

April 28, 2016

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.

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

April 28, 2016
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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

April 28, 2016

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:

Way to ruin a good laugh, Ted. Jeva Lange

April 28, 2016
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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

April 28, 2016
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A Florida GOP official somehow decided it was appropriate to use Hillary Clinton's husband's past as a metaphor for how the Democratic frontrunner would fare against likely GOP nominee Donald Trump in general election debates.

"I think when Donald Trump debates Hillary Clinton she's going to go down like Monica Lewinsky," Bob Sutton, chairman of the Broward County GOP Executive Committee, told The Washington Post, referencing former President Bill Clinton's sex scandal with Lewinsky, which infamously involved oral sex.

Here's hoping Trump doesn't catch wind of the comment and get any ideas. Becca Stanek

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