January 7, 2016
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John McCain and Ted Cruz have never been friends — McCain once called his fellow senator a "wacko bird" — and that's been made clear through their latest squabble.

On Wednesday, the Arizona senator told KFYI that it's "worth looking into" whether Canadian-born Cruz is eligible to run for president. "I think there is a question," he said. "I'm not a constitutional scholar on that…but I don't think it's illegitimate to look into it."

Cruz was quick to fire back, telling reporters on Thursday he knew why McCain brought up the question of his citizenship. "Everybody knows John McCain is going to endorse Marco Rubio," he said. "Their foreign policies are almost identical. Their immigration policies are identical. So it's no surprise that people who are supporting other candidates in this race are going to jump on the silly attacks that occur as we get closer and closer to the election." McCain has not endorsed any of the Republican presidential candidates yet. Catherine Garcia

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In a win for pro-choice advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday struck down two parts of a Texas law restricting abortion clinics. The provisions in question were a requirement that abortion facilities meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and a second mandate that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The justices ruled 5-3 that the Texas law violates the Constitution by placing an "undue burden" on women's right to abortion.

Women's groups said that the restrictions would have caused "more than three-quarters of the state's clinics to shut down," NBC News reports. The number of clinics in the state has already dropped from 42 to 19 since the law was passed in 2013, and would have likely dropped to just 10 if law had been upheld.

The state of Texas argued that the law was enacted to "ensure patient safety and raise standards of care." Becca Stanek

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In a heated segment on CNN on Sunday, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) slammed both President Obama and Hillary Clinton for constantly "calling names." "With President Obama and Hillary Clinton, every time you disagree with them, it doesn't matter which subject it is, you're a bigot or you're a racist," Brewer said, responding to Obama's remarks Friday that we "don't have time for charlatans," "bigotry," and "flim-flam."

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was quick to point out that, actually, Obama wasn't saying that about all Republicans. "But he does say rightly that Donald Trump is a bigot, Donald Trump is a racist, Donald Trump is, in fact, making fascist appeals," the one-time Democratic presidential candidate said. "That's why many self-respecting Republicans are not supporting Donald Trump."

Brewer responded by saying she wasn't all that concerned when Trump said things she "wasn't comfortable with" because Trump, unlike Obama, is "new to the political arena." "But dang it," Brewer said, "I get fed up that we hear over and over and over and over again from the president of the United States that every time somebody wants to support the Constitution and the rule of law that we are out there because we are racist and bigots."

Watch the debate play out, below. Becca Stanek

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For Corey Lewandowski, it's always just been a simple matter of respecting the rules.

The newly minted CNN contributor appeared Monday morning on the network's New Day with Alisyn Camerota, who asked Lewandowski about his fraught relationship with the press and the backlash that followed the announcement of his hiring at CNN.

"Well look, there are rules to follow," Lewandowski said in defense of his sometimes aggressive attitude toward the media. "We asked people to respect those rules." Lewandowski went on to defend his tactic of blacklisting certain reporters and news outlets from Trump events, but said he has "a great relationship with the press" and "a lot of friends at all the networks." Watch the whole segment below. Kimberly Alters

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With a candidate like Donald Trump, a little disorganization is no big problem — at least that's what Trump's new campaign chair, Paul Manafort, said Sunday on Meet the Press. "The good thing is, we have a candidate who doesn't need to figure out what's going on in order to say what he wants to do," Manafort said, admitting that Team Trump is still "getting organized."

Though it may seem like Trump lags far behind rival Hillary Clinton in terms of fundraising and operation size, Manafort insisted that was not the case. "They're muscle-bound. We're not," Manafort said, pointing out that the Trump campaign actually has "thousands of people in the battleground states, political organizers who are now in place, we have state organizations that are in place, we have our campaign plans in place, we have our budgets in place."

Manafort's TV appearance followed a rough week for the Trump campaign, during which former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was fired and a Federal Election Commissions report revealed that Trump had just $1.29 million on hand to Clinton's $42.5 million.

Watch Manafort's full defense of the Trump campaign, below. Becca Stanek

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Even as Britain's pound plummeted to a 31-year low, U.K. Treasury Chief George Osborne remained optimistic about the state of the economy post-Brexit. In his first appearance since the historic decision Thursday to leave the European Union, Osborne assured Britain on Monday that its current situation was nowhere near as bad as it was in 2008, at the start of the financial crisis. "It will not be plain sailing in the days ahead," Osborne said. "But let me be clear: You should not underestimate our resolve. We were prepared for the unexpected."

Osborne's speech came as the British pound traded at around $1.320 early Monday morning, slightly down from Friday when it dropped to $1.3224 — the lowest the currency has fallen in 31 years. The Associated Press reports that some companies are rumored to be planning a Brexit of their own, and "looking to move business out of the country." Meanwhile, stock markets across Europe have declined.

Despite the situation, Osborne promised Monday that he would not impose an austerity budget. Following Britain's vote Thursday, he said that he has been working with Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, as well as "fellow financial ministers and international organizations," The Associated Press reports. "We are prepared for whatever happens," Osborne said. Becca Stanek

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Beyoncé won best video honors at Sunday night's BET Awards, as well as the viewers' choice award, for her hit "Formation," but her mother, Tina, accepted it on her behalf, explaining that Beyoncé had dashed off to London after her opening performance of "Freedom," with Kendrick Lamar in a pool of water.

Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams injected a bit of politics with a speech on racial injustice, and several recipients urged people to vote against Donald Trump. "I'm really not political but it's serious out here, and for those who think that, you know, 'Oh he's not going to win' — think again," said Empire star Taraji P. Henson, when accepting her best actress award. "Don't get tricked like they got tricked in London!" said Samuel L. Jackson, accepting a lifetime achievement award.

But much of the three-hour award show was dedicated to Prince, who died in April. There were musical tributes by Shelia E., Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Bilal, The Roots, Janelle Monae, and Maxwell, among others. Jamie Foxx and Laila Ali remembered Muhammad Ali, who died in May. You can watch some highlights from the BET Awards in the AP video below. Peter Weber

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A dozen Labour shadow ministers resigned on Sunday, and another half dozen have quit on Monday, in protest of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's firing of shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, who told Corbyn he's lost confidence in his leadership. Labour officials also accuse Corbyn of only tepidly supporting the push to remain in the EU, and Labour MPs will likely hold a secret-ballot vote of no confidence in Corbyn on Tuesday. Labour is currently Britain's official opposition party.

Corbyn, who was elected last September and says he will run again for leader if the MPs oust him, named a new shadow cabinet on Monday. On Sunday's Andrew Marr Show, Benn called Corbyn "a good and decent man but he is not a leader." Shadow chancellor John McDonnell disagreed Monday, and you can watch his defense of Corbyn to the BBC's Andrew Neil below. Peter Weber

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