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1. President Barack Obama made a statement this morning when he became the first President of the United States to go on a podcast, saying that the U.S. is not cured of racism, and he used the n-word to make his case. Read more here.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, makes a statement regarding the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, June 18, 2015 at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Authorities have arrested 21-year-old Dylann Roof of Lexington County, South Carolina, as a suspect in last night's deadly shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: U.S. President Barack Obama walks towards Marine One for a departure after he making a statement regarding the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, June 18, 2015 at the White House in Washington, DC. Authorities have arrested 21-year-old Dylann Roof of Lexington County, South Carolina, as a suspect in last night's deadly shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the launch of a nonprofit group, My Brother's Keeper Alliance at Lehman College in the Bronx borough on May 4, 2015 in New York City. The President arrived in New York City for several appearances including a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman. In the afternoon speech at the college the President addressed the racially charged turmoil in Baltimore and other American cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking after meeting with elected officials, community leaders and law enforcement officials on building trust in communities after Ferguson unrest on December 1, 2014 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) delivers remarks at the end of a meeting with (L-R) New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey and other elected officials, community and faith leaders and law enforcement officials in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building December 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. After the recent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and across the country in the wake of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the lack of charges against the police officer who shot him, Obama discussed ways for 'communities and law enforcement can work together to build trust to strengthen neighborhoods across the country.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk through the Colonnade to deliver remarks on gun control on April 17, 2013 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks on gun control on April 17, 2013 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama on Wednesday slammed what he called a 'minority' in the US Senate for blocking legislation that would have expanded background checks on those seeking to buy guns. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama is accompanied by vice president Joe Biden (2nd-L) and family members of Newtown school shooting victims as he speaks on gun control at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2013. Obama on Wednesday slammed what he called a 'minority' in the US Senate for blocking legislation that would have expanded background checks on those seeking to buy guns. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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2. After the fourth round, Jordan Speith added the huge U.S. Open trophy to his Masters green jacket. He's on his way to making history, and people are impressed not only by his talent but by the grace with which he keeps winning the majors. Read more here.

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States glances at the trophy after winning the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States poses with the trophy amid a group of workers after winning the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States celebrates a birdie putt on the 16th green during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States watches his missed eagle putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States hits a shot from a bunker on the fourth hole during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States and his caddie Michael Greller in action during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States watches as the top of the trophy falls off after winning the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States kisses the trophy after winning the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States hits his second shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States waves to the gallery after a birdie on the 18th green during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States waves to the gallery after a birdie on the 18th green during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States poses with the trophy for photographers after winning the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States speaks with the media after winning the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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3. The Taliban launched a "complex attack" against Afghanistan's parliament on Monday, starting with a suicide bomb at the entrance and then battling with police outside as lawmakers inside tried to appoint a defense minister. Read more here.

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Afghan firefighters work to put out a fire at the site of a suicide an attack on the Afghan parliament building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on June 22, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled and have taken position in a partially-constructed building nearby, officials said about the ongoing attack. All MPs were safely evacuated after the attack, which came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan security personnel and bystanders look on as black smoke billows from the Afghan Parliament building in Kabul on June 22, 2015, during an attack in the Afghan capital. Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on June 22, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled and have taken position in a partially-constructed building nearby, officials said about the ongoing attack. All MPs were safely evacuated after the attack, which came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan police and security personnel inspect the scene of a suicide attack by Taliban militants on the Afghan parliament building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on June 22, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled and have taken position in a partially-constructed building nearby, officials said about the ongoing attack. All MPs were safely evacuated after the attack, which came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack in front of The Parliament Building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on June 22, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled and have taken position in a partially-constructed building nearby, officials said about the ongoing attack. All MPs were safely evacuated after the attack, which came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan security personnel take position at the site of an attack in front of The Parliament Building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on June 22, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled and have taken position in a partially-constructed building nearby, officials said about the ongoing attack. All MPs were safely evacuated after the attack, which came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan security personnel walk along a street as smoke rises from the direction of the Afghan parliament building during an attack by Taliban militants in Kabul on June 22, 2015. Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on June 22, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled and have taken position in a partially-constructed building nearby, officials said about the ongoing attack. All MPs were safely evacuated after the attack, which came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan security personnel gather at the site of an attack in front of The Parliament Building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on June 22, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled and have taken position in a partially-constructed building nearby, officials said about the ongoing attack. All MPs were safely evacuated after the attack, which came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
An Afghan security personnel runs at the site of an attack in front of Parliament building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on June 22, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled and have taken position in a partially-constructed building nearby, officials said about the ongoing attack. All MPs were safely evacuated after the attack, which came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
An Afghan security official runs at the site of an attack in front of Parliament building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on June 22, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled and have taken position in a partially-constructed building nearby, officials said about the ongoing attack. All MPs were safely evacuated after the attack, which came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
An Afghan security official gestures as he runs at the site of an attack in front of Parliament building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on June 22, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled and have taken position in a partially-constructed building nearby, officials said about the ongoing attack. All MPs were safely evacuated after the attack, which came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
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4. "We hear you, Taylor." After writing an open letter to Apple, Taylor Swift managed to change the company's policy when it comes to their new streaming service. They will now pay artists during the 3-month trial period, even though it'll be free for customers. Read more here.

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DETROIT, MI - MAY 30: Musician Taylor Swift (L) and model Gigi Hadid perform on stage during the 1989 World Tour Live at Ford Field on May 30, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Larry Busacca/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez perform onstage during the 'Speak Now World Tour' at Madison Square Garden on November 22, 2011 in New York City. Taylor Swift wrapped up the North American leg of her SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR with two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden this week. In 2011, the tour played to capacity crowds in stadiums and arenas over 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and will continue in 2012 with shows Australia and New Zealand. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MAY 30: (L-R) Model Martha Hunt, musician Taylor Swift, and model Gigi Hadid perform on stage during the 1989 World Tour Live at Ford Field on May 30, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Larry Busacca/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
NEW YORK - MAY 29: Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, and Martha Hunt seen May 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift, Martha Hunt and Karlie Kloss attend the after party for the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show at Earls Court on December 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Model Martha Hunt (L) and recording artist Taylor Swift introduce a performance by Van Halen during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift performs as model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: (L-R) Actress Selena Gomez, singer Taylor Swift and model Karlie Kloss attend the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress/director Lena Dunham (L) and singer/songwriter Taylor Swift attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Taylor Swift (L) and Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Hailee Steinfeld and Serayah McNeill attend the Republic Records VMA after party at Ysabel on August 30, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: (L-R) Model Gigi Hadid, model Martha Hunt, actress Hailee Steinfeld, actress Cara Delevingne, actress/singer Selena Gomez, recording artist Taylor Swift, actress Serayah, actress Mariska Hargitay, model Lily Aldridge and model Karlie Kloss attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian West attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: (L-R) Recording artist Taylor Swift, models Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldridge attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22: Singer-songwriters Taylor Swift (L) and Mary J. Blige perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22: (L-R) Actor Matt Leblanc, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, comedian Chris Rock and actor Sean O'Pry perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TAS)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 19: Taylor Swift performs with Andreja Pejic and Lily Donaldson during The 1989 Tour at Soldier Field on July 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
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5. The white supremacist group that the Charleston shooter claimed to be a part of reportedly made $65,000 in donations to Republicans, namely some of the candidates running for president in 2016. Senator Ted Cruz is planning to return the $8,500 he received from the group. Read more here.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (TX-R) speaks with members of the media before attending the 2014 Lincoln Day Dinner at the Hilton Miami Airport in Miami, Friday evening, June 20, 2014. (Emily Michot/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 15: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with a reporter in the Senate Reception Room in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 31: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the final day of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 31, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Leaders of the Republican Party spoke at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference which hosted 1,500 delegates from across the country. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: (AFP OUT) Senator from Texas Ted Cruz attends the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - APRIL 12: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at the Freedom Summit at The Executive Court Banquet Facility April 12, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Freedom Summit held its inaugural event where national conservative leaders bring together grassroots activists on the eve of tax day. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The annual conference is a meeting of politically conservatives Americans. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 06: Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at the CPAC Conference, on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union (CPAC) held its 41st annual Conservative Political conference at the Gaylord International Hotel. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 06: Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at the CPAC Conference, on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union (CPAC) held its 41st annual Conservative Political conference at the Gaylord International Hotel. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas walks to participate in a cloture vote to end debate in the Senate on a bill to raise the debt limit until March 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 12, 2014. The Senate later voted 55-43 to pass the debt ceiling increase and send it to US President Barack Obama for his signature. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivers a speech at the Heritage Foundation January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Cruz and others spoke about the upcoming winter Olympics in Sochi and Russia's human rights record. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R) waits for the Senate subway after a vote January 6, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Janet Yellen was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 56 - 26 to become the first woman to head the Federal Reserve Board. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 22: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) answers questions from the media after meeting with small business owners during the Fort Worth Small Business Roundtable on October 22, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. In the wake of the government shutdown, Cruz warned that the tea party shouldnt be dismissed by Washington political power players. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 16: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) answers questions from the media after meeting with Republican senators regarding a bipartisan solution for the pending budget and debt limit impasse at the U.S. Capitol October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Senate announced that it had reached a bipartisan deal on funding the federal government and the extending the nation's debt limit after 16 days of a government shutdown. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 16: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks following a meeting of Senate Republicans on a solution for the pending budget and debt limit impasse at the U.S. Capitol October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Senate announced that it had reached a bipartisan deal on funding the federal government and the extending the nation's debt limit after 16 days of a government shutdown. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
US Senator Ted Cruz walks to a meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. US senators scrambled together an eleventh hour compromise Wednesday that they hoped might protect Washington's battered financial standing by heading off fears of a default. The Senate deal must still pass a divided and unpredictable House of Representatives, but lawmakers were hopeful it will allow the US government to reopen and keep borrowing to meet its obligations. AFp PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Senator Ted Cruz, Republican from Texas, speaks to reporters on September 25, 2013, after ending his talk-a-thon on the floor of the US Senate in Washington, DC. Cruz ended his overnight protest against the new health care program at noon. Cruz spoke for than 21 hours, opening the way for a procedural vote on the plan to finance the government only if money pulled from Obamacare. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KANSAS- OCTOBER 9: Senator Pat Roberts is joined today October 9,2014 by Senators Ted Cruz and Tom Coburn at rally in WIchita. Sen. Roberts is in a tight race against Independent Greg Orman. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit September 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Family Research Council (FRC) hosting its 9th annual Values Voter Summit inviting conservatives to participate in a straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit September 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Family Research Council (FRC) hosting its 9th annual Values Voter Summit inviting conservatives to participate in a straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, talks to members of the media while walking through the U.S. Capitol basement in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The Senate is poised to take up a $1.1 trillion U.S. government spending bill opposed by two senators who agree on almost nothing -- Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Ted Cruz. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 3: Sen. Ted Cruz(R-TX) makes remarks outside the Capitol as conservative Republicans rally against the President's immigration executive action, on December, 03, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - JANUARY 18: Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) greets supporters at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convention on January 18, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A variety of conservative presidential hopefuls spoke at the gathering on the second day of a three day event. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
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