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Ivy-league graduate and Harvard Law Review editor Ted Cruz is a startling example of how a Grade A Dumbass can become a U.S. Senator. From Texas, but it still counts.

Apparently, despite attending Princeton for undergrad and Harvard for law school, this guy had no idea that being born in Canada makes one a Canadian citizen, even though he himself was that guy who was born in Canada and was therefore a Canadian citizen. If only there was some sort of World Wide InterConnected Web of Electronic Pages one could consult to learn about these things. Someone should get on that.

Well, the dual-citizen is finally unburdening himself of his Canadian heritage, allowing him to proudly declare that he is an American and only an American. Per The Hill:

“Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship,” Cruz said in a statement. “Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship.”

Although technically, you are still a giant asshole, but we aren’t sure there is a form you can fill out to renounce that. 

Now there are many things wrong with this very short statement. First of all, the Dallas Morning News does not confer citizenship to Canada or any other country. The Canadian government, which passed a law in 1947, says that you are a Canadian citizen. As a fancy-pants lawyer, we figured that you knew the difference between a news outlet and a sovereign government, but hey, we all have knowledge gaps.

Second, don’t Senators have a staff of like 50 kids who slobber all over every word they say? Did no one, at any point, raise this issue before he released his Canadian birth certificate? Should one seriously try to run for President when one can’t even figure out their own citizenship status? Is his staff that incompetent that not one single person raised this as a possible issue, and maybe thought that they should check? Seriously, Cruz should fire everyone that works for him, including himself, for gross negligence and dumbfuckery.

According to Politico,

Cruz said on the “Laura Ingraham Show” Monday morning, “I will admit I find the tizzy in the media a little bit amusing — the fact that the New York Times is this hysterical after my being in office only a few months.”

No one is really in a tizzy here. We just find it amusing that a U.S. Senator with Presidential ambitions was born in another country, and apparently that is all fine and dandy with the Tea Party crowd, despite that crowd being in a legitimate 'tizzy,' full of actual lawsuits, over our current President who was born in America.

Finally, a note to The Hill and other outlets that are trying to say that this controversy is in any way related to the ‘birther’ movement trying to discredit our Kenyan Usurper. THEY ARE NOT FUCKING THE SAME. No one disputes where Ted Cruz was born, and the Constitution is actually unclear as to whether dual-citizens can become President. As Aaron Blake at WaPo points out, no one on the left is claiming that Ted Cruz is part of a crazy conspiracy to defraud the American public… we just think he is a rude, generally unlikeable shithead, and we enjoy laughing at his dumb transparent lies.

We look forward to a forthcoming Senate resolution to change the name of Canadian bacon to Freedom bacon, because why not.

[The Hill / Politico / Washington Post]

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Fellow Wonkers, this last week of horror has been wearing on us all, because here we are in a world where the "president" of the United States has ordered that migrant children be taken away from their parents at the border, and is simultaneously proud of it (for his base) and cravenly blaming it on Democrats because even he knows it's morally reprehensible. But what the hell can we do about it beyond calling our senators and representatives and posting sadness on Twitter, the latter of which is of dubious utility to anyone, and mostly depressing?

Resist the urge to disappear into a bottle. The kids and the families need you.

Slate has compiled a great list of places to start, which we will liberally summarize for you right now:

The thing these folks need most is LAWYERS. If you're an immigration lawyer, you're probably already swamped. But on the off chance you have time and expertise to spare, the American Immigration Lawyers Association is building a list of volunteers.

Yr Dok Zoom has given money to the fine folks at RAICES, a San Antonio-based group that has two major projects. They're getting lawyers for migrant families (and for the kids when possible) and raising money to pay migrant parents' bond so they can be out of jail and with their families. If you're in Texas, then click here to volunteer!

Update: RAICES is also holding a "what you can do" webinar this Thursday:



Also for folks who are in Texas:

The Texas Civil Rights Project is seeking "volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q'eqchi' or K'iche' and have paralegal or legal assistant experience."

There's also CARA -- an umbrella organization for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Together, they provide legal services at immigration detention centers.

To help kids who are already in immigration detention, there's Kids in Need of Defense, which provides children with representation in immigration court and also lobbies for children's legal interests. Donate here.

If you're not quite sure where to give, ActBlue has bundled several immigrant rights groups into a single donation button -- see the list and donate here.

Remember, there's always the ACLU, which is fighting family separation with a federal class action lawsuit.

You want to march? Former top government ethics lawyer Walter Shaub, who gave up trying to tell the Trump administration what ethics even are, will be announcing the details of a national march (think DC and local affiliated marches) tonight on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes." We'll make noise here, too.

Good people are coming together to put an end to this cruelty. EVERY Democrat in the Senate is now co-sponsoring Dianne Feinstein's bill to stop family separation.

And hell, we'll even give the last word to Jennifer Rubin, who seems to have reassessed some of her previous political views. She has a reminder for all of us:

Damn straight. Remember it every damn day between now and then.

It's your open thread. Don't boo -- organize. Time to RESIST.

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Don't take for granted that the institutions you love will always be there, like democracy, and Wonkette. Click to save at least one of them!

[Slate]

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There are perks to being the only Harvard professor willing to shill for the Bush League Mussolini. Everyone else has to haul ass to the Fox studio and sit for hair and makeup. Not Alan Dershowitz! He just parks his laptop in Pee Wee's playhouse and Skypes in that rant. Is he even wearing pants? We hope never to find out!

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