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Letís uproot the pernicious, unproven claim that Ted Cruz attacked Donald Trumpís wife
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/03/27/lets-uproot-the-pernicious-unproven-claim-that-ted-cruz-attacked-donald-trumps-wife/ ^ | March 27, 2016 | Philip Bump

Posted on 03/27/2016 1:35:16 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

There is no evidence that Ted Cruz attacked Donald Trump's wife.

In a normal election year, this statement would be relatively uncontroversial. After all, it's true. Yes, there was an ad that ran in Utah, suggesting that because she had posed for provocative modeling photos, she was somehow unfit to be first lady. But, no, that ad was not from the Cruz campaign. It was from the Make America Awesome super PAC, a group that raises and spends money without input from any candidate, including Cruz.

How do I know that? Well, I know that if such a political action committee were to coordinate with Cruz -- say, by running an ad at his behest -- it would be a federal crime. I know a presidential candidate purposefully violating federal law is almost certainly not worth the risk. I know that Cruz was going to win Utah anyway, by a wide margin, so violating federal law to win with 70 percent of the vote versus 65 percent is a particularly dumb idea.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 03/27/2016 1:35:16 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Compost. Enough said.


2 posted on 03/27/2016 1:35:38 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it." --Samuel Clemens)
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The ad itself mentioned Cruz by name. Cui bono?

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Like Watergate.

3 posted on 03/27/2016 1:37:03 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Neal Cavuto. TWO weeks ago.
4 posted on 03/27/2016 1:37:22 PM PDT by Mensius
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5 posted on 03/27/2016 1:37:31 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Patiently waiting for the jack booted kick at my door.)
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Nixon was going to win reelection in a landslide. That didn’t prevent him from covering up Watergate.


6 posted on 03/27/2016 1:38:34 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Do you know who purchased the rights to the photo?

I’ve read it was Cruz’ campaign not the PAC. If True, then the Cruz campaign is guilty of coordinating with the PAC.


7 posted on 03/27/2016 1:38:49 PM PDT by DannyTN
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Only a true main stream media liberal elitist would think that the American public is dumb enough to not understand how people of like political opinions can coordinate their activities without crossing the legal boundary of "directing" or "controlling".

That's why the writer is working for the Washington Post.

8 posted on 03/27/2016 1:38:58 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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The old 'he couldn't have done it because it's illegal' gambit.

Funny - that hasn't stopped most of them in DC yet.

9 posted on 03/27/2016 1:39:00 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a person as created by the Law of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man.)
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To: grey_whiskers

According to the experts, former CIA
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3414444/posts?page=1#1

From the above article, dissected by former CIA deception experts :

“...we were struck by the volume of deceptive behavior that we identified in these statements.

Behaviorally, when the facts are the ally of an individual, he or she almost always tends to focus on the facts of the matter at hand.

In this case, if the key fact was that he had not had these affairs, Cruz would almost certainly have been much more strongly focused on the denial. That is, he very likely would have made a point of explicitly stating something along the lines of, “I did not have these affairs.”

>>>>Ted never categorically denies having the affairs, does he?<<<<


10 posted on 03/27/2016 1:39:24 PM PDT by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Have we proven, or disproven, the claim by GQ that it was Roe who bought a copy of Melania’s photo shoot?


11 posted on 03/27/2016 1:42:46 PM PDT by BlueNgold (May I suggest a very nice 1788 Article V with your supper...)
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GQ released the Photo’s in February!!!


12 posted on 03/27/2016 1:43:42 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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“It’s bold, but legal: How campaigns and their super PAC backers work together”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/here-are-the-secret-ways-super-pacs-and-campaigns-can-work-together/2015/07/06/bda78210-1539-11e5-89f3-61410da94eb1_story.html?tid=a_inl

The money quote:

“We could capture all of this stuff if we had real rules,” said Fred Wertheimer, a longtime advocate of reducing the influence of big money on politics. “For all practical purposes, there are no prohibitions against coordination.”


13 posted on 03/27/2016 1:43:51 PM PDT by MaxistheBest
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Very poorly written article...just using innuendo rather than fact...waste of paper


14 posted on 03/27/2016 1:43:53 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: DannyTN

I keep seeing people saying this but no one can give me a link where this is proven. People read it, but no one knows where they read it.


15 posted on 03/27/2016 1:43:57 PM PDT by Elyse (I refuse to feed the crocodile.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

As if PACs don’t understand what their candidates want without written instructions.


16 posted on 03/27/2016 1:44:15 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Noah: 'When the animals began to pair up by specie and stand in line, I really took notice.')
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The story is true! They wouldn’t cover for Ted Cruz or Donald Trump for that matter.. If there was a story there they would have covered it to keep the feud going!!!


17 posted on 03/27/2016 1:45:35 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: BlueNgold

So, I have done a few Internet searches about this.

I searched for: Ben Shales gq sales

Results: Nothing showing Ben Shales in GQ Sales.

I searched for: Ben Shales gq

Results: Nothing showing Ben Shales at GQ

Have you found anything authoritative that shows Ben Shales at GQ?

Also, there is a separate company, Conde Nast, that handles all permissions for the use of copyrighted photos from GQ. It is apparently not handled by anyone at GQ.

Do you have any information that contradicts that?


18 posted on 03/27/2016 1:45:40 PM PDT by savedbygrace
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“The Washington Compost”

Damn. That’s so funny that I feel like wetting myself. Not really.


19 posted on 03/27/2016 1:46:05 PM PDT by EveningStar
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“I know that Cruz was going to win Utah anyway, by a wide margin, so violating federal law to win with 70 percent of the vote versus 65 percent is a particularly dumb idea.”

One doesn’t know, nor can one presuppose Cruz’s (or his supporters) state of mind before and after the voting

I don’t know if Cruz coordinated or not. It’s not yet clear whether Cruz’s campaign purchased the image, and gave it to the PAC, or whether the PAC acquired it separately itself. That leads to questions of coordination.


20 posted on 03/27/2016 1:47:31 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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