GOPers Choose Trump Over Cruz, Ex-Cop Gets 263 Years For Sex Crimes, and The Demographics of Millionaires

January 22, 2016 9:36 a.m.

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January 22, 2016

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Anyone But Him!: Top GOPers Openly Support Donald Trump Over Ted Cruz

The Gist: GOP leaders have started to openly state that Trump is more electable and that his nomination would damage the party less.

Ted Cruz Says He’s No Longer Covered By Health Insurance

The Gist: Cruz claimed to be “one of those millions of Americans” who has “lost their health care because of Obamacare.” He was covered by the plan offered by his wife’s employer, Goldman Sachs, until she took leave to focus on his campaign.

Ex-Cop Gets 263 Years For Raping, Sexually Assaulting Black Women While On Patrol

The Gist: A former police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing women while on his beat in a low-income Oklahoma City neighborhood will spend the rest of his life in prison.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

TPM’s Tierney Sneed looked into what it meant that the Supreme Court wanted to be briefed on whether Obama violated the Constitution’s Take Care Clause with his immigration executive actions. While courts generally stay away from weighing executive branch’s enforcement policies, two cases in the past work in the government’s favor. These are Heckler v. Chaney, where the Supreme Court said the challengers could not bring a challenge against the FDA’s enforcement policies; and Dalton v. Specter, where the court said the a challenge to the president’s decision to close a Philadelphia shipyard was also outside of judicial review.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: Sarah Palin’s decision to link her son Track’s domestic violence arrest to President Obama is “comically outrageous.” Marshall notes that “PTSD, known as ‘shellshock’ a century ago and under various other names through history, long predates this presidency or these wars. A possible factor in the incident becomes a catch-all justification, an alchemical process transforming him from perpetrator to victim lickety-split.”

Say What?!

“I don’t know of anyone else in Washington, certainly, who gets this opposition from his own people… I’m talking about people as conservative as he is who just can’t stand him.”

-GOP Rep. Pete King is no fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, who he labeled a “fraud.”

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Related: Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a wide lead over Hillary Clinton in Iowa.

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What We’re Reading

How a young American escaped the no-fly list. (The Intercept)

Your odds of becoming a millionaire have a lot to do with your race. (Bloomberg)

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