Aug 9, 2018
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump mocked Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as "Lying Ted" and disparaged both his wife and his father.
What a difference two years can make. Cruz, locked in a tight re-election fight with U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, is seeking Trump's endorsement and help in the coming fall campaign -- in one of the stranger development in a campaign season that just seems to be getting more and more colorful.
Strange, too, was the appearance of state Sen. Don Huffines and his brother Phillip, who lost a primary to join his brother in the Texas Senate, standing alongside U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in Russia, inviting increased dialogue with Moscow, at a time when Washington is gridlocked with investigations into alleged Russian interference in Trump's election.
Both the Huffines and Paul are Republicans.
The rest of the political week: Attorney General Ken Paxton Paxton moves to have DACA declared unconstitutional, as he releases a new campaign video entitled "Winning for Texas," and the FBI warns Texas academic and medical leaders about possible spying by the Chinese and other countries.
Go behind the headlines for a look at what's really going on at the Texas Capitol and in Washington. Join the conversation featuring Mike Ward, Austin Bureau Chief for the Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and other Hearst Newspapers, and Ryan Poppe, Texas Public Radio's Capitol reporter. Scott Braddock, our co-host and editor of The Quorum Report, an acclaimed Texas political newsletter, is on assignment this week.