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Cruz leaves stage after drawing boos for praising Israel

Happy Friday to you.

“A shameful display of bigotry and hatred.” — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on the crowd attending a Washington summit hosted by In Defense of Christians, a group that focuses on persecuted Christian and minority communities in the Middle East.

Cruz, a Republican who is flirting with a presidential run, walked off the stage at the event after he praised Israel, a remark that was greeted with boos and some yelling out by some members of the audience.

“He’s lost his way.” — Kimberly Cole, a 36-year-old mother of three from Valencia, Calif., who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Cole is now among a vast bloc of Americans who have lost confidence in the president’s leadership. She’s also a member of the coalition that put Obama into office, a group that includes women, young people and Latino votes.

“This audit shows an extremely troubling and pervasive waste of taxpayer dollars and a failure to effectively manage what should have been a basic project.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Thursday speaking about a report that showed that the Customs and Border Protection paid at least $4.6 million more than it should have for employee housing in Ajo, Ariz.

McCaskill, chair of the Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, requested the audit after a whistleblower contacted her office. The audit found that CBP paid an average of $680,000 each to build 21 single-family homes in Ajo, where home prices average $86,500. The units are for CBP employees stationed on and near the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We cannot sit back as another September 11th-type terrorist attack is potentially in the works.” — Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a Harrisonville Republican on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks.

Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services Committee. Her sentiment was in line with many other members of Congress on the saddest of anniversaries.

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