The Gist: Manu Raju on Ted Cruz and the 50th anniversary of Medicare.

Ted Cruz Takes Aim at the Senate GOP’s “Washington Cartel”

Ted Cruz Takes Aim at the Senate GOP’s “Washington Cartel”

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 30 2015 7:07 PM

Ted Cruz Hits the Road

Politico’s Manu Raju explains why Ted Cruz freaked out about the highway funding bill.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a presidential candidate, speaks during an anti-abortion rally in July.

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On The Gist, Politico’s Manu Raju joins us from the Senate Periodical Press Gallery to discuss the recent Ted Cruz blowup in the Senate, and its lasting impact on his relationship with the GOP. How might his disregard for traditional procedure and the GOP agenda appeal to Republican voters? For the Spiel, a look at 50 years of Medicare.

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