Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the 44-year-old Canadian-born Texan who is now just in his third year as a U.S. senator, announced today during a speech at Liberty University in Virginia that he is running for his party's nomination for president.
The venerable General Social Survey results for 2014 confirm the findings from Gallup and other surveys that Americans have become significantly less confident in all branches of their government.
One of many questions that arises in contemplation of a pending and potential shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security is the impact this would have on public opinion. The Senate and House are in recess at this point in time and won't have a full day together again until Feb. 25. The deadline for passing legislation that would fund the DHS is Feb. 27.