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Ted Cruz Slams Democrats Who Fled Texas And Gets Buried In Mockery

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) showed his short memory or his shamelessness ― or both ― during a Fox News interview on Tuesday.

The Texas Republican was commenting on how Democratic state lawmakers left Texas on Monday in order to deny Republicans a quorum to vote on new election restrictions and several other contentious bills.

Cruz predicted the Democrats’ gambit won’t work because the state constitution allows the arrest of fleeing lawmakers. He also smarmily suggested it was “ironic” that the politicians “getting on their private jet to fly to Washington, D.C., … almost surely had to show identification to get on that jet.”

People on social media were quick to point out the flaws in Cruz’s argument.

However, many Twitter users thought the real irony was that Cruz ― who famously jetted off to Cancun earlier this year while his constituents were struggling amid power outages caused by deadly winter weather ― was shaming Democrats for leaving Texas in a hurry.

Texas Democrat Julian Castro, who was Housing and Urban Development secretary during the Obama administration, pointed out a big difference between Democrats leaving the state to block legislation that would restrict voting access among marginalized groups, and going on a tropical vacation.

Others piled on:

MLB All-Star Game live blog: Real-time updates from the Midsummer Classic at Coors Field – The Denver Post

Live updates, tweets, photos, analysis and more from the MLB All-Star Game on July 13, 2021 at Coors Field in Denver.

Mobile users, if you can’t see the live blog, tap here.

Cloudy, smoky skies likely to linger above Coors Field for MLB All-Star Game

The All-Star Game at Coors Field on Tuesday night will be played under mostly cloudy, and smoky, skies with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

As the Major League Baseball mid-summer classic winds into late innings, the chance of rain drops to 20%, but smoke, haze and mostly cloudy skies are expected to linger, the weather service said. Winds in the evening could gust to 21 mph.

At 4 p.m. in Denver, about 90 minutes before the ballgame, the temperature was 77 degrees and the humidity 44%, according to the weather service.

MLB All-Star Game uniforms: How the Twitter world reacted to the players’ jerseys – The Denver Post

As Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game descends upon Denver Tuesday, the reactions have been less than stellar for the players’ uniforms.

Here’s a look at how people have reacted on social media:

Some are disappointed that the players aren’t wearing their team’s jerseys during the game:

Others are not pleased about the design of the uniforms:

MLB All-Star Game celebrates baseball, heralds new era of pandemic in Denver

WATCH: Nolan Arenado gets standing ovation during MLB All-Star Game introductions – The Denver Post

Nolan Arenado doesn’t wear a Rockies uniform anymore, but he still gets plenty of love from Colorado fans.

The Cardinals third baseman received a standing ovation Tuesday during the introductions for the MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field.

Arenado is the starting third baseman for the National League.

WATCH: Peyton Manning throws out first pitch at MLB All-Star Game with Todd Helton looking on – The Denver Post

Todd Helton was back in purple pinstripes at Coors Field before the 91st MLB All-Star Game Tuesday and he brought his good friend, former Tennessee football teammate and Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning with him.

Manning wasn’t throwing “The Duke” Wilson football around, but was tapped with throwing out the first pitch before the game.

With Helton looking on, Manning went into the full windup and tossed a one hop skipper to the plate.

Watch Manning’s first pitch below:

WATCH: J.T. Realmuto’s fifth inning home run at MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field – The Denver Post

Down 4-0 in the fifth inning, J.T. Realmuto put the National League on the board Tuesday with a solo home run at the MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field.

The 30-year-old Phillies catcher, in his third All-Star Game, hit a 421-foot shot to right-center field off of Tigers pitcher Gregory Soto.

It was the game’s second home run. Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero hit one in the third inning for the American League.

WATCH: Mike Zunino’s sixth-inning homer at MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field – The Denver Post

Mike Zunino may be hitting below the Mendoza line on the year, but he connected on a pitch in a big way Tuesday.

The Tampa Bay catcher, who’s batting .198 with 19 home runs, went yard in the sixth inning off of Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker. His blast traveled 410 to right field.

The solo shot gave the American League a 5-1 lead. It was the third home run of the game, following ones by Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Philadelphia’s J.T. Realmuto.

Hugo Boss Posts Q2 Operating Profit

German luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss AG (HUGSF.PK) reported that its preliminary operating profit or EBIT for the second quarter of 2021 was 42 million euros compared to minus 250 million euros in the previous year, reflecting the strong Group sales development as well as ongoing tight overhead cost control in the three-month period. In addition, the non-recurrence of negative inventory valuation effects and impairment charges recorded in the prior-year quarter also contributed to the development.

Currency-adjusted group sales for the second-quarter increased 133% from the prior year. Also in Group currency, sales more than doubled, up 129% to 629 million euros in the three-month period from the prior year. Compared to the second quarter of 2019, the decline in Group sales was therefore limited to 4%, currency-adjusted.

Hugo Boss said it is confident that the company’s overall business recovery will continue in the second half of 2021, despite the persisting uncertainties regarding the further development of the pandemic.

The company forecasts currency-adjusted group sales for fiscal year 2021 to increase by between 30% and 35% from the prior year’s 1.95 billion euros, with contribution expected from all regions.

The company projects annual EBIT to be between 125 million euros and 175 million euros compared to prior outlook of EBIT minus 236 million euros.