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Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh’s final Facebook post two weeks before he died was a swipe at President Joe Biden – as he confessed in what would end up being his last show that he wasn’t sure if he would make it.   

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Limbaugh, the radio icon and ‘voice of American conservatism’, died on Wednesday, aged 70, following his year-long battle with lung cancer. 

Limbaugh, who was diagnosed with Stage IV advanced lung cancer back in February 2020, hosted his last radio show on February 2 during which he revealed another host was on standby in case his health deteriorated.  

‘Well, my friends, that’s it. Yet another excursion into broadcast excellence in the can. Enjoyed being with you today, always do. And look forward to the next time,’ he said at the conclusion of the show. 

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‘Thanks to Mark Steyn who has been in standby mode all day. Wasn’t sure I was going to be able to go today and then each hour I had to assess. But we made it. Thank you Mr Steyn. See you all next time.’ 

In his final Facebook post that linked to segments of the last broadcast, Limbaugh took aim at Biden for canceling a ‘major foreign policy speech’ because of two inches of snow.   

His family shared a tribute to him on Facebook on Wednesday soon after his death was first announced by his fourth wife, Kathryn, on his radio show.

‘I know that I am most certainly not the Limbaugh that you tuned in to listen to today,’ Kathryn, who was married to Limbaugh for a decade, told his viewers. 

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‘I, like you, very much wish Rush was behind this golden microphone right now, welcoming you to another exceptional three hours of broadcasting. It is with profound sadness I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer.’      

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh died on Wednesday, aged 70, following his battle with lung cancer

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh died on Wednesday, aged 70, following his battle with lung cancer

His family shared a tribute to him on Facebook on Wednesday soon after his death was first announced by his fourth wife, Kathryn, on his radio show

His family shared a tribute to him on Facebook on Wednesday soon after his death was first announced by his fourth wife, Kathryn, on his radio show

His family shared a tribute to him on Facebook on Wednesday soon after his death was first announced by his fourth wife, Kathryn, on his radio show

The day after revealing he had cancer, Limbaugh was invited by President Trump to attend his State of the Union where he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is pictured alongside his wife Kathryn and First Lady Melania Trump

The day after revealing he had cancer, Limbaugh was invited by President Trump to attend his State of the Union where he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is pictured alongside his wife Kathryn and First Lady Melania Trump

Unflinchingly conservative, wildly partisan, bombastically self-promoting and larger than life, Limbaugh galvanized listeners for more than 30 years. 

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His radio show became nationally syndicated in 1988 and quickly built a large and committed following, making him wealthy in the process. Forbes magazine estimated his 2018 income at $84 million, ranking him behind only Howard Stern among radio personalities. 

In his final Facebook post that linked to segments of his last broadcast n February 2, Limbaugh took aim at Biden for canceling a 'major foreign policy speech' because of two inches of snow

In his final Facebook post that linked to segments of his last broadcast n February 2, Limbaugh took aim at Biden for canceling a ‘major foreign policy speech’ because of two inches of snow

He called himself an entertainer, but his monologues during his three-hour weekday radio show broadcast on nearly 600 US stations shaped the national political conversation, swaying ordinary Republicans and the direction of their party. 

Despite his diagnosis, Limbaugh continued to host his radio show in the months that followed. He had vowed to do his program ‘as normally and as competently’ as he could while undergoing treatment. He missed only a few shows in October. 

In his last broadcast of 2020, Limbaugh thanked his listeners for their support as he opened up about his fight with terminal cancer.

‘I wasn’t expected to be alive today,’ he said. ‘I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.’  

Just days after revealing he had cancer last year, Limbaugh attended President Donald Trump’s State of the Union where he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

First Lady Melania Trump presented him with the nation’s highest civilian honor after her husband lauded Limbaugh as ‘a special man beloved by millions of Americans’ and ‘the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet’. 

Limbaugh was one of Trump’s most ardent supporters. In his first interview since leaving office, Trump on Wednesday paid tribute to Limbaugh in a phone interview with Fox News, saying they last spoke three or four days ago.

‘Rush is irreplaceable… Unique. He had an audience that was massive,’ Trump said. ‘People, whether they loved him or not, they respected him.’   

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Limbaugh, who pioneered the American media phenomenon of conservative talk radio, was one of Donald Trump's most ardent supporters

Limbaugh, who pioneered the American media phenomenon of conservative talk radio, was one of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters

His radio show became nationally syndicated in 1988 and quickly built a large and committed following, making him wealthy in the process

His radio show became nationally syndicated in 1988 and quickly built a large and committed following, making him wealthy in the process

Tributes immediately poured in from other high-profile Republicans and conservatives, including Donald Trump Jr., who called him a ‘true American legend’. Former President George W. Bush said Limbaugh ‘spoke his mind as a voice for millions of Americans.’

Former Vice President Mike Pence said America had lost a ‘giant’ with Limbaugh’s passing. 

‘Rush Limbaugh gave voice to the ideals and values that made this country great, he inspired a generation of American conservatives, and he will be deeply missed. Rush Limbaugh made Conservatives proud and he made Conservatism fun,’ Pence said. 

‘For more than 30 years no one did more to educate, inform, inspire, and just plain entertain Americans about the issues of the day than Rush Limbaugh. Karen and I are among the millions who loved and admired this Good and Great Man. We started as fans, had the privilege to become friends, and we will miss him dearly.’ 

Limbaugh’s appeal and the success of his top-rated radio show arose from his brash and colorful style, his delight in baiting liberals and Democrats and his promotion of conservative and Republican causes and politicians.

Blessed with a made-for-broadcasting voice, he delivered his opinions with such certainty that his followers, or ‘Ditto-heads,’ as he dubbed them, took his words as sacred truth.

‘In my heart and soul, I know I have become the intellectual engine of the conservative movement,’ Limbaugh, with typical immodesty, told author Zev Chafets in the 2010 book ‘Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One.’ 

Limbaugh took as a badge of honor the title ‘most dangerous man in America.’ He said he was the ‘truth detector,’ the ‘doctor of democracy,’ a ‘lover of mankind,’ a ‘harmless, lovable little fuzz ball’ and an ‘all-around good guy.’ 

He claimed he had ‘talent on loan from God.’ 

Long before Trump’s rise in politics, Limbaugh was pinning insulting names on his enemies and raging against the mainstream media, accusing it of feeding the public lies. 

He called Democrats and others on the left communists, wackos, feminazis, liberal extremists, f*****s and radicals. 

When actor Michael J. Fox, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, appeared in a Democratic campaign commercial, Limbaugh mocked his tremors. 

When a Washington advocate for the homeless killed himself, he cracked jokes. As the AIDS epidemic raged in the 1980s, he made the dying a punchline. He called 12-year-old Chelsea Clinton a dog.  

He suggested that the Democrats’ stand on reproductive rights would have led to the abortion of Jesus Christ. When a woman accused Duke University lacrosse players of rape, he derided her as a ‘ho,’ and when a Georgetown University law student supported expanded contraceptive coverage, he dismissed her as a ‘s**t.’ When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Limbaugh said: ‘I hope he fails.’

Limbaugh often enunciated the Republican platform better and more entertainingly than any party leader, becoming a GOP kingmaker whose endorsement and friendship were sought. Polls consistently found he was regarded as the voice of the party.

His idol, Ronald Reagan, wrote a letter of praise that Limbaugh proudly read on the air in 1992: ‘You’ve become the number one voice for conservatism.’ In 1994, Limbaugh was so widely credited with the first Republican takeover of Congress in 40 years that the GOP made him an honorary member of the new class.

During the 2016 presidential primaries, Limbaugh said he realized early on that Trump would be the nominee, and he likened the candidate´s deep connection with his supporters to his own. 

In a 2018 interview, he conceded Trump is rude but said that is because he is ‘fearless and willing to fight against the things that no Republican has been willing to fight against.’

Trump, for his part, heaped praise on Limbaugh, and they golfed together. 

Both men ultimately found Florida more comfortable than New York: The former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate is eight miles down the same Palm Beach boulevard as Limbaugh´s $50 million beachfront expanse.

First Lady Melania Trump presented him with the nation's highest civilian honor after her husband lauded Limbaugh as 'a special man beloved by millions of Americans' and 'the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet'

First Lady Melania Trump presented him with the nation’s highest civilian honor after her husband lauded Limbaugh as ‘a special man beloved by millions of Americans’ and ‘the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet’

In honoring Limbaugh at the State of the Union, Trump called his friend 'a special man beloved by millions'

In honoring Limbaugh at the State of the Union, Trump called his friend ‘a special man beloved by millions’

In honoring Limbaugh at the State of the Union, Trump called his friend ‘a special man beloved by millions.’

Limbaugh influenced the likes of Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and countless other conservative commentators who pushed the boundaries of what passes as acceptable public discourse.

His brand of blunt, no-gray-area debate spread to cable TV, town hall meetings, political rallies and Congress itself, emerging during the battles over health care and the ascent of the tea party movement. 

In 2003, Limbaugh admitted an addiction to painkillers and went into rehab. Authorities opened an investigation into alleged ‘doctor shopping,’ saying he received up to 2,000 pills from four doctors over six months.

He ultimately reached a deal with prosecutors in which they agreed to drop the charge if he continued with drug treatment and paid $30,000 toward the cost of the investigation.

He lost his hearing around that time. He said it was from an autoimmune disorder, while his critics said hearing loss is a known side effect of painkiller abuse. He received cochlear implants, which restored his hearing and saved his career.

A portly, round-faced figure, Limbaugh was divorced three times, after marrying Roxy Maxine McNeely in 1977, Michelle Sixta in 1983 and Marta Fitzgerald in 1994. 

He married his fourth wife, Kathryn Rogers, in a lavish 2010 ceremony featuring Elton John. He had no children.

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. His mother was the former Mildred Armstrong, and his father, Rush Limbaugh Jr., was a lawyer.

Limbaugh often enunciated the Republican platform better and more entertainingly than any party leader, becoming a GOP kingmaker whose endorsement and friendship were sought. He is pictured at a rally for President George Bush's re-election campaign

Limbaugh often enunciated the Republican platform better and more entertainingly than any party leader, becoming a GOP kingmaker whose endorsement and friendship were sought. He is pictured at a rally for President George Bush’s re-election campaign

Limbaugh, an outspoken lover of cigars, is pictured above in 2001 in California

Limbaugh, an outspoken lover of cigars, is pictured above in 2001 in California

Wisdom of Rush Limbaugh: Quotes from over the years 

In an 1988 article titled ‘Undeniable Truths’, Limbaugh wrote: Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.’ 

Speaking about the NBA on his shoe in 2004: ‘I think it’s time to get rid of this whole National Basketball Association. Call it the TBA, the Thug Basketball Association, and stop calling them teams. Call ’em gangs.’

During one of his shows in 2013, Limbaugh said: ‘If any race of people should not have guilt about slavery, it’s Caucasians. The white race has probably had fewer slaves and for a briefer period of time than any other in the history of the world.’

In 2017, Limbaugh was speaking on his show about the election of LGBTQ politicians: ‘I guarantee there’d be some people in the Republican establishment who will now think, yeah, we need to do this. We need to provide a home, we need to provide a comforting atmosphere for the tranny community and the gay community. But those people are voting Democrat anyway.’

Speaking about the dangers of smoking, he said: ‘That is a myth. That has been disproven at the World Health Organization and the report was suppressed. There is no fatality whatsoever. There’s no even major sickness component associated with secondhand smoke. It may irritate you, and you may not like it, but it will not make you sick, and it will not kill you…Firsthand smoke takes 50 years to kill people, if it does. Not everybody that smokes gets cancer. Now, it’s true that everybody who smokes dies, but so does everyone who eats carrots … I would like a medal for smoking cigars, is what I’m saying.’

Addressing a Central American migrant caravan heading toward the US in 2018, Limbaugh said: ‘The objective is to dilute and eventually eliminate or erase what is known as the distinct or unique American culture… This is why people call this an invasion.’ 

Speaking about the NAACP: ‘The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.’

In 2008, Limbaugh said of Barack Obama: ‘A veritable rookie whose only chance of winning is that he’s black.’ 

Rusty, as the younger Limbaugh was known, was chubby and shy, with little interest in school but a passion for broadcasting. He would turn down the radio during St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, offering play-by-play, and gave running commentary during the evening news. By high school, he had snagged a radio job.

Limbaugh dropped out of Southeast Missouri State University for a string of DJ gigs, from his hometown, to McKeesport, Pennsylvania, to Pittsburgh and then Kansas City. Known as Rusty Sharpe and then Jeff Christie on the air, he mostly spun Top 40 hits and sprinkled in glimpses of his wit and conservatism.

‘One of the early reasons radio interested me was that I thought it would make me popular,’ he once wrote.

But he didn’t gain the following he craved and gave up on radio for several years, beginning in 1979, becoming promotions director for baseball’s Kansas City Royals. He ultimately returned to broadcasting, again in Kansas City and then Sacramento, California.

It was there in the early 1980s that Limbaugh really garnered an audience, broadcasting shows dripping with sarcasm and bravado. The stage name was gone.

Limbaugh began broadcasting nationally in 1988 from WABC in New York. While his know-it-all commentary quickly gained traction, he was dismayed by his reception in the big city. He thought he would be welcomed by Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather.

‘I came to New York,’ he wrote, ‘and I immediately became a nothing, a zero.’

Ultimately, Limbaugh moved his radio show to Palm Beach and bought his massive estate. Talkers Magazine, which covers the industry, said Limbaugh had the nation´s largest audience in 2019, with 15 million unique listeners each week. 

Limbaugh expounded on his world view in the best-selling books ‘The Way Things Ought to Be’ and ‘See, I Told You So.’

He had a late-night TV show in the 1990s that got decent ratings but lackluster advertising because of his divisive message. When he guest-hosted ‘The Pat Sajak Show’ in 1990, audience members called him a Nazi and repeatedly shouted at him.

He was fired from a short-lived job as an NFL commentator on ESPN in 2003 after he said the media had made a star out of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb because it was ‘very desirous that a black quarterback do well.’ His racial remarks also derailed a 2009 bid to become one of the owners of the NFL´s St. Louis Rams.

‘Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and just think to yourself, `I am just full of hot gas?´’ David Letterman asked him in 1993 on ‘The Late Show.’

‘I am a servant of humanity,’ Limbaugh replied. ‘I am in the relentless pursuit of the truth. I actually sit back and think that I´m just so fortunate to have this opportunity to tell people what´s really going on.’  



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‘Firefall’ illusion makes waterfall at Yosemite Park’s El Capitan look like molten lava

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‘Lava’ lights up Yosemite Park: Stunning annual ‘firefall’ illusion caused by setting sun’s reflection makes waterfall on El Capitan look like molten rock

  • Amazing pictures show the annual ‘firefall’ phenomenon at California’s Yosemite National Park
  • For just a few days in February, the setting sun illuminates Horsetail Fall each evening for a matter of minutes, making it glow like a cascade of molten lava 
  • The event typically attracts thousands of visitors, but numbers had to be cut this year due to the pandemic 
  • Park rangers have set up travel restrictions and an online booking system amid COVID social distancing fears 
  • The waterfall flows down the granite face of the park’s famed rock formation, El Capitan
  • Horsetail Fall only flows in the winter or spring, when there is enough rain and snow 
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No, these stunning pictures from Yosemite National Park don’t show lava falling down the side of a cliff. 

The amazing spectacle is actually the park’s annual ‘firefall’ phenomenon, where the setting sun illuminates Horsetail Fall making it glow like a cascade of molten lava.

The optical illusion occurs for just a few days each February – if the conditions are right – and lasts for a matter of minutes in the evening.

The 2,000-foot waterfall plunges down the granite face of the park’s famed rock formation, El Capitan.

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The firefall spectacle typically draws thousands of photographers and Instagrammers from around the world.

But this year, the National Park Service brought in entry restrictions and required people to book online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There are also concerns that the thousands of photographers were damaging the nearby landscape.

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The firefall can be seen only in mid- to late February when the light from the setting sun illuminates the cliff where Horsetail Fall is flowing

The firefall can be seen only in mid- to late February when the light from the setting sun illuminates the cliff where Horsetail Fall is flowing

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Sunlight hits the Horsetail Fall, turning it into a 'Firefall', at Yosemite National Park, California, in February 2021

Sunlight hits the Horsetail Fall, turning it into a ‘Firefall’, at Yosemite National Park, California, in February 2021

The optical illusion occurs for just a few days each February, and lasts for a matter of minutes in the evening.

The optical illusion occurs for just a few days each February, and lasts for a matter of minutes in the evening.

The natural phenomenon creates a brief pink and orange hue that is visible for only a matter of minutes each day

The natural phenomenon creates a brief pink and orange hue that is visible for only a matter of minutes each day 

Photographers usually flood to the area each year hoping to catch a glimpse of the optical illusion, but restrictions are in place this year due to the COVID pandemic

Photographers usually flood to the area each year hoping to catch a glimpse of the optical illusion, but restrictions are in place this year due to the COVID pandemic

The stunning sight is actually an optical illusion created by the setting sun, but only when the weather conditions are just right

The stunning sight is actually an optical illusion created by the setting sun, but only when the weather conditions are just right

The Horsetail Fall is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and spring.

If the weather conditions are right, the setting sun illuminates the water flowing down the rocky face, making it look like fierce orange lava. 

Because the so-called ‘firefall’ needs a warm enough temperature to melt snow at the top as well as the sun to set at the right angle and clear skies, the effect is not visible every year.

The firefall also needs evenings with a clear sky, as even a slight haziness of cloudiness can diminish the effect.

Many visitors are disappointed when conditions are not exactly right for the phenomenon.

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Yosemite National Park warns on its website: ‘This unique lighting effect happens only on evenings with a clear sky when the waterfall is flowing. Even some haze or minor cloudiness can greatly diminish or eliminate the effect.’ 

The glowing light makes it seem like the cliff is flowing with molten lava

The glowing light makes it seem like the cliff is flowing with molten lava

Yosemite National Park is one of the most spectacular sights in California, filled not just with the annual firefall, pictured, but with an expansive wilderness, granite cliffs taller than buildings and Sequoia trees, some of the largest living things on Earth

Yosemite National Park is one of the most spectacular sights in California, filled not just with the annual firefall, pictured, but with an expansive wilderness, granite cliffs taller than buildings and Sequoia trees, some of the largest living things on Earth

Photographers could be seen wearing masks as they took photos of the phenomenon amid the COVID pandemic. The park has reduced access and brought in restrictions requiring people to book reservations in advance to prevent overcrowding

Photographers could be seen wearing masks as they took photos of the phenomenon amid the COVID pandemic. The park has reduced access and brought in restrictions requiring people to book reservations in advance to prevent overcrowding



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Amid the ever-changing news cycle, it’s easy to miss great images that fly under the radar. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered.

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We’re highlighting exceptional photos from around the world for the week that just ended. Check them out below.

Above: Hikers watch the sunset Saturday from a peak at Papago Park in Phoenix.



A protester wears a golden mask during a demonstration Monday against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar.

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A portrait of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed young Black man shot and killed after being chased by a white former law enforcement officer and his son, is pictured during a candlelight vigil Wednesday at New Springfield Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Georgia, to mark the first anniversary of his death.



Confetti explodes as Mathieu van der Poel, center, of the Netherlands celebrates a win Monday during the UAE Tour 2021 road cycling race in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.



People take photos Friday next to a display of lanterns decorated with lights during the Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Taiyuan, in northern China’s Shanxi province.



Emma Banker, left, Jessi McIrvin and Valerie Sanchez record vocals in pop-up tents during choir class Friday at Wenatchee High School in Wenatchee, Washington.

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A Kyrgyz berkutchi (eagle hunter) launches his bird, a golden eagle, during the hunting festival “Salburun” Wednesday in the village of Tuura-Suu, Kyrgyzstan.



A Chinese tourist visits the snow-covered Mutianyu Great Wall on Wednesday in Beijing. The number of visitors to Mutianyu Great Wall in 2020 dropped by about 60% due to the coronavirus pandemic.



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes part in an online class during a visit Tuesday to Sedgehill School in Lewisham, southeast London, to see preparations for students returning to school.

Cars line up in a parking lot at NRG Park in Houston as people wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccines at the federally supported



Cars line up in a parking lot at NRG Park in Houston as people wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccines at the federally supported supersite Thursday.

Cars line up in a parking lot at NRG Park as people wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a federally supported supersite at the Harris County facility, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Houston.



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CNN’s Jim Acosta Surrounded By Jeering Crowd At CPAC

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The network’s White House correspondent had just arrived when a crowd surrounded him.

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Video taken by Bloomberg reporter William Turton shows people chanting “CNN sucks!” while one woman urged the crowd, “Get him! Get him!”

“Sorry, I’m conducting an interview,” Acosta responded to the reporter’s initial question.

“When are you going to start covering Cuomo?” The Federalist reporter proceeded, repeating his initial question.

“We do,” Acosta replied before the reporter fired back, “No, I’m asking you a serious question.”

 “But, David, we do cover that. We have, too,” Acosta insisted.

Acosta responded to Turton’s video with a pointed joke.

Other Twitter users had strong opinions about the situation as well.

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Ted Cruz trolled by colleagues with ‘Bienvenido de Nuevo’ signs in Senate gym locker room

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Ted Cruz’s colleagues troll him by putting memes of his Cancun trip in the Senate gym locker room with ‘Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted!’

  • Lawmakers printed the memes and posted them in the Senate gym locker room this week 
  • Cruz returned to Washington after a week of damage control in Texas
  • He is now in Orlando, at CPAC, where he joked about the trip shamelessly
  • Cruz flew to Cancun with his wife Heidi and their two daughters on February 17 
  • At the time, millions of Texans were still without water, power and heat 
  • He flew back in disgrace the next day after photos of him emerged at the airport and sparked uproar 
  • He has since played it down, claiming it his daughters who wanted the trip 
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Ted Cruz‘s colleagues mocked him over his ill-fated Cancun trip when he returned to work by posting memes in the Senate gym locker room which read ‘Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted’. 

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Cruz and his family flew to Cancun from Houston during the worst of the Texas energy crisis after a winter storm last week.  

He was slammed for the decision and returned in disgrace but he has been unapologetic about it, blaming it on his daughters and claiming he was just being ‘a good dad’. 

This week, when he returned to Washington, he was trolled by other lawmakers who, according to NBC, printed memes from his trip and posted them in the Senate gym locker room.

Ted Cruz (pictured on Friday at CPAC) was trolled by fellow lawmakers who posted memes about his Cancun trip in the Senate gym locker room in Washington this week

Ted Cruz (pictured on Friday at CPAC) was trolled by fellow lawmakers who posted memes about his Cancun trip in the Senate gym locker room in Washington this week

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The signs read ‘Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted,’ which means ‘Welcome back’ in English. 

Cruz, on Friday, brushed off the trip again as he arrived in Orlando for CPAC. He took to the stage and shamelessly joked: ‘Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancun!’ 

He went on to denounce cancel culture, saying: ‘This is the Rebel Alliance. 

‘Darth Vader and the emperor – and let’s be clear, they’re not your father – are terrified of the rebels that are here. And I’m telling ya, Gina Carano stands with us!’

‘We believe in individuality – different people have different views. We are the not the Borg,’ he said, referring to the villains in Star Trek. 

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‘I may have committed a cardinal sin mixing Star Wars and Star Trek.’ 

Cruz was trolled relentlessly with memes after abandoning his home state to go to Cancun with his friends and family while millions in the state were still without power and water. 

Cruz returning to Houston on Thursday

Heidi and her family appeared to be met by a security detail, but the senator was nowhere to be seen

Heidi and her family appeared to be met by a security detail, but the senator was nowhere to be seen

Protesters have given dubbed the Texas senator 'Cancun Cruz' after his brief trip to Mexico on Wednesday

Protesters have given dubbed the Texas senator 'Cancun Cruz' after his brief trip to Mexico on Wednesday

Protesters have given dubbed the Texas senator ‘Cancun Cruz’ after his brief trip to Mexico on Wednesday

A mariachi band outside Ted Cruz's $2million home in Houston, Texas, on Sunday

A mariachi band outside Ted Cruz’s $2million home in Houston, Texas, on Sunday 

It was an epic failure by ERCOT – the state’s energy distributor – which neither prepared enough reserve energy before the storm hit, nor did it upgrade power plants to be able to withstand the frigid temperatures. 

The combination resulted in them having to perform rolling blackouts across the state to try to preserve the electrical grid. 

Millions were without heat, power or water during the coldest temperatures for more than one hundred years. 

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered an investigation into ERCOT’s failings. 

Cruz claimed initially that his 10 and 12-year-old daughters asked to flee the cold temperatures. 

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Text messages then showed how his wife Heidi asked neighbors and friends who wanted to join them. 

Cruz also invited along his college roommate.  

While the Cruz family soaked up the sun in Mexico, millions in Texas battled frigid temperatures

While the Cruz family soaked up the sun in Mexico, millions in Texas battled frigid temperatures 



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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting two COVID-19 outbreaks that originated in fitness center classes.



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How James and Julia Corden became the unlikely power couple of Hollywood

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After first finding fame as Essex lad Smithy in British sitcom Gavin and Stacey, James Corden has seen a meteoric rise to Hollywood A-lister and now spends his days rubbing shoulders with the industry’s elite.

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The actor, 42, who started his career as an actor in Hollyoaks, relocated from the UK to Los Angeles six-years-ago to anchor The Late Late Show and has since amassed a fortune of over £50 million thanks to high profile hosting gigs and roles in films like Into The Woods, Cats and Prom.  

And yesterday Corden pulled off the biggest coup of his career – stealing a march on Oprah Winfrey by airing a candid interview with his friend, Prince Harry, days before her own prime time interview is due to air. 

By his side on this ride to the upper echelons of celebrity is his wife Julia, 41, co-founder of interior design brand Charles & Co which counts the Clooneys and the Beckhams among its A-list clients – giving the couple even more connections.

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From brushing shoulders with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to multi-million dollar hosting gigs, James Corden and his wife Julia have become the most unlikely power couple of Hollywood

From brushing shoulders with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to multi-million dollar hosting gigs, James Corden and his wife Julia have become the most unlikely power couple of Hollywood 

The star's recent success is a far from cry from the small role he had in Hollyoaks at the start of his career (pictured)

The star’s recent success is a far from cry from the small role he had in Hollyoaks at the start of his career (pictured) 

James has been close friends with the Duke of Sussex, 39, for a decade, with the presenter previously revealing they met 'out and about' in London

James has been close friends with the Duke of Sussex, 39, for a decade, with the presenter previously revealing they met ‘out and about’ in London

The Cordens, who were guests at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, count Harry Styles and Dominic Cooper among their social circle, while James has had everyone from Sir Elton John to Tom Hanks and Lady Gaga on his show. 

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The couple also boast a home worthy of Hollywood superstars, living in a £7.3 million mansion in Brentwood, an upmarket LA suburb, with their three children. The property hast five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a pool, plus such typically Hollywood features as a wood-panelled library, cinema room and gym.

It also has its own spa and an office complete with high-tech film editing facilities. 

As well as keeping up with his hosting and acting roles, Corden recently added a major endorsement deal to his name. 

And at the start of the year, it was revealed James would join the likes of DJ Khaled and Robbie Williams in representing WW after becoming ’embarrassed’ about his body.

Not bad for a guy who started his career with a small roles in Hollyoaks and a Tango advert. 

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Here FEMAIL reveals how the unexpected pair have been catapulted into the centre of the celebrity world. 

HOW THE BRITISH TV STAR BROKE AMERICA 

With the immense popularity of segments like Carpool Karaoke, James has become one of America's most beloved late night presenters

With the immense popularity of segments like Carpool Karaoke, James has become one of America’s most beloved late night presenters

After first finding fame as Essex lad Smithy in British sitcom Gavin and Stacey, James Corden has seen a meteoric rise to Hollywood A-lister (pictured, in the sitcom)

After first finding fame as Essex lad Smithy in British sitcom Gavin and Stacey, James Corden has seen a meteoric rise to Hollywood A-lister (pictured, in the sitcom) 

The Late Late Show: An A-list favourite

James Corden has played host to many A-lister guests on the Late Late Show. Famous faces who’ve appeared on his show include:

  • Tom Hanks
  • Lady Gaga
  • One Direction 
  • Britney Spears
  • Chris Martin
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Elton John 
  • Madonna
  • Julia Roberts
  • George Clooney
  • Christina Aguilera

The Gavin And Stacey star first cracked America when his stage show One Man Two Guvnors transferred to Broadway in 2012 after a successful stint in the West End. 

He was then catapulted to worldwide fame after he made his debut as the presenter of The Late, Late Show in 2015, taking over the role from Craig Ferguson.

With the immense popularity of segments like Carpool Karaoke, James has become one of America’s most beloved late night presenters.

And thanks to his success on The Late, Late Show, James has landed a number of roles in Hollywood films like Into The Woods and The Prom, and he has also hosted the Tony Awards.  

He has since reportedly more than doubled his wealth to a whopping £50m after moving to Hollywood. 

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Following his move to LA,  James has become one of the partners at film production company Fulwell 73 and seen his assets swell. 

He was previously estimated as being worth around £22m, however in the latest accounts from his company the business’ assets are declared as £140m.  

The star also has earnings from his film and TV roles, with him thought to earn $7m for The Late Late Show, as well as millions of dollars tied up in his properties. 

HOBNOBBING WITH THE HOLLYWOOD ELITE

James and Julia were snapped chatting with fellow guests at the royal wedding, including George and Amal Clooney

James and Julia were snapped chatting with fellow guests at the royal wedding, including George and Amal Clooney

Close friends for the presenter and actor include One Direction star Harry Styles, who James recently lent his Palm Springs home to

 Close friends for the presenter and actor include One Direction star Harry Styles, who James recently lent his Palm Springs home to 

From decorating the homes of celebrities to hosting them on a chatshow, Julia and James have settled into the centre of life in Los Angeles. 

Since relocating to the States, Corden has drawn other high-profile pals into his circle, including U2 frontman Bono and actor Sean Penn. Mary Poppins actress Emily Blunt and her American husband John Krasinski – one of Hollywood’s most popular power couples – are regular guests at his home.

… AND THE TRAPPINGS OF AN LA LIFE 

When he was still a jobbing actor, known mainly for his role in the Alan Bennett play The History Boys, Corden shared a flat above a London doughnut shop with Dominic Cooper (now star of hit TV show Preacher).

Corden joked that there was no furniture and only one piece of cutlery, a spatula, and that the fridge contained only ‘half a vitamin water and a Lindt chocolate bunny’.

Today, he shares a £7.3 million mansion in Brentwood, an upmarket LA suburb, with Julia and their three children.

There are five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a pool, plus such typically Hollywood features as a wood-panelled library, cinema room and gym.

It also has its own spa and an office complete with high-tech film editing facilities.

While he stays in LA, Corden rents out the family’s £3 million London home in leafy Belsize Park for about £15,000 a month.

His neighbours in Brentwood –just a 20-minute drive from the CBS studios where his chat show is filmed – include Gwyneth Paltrow, Cindy Crawford, Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg.

‘The children are happy and healthy and love their circle of friends,’ says the source. ‘James is a devoted dad and spends a lot of time with the kids. His weekends are sacrosanct.

‘James knows none of this success would mean anything without Julia’s love and support. His family means everything to him.’

Out on the town, Corden favours the luxurious Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, where phone calls and photos are banned. Jennifer Aniston held her 50th birthday party there in February. Corden’s tipple? Don Julio 1492 tequila at £120 a bottle.

‘The best parties are at his house,’ says the source. ‘He’ll hire a team of private chefs and you never know who will be there, from the heads of TV networks to stars like Emily Blunt.’

There is, too, an unlikely friendship with Anna Wintour, the formidable British editor of American Vogue. They met after Anna saw Corden in the Broadway version of the play One Man, Two Guvnors in 2011 and sent him a card telling him she was his biggest fan. ‘Through her, he has met everyone,’ says the source.

James’ Carpool Karaoke has seen the funny-man bantering with megastars like Madonna, Britney Spears and Adele. 

Meanwhile stars among their closest circle include One Direction star Harry Styles, with Corden recently lending him his Palm Springs home while the musician was shooting his part in Wilde’s new movie.

His relationship with Mamma Mia star Dominic Cooper dates back to 2004 when they were rooming together and starring in The History Boys, a British campus comedy.  

Speaking of their days sharing a flat in London on James’ chat show, The Late Late Show, Dominic reminisced on how they would often sleep in the same bed due to the lack of furniture.

He said: ‘We were never there at the same time much, were we? But when we were, there was absolutely no furniture. 

We had a bed, one bed. We only had one piece of cutlery which was a spatula.

‘I remember one depressing evening, he caught me, he came home and I was eating baked beans with the spatula.’

James added: ‘We rented it furnished. It had no furniture in it and we never thought to complain.’

It was Dominic who introduced James to now wife Julia, who was an old school friend of his. 

He told People: ‘I said, ‘Hi, Jules. You might be the most beautiful woman in the world.’ She said, ‘Well, thank you very much. That sounds like something you say a lot.’ 

‘And I said, ‘I’ve never said it before in my life.’ That was it. That was it, really. I was in. And by an absolute miracle, so was she.’

Later, the two slinked off to a corner to plan the rest of their lives, with James revealing: ‘I remember saying to her, ‘Well, what about on Friday we could do nothing together? You could come over and we could just do nothing.

“And then maybe we could do nothing on Saturday, and we could do nothing on the Sunday. And if our evenings are enough of nothing, then maybe this would become something.”

‘And she said, ‘That sounds like a fun idea.’” 

James proposed on holiday in the Maldives in 2008, while Julia was expecting their eldest son Max.

They married in September 2012 at Babington House, with a spectacular guest list including Lara Stone, comedian Michael McIntyre, and Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody.

The couple also have two daughters, Charlotte, six, and Carey, three.

CLOSE FRIENDS WITH HARRY AND MEGHAN 

Prince Harry and James Corden on the Late Late Show yesterday. The pair have been friends for years

Prince Harry and James Corden on the Late Late Show yesterday. The pair have been friends for years

The couple recently appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden, with Meghan Markle appearing over FaceTime

The couple recently appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden, with Meghan Markle appearing over FaceTime 

James and Prince Harry have been friends for years, telling People: ‘The friendship mostly started with being out and about the same places in London.’

The chat show host and his wife Julia attended the royal wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018. 

The funnyman joined a whole galaxy of stars including George and Amal Clooney as well as David and Victoria Beckham. 

At the time, he described the nuptials, revealing: ‘It was so lovely. I’ve known Prince Harry about seven years now and it was wonderful.

‘It was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I’ve ever been to. It was gorgeous, it was a whole affair, it was happy, it was joyous, it was uplifting.’ 

James made a showstopping entrance to the palace afterparty as it was claimed he arrived at Prince Harry and Meghan‘s wedding reception dressed up as King Henry VIII.

At the time, People Magazine reported the presenter arrived last to the reception, clad in the monarch’s signature Tudor costume, saying he ‘didn’t know what to wear’. 

He said: ‘Harry asked me to do some kind of performance…it was fun, it was a really special day.’  

Meanwhile the presenter also stole the march on Oprah by airing his antics with Prince Harry days before the prime-time interview that enraged Buckingham Palace. 

In a wide-ranging chat mostly carried out on an open-top bus, the Duke of Sussex – or ‘Haz,’ as Corden calls him – reveals he went from ‘zero to sixty’ with Meghan and how the pressures of living in London were ‘destroying my mental health.’ 

HIS WIFE’S CELEBRITY INTERIORS COMPANY

Meanwhile Julia is co-founded of the interior design company Charles & Co, which counts  The Beckhams among its clients

Meanwhile Julia is co-founded of the interior design company Charles & Co, which counts  The Beckhams among its clients 

While James has a successful acting and presenting career, his wife Julia runs a hugely successful and popular interior design company.

With a background in TV production, talent management and PR, she founded Charles & Co in 2016 with Vicky Charles, who was the design director for Soho House having worked for the group for 20 years.   

The pair were introduced by Soho House CEO Nick Jones and set up the business while Julia was taking time off to have her children.

She handles the business side of Charles & Co, recently telling The Telegraph her role is ‘to allow Vicky to be as creative as possible.’

High-profile clients include the Beckhams, the Clooneys, Emma Stone, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. 

Builds for the pair usually include a ‘social, club-like spaces’ within their homes, including bars, wine cellars, playrooms and even libraries. 

Meanwhile others might value a recording studio, with Julia revealing: ‘Being able to record a little voiceover without having to leave your house can make a huge difference, especially if you live outside the city.’  

A WW SPONSORSHIP DEAL TO ADD TO HIS EARNINGS

Slimmed down: The star revealed in the New Year that he has signed up to the health and fitness programme to help shift the conversation around wellness

Younger days: He shot to fame on TV scripted series Fat Friends back in 2000 (pictured)

Slimmed down: The star revealed in the New Year that he has signed up to the health and fitness programme. Pictured left in 2018 and right in 2000

Earlier this year, James was unveiled as the new ambassador for WW, previously known as Weight Watchers, after becoming ’embarrassed’ over his body. 

During a chat with Oprah Winfrey on WW’s Facebook page he revealed he ‘hates’ doing exercise but his wife Julia plans circuits for them to do. 

James revealed in the New Year that he has signed up to the health and fitness programme to help shift the conversation around wellness.

He said: ‘I want to change the way that I live. I want to be better for my children and for my family. I don’t want to wake up tired, or feel embarrassed when I’m chasing my son on the soccer field and out of breath after three minutes.’

James joins fellow stars DJ Khaled and Robbie Williams in representing the brand and using the platform to get in shape and change their lives.

The TV star, who first burst onto TV screens in scripted series Fat Friends in 2000, said: ‘The weight is not the issue, it’s the wellness of it I am ready to tackle. I’m going to take this year and work towards getting healthy… 

James has been candid about his weight struggles in the past and back in 2017 he shed six stone in weight and found major success in Hollywood, however he has also admitted the one food that he can’t stop eating is bread.

Speaking about the last time he was ‘off bread’ for dietary reasons, James recalled an incident while he was out at dinner saying: ”[I have] a sort of battle with food…

‘Then they delivered this basket of warm, fresh bread and we’re like, “It’s happening, we’re doing it. Who are we trying to kid?” ‘It’s our nemesis, it’s out to destroy us!’   



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