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The press has pestered Sen. Ted Cruz about his citizenship for months, a sure sign journalists expect the Texas Republican to declare his candidacy for the White House sometime soon. Mr. Cruz has been in transparency mode, noting that, yes, he was born in Canada 42 years ago. “My mother was born in Wilmington, Del. She’s a U.S. citizen, so I’m a U.S. citizen. I’m not going to engage in a legal debate. The facts are clear.”

He told this to ABC News a month ago.

Mr. Cruz essentially repeated the same thing — several times — upon releasing a copy of his birth certificate to The Dallas Morning News before embarking in a town hall tour across the Lone Star State this week. The paper promptly suggested that Mr. Cruz should “renounce” his Canadian citizenship. “To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship, so there is nothing to renounce,” countered Catherine Frazier, the lawmaker’s spokeswoman.

Yeah, well. We’ve been this route before. A similar question emerged in 2008 with then-presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, who was born in Panama, prompting congressional analysts to prepare a 53-page paper parsing out the complexities.

“The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term ‘natural born’ citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship ‘by birth’ or ‘at birth,’ either by being born ‘in’ the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship ‘at birth.’ Such term, however, would not include a person who was not a U.S. citizen by birth or at birth, and who was thus born an ‘alien’ required to go through the legal process of ‘naturalization’ to become a U.S. citizen,” wrote legislative analyst Jack Maskell incomprehensibly.

“There is no requirement of two ‘citizen-parents,’” the 2009 report noted.

DOING TIME

“Prisoners of Vacation”

— Title of a 2-minute video by Agence France-Presse photographer Jim Watson, recapping the experiences of journalists covering President Obama’s nine-day summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

‘INCOMPREHENSIBLY COMPLEX’

“Much like Obamacare, Dodd-Frank is an incomprehensibly complex piece of legislation that is harmful to our floundering economy and in dire need of repeal. Its regulations generally fall into two categories: those that create economic uncertainty and those that create certain economic harm,” says House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling after President Obama’s meeting with financial regulators to discuss the implementation of the aforementioned legislation.

“The great tragedy and irony of the financial crisis was not that Washington regulators failed to prevent it, but instead that Washington regulations helped lead us into it. With Dodd-Frank, our economy now has 200 more Washington regulations to contend with,” the Texas Republican says with a sigh.

POLL DU JOUR

51 percent of Americans say the U.S. should cut off military aid to Egypt; 56 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats agree.

50 percent overall say President Obama has not been “tough enough” on violence against anti-government protesters in Egypt; 63 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats agree.

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