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It was inevitable. This must mean he’s running for sure in 2016. Sen. Ted Cruz makes an initial foray next week into the peculiar but effective populist politics of late-night TV. On Nov. 8, he will appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Mr. Leno is one of the few of the midnight broadcast crew who wears an American flag pin.

Meanwhile, the Texas Republican will discuss the government shutdown, the debt ceiling, Washington gridlock and the state of the Republican Party, according to the network.

LATE NIGHT TO CRUZ

“I think he has an absolute shot at the nomination. He is definitely going to be the favorite of the people who vote in Republican primaries. You cannot underestimate him and he knows exactly how to get those people’s votes. He has played it exactly right. He is their hero. He is the guy they think finally stood up to the establishment and did what he said and went to Washington.”

— An uncommonly positive assessment of the aforementioned Mr. Cruz by HBO late-night host Bill Maher, to CNN.

REPUBLICANS COLLECT THE EVIDENCE

The Grand Old Party wants those insurance cancellation notifications and tales of woe. The Republican National Committee has created a central repository for America’s stories of lost benefits, cut hours, higher premiums or website glitches as related to Obamacare.

“Millions of Americans have lost or will lose their health plans. Their stories need to be heard, and so do the stories of families who have been affected by layoffs, reduced hours, and the disastrous HealthCare.gov website,” says committee chairman Reince Priebus. “Republicans are listening. And we will make sure the country hears their stories.”

The details: stories, photos, images can be shared here: Gop.com/TellUs. Mr. Priebus and company plan to share what they uncover here: Obamacare.org.

POLL DU JOUR

46 percent of Americans equally blame the White House and Congress for partisan bickering; 48 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents agree.

42 percent of Americans overall blame Republicans and Democrats equally for partisan bickering; 46 percent of Republicans, 26 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents agree.

34 percent blame Republicans for the fighting; 8 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of independents agree.

22 percent overall blame the U.S. House; 5 percent of Republicans, 42 percent of Democrats and 19 percent of independents agree.

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