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You can't make this stuff up.

From HuffPost's David Moye:

Nicki Minaj has been on a Twitter rampage recently after accusing Spotify of not properly promoting her new album, “Queen.”

Many Twitter users think she went too far on Monday in linking herself to iconic abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

The trouble began when Travis Scott nabbed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart with his album “Astroworld.” Minaj then accused Spotify of not putting her face on every playlist, like the streaming service did with Drake, because she’d premiered her album 10 minutes early on “Queen Radio,” a program she launched on Apple Music’s Beats 1 station ahead of the album.

On Monday, she defended her actions by pointing to Tubman, who led hundreds of slaves to freedom in the 19th century even though there was a bounty on her head.

No rapper's struggle promoting her album is going to compare to the heroic efforts of Harriet Tubman, but apparently Nikki Minaj needed a lesson in that...

This is what conducting business and politics is like in a mixed economy, part capitalist and part state-directed.

You know, if Ted Cruz loses his re-election fight with Beto O'Rourke, there probably won't be a wet eye in the house... or in the Senate:

Over the last couple of weeks, Sen. Ted Cruz has traveled Texas, coming home to answer the campaign challenge issued by Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic U.S. House member from El Paso facing the incumbent in November. Cruz hasn't, as O'Rourke has, visited each of Texas' 254 counties, but he's made it clear that he knows he's in a competitive race, calling for five debates with O'Rourke and warning his supporters of the intensity Democrats are showing ahead of the midterms.

"This is not an ordinary cycle," Cruz told a gathering of conservatives in Austin earlier this month. "The far left is filled with anger and rage, and we underestimate that anger at our peril."

O'Rourke, who has consistently polled within 10 points of Cruz, has forced the senator to shore up his base or risk depressed turnout in November. As part of that effort, Cruz has done something that would've been impossible to foresee two years ago when he ran for president. He's embraced the man who beat him for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump, going so far as to ask the president to come campaign for him in Texas.

The story at the link outlines the steps in the Cruz-Trump relationship, which has long been fraught, especially when the two presidential candidates went after each other's wives. They've patched things up a bit and Trump has endorsed Cruz for re-election.

Still, this race bears watching, as I suspect it will be a lot closer than most observers expect. Cruz is one of the most unpleasant members of the senate, and has little or nothing to distinguish himself during his term as a senator; up against the far more charismatic O'Rourke, he comes off as a tiresome, pedantic scold. As with some other seemingly safe GOP senators I can think of, Cruz could easily get beat by a lively, personable, not-completely-insane Democrat, even in Texas. Hell, the young Bill Clinton could easily clobber half the Republican senators one-on-one, so God help the GOP once the Democrats finally turn away from Krazy Bernie and the city in Egypt and pick a few strong candidates.

On the subject of Cuomo...

Rasmussen Reports did a poll to see whether Americans agreed with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's remarks that America "was never that great." The results will not surprise you.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a hopeful for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, said recently, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” One-in-five Democrats agree, but a sizable majority of all voters thinks he was off-base.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 67% of Likely U.S. Voters disagree with Cuomo’s statement. Seventeen percent (17%) agree, while just as many (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Perhaps I should take that back. Only 67 percent of Americans disagreed — that's actually rather low. A full 20 percent of Democrats said America was "never that great."

I thought Americans would be more patriotic than this. Cuomo's remarks were far less unpopular than I was hoping...

Back to School Outrage.

It isn't that The Clarion's headline is wrong, it's just that I would have gone with "Stealth Sharia Returns to Britain's Classrooms."

Here's what happened:

Parents in the UK will be shocked to find that when they send their young children back to school, six teachers previously suspended for their radical Islamist influence on their pupils will be back in the classrooms.

Razwan Faraz, 38, the former deputy headteacher at Nansen Primary School, and five other teachers were previously dismissed as part of the “Trojan Horse” scandal in the UK school system. That scandal saw how teachers and principals with extremist ideology had infiltrated schools, taken over positions of authority and implemented a radical Islamist curriculum and environment in a number of UK’s public schools.

Faraz, for his part, was documented labeling homosexuals as “animals” and saying they should be “eradicated.”

Britain's elites haven't much interest left in defending British culture. If allowed to continue, either British culture ceases to exist, or the British people engage in an ugly backlash in defense of it. When I say "ugly," I mean pogroms, mass expulsions, etc.

Which way it goes is anyone's guess.