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Nominating Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential pick was supposed to signal an upward trajectory for Ted Cruz’s flailing presidential campaign, though to most it seemed little more than a last ditch effort to stop Trump from securing the party nomination in Indiana, and later in California, where Fiorina was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

During a contested convention, delegates are unbound when choosing the vice president, effectively nullifying the Texas senator’s announcement. “All 2,472 delegates are unbound when it comes to nominating a VP — meaning they can vote for whomever they want — and it’s not tied to the presidential pick, so even if Cruz and Fiorina want to run together, one of them could end up on the ticket, leaving the other one behind,” noted Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson.

That is a huge difference from the way the presidential nominee is picked, in which most delegates are bound on the first ballot but are then free to vote with their conscience in subsequent ballots.

It’s been a bad week for the Cruz campaign. After Cruz won a total of three delegates in Tuesday’s primaries, one-time colluder — to use Donald Trump’s description — John Kasich disavowed any coordination between the two campaigns Thursday, despite similar announcements from both camps that such an agreement had been reached.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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A Maryland anti-vaxxer is facing charges for threatening National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci over email-- going as far as to warn the face of America's COVID-19 response that he would be "hunted, captured, tortured and killed," among other things-- according to court documents that were unsealed on Tuesday.

According to the affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint, Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr. committed two violations-- threatening a federal official and sending interstate communication containing a threat to harm, both of which are felonies.

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