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Watch this new video for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and you’ll see he’s just as passionate about so-called “school choice” as he was about shutting down the government.

Conservatives have been touting the triumph of charter schools in New Orleans, where three-quarters of the schools have become charters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — though much of the success comes from the ability to simply expel students who don’t fit the narrative or provide flattering test scores.

School voucher programs have been in effect for more than two decades in Milwaukee. Students in these programs do the same as or worse than other students in the state. And there’s no evidence that charter schools in general outperform public schools, which cannot pick and choose their student bodies.

So why are Cruz and the right so insistent on creating alternatives to public schools?

Profit and a political agenda. In Michigan, 80 percent of the charters are run by for-profit operators. And in several states, private schools that receive federal vouchers and public charter schools use taxpayer money to teach creationism.

This video details how Republicans in North Carolina have hijacked the public school system in order to create new profit centers for corporations.

Ted Cruz school choice

Photo: Ted Cruz’s YouTube channel

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)