MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

Escape Artist

The latest major revelations about the Trump campaign’s connections to the Russian government have put Republican lawmakers in an uncomfortable position. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz dodged tough questions on Tuesday after Donald Trump Jr. admitted meeting with a Kremlin-linked attorney who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of a concerted Russian effort to help his father win the election. Cruz did his best to stonewall reporters who asked repeatedly whether he was concerned the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. “You’re being very persistent and I suppose that’s your job,” Cruz responded to a CNN reporter during a gaggle in a hallway, according to Talking Points Memo. “But let me point out the American people want the president to succeed.” When Cruz was pressed further on whether the Trump administration has been too cozy with Russia, Cruz pivoted to blame Barack Obama. “I think that we have had eight years of Barack Obama showing nothing but appeasement toward Russia,” Cruz said. His Senate colleague John Cornyn, meanwhile, called for Trump Jr. to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Midsummer Classic

Seven Astros and Rangers players represented Texas at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Miami on Tuesday night. Houston had a league-leading six playersnamed to the All-Star squad: second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, outfielder George Springer, and pitchers Chris Devenski, Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. Altuve, Correa, and Springer all started the game for the American League, but they disappointed a bit at the plate, going a combined 0-for-7 in the AL’s 2-1 victory in 10 innings. Devenski came in to pitch a perfect eight inning. The Astros will return from the All-Star break on Friday with a 60-29 record, the best record in the American League. They’re on pace for a franchise-record 109 wins. The Rangers, meanwhile, have been struggling to stay near .500 all season. Their lone bright spot has been pitcher Yu Darvish, whose 3.49 ERA and 152 strikeouts landed him a spot on the All-Star team, the only Ranger player to get the nod. After starting the Rangers’ final game before the All-Star break on Sunday, though, Darvish didn’t take the mound Tuesday night.

Texas Jaws

A Liberty County man made a shocking discovery while four-wheeling along the riverbank of Twin Lakes in Kenefick, reportedly finding the decomposing remains of a five-foot long bull shark in the water. “I just rode up on it and couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” 25-year old Jared Moser told the Houston Chronicle. “My whole life I’ve heard that sharks can be found in the Trinity River. I am a true believer now.” Moser’s theory for how the shark got so far inland is that it swam up the Trinity River and became stranded in Twin Lakes, Northeast of Houston, when the river levels dropped. But Texas Game Warden Randy Button told the Chronicle that it’s more likely the shark was dumped there by a fisherman. “The only time the river has been high enough to flood that area was last year,” Button told the Chronicle. “That is a long, long time for a shark to survive in freshwater. Bull sharks will go upriver but I personally haven’t seen a shark up that far. It’s really weird.” Moser said he didn’t see any evidence indicating a fisherman deposited the fish carcass, but he and Button planned to take a closer look Wednesday morning.