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Ted Cruz book says his dad asked to fight alongside Fidel Castro

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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz‘s father was a 1950s Cuban revolutionary who longed to slip into the island’s eastern mountains and join Fidel Castro‘s guerrilla army. At 17, Rafael Cruz led a group of insurgents staging urban sabotage against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Cruz was eventually jailed and tortured, and upon his release wanted the underground to help him personally reach Castro’s camp in the Sierra Maestra highlands. “My dad asked if he could join Castro in the mountains and…

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Florence Snyder: Postcard from ‘Iris’

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Take some incredibly good advice, Tallahassee, and see Iris, which played to full houses last weekend at the All Saints Cinema and is held over for three more showings. The movie made its debut last October at the New York Film Festival and was shot by noted documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Gray Gardens), who died in March at age 88. Maysles’ subject is 93-year-old Iris Apfel. If you’ve never heard of her, it’s because you don’t live in…

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