Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of July 18, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.

1. Cruz, Dewhurst Spar in Final Debate (link)

If you watched last night's Senate debate hosted by Belo, you saw some fireworks from two men who really want to be a U.S. Senator.

Republicans David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz began their final showdown debate tonight by jousting over who would be more of a fighter in the U.S. Senate.

"You won't find anyone at this table more firm or more of a fighter than me," Dewhurst, the state's lieutenant governor, said. "I served in the military...there's a difference between being a debater and a fighter."

Cruz, the former Texas Solicitor General, said he has the record of a fighter for the state's interests, pointing to legal cases of a political nature that he worked on.

"It's easy to talk about the second's easy to talk about us sovereignty," Cruz said.

Dewhurst dismissed those cases as a lawyer taking orders from Attorney General Greg Abbott.

From my perspective, Ted Cruz won last night's debate hands down. Dewhurst had way too many slip-ups and tried to hard to nail Cruz for ethics violations. In fact, Dewhurst tried to make it sound as though Cruz had committed some huge fraud on the people. Ted Cruz defending himself and said he was late with a financial statement and paid a $200 fine and said that Dewhurst was late as well.

The only time I thought Cruz completely whiffed last night was when he tried to accuse Dewhurst of having vast amounts of money shrouded in secrecy around the world. He had no proof of anything and it was pretty bad.

After the debate, former Mayor of Dallas and former Candidate for U.S. Senate, Tom Leppert endorsed David Dewhurst. Will it hurt Ted Cruz? Probably not.

Did you watch last night? If so, what are your thoughts?

2. Battleground State (link)

Texas is a solid red state, but President Obama yesterday promised to change that.

“(Y)ou know, you’re not considered one of the battleground states,” he said, speaking in front of the Texas state flag. “Although that’s going to be changing soon.”

During the speech, Obama criticized Romney’s support of the Arizona immigration law and promoted his own immigration policy for young illegal immigrants.

“I believe we can secure our borders, and give opportunities to people who are striving and working hard,” Obama said, reminding the crowd that he was “going forward.”

Could Texas become a battleground state? I think it's possible, but not anytime soon.

3. So What Do You Really Think? (link)

The star of a pro-Obama superPAC ad is speaking out against President Obama.

The star of a pro-Obama super PAC ad is speaking out against ... President Barack Obama.

"I could really care less about Obama," Donnie Box says of President Obama, according to In These Times. "I think Obama is a jerk, a pantywaist, a lightweight, a blowhard. He hasn't done a goddamn thing that he said he would do. When he had a Democratic Senate and Democratic Congress, he didn't do a damn thing. He doesn't have the guts to say what’s on his mind."

Box, In These Times reports, won't be voting for Obama.

I think many would agree.

4. Arpaio (link)

Here we go again.

Investigators for an Arizona sheriff's volunteer posse have declared that President Barack Obama's birth certificateis definitely fraudulent.

Members of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's posse said in March that there was probable cause that Obama's long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April 2011 was a computer-generated forgery.

Now, Arpaio says investigators are positive it's fraudulent.

Mike Zullo, the posse's chief investigator, said numeric codes on certain parts of the birth certificate indicate that those parts weren't filled out, yet those sections asking for the race of Obama's father and his field of work or study were completed.

5. Dumb Story of the Morning (link)

Teens get out of jail and almost immediately steal bikes.

Police said two men stole two bikes minutes after being released from the Johnson County Jail.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, 18-year-old Nadjib Bourahla and 18-year-old Jaylin A. Richards were both released from the Johnson County Jail at 9:15 a.m. July 9. Bourahla had previously been charged with attempted burglary; Richards with fifth-degree theft.

Less than 20 minutes after their release, police said the exterior video system at Bio Life – which is only five blocks from the jail – showed each man taking a new bicycle from the bike racks and riding away. The men were identified by several officers and the men were shown to be wearing the same clothes as when they were released from the jail.

Guests Appearing on Today’s LFN:

7:37am: Larry Williams

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