The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Ted Cruz’ big announcement

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters For America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the media’s war on Hillary Clinton

sandersSen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the GOP’s proposed budget

Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Maximum Mookage Mondays

• Ted Cruz is running for president. The Texas GOP senator sent a tweet after midnight saying, “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” He will reprise his announcement this morning at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

• President Obama on Thursday called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him for his party’s success in the Israeli elections earlier this week. The two leaders agreed to “continue consultations” on a range of issues, including finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

• Sen. John McCain said Sunday that President Obama is letting his personal issues with newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affect his decision-making and shared policy goals and that the president needs to get over his “temper tantrum” about Israel.