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Gov. Rick Perry in Palau helping search for missing WWII airmen

Gov. Rick Perry is in the Republic of Palau this week, helping search for U.S. servicemen who were declared missing in action during air battles in this area during World War II.

Perry and his wife, Anita, are participating in the BentProp Project until returning home late next week.

“Somewhere in the waters of Palau, or deep within its marshy jungles, lie the answers some families have been waiting generations to hear,” Perry said. “The BentProp Project has made a mission of finding those answers, and I’m honored to lend a hand to the 2014 expedition, both in the field, and in spreading the word about this exceptional program.”

Perry will work with U.S. military veterans, including Romus Valton “R.V.” Burgin and Marcus Luttrell, searching for American aircraft shot down in 1944 and 1945.

Perry said in a statement that no tax dollars will be used for the trip.

Tattooed lawmaker

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had some fun on Fox TV last week, getting a rise out of the co-hosts of Fox & Friends by rolling up his sleeve and showing off his new tattoo depicting Winston Churchill smoking a cigar.

It was April 1, as Cruz had to remind his interviewers. So, it was a temporary tattoo. He apparently loved that tat look that cropped up on protest posters of him covered in tattoos when he spoke at a Beverly Hills fundraiser.

But he was really in the money last week, too. Cruz is getting an estimated $1.5 million advance for a new book about his first year in office, according to the Washington Examiner, a news site. Apparently the attention he got for talking for 21 hours straight on the Senate floor against Obamacare in September paid off.

HarperCollins won the book auction during a four-day bidding war, and his advance actually tops his mentor’s — Sarah Palin, the original Tea Party darling and 208 GOP vice presidential candidate who only got $1.25 million for her memoirs.

But in the political stakes that count, he also out-earned his potential 2016 GOP presidential rivals, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

Of note

Alan Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, was honored last week with a special public service award by the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Executive Board.

Lowe was honored for his work with the presidential library.

“The recipient is chosen for a significant accomplishment or act of service that has a positive impact on the citizens we serve and shines a positive light on public servants,” said Gladean Butler, the FEB executive director.

“We met [at the facility] in January of this year to see the full implementation of the project,” she said. “It was clear that Alan had a special passion for this assignment. … The depth of his knowledge was evident. … This is the sign of something special in my opinion.”