"It matters how you get there," actor Jeff Bridges declares at the end of a new Oregon Trail-themed TV ad for ride-hailing company Lyft set to debut during NFL games this Sunday.

Our thought bubble:The ad takes aim at rival Uber's recent troubles over some of its potentially illegal practices (it's faced multiple probes and lawsuits in the last six months). Uber has often been described as having an aggressive culture focused on the ends over the means, something Lyft is suggesting may be the wrong attitude. The new ad also contrasts with a spot Lyft released last year in which it portrayed rival Uber in a much more obvious terms—three business executives sad around a dark-walled conference room at "Ride Corp.," spying on Lyft's customers.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.

Federal judge blocks DOJ from defending Trump in Carroll rape defamation case

E. Jean Carroll in Warwick, New York. Photo: Eva Deitch for The Washington Post via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the Justice Department's attempted intervention on behalf of President Trump in writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit against him, after she accused him of raping her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Catch up quick: The agency argued that Trump was "acting within the scope of his office" as president when he said in 2019 that Carroll was "lying" about her claim.