Ted Cruz, the other Cuban American running for president

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MIAMI--Ted Cruz could have been a Miami cubanito.

His father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, desperate to flee Cuba after his youthful guerrilla activities landed him in jail, applied to the University of Texas, Louisiana State University -- and the University of Miami. He chose Texas only because it was the first school to respond.

"If the ...Read more

Supreme Court faces tough choices, familiar problems in new term

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WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices will face tough choices and political potshots from both left and right when they reclaim their seats Monday.

Over the next nine months, they could restrict affirmative action, alter congressional districts and weaken public service unions. And though Republican presidential candidates have been lashing the ...Read more

Teachers Union endorses Clinton, but makes her work for support

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Hillary Rodham Clinton made an unplanned trip to the headquarters of the nation's largest teachers union Saturday morning to lock down its endorsement and calm union leaders under pressure from members to withhold support.

National Education Association leaders said Clinton came to the board meeting at their request, as the endorsement vote ...Read more

Jeb Bush turns sights on Marco Rubio, who seeks to stay above the fray

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WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush opened a new front in the nomination fight this week by suggesting Marco Rubio, a former Florida colleague 18 years his junior, doesn't have enough experience to hold the Oval Office.

For now, Rubio isn't taking the bait. He brushed off Bush's barbs Friday during a swing through Iowa, ...Read more

Bill Clinton returns to the campaign trail

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Big Dog is back, though he said Friday that he worries he's become an "old horse."

"I told somebody the other day, I'm not sure I'm very good at this anymore," former President Bill Clinton said Friday at the start of a 45-minute speech to the West Virginia Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Charleston that ...Read more

Why Trevor Noah thinks Donald Trump could be 'America's first African president'

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Trevor Noah capped off his first week as host of "The Daily Show" Thursday night with a segment comparing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to a variety of disreputable African leaders and dictators.

It was the clearest glimpse yet of what the Noah-era "Daily Show" might look like, a piece that used the by-now-familiar "Daily Show" tools ...Read more

Sanders, Carson show fundraising prowess

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WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson appear to be gaining the most from the fall fundraising derby, showing important momentum in the crucial months before voters head to the polls.

Hillary Clinton also showed fundraising strength, as candidates began reporting totals for the third quarter, which ended Wednesday. Other candidates have ...Read more

Debt limit must be raised by Nov. 5 or US risks default, Lew says

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WASHINGTON -- Congress must raise the nation's debt limit by Nov. 5 or the federal government risks running out of money to pay all its bills, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew warned lawmakers Thursday.

The new deadline, more specific than earlier estimates, sets up a potential showdown between congressional Republicans and the White House amid ...Read more

Angry and frustrated, Obama condemns latest mass shooting in US

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WASHINGTON--With frustration, disbelief and frequent anger, President Barack Obama grieved the deaths in the mass shooting at a community college in Oregon on Thursday but demanded a change in culture as he diagnosed gun violence as a uniquely American problem--and lamented Americans' numbness to it.

"We are the only advanced country on Earth ...Read more

Senate isolation now fuels Ted Cruz's presidential bid

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WASHINGTON -- Ted Cruz has never been more isolated in the Senate. And that isolation is fueling the Texan's "outsider" campaign for the presidency.

The latest indication came Monday night, when the tea party Republican sought a vote on scuttling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's effort to fund the federal government with Planned ...Read more

Congress avoids shutdown, but more budget troubles are ahead

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WASHINGTON -- Congress has avoided one shutdown crisis but potentially set the stage for another.

Now that lawmakers in the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved a continuing resolution to keep the government flush with cash until Dec. 11, the Obama administration and Republican and Democratic congressional leaders have launched...Read more

Panel on Benghazi called into question

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California has yet to win the gavel as House speaker, but he's speaking enough to step into some political minefields.

On Tuesday evening, McCarthy, the No. 2 Republican in the House and the favorite to become the top leader in Congress this month, gave an interview to Fox News in which he seemed ...Read more

Georgia's Rep. Price hoping to win role as majority leader

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WASHINGTON -- Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Georgia is betting the same unrest that helped force out Speaker John Boehner will vault him into the No. 2 position in the House, leaping over the caucus' leaders.

Though he is chairman of the Budget Committee, Price does not hold a spot in elected leadership. That puts him at a disadvantage in ...Read more

Hillary Clinton joins the growing chorus against Obamacare's 'Cadillac Tax'

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NEW YORK -- While Republican presidential candidates debate the best way to repeal and replace Obamacare, Democrats have a different issue to work out: what to do about the law's excise tax on high-cost employer-based health care plans.

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called on Congress to repeal the so-called "Cadillac Tax" soon. "Too many ...Read more

Obama and Putin confront a common foe in Syria as reluctant allies

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UNITED NATIONS -- Despite their bitter face-off from the United Nations General Assembly podium, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are likely to be uneasy collaborators, rather than adversaries, in the growing fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Obama and Putin disagree bitterly over the future of Syrian ...Read more

Cruz slams Boehner for not leaving immediately

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz blasted outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner Monday for sticking around for a month after the Ohio Republican announced his intent to resign.

The Republican presidential candidate from Texas was rebuffed by his colleagues from even getting the show of 11 hands needed for a sufficient second of a motion for a roll call ...Read more

Trump's tax cuts could cost US trillions of dollars, experts say

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump proposed a major package of tax cuts on Monday, but offered few specifics on how to pay for them -- and experts predicted they would cost untold trillions of dollars.

Trump, who has faced pressure to offer a detailed campaign agenda, vowed to simplify the tax system, with four individual income ...Read more

Republican conservatives train sights on McConnell

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WASHINGTON -- Now that House Speaker John Boehner has decided to quit Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has become the new Public Enemy No. 1 of dissatisfied conservatives.

"Next guy in the cross hairs is probably going to be McConnell," Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., texted Friday after Boehner announced that he'll leave Congress.

...Read more

With Syria, Vladimir Putin positions himself on global security stage

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is maneuvering for a comeback as a major player in global security with his brash military buildup in Syria and an ardent appeal for coordinated action with Western powers to defeat Islamist extremism.

Putin's Syria initiative, to be announced Monday in his first address to the United Nations General ...Read more

Hong Kong's divided democracy activists haven't given up

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HONG KONG -- For 79 days, they peacefully occupied a hub of Asian commerce, galvanizing public attention on Hong Kong's struggle for democracy. Their yellow umbrellas and seemingly leaderless organization became famous worldwide, symbols of a movement daring to stand up to Beijing.

Yet a year later, many involved in the Umbrella Movement use ...Read more