(CNN) – Lest any questions remain about Sen. Ted Cruz's national allegiance, the Texas Republican announced Monday he was renouncing his Canadian citizenship.
Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, and over the weekend he released his birth certificate to put to rest any questions about his background. In an analysis, the Dallas Morning News speculated Cruz – considered a potential candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination – was a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.
Updated at 9:53 a.m. ET on 8/20
(CNN) - Beau Biden, the attorney general of Delaware and the son of Vice President Joe Biden, was evaluated on Monday at a Houston hospital after an "episode of disorientation and weakness," the vice president's office said.
Biden traveled with his son to Texas for the evaluation, his office added. According to a source, Beau Biden is also with others from his family, including second lady Jill Biden.
He is undergoing testing at MD Anderson, a world renowned cancer treatment hospital, the source told CNN, cautioning that Biden was only undergoing an evaluation.
Updated at 9:33 p.m. ET on 8/19
(CNN) – There's a new Obama in town.
Sunny – a female Portuguese Water Dog – is joining Bo as “first pet,” the White House announced Monday.
Washington (CNNMoney) - Disclosure forms filed by Caroline Kennedy, nominated to become U.S. ambassador to Japan, give a rare glimpse at the vast wealth of one of the most high-profile players in Democratic politics.
The forms tally her net worth as high as about $280 million, according to CNNMoney's analysis of the documents. It's hard to get a more precise figure because the forms require nominees to disclose their money in broad categories.
(CNN) - Armed with clipboards and pens, volunteers hit the streets of San Diego to collect signatures they hope will lead to the recall of embattled Mayor Bob Filner.
"We're going to be everywhere. We're going to be at sporting events. We're going to be at street fairs, arts shows - you name it, we will be out there," Dave McCulloch, a recall organizer, told CNN affiliate KFMB on Sunday.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 19, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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CHRISTIE OUTLAWS GAY CONVERSION THERAPY FOR MINORS… New Jersey became the second state to forbid gay conversion therapy for minors when Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation into law Monday banning the highly controversial practice. – Mark Preston
… MEANWHILE ON DRUDGE (under a picture of Christie):
1 in 4 adults in NJ moving back in with parents... According to the US Census Bureau, at least 1 in 4 N.J. adults, ages 18-31 live at home and 42% are 24 or older.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama met Monday afternoon with "independent financial regulators" to discuss reforms to the banking industry and improvements in the housing market.
Fresh off his family vacation to Martha's Vineyard, Obama specifically discussed the progress made in implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law passed in 2010.
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Washington (CNN) – More than half of all Americans say the U.S. should cut off military aid to Egypt, according to a new poll.
And a Pew Research Center survey conducted Thursday through Sunday, as violence surged between the country's ruling military and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy, also indicates that half the public says President Barack Obama hasn't been tough enough towards Egypt's military.
Updated 2:43 p.m. ET, 8/19
Washington (CNN) - Conservatives backing the push to shut down the federal government if funding isn't cut off by the end of September for President Barack Obama's health care law are launching new ads and a series of town halls starting this week.
The new drive comes as a growing number of Republicans are resisting such calls for a government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Washington (CNN) - Why in the world would Scott Brown, a former half-term senator from Mitt Romney's Massachusetts, put himself in the mix for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination?
The real question is: Why not?