(CNN) – The newfound attention to Sen. Ted Cruz's citizenship is merely evidence of the "silly season in politics," the Texas Republican said Tuesday.
Speaking to CNN's Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, Cruz said he didn't mind answering the questions about where he was born and where he's a citizen. However, he said, the question of whether he's eligible to be president is better left to legal experts.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden will spend Wednesday in Houston, according to his office, as his son Beau continues to undergo medical evaluations after feeling weak and disoriented on a family vacation last week.
Beau Biden, the attorney general of Delaware, is being tested at MD Anderson, a world renowned cancer treatment hospital, a source told CNN on Tuesday. Along with the vice president, second lady Jill Biden is also in Houston.
(CNN) – Make that two stops for Howard Dean on the roster of visits to early voting states – though this one is a little closer to home.
The former Vermont governor, who speaks in Iowa Wednesday, will head to his neighbor state New Hampshire in September for a speech on health care.
Washington (CNN) – A quartet of Republicans said to be eyeing 2016 presidential bids will get a chance next month to see how the competition is romancing the influential governor of Iowa.
Republican Terry Branstad is hosting a fundraiser on Sept. 24 at a Washington, D.C., GOP hot spot, the Capitol Hill Club, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.
Washington (CNN) - Charging out of last week's Republican National Committee meeting in Boston, Chris Christie's message was clear: The party needs to ditch fights over ideology and get back to winning elections.
"I am in this to win," the New Jersey governor told establishment Republicans. "I am going to do anything I need to do to win."FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 20, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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DNC TO VOTE ON FILNER: FIRST ON CNN… The Democratic National Committee will vote on a resolution this week calling on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign, ratcheting up pressure on the embattled Democrat who has been accused of sexually harassing multiple women. – Mark Preston
REASSIGNED, NOT FIRED: STATE DEPARTMENT WON'T FIRE BENGHAZI 4, BUT WILL REASSIGN THEM… The workers, put on leave after an Accountability Review Board report in December found bureaucratic failures at the State Department before the attack, will be reassigned to different jobs at the agency, an official said. – Jill Dougherty
RUSH LIMBAUGH, ON HIS RADIO SHOW: “What it means is that not one single person has been punished for what happened in Benghazi, not one person. If there was ever an event where heads should have rolled, that is it.”
(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz, whether he likes it or not, is likely still a Canadian citizen.
While the Texas Republican - who legal experts suggested holds a dual U.S.-Canada citizenship - wrote in a statement Monday he was forsaking any Canadian citizenship derived from having been born in the country, the legal steps are more complex than simply a declaration of renunciation.
Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee will vote on a resolution this week calling on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign, ratcheting up pressure on the embattled Democrat who has been accused of sexually harassing multiple women.
Sixteen women have charged Filner of acting improperly and the mayor last month acknowledged having "failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me." He voluntarily entered a behavioral therapy program, but has refused to step down despite widespread calls for him to leave office.
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz will visit New Hampshire later this week to help the Republican Party raise money, but the Texas senator has declined an invitation to appear at an event this fall for a prominent Granite State social conservative organization.
Cornerstone Action had asked Cruz in May to speak at the organization's annual fundraising dinner, and praised him for his positions on social issues and education. But Cruz's office informed Cornerstone Tuesday morning the senator would not be able to make it because of a scheduling conflict.
Washington (CNN) – How many members of Congress does it take to count to a billion?
The top 12. At least according to The Hill's annual calculation of the 50 wealthiest members. Newly topped out by California Rep. Darrell Issa's $355.4 million, adding up his wealth with the next 11 richest of his compatriots totals $1.02 billion.