(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, part of a Congressional delegation at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, walked out of the service Tuesday while Cuban President Raul Castro delivered his speech.
"Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela," his spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, said.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made explicit the administration's renewed attempts to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and Palestine Saturday as the United States begins to assume a more muscular role in talks.
At the Brookings Institution's annual Saban Forum on Middle East issues and U.S.-Israeli relations, Obama and Kerry each spoke about a budding interim deal that would work towards a two-state solution.
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Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is fighting back against conservative critics who attacked the former Speaker of the House and co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" for his praise of Nelson Mandela.
After Mandela passed away Thursday, Gingrich posted a statement, praising him as "one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime."
(CNN) - He used to be a big supporter of the Affordable Care Act, but Mike Tyson now says Obamacare's suffered a knockout.
"It just really went horrible," the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Wednesday evening on "Piers Morgan Live."
Washington (CNN) - As Vice President Joe Biden marks his 71st birthday Wednesday, speculation over whether he'll make another bid for the White House continues.
On a visit to Panama on Tuesday, Biden was questioned about a possible 2016 presidential run.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a bill that, it turns out, hits close to home.
H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, was passed with bipartisan support to help students with food allergies, including oldest daughter Malia.
(CNN) - The Republican National Committee is continuing its attack on Obamacare, this time with an ad aimed at one of the law's premier audiences, young people.
The RNC says that they'll run a commercial Tuesday night on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, a program that's popular with younger viewers. The spot, which the party committee says will air only in the Washington, D.C. television market, is one of four the RNC has produced.
(CNN) - Sen. John McCain praised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden Monday, saying that Clinton would be a strong presidential candidate and that it would be a mistake to count out Biden's chances for the White House.
According to Bloomberg, McCain was speaking to reporters after a joint breakfast appearance in Chicago with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, when the 2008 Republican presidential nominee said that "I don't think there's any doubt that Secretary Clinton would be a very strong candidate."
(CNN) – In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, former President Bill Clinton stood by the Obama administration's pursuit of a deal with Russia for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.
On a separate topic, Clinton called Larry Summers "a friend" but did not directly answer whether he should have removed his name Sunday from consideration for the chairmanship of the Federal Reserve.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in Florida on Wednesday, he told reporters at a Columbus, Ohio airport on Tuesday.
"Assuming things continue as they are, we're going to resume our schedule in Florida as scheduled starting tomorrow," Biden said.