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Sen. Cruz says he'll renounce Canadian citizenship

Posted: 08/20/2013 - The Texas Republican and tea party favorite announced his plans Monday night in a statement. The move comes in the wake of a report by The Dallas Morning News that Cruz holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.

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Scalia: Court shouldn't 'invent new minorities'

Posted: 08/20/2013 - The U.S. Supreme Court is making decisions that should be left to Congress or the people, from wiretapping to "inventing" new classes of minorities, Justice Antonin Scalia said Monday.

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Corker criticized for working with Democrats

Posted: 08/20/2013 - Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker insists his willingness to work with Democrats doesn't make him a moderate, but ardent conservatives think otherwise.

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Tea party groups seek senatorial candidate

Posted: 08/19/2013 - Tea party groups in Tennessee and national conservative organizations are looking for a primary election candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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NJ governor to sign ban on gay conversion therapy

Posted: 08/19/2013 - Gov. Chris Christie plans to sign a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy

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Hagel holds first Pentagon talks with Chinese

Posted: 08/19/2013 - In his first Pentagon meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faces a familiar agenda marked with tensions over U.S. missile defenses, Chinese cyberattacks and other issues.

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Summer burst in Iowa belies quiet on 2016 front

Posted: 08/19/2013 - Potential presidential candidates' recent burst of summertime Iowa visits belies this reality: No one has started to do the serious spadework of preparing for a 2016 White House run in this important state.

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Post-vacation, Obama to face Egypt, spending talks

Posted: 08/19/2013 - Fresh from a weeklong vacation, President Barack Obama has to confront such issues as the crisis in Egypt and federal spending before getting back out on the road to sell his economic proposals.

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Congress split on cutting off aid to Egypt

Posted: 08/19/2013 - Democratic leaders have generally supported the president's approach. But on Sunday, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said he would end aid to Egypt.

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Key Senate races have a family factor

Posted: 08/19/2013 - Candidates are wielding famous political pedigrees in a number of races that could determine whether Democrats maintain control in the 2014 elections.

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US scraps military drills with Egypt - but not aid

Posted: 08/16/2013 - President Barack Obama scrapped plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises Thursday, announcing the first concrete U.S. reaction to the spiraling violence in and around Cairo

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Hagel looks to cut impact of recent Obama remarks

Posted: 08/16/2013 - In early May, as high-profile incidents of sexual assault in the military spiked, President Barack Obama — the nation's commander in chief — declared he had no tolerance for the matter.

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US warns of rising threat from al-Qaida in Iraq

Posted: 08/16/2013 - Top U.S. and Iraqi diplomats warned Thursday of a rising threat in Iraq from al-Qaida, which is carrying out suicide and car bombings with greater frequency

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Abortion coverage for Congress under health law?

Posted: 08/16/2013 - An attempt to fix a problem with the new health care law has created a situation in which members of Congress and their staffers could gain access to abortion coverage.

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Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

Updated: 08/16/2013 - The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008.

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Haslam awards more than $1.6M to improve parks

Posted: 08/16/2013 - The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded program established to distribute funding for diverse recreation trail projects. Twelve grants are being awarded.

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Tennessee gets award for state budget document

Posted: 08/16/2013 - The Government Finance Officers Association presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the Division of Budget in the Department of Finance and Administration for fiscal year 2013-2014.

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Ethics complaint filed against Gov. Haslam

Updated: 08/16/2013 - Former state Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester is filing ethics and campaign finance complaints against Republican Gov. Bill Haslam for failing to disclose how much he has paid his former chief campaign strategist for political advice.

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GOP pushes rising stars amid calls for solutions

Posted: 08/15/2013 - Republican officials are looking to promote a fresh group of diverse rising stars to help resolve their election woes, while frustrated party elders insist that all Republicans must offer more solutions.

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