The Texas senator says giving a path to citizenship to immigrants in the U.S. illegally would be unfair to immigrants who followed the rules, like his own father, 74-year-old Rafael Bienvenido Cruz. He portrays his dad as a kind of Cuban Horatio Alger.
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A year after he survived a recall attempt, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a folk hero among many conservatives and often talked of as a presidential contender in 2016. Walker dismisses that talk, but he has taken steps that hint at national ambition.
The race in Massachusetts to fill the seat once held by John Kerry may be giving Democrats anxious flashbacks to 2010, when a Republican won Ted Kennedy's longtime seat. Controversies that have tarnished the Obama administration could give Republicans an edge.
Gov. Rick Perry, a red state conservative, is sticking it to blue states by trying to persuade their businesses to move to Texas.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died this week at 89, had been the only remaining World War II veteran in the Senate. Just two are left in the House. Today, fewer than 1 in 5 members of Congress have military service on their resume.
Michigan Rep. John Dingell has spent a record-setting 57 years, five months and 26 days in Congress. What hasn't lasted that long? The moon program and two U.S. states (sort of), to name a few.
As news organizations write about the history of Sunnylands, the California estate President Obama will visit Friday for a meeting with the Chinese president, Carol Price has been revisiting her personal history with the estate.
President Obama's selection of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as his national security adviser sends a message to his Republican foes: In your face.
Gov. Chris Christie needed a plausible explanation for choosing a politically advantageous, if more costly, special election date to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Maybe he found it.
The wealthy New Jersey senator was a sharp-elbowed politician who left his mark through legislation.