Mangesh Karandikar

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7 Things to Know About Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

<b>1. Sen. Ted Cruz was born on Dec. 22, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother. When questions arose about his eligibility to run for president, Cruz released his birth certificate. From the article in The Dallas Morning News:</b><p><b>2. His father was imprisoned as part of</b> …

EXCERPT: Chris Matthews' new book 'Tip and The Gipper'

The following is an excerpt from the new book <b>Tip and The Gipper: When Politics Worked</b> about the relationship between Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill by Chris Matthews, who worked for O'Neill during the Reagan administration. Chris Matthews is on the Meet …

Government shutdown: Cruz tries to blame Reid

Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday accused the Senate’s top Democrat of using “brute political force” to keep President Barack Obama’s signature health care law funded and intact.<p>Cruz, the Texas Republican whose 21-hour talk-a-thon last week drew wide attention to his crusade against the health care law, …

Why This Is Not Just 'Washington Breakdown,' in 3 Graphs (and 1 Story)

Tea Party members say they are expressing the public's will. Gee, if only there were some way to judge popular sentiment in a democracy.<p>From the <i>Washington Post</i> this morning:<p>The unfortunate story that leads the <i>WaPo</i> today, with the photo and headline shown here, represents a step backwards from an …

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With shutdown looming, Senate returns to work after Reid vows to reject House spending bill

With what would be the first government shutdown in 17 years due to take effect at midnight Tuesday, the Senate will return to business Monday afternoon to consider House Republicans' weekend spending-bill offer, which the chamber's ranking Democrat has vowed to reject.<p>Senate Majority Leader Harry …

Indian and Pakistani PMs meet in New York in shadow of Kashmir violence

The prime ministers of India and Pakistan agreed Sunday they need to stop the recent spate of attacks in the disputed Kashmir region in order for peace talks to advance, a senior Indian official said.<p>They also both accepted invitations to visit each other's countries, but no dates were set.<p>Indian …