Texas’ Cruz goes from longshot to easy victory

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Holding his daughter Caroline, U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz and and his wife, Heidi, holding their daughter, Catherine, appear before a cheerful crowd after Cruz defeated Republican rival, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a runoff election for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson) MANDATORY CREDITTed Cruz often points out that when he began his run for U.S. Senate, he was polling at just 2 percent.

Obama donates $5,000 to his own campaign

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After months of urging supporters to donate, Obama made an online donation of his own — a first for a candidate who in 2008 did not contribute to his campaign.

Al Qaeda decline hard to reverse after Bin Laden killing: U.S.

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Video frame grab of Osama bin Laden videos released by the PentagonWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden's death sent al Qaeda into a decline that will be hard to reverse, the United States said on Tuesday in a report that found terrorist attacks last year fell to their lowest level since 2005. Describing 2011 as a "landmark year," the United States said other top al Qaeda members killed last year included Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, reportedly the militant organization's No. 2 figure after bin Laden's death, and Anwar al-Awlaki, who led its lethal affiliate in Yemen. …

Boxing: U.S. Marine determined to keep team spirits up

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Herring of the U.S. reacts as he leaves the ring after losing to Kazakhstan's Yeleussinov in the Men's Light Welter (64kg) Round of 32 boxing match during the London 2012 Olympic GamesLONDON (Reuters) – His London Olympics may have only lasted nine minutes but Jamel Herring will not be getting down about it. A veteran Marine of two tours of duty in Iraq, the U.S. team boxing captain knows he has his men to think about. The 26-year-old sergeant, who served as a field electrician during the Iraq war, is just part of the military backbone of an American team led by officer Basheer Abdullah, head coach of the army's boxing program for 15 years. …

Texas Senate runoff gives GOP voters stark choice

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Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is backed by supporters outside a Houston deli as he answers reporters questions Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Dewhurst faces former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz in the Republican primary runoff election for U.S. Senator. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The question for voters in Tuesday's Texas runoff isn't whether a Republican will likely succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate, but what kind of Republican? The answer figures to reverberate far beyond the Lone Star State.

Texas Senate runoff gives GOP voters stark choice

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Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is backed by supporters outside a Houston deli as he answers reporters questions Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Dewhurst faces former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz in the Republican primary runoff election for U.S. Senator. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The question for voters in Tuesday's Texas runoff isn't whether a Republican will likely succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate, but what kind of Republican? The answer figures to reverberate far beyond the Lone Star State.

Soccer: U.S. women forget politics, beat North Korea

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Players from the U.S. and North Korea teams shake hands with each other after their women's football first round Group G match at Old Trafford in Manchester during the London 2012 Olympic GamesMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The U.S. women's soccer team beat North Korea on Tuesday against a backdrop of hostility between the global superpower and the isolated Asian dictatorship but U.S. fans and players said the Olympic spirit transcended politics. One American player said the teams played ping-pong together at their hotel ahead of the match, conjuring scenes from the 1970s when so-called "ping-pong diplomacy" marked a thaw in U.S.-Chinese relations. "We were in the same hotel as them and the girls were great… …

Defense cuts, layoff notice dispute sets off tiff

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Republicans accused President Barack Obama of trying to keep middle-class Americans in the dark about whether they’ll lose their jobs from impending defense cuts as a Labor Department memo cautioning contractors about layoff notices set off political recriminations.

Congress Strikes Deal to Fund Government…For Now

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner today announced a six-month agreement to avert a government shutdown. But the deal punts a larger spending battle to next January after whoever gets elected this November takes office. “We’ve got an agreement,” Senate Majority…

Regulator says no to Obama mortgage write-down plan

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A home is seen padlocked and boarded up in Brentwood, New YorkWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top housing regulator rebuffed a plan by the Obama administration to cut mortgages held by struggling homeowners, a blow to the White House which is keen to show voters it can help fix the housing market. The regulator for government-run housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said on Tuesday that using taxpayer-funded bank bailout money could encourage defaults and not make a big improvement in reducing foreclosures in a cost-effective way for taxpayers. …