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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Ted Cruz

Dec 24, 2013 — It's been a year of influence, resilience and determination for the tea party. But not all of its actions were successful, and it faces political battles in year ahead — not just with Democrats, but also with the GOP.
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Sep 25, 2013 — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, stood up to oppose the president's health care law. His talkathon began Tuesday afternoon and ended at noon Wednesday.
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Sep 19, 2013 — After pressuring his House GOP colleagues to stick their necks out and only support spending bills that defund Obamacare, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz conceded Wednesday that their plan had no chance of getting through the Senate.
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Aug 20, 2013 — The news surrounding the Texas senator's place of birth has rekindled a familiar constitutional debate over who is eligible to run for president.
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Aug 20, 2013 — The Dallas Morning News reported Cruz holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship. In a statement, Cruz, who's been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, announced plans to give up his Canadian citizenship.
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Mar 16, 2013 — At their annual conference, conservative activists chose the Kentucky senator as their pick to be the next Republican presidential nominee. The vote came ahead of the keynote speech by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a rising star in the GOP.
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Aug 1, 2012 — The governor's choice for U.S. Senate, David Dewhurst, was bulldozed by Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz. The reversal in Perry's fortunes should chasten all who try to predict political outcomes.
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Jul 30, 2012 — The Tea Party is going all out on Tuesday in Texas on behalf of Ted Cruz, a former state solicitor general who is battling Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the GOP Senate primary.
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