Former Bush Official Defends Obama’s Choice for DHS Post

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_b8c1f00cab.jpgRoger L. Wollenberg/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- A senior immigration official in the George W. Bush administration is defending President Obama’s choice for a top homeland security post, saying the nominee’s willingness to make tough decisions means coworkers “might be unhappy with him and want to embarrass him” with unfair allegations.

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Ted Cruz: Always Thought Canadian Birth ‘Didn’t Matter’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_9b11f97864.jpgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images (HOUSTON) -- Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday said that he initially didn’t know he was a Canadian citizen because he didn’t think it was important to consult an immigration lawyer to find out. “That’s something I’d never talked to an immigration lawyer [about] because, frankly, it didn’t matter,” Cruz, R-Texas, told KTRK reporter Tom Abrahams at a Houston airport Tuesday.

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Biden’s Son Undergoing Medical Evaluation in Houston

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_a5450dfac1.jpgPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, is undergoing medical evaluations in Houston, Texas after suffering from “disorientation and weakness” last week while on family vacation, the vice president’s office said in a statement Monday night. The vice president traveled to Houston on Monday morning to be with his son.

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San Diego Mayor Gets Much-Needed Lift

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_709dfca1ac.jpgBill Wechter/Getty Images (SAN DIEDO) -- Although it may seem that way, not everyone in San Diego wants to run Mayor Bob Filner out of town on a rail. There was a rally of sorts on Monday for Filner, who has been accused by 16 women of sexual harassment before and after he was elected mayor last November. The embattled Democrat, who has refused to step down in spite of a petition drive to recall him, received support from about 80 people who insist Filner should not be tried in the court of public opinion until all the facts are in.

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Congressman Has Bad News for Girl with Undocumented Dad

GETTY_82013_Scott DesJarlais.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1376987419739Bill Clark/Roll Call (MURFREESBORO, Tenn.) -- A pro-Tea Party crowd cheered last week when a Tennessee congressman politely dismissed an 11-year-old girl whose father may face deportation to El Salvador. Republican Scott DesJarlais, who praised Josie Molina for coming forward at a town hall meeting, did not give much encouragement to the youngster after she asked, "I have a dad and he’s undocumented, and what can I do so he can stay with me?"

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