Former Senator Byron Dorgan Pens Thriller

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_6f1317a55a.jpg(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- A former senator has traded in policy briefs for thriller novels. After representing North Dakota in Congress for 30 years – 12 years in the House and 18 in the Senate – Byron Dorgan has now turned his focus to fiction writing, recently releasing his second novel Gridlock in July. But the gridlock in Dorgan’s novel isn’t a reference to the constant logjam in Congress – it’s about an attack on the electrical power grid.

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Ted Cruz’s Father: ‘Obamacare Is Going to Destroy the Elderly’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_705137b9f7.jpg(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(AMES, Iowa) -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the subject of endless 2016 presidential speculation, and if he does decide to run, he’s already learned one important lesson. “You all had the opportunity earlier this afternoon to get to know my father. And as you saw, my dad is very soft spoken,” Cruz joked during a speech in Iowa on Saturday.

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Trump Says Bill May Be ‘Death Wish’ for GOP

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_c52986e40f.jpg(Mike Stobe/Getty Images)(AMES, Iowa) -- Real estate and reality television mogul Donald Trump descended on Iowa Saturday with a series of stern warnings for his party. The immigration reform bill that passed the Senate and is now facing an uncertain fate in the House of Representatives “could be a death wish for the Republican Party,” Trump said, alluding to the millions of undocumented immigrants who could eventually get the right to vote.

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Rick Santorum Rails Against Hollywood

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_9d18be01c1.jpgNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(AMES, Iowa) — Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum came to Iowa this weekend to tell voters why he believes conservatives are “losing” the culture wars to liberals in America. “We’re losing this debate not because of politics,” Santorum explained. “Politicians didn’t change the culture — the popular culture changed America.”

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President Speaks at Convention for Disabled Veterans

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_33a8148515.jpgPhoto by Win McNamee/Getty Images (ORLANDO, Fla.) -- President Obama addressed a gathering of disabled veterans on Saturday in Orlando, Fla. During his speech at the convention, Obama pointed to progress in reducing the backlog of disability claims and briefed the veterans on research done in the fields of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide among veterans.

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