DES MOINES, Iowa -- Tea party Sen. Ted Cruz took nothing short of a victory lap in his home state of Texas this week, appearing before crowds that overlooked the fact that the Republican who led the charge to kill money for President Barack Obama's health care law had failed.
Now he's coming to Iowa, where Republicans have the first say in the presidential race -- and will view him much more skeptically.
In Iowa, and across the nation, Republicans are fighting an internal war pitting tea partyers like Cruz against mainstream Republicans advocating a more pragmatic approach.
Leaders angered: European leaders united in anger as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread U.S. spying on its allies -- allegations German Chancellor Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in the Obama administration and undermined the crucial trans-Atlantic relationship. "We need trust among allies and partners," Merkel told reporters in Brussels. "Such trust now has to be built anew. This is what we have to think about."
Rejected: Norway has turned down a U.S. request to receive the bulk of Syria's chemical weapons for destruction because it doesn't have the capabilities to complete the task by the deadlines given, the Norwegian foreign minister said today. Boerge Brende said Norway hadn't been able to identify a port that could receive the weapons and didn't have the capacity to treat some of the waste products resulting from the destruction of the munitions.
No more horse rides? Horse-drawn carriage rides through the streets of New York could be clip-clopping to a halt. Animal activists who have long argued that horses have no place in the traffic of the nation's biggest city now have the backing of both leading candidates for mayor. The frontrunner heading into the Nov. 5 election, Democrat Bill de Blasio, supports a plan to replace the horses with old-timey electric cars to take tourists on jaunts around Central Park.
Ending the city's 155-year-old horse-drawn carriage industry has emerged as an unlikely issue in the mayoral campaign, and one of the few points of agreement in an otherwise bitter race between de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota.