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By CNN's John Berman
(CNN) – Everyone always likes winning.
Winning gets all the attention, all the cheers, all the glory.
And ties? Well, ties get none of that.
But fear not fans, do not disrespect the draw. It has a rich tradition.
(CNN) – The surge of undocumented children streaming across the border into packed detention centers in the United States is now both a humanitarian crisis, and a political hot potato.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a potential presidential candidate, blames the influx squarely on the White House.
"When the President of the United States announces to the world, 'Amnesty for those who have broken the law,' the consequence is people respond to that," Cruz said Monday, speaking at San Antonio's Lackland Air Force Base, where several unaccompanied minors are being held in a temporary shelter.
The White House hasn't announced amnesty for those who have broken the law, the problem is still very real, and having major consequences for American border towns.
Democratic mayor of Laredo, Texas, Raul Salinas says 1,500 undocumented individuals from Central America cross into the U.S. every day, a fifth of which are unaccompanied children and minors.
Watch our interview with Mayor Salinas in the video above.
(CNN) – Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani gave his strongest-ever indication on Monday that his region would seek formal independence from the rest of Iraq.
Kurdistan military forces, the Peshmerga, have been one of the only groups serving effectively against ISIS.
If the Kurds split away, is the political discussion essentially over? Isn't Iraq for all intents and purposes divided?
Fenway Strategies' Tommy Vietor, former spokesman for Obama's national security council, and The Weekly Standard's William Kristol, discuss.
(CNN) – Before she was a possible presidential candidate, before she was even Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham was a 27-year-old trial lawyer in Arkansas with a southern drawl, and big ambitions.
She was asked by a judge to defend a 42-year old man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.
Clinton was able to plea bargain down the sentence to just one year in prison, which was reduced for time served.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is south of the border Friday, talking with leaders of several Central American nations about more than 50,000 children who have crossed illegally into the United States alone, many of them motivated by the false promises of migrant smugglers looking to make a profit off their desperation.