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Clintons Tweet Out Baby Pictures

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hillary and Bill Clinton took to Twitter Saturday to show their joy and celebrate the birth of their granddaughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.

Hillary Clinton tweeted a photo Saturday afternoon showing her holding her new granddaughter.

The new grandmother sits next to her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

“@BillClinton and I are over the moon to be grandparents! One of the happiest moments of our life,” the tweet read.

Charlotte Clinton Mezvinksy was born early Saturday morning, Chelsea Clinton announced on Twitter.

Former President Bill Clinton also tweeted a photo of him playing with the new baby.

The photo shows the Clintons sitting side by side, cuddling with Charlotte.

“Charlotte, your grandmother @HillaryClinton and I couldn’t be happier!” he wrote.

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Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton ‘So Happy’ to Be Grandparents

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a baby girl, according to a tweet she sent out early Saturday morning.

Her name is Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.

A Clinton spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that she was born Friday.

Chelsea Clinton tweeted Saturday at 12:32 a.m., “Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.”

Her parents, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said Saturday in a statement that they are “blessed, grateful, and so happy to be the grandparents of a beautiful girl.”

“We are thrilled to be with our daughter and her husband as they welcome their daughter into the world,” the statement continued. “Chelsea is well and glowing. Marc is bursting with pride. Charlotte’s life is off to a good start.”

The former first daughter announced that she was pregnant in mid-April.

President Obama even got in on the due-date jockeying, joking while at the Clinton family’s foundation event in New York that she might have to commandeer his motorcade.

“I was just discussing with President Clinton that if Chelsea begins delivery while I’m speaking, she has my motorcade and will be able to navigate traffic,” Obama said with a smirk.

The former first daughter didn’t let her impending due date slow her down as she appeared at an event for her family’s foundation this past week.

Clinton, 34, and her husband Marc Mezvinsky reportedly chose not to learn the sex of their baby before the birth.

She resigned from her role at NBC News on Aug. 29. Clinton and her husband “look forward to welcoming our first child,” she wrote in a note she shared on social media at the time.

Her parents, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have regularly mentioned their joy at earning a new title — grandparents. The former president spoke of his high hopes for the newest member of the family while speaking with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.

“I want them to get up every day and look at the world with wonder and reverence. I want them to respect everyone they meet, whatever their background. I want them to be aware of all the people that make their world and not just the people that they are introduced to,” Clinton said.

“I want them to really love being alive. It’s my first and whatever other grandchildren I have — that’s what I want. And when they grow up, I want them to believe they have certain obligations to people who don’t have all the opportunities they’ll have and to the larger society,” he said.

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Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton ‘So Happy’ to Be Grandparents

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a baby girl, according to a tweet she sent out early Saturday morning.

Her name is Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.

A Clinton spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that she was born Friday.

Chelsea Clinton tweeted Saturday at 12:32 a.m., “Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.”

Her parents, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said Saturday in a statement that they are “blessed, grateful, and so happy to be the grandparents of a beautiful girl.”

“We are thrilled to be with our daughter and her husband as they welcome their daughter into the world,” the statement continued. “Chelsea is well and glowing. Marc is bursting with pride. Charlotte’s life is off to a good start.”

The former first daughter announced that she was pregnant in mid-April.

President Obama even got in on the due-date jockeying, joking while at the Clinton family’s foundation event in New York that she might have to commandeer his motorcade.

“I was just discussing with President Clinton that if Chelsea begins delivery while I’m speaking, she has my motorcade and will be able to navigate traffic,” Obama said with a smirk.

The former first daughter didn’t let her impending due date slow her down as she appeared at an event for her family’s foundation this past week.

Clinton, 34, and her husband Marc Mezvinsky reportedly chose not to learn the sex of their baby before the birth.

She resigned from her role at NBC News on Aug. 29. Clinton and her husband “look forward to welcoming our first child,” she wrote in a note she shared on social media at the time.

Her parents, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have regularly mentioned their joy at earning a new title — grandparents. The former president spoke of his high hopes for the newest member of the family while speaking with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.

“I want them to get up every day and look at the world with wonder and reverence. I want them to respect everyone they meet, whatever their background. I want them to be aware of all the people that make their world and not just the people that they are introduced to,” Clinton said.

“I want them to really love being alive. It’s my first and whatever other grandchildren I have — that’s what I want. And when they grow up, I want them to believe they have certain obligations to people who don’t have all the opportunities they’ll have and to the larger society,” he said.

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Former Ohio Rep. James Traficant Dies Days After Tractor Accident

Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former Ohio Rep. James Traficant died on Saturday, four days after he was injured in a tractor accident on his family farm. He was 73.

Traficant had been expelled from Congress in 2002, three months after a federal jury in Cleveland convicted him on corruption and racketeering charges.

On the House floor, Traficant was known for his trademark phrase, “Beam me up.”

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Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton ‘So Happy’ to Be Grandparents

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a baby girl, according to a tweet she sent out early Saturday morning.

Her name is Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.

A Clinton spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that she was born Friday.

Chelsea Clinton tweeted Saturday at 12:32 a.m., “Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.”

Her parents, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said Saturday in a statement that they are “blessed, grateful, and so happy to be the grandparents of a beautiful girl.”

“We are thrilled to be with our daughter and her husband as they welcome their daughter into the world,” the statement continued. “Chelsea is well and glowing. Marc is bursting with pride. Charlotte’s life is off to a good start.”

The former first daughter announced that she was pregnant in mid-April.

President Obama even got in on the due-date jockeying, joking while at the Clinton family’s foundation event in New York that she might have to commandeer his motorcade.

“I was just discussing with President Clinton that if Chelsea begins delivery while I’m speaking, she has my motorcade and will be able to navigate traffic,” Obama said with a smirk.

The former first daughter didn’t let her impending due date slow her down as she appeared at an event for her family’s foundation this past week.

Clinton, 34, and her husband Marc Mezvinsky reportedly chose not to learn the sex of their baby before the birth.

She resigned from her role at NBC News on Aug. 29. Clinton and her husband “look forward to welcoming our first child,” she wrote in a note she shared on social media at the time.

Her parents, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have regularly mentioned their joy at earning a new title — grandparents. The former president spoke of his high hopes for the newest member of the family while speaking with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.

“I want them to get up every day and look at the world with wonder and reverence. I want them to respect everyone they meet, whatever their background. I want them to be aware of all the people that make their world and not just the people that they are introduced to,” Clinton said.

“I want them to really love being alive. It’s my first and whatever other grandchildren I have — that’s what I want. And when they grow up, I want them to believe they have certain obligations to people who don’t have all the opportunities they’ll have and to the larger society,” he said.

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Meet Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky’s Dad, Marc Mezvinsky

Larry Busacca/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky has been dubbed “the Clinton baby,” but Chelsea’s new bundle of joy is also part of the Mezvinsky family – and Bill and Hillary Clinton aren’t her only interesting grandparents.

Chelsea’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky, is heir to a once-powerful political dynasty.

His father, Ed Mezvinsky, was a two-term Democratic congressman, representing Iowa’s first congressional district from 1973 to 1977. But in 2002, the former congressman pleaded guilty to swindling more than $10 million from family and friends in a Ponzi-esque scheme.

Ed Mezvinsky himself also fell prey to a number of get-rich-quick schemes, including a “black money” scam in which a Nigerian man allegedly sold him a chemical that was supposed to remove ink off of $100 bills. Authorities say scammers probably used plain black construction paper.

His wife, Marjorie Margolies, who divorced Ed in 2007, also served a term in Congress.

Her election to Pennsylvania’s 13th district seat in 1992 came on the heels of a 25-year career in broadcast journalism, including a stint at NBC’s Today Show.

On the hill, Margolies cast the deciding vote for President Clinton’s controversial 1993 tax bill, a move that cemented her friendship with her future daughter-in-law’s parents but likely cost her reelection in 1994.

The Clintons, who have never forgotten the favor, returned it this year, campaigning for Margolies in her tight Pennsylvania congressional primary. Despite their efforts, Margolies lost to Brendan Boyle.

Unlike the Clintons, who publicly pushed for a grandchild, the Mezvinskys never hounded Chelsea and Marc about grandchildren, the former first daughter told Rachel Ray in October 2013.

“My husband has 10 brothers and sisters, so we have 18, almost 19, nieces and nephews, so there’s not pressure from that side of the family,” she said. “But from my parents, there is completely unapologetic pressure in private and in public.”

Marc Mezvinsky, a self-described “nerdy Jewish boy from Philly,” generally shies away from the spotlight.

He and Chelsea, who met at a political retreat as children, fell in love at Stanford, where Mezvinsky first served as “a shoulder to lean on” after Chelsea split with her long-time boyfriend, according to her chief of staff, Bari Lurie.

Mezvinsky, who once dubbed the former first daughter “the yin to my yang,” later married Chelsea in a lavish private ceremony in Rhinebeck, New York in 2010.

When he spent several months at a ski lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 2011, critics surmised the relationship had soured – but the couple insisted they were doing fine. President Clinton has even called Mezvinsky “a great human being.”

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GOP Weekly Address: ‘America Lacks Leadership’

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican Address, Thom Tillis, a Republican Senate nominee from North Carolina, criticizes the leadership of the country under the Obama administration.

Tillis examines issues including Obamacare, the economy, and foreign policy.

He says, “Simply put, America lacks leadership and is no longer considered to be an exceptional nation by our allies and our adversaries alike.”

Tillis says the upcoming November election will provide opportunities for change, including repealing Obamacare and sparking economic growth.

Read the full transcript of the Republican address:

“Hi. I’m Thom Tillis, the Republican nominee for the United State Senate in the great state of North Carolina.

“Over the last four years, I’ve had the honor of serving as the Speaker of the House in the State Assembly, but my journey to get there is what defines the American dream.

“I was brought-up in a working-class family with my mother and father and five siblings. My parents often had to work two jobs to make ends meet.

“We lived on the economic bubble and were constantly forced to pack up our belongings and move from state to state, wherever my father could find work. When times got really tough, we lived in a trailer park and my parents took extra jobs in order to save enough money to buy us clothes for school.

“But the reality was, that what my parents couldn’t provide with material goods or a nice house, they more than made up for with unconditional love and instilling an invaluable work ethic in me.

“I got my first job as a paperboy when I was 9. I started recording earnings with the Social Security system when I was 12. I took a job as a short-order cook when I was 15 and I worked for minimum wage for many years.

“When I graduated from high school, I couldn’t afford college so I entered the workforce. My first full-time job was a warehouse records clerk.

“I know firsthand what it’s like to raise a family attending school at night and struggling to make ends meet.

“Over the years, I worked my up in the business world to become a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and an executive at IBM. And I finally got my college degree when I was 36 years old.

“I consider myself to be incredibly blessed and fortunate to have a shot at the American dream, the promise of opportunity that is the reward of hard work.

“My family’s story isn’t unique. It’s the story of many Americans in my generation. That if you worked hard, played by the rules and persevered through good times and bad, you’d realize your American Dream and pass on something even greater to your children.

“But unfortunately, that dream is becoming harder and harder to realize today because this President and his fellow Democrats are crushing our nation under a broken economy that continues to underperform and fails to create the opportunities needed for working-class Americans.

“Unfortunately, we have an administration that has lost sight over what makes our country the most exceptional on this planet.

“And today, Washington doesn’t play by the same rules that American families have to play by every single day.

“Instead of living within its means, Washington has punted on making the tough decisions, spending our nation to the brink and adding $7 trillion to our national debt.

“In midst of an economic collapse, while hardworking Americans are losing jobs and their livelihoods, Washington is using our hard-earned dollars to bailout big Wall St. banks and billion-dollar corporations.

“With Americans struggling to afford rising health-care costs, President Obama and the Senate Democrats rammed through Obamacare, which subsequently caused millions of people to lose their healthcare plans and caused premiums to skyrocket. And the only dream realized in Obamacare was a nightmare of broken promises that we could keep our doctor and our health insurance if we wanted to.

“As we look at the crises boiling over across the globe, we see a President who has been leading from behind with a failed foreign policy that has weakened America.

“Iran is getting closer and closer to developing a nuclear weapon. Russia continues to infringe upon the sovereignty of Ukraine. Our ally Israel is being attacked by terrorist groups.

“And the President still doesn’t have a strategy to destroy the terrorist group known as the Islamic State.

“Simply put, America lacks leadership and is no longer considered to be an exceptional nation by our allies and our adversaries alike.

“But this November, we can change that.

“The American people have a chance to send a message to Washington by electing a new Senate majority that will move our country in a new direction and restore the American Dream.

“A new majority that empowers the people of this great nation to live out their aspirations. That rebuilds our working-class workforce and restores America as the strong leader in the world that is desperate for our leadership.

“We have an opportunity to get our debt crisis under control once and for all by spending taxpayer dollars more responsibly and by passing a balanced budget amendment.

“We have an opportunity to repeal Obamacare and replace it with reforms that empower patients and doctors, while making healthcare more affordable and accessible.

“And most importantly, we have an opportunity to spark economic growth and create millions of jobs and higher wages for middle-class families by overhauling our broken tax code and cutting burdensome government red tape for our small businesses on Main Street.

“A new Senate majority will give our nation those opportunities and many more. We owe it to our children to offer the same shot at the American Dream that we inherited from our parents.

“Thank you so much, and may God bless America.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Make Her “Chew” Debut

Chuck Kennedy/The White House(NEW YORK) — The first lady joined co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz of ABC’s The Chew earlier this week to discuss improving school nutrition and the importance of cooking at home, ABC announced Friday. Obama was also joined by Sam Kass, assistant White House chef and executive director of her Let’s Move! Initiative to fight childhood obesity.

“It was an honor to have the first lady join us in our kitchen,” said executive producer Gordon Elliott. “Ms. Obama, along with Sam Kass and their team, are making real strides in the fight against childhood obesity and the nationwide need to improve the nutritional value of school lunches. We commend her for the work she, Sam and the Let’s Move! team are doing.”

During their appearance, Kass demonstrated a recipe created by a young chef at the Third Annual Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner. The episode will air on Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Make Her “Chew” Debut

Chuck Kennedy/The White House(NEW YORK) — The first lady joined co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz of ABC’s The Chew earlier this week to discuss improving school nutrition and the importance of cooking at home, ABC announced Friday. Obama was also joined by Sam Kass, assistant White House chef and executive director of her Let’s Move! Initiative to fight childhood obesity.

“It was an honor to have the first lady join us in our kitchen,” said executive producer Gordon Elliott. “Ms. Obama, along with Sam Kass and their team, are making real strides in the fight against childhood obesity and the nationwide need to improve the nutritional value of school lunches. We commend her for the work she, Sam and the Let’s Move! team are doing.”

During their appearance, Kass demonstrated a recipe created by a young chef at the Third Annual Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner. The episode will air on Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Ted Cruz Reveals Family’s Struggles, Including Parents’ Alcohol Abuse

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Ted Cruz shared a notably personal story on Friday about his parents’ struggles with alcohol and his father’s decision to leave him and his mother when Cruz was 3.

Speaking at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, Cruz, R-Texas, told the group that while living in Calgary, Canada, his mother and father had drinking problems, and Cruz’s father, Rafael, ultimately abandoned him and his mother.

“Both of my parents drank far too much. Both of them had serious problems with alcohol,” Cruz, 43, said. “When I was 3 years old, my father decided he didn’t want to be married anymore and he didn’t want a 3-year-old son, so he got on a plane and left.”

The Texas senator said his father then moved to Houston and explained it wasn’t until his father found religion that he decided to return to his family.

“He gave his life to Jesus,” Cruz said, describing a visit his father made to a church. “And he went and bought an airplane ticket and flew back to Calgary to rejoin my mother and to rejoin his son. So when anyone asks is faith real, is a relationship with Jesus real, I can tell you, if it were not for my father giving his life to Christ, I would have been raised by a single mother.”

The comments offered a rare glimpse into a troubled period in Cruz’s young life. His father, who is now a minister, often speaks at conservative gatherings across the country.

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