The Brief: Top Texas News for Feb. 1, 2013

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Is Ted Cruz, less than a month into his Senate career, already rubbing off on John Cornyn?

Cruz, who took office on Jan. 3 after winning election in November, has firmly established himself as a bold, vocal conservative unafraid to draw attention. This week alone, Cruz made headlines for voting against Sen. John Kerry's confirmation as secretary of state, bringing a pistol grip to a hearing on gun violence, publicly rebuking Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and introducing a bill to repeal federal health care reform.

Not to mention the senator's aggressive grilling of U.S ...

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