The Brief: Texas Political News for Aug. 21, 2013

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Turning the focus away from his birthplace, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday took his push to dismantle "Obamacare" on the road.

In Dallas at the Hilton Anatole, Cruz whipped up an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,000 at the Texas stop of Heritage Action's nine-city "Defund Obamacare" tour.

"You’re here because now is the single best time we have to defund Obamacare," Cruz told the crowd, according to The New York Times. "This is a fight we can win."

Before the rally, Cruz emphasized that he does "not want to shut down the ...

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