The Brief: Texas Political News for Sept. 19, 2013

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A nascent battle pitting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz against House Republicans has burst into full view.

The drama started Wednesday, when House Speaker John Boehner bowed to his party's vocal right wing, unveiling a bill to keep the government running that would strip funding for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Boehner had hoped to avert a fight tying the funding bill, or continuing resolution, to defunding Obamacare, but the speaker and Republican leadership failed to find enough votes — raising, at least temporarily, the prospects of a government shutdown.

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