The Brief: Texas Political News for Sept. 25, 2013

The Big Conversation

For the second time this year, a talkathon has elevated a Texas politician to new heights of national renown. 

Almost three months to the day after state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibustered an abortion bill for more than 11 hours, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz embarked on a marathon talk of his own in his ill-fated bid to defund Obamacare.

Cruz, Texas' firebrand junior senator, took to the Senate floor on Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m., vowing to speak against the president's health care law until he was "no longer able to stand."

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