The Brief: Texas Political News for Oct. 10, 2013

The Big Conversation

More than a week into the government shutdown, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn sees a potential end in sight.

Cornyn's new cause for hope came Wednesday as House Republicans — who have been locked in a fight with the White House and Senate Democrats over defunding Obamacare — appeared to inch toward negotiations that could reopen the government.

"My optimism comes from my knowledge that there's going to be an end here soon," Cornyn said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "The negotiating always gets the most tense before the ice breaks and a solution is floated. I ...

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