The Brief: Texas Political News for Dec. 6, 2013

The Big Conversation

Ted Cruz made a big splash during a half-hour speech over lunch on Thursday to the American Legislative Exchange Council, covering a host of topics near and dear to the grassroots conservatives whose allegiance he'll need if he pulls the trigger on a 2016 presidential run.

Here are some highlights:

He claimed vindication for his part in pushing the government into a shutdown while fighting to defund the Affordable Care Act. The subsequent botched rollout of the federal health insurance exchange website has changed the national conversation. “The most reasonable, pragmatic, middle-of-the-road, common-sense thing to do ...

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