The Brief: Cruz Forces Leadership's Hand on Debt Limit

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Ted Cruz put his party's Senate leaders — Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn — in a tough spot Wednesday: vote against the Democrats on raising the debt limit and risk damaging global markets, or vote with the Democrats and hand Tea Party challengers a line of attack. 

In the end, the men "took the plunge and risked the political backlash by voting to break a filibuster, the type of vote the two wily leaders have long sought to avoid in this election season," wrote Politico's Manu Raju and Burgess Everett. "After hoping the measure passed without their ...

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