The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 18, 2013

The Big Conversation

Hoping to avert another debt ceiling showdown, President Obama has found a little common ground with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

Cornyn, R-Texas, told the Houston Chronicle's editorial board on Thursday that Congress wouldn't let the federal government default next month.

"We will raise the debt ceiling. We're not going to default on our debt," Cornyn said, adding, "I will tell you unequivocally, we're not going to default."

Cornyn's comments came amid another heated fight over the nation's borrowing limit, which many congressional Republicans have intended to use as leverage ...

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