The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 22, 2013

The Big Conversation

Texas Republicans in Washington largely put partisanship aside on Monday as President Barack Obama marked the beginning of his second term with a vigorous defense of liberalism.

Amid the day's celebrations, Republicans like U.S. Sen. John Cornyn muted their criticism of Obama, instead offering faint praise of the president's speech, which emphasized issues like gay rights, climate change and immigration.

"I felt like he was talking about what he wants to try to do the next four years, which is what presidents do," Cornyn said, according to The Dallas Morning News. "What ...

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