The Brief: Texas Political News for Oct. 2, 2013

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's latest tack has failed to bring Congress any closer to ending the government shutdown.

On Tuesday, Cruz, a central figure in the government funding fight, pressed the House to adopt measures that would fund specific agencies and services, including the National Park Service and veterans' programs. The government shut down Tuesday at midnight after Congress failed to break a stalemate over a Republican-led effort to defund Obamacare in exchange for keeping the government running.

As a new round of national polling showed Americans largely blaming Republicans for the shutdown, Cruz hoped to turn ...

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