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 ...

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