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The Evening Brief: Sept. 26, 2013

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at the Haranbee Festival in Fort Worth on Oct. 6, 2012.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at the Haranbee Festival in Fort Worth on Oct. 6, 2012.

Your evening reading: Davis releases details of campaign announcement amid new speculation; Perry appoints appeals court justice to Texas Supreme Court; senator accuses Cruz of delaying vote to create a "show"

The Brief: Sept. 26, 2013

Ted Cruz supporters at his election night watch party in Houston on July 31, 2012.
Ted Cruz supporters at his election night watch party in Houston on July 31, 2012.

Ted Cruz's talkathon may have irked GOP leaders in Washington, but Republicans back home are calling it a game changer.

The Brief: Sept. 25, 2013

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013.

For the second time this year, a talkathon has elevated a Texas politician to new heights of national renown. 

The Evening Brief: Sept. 24, 2013

U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz speaking at the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.
U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz speaking at the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.

Your evening reading: Cruz enters fifth hour of marathon speech against Obamacare; top Senate Republicans not coming to Cruz's aid; judge who oversaw Morton case resigns

The Brief: Sept. 24, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking at the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., on July 31, 2013.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking at the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., on July 31, 2013.

The spotlight stayed on Ted Cruz as the fight over defunding Obamacare hit the Senate floor on Monday.

The Evening Brief: Sept. 23, 2013

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at National Instruments in Austin on Aug. 22, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at National Instruments in Austin on Aug. 22, 2013.

Your evening reading: Cruz clashes with Reid as Obamacare fight heats up; Cornyn won't block House spending bill; report says illegal immigration may be rising in Texas

The Brief: Sept. 23, 2013

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference on March 16, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference on March 16, 2013.

Despite lacking a clear path forward on his quest to defund Obamacare, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz isn't backing down.

The Evening Brief: Sept. 20, 2013

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn decries Obamacare at a Capitol press conference on April 1, 2013.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn decries Obamacare at a Capitol press conference on April 1, 2013.

Your evening reading: Cruz pushing Senate Republicans to block funding bill; Cornyn says he opposes government shutdown over Obamacare; two Texas congressmen leave immigration talks

The Brief: Sept. 20, 2013

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013.

A quixotic effort to dismantle Obamacare has turned into into a crucial test for newly embattled Ted Cruz.

The Evening Brief: Sept. 19, 2013

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Nov. 1, 2010, before opening arguments in his trial.
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Nov. 1, 2010, before opening arguments in his trial.

Your evening reading: DeLay's conviction overturned; abortion opponents hit Patrick over past investment; Cruz answers criticism from House Republicans

The Brief: Sept. 19, 2013

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013.

A nascent battle pitting Ted Cruz against House Republicans has burst into full view.

The Evening Brief: Sept. 18, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry addresses the National Right to Life convention.
Gov. Rick Perry addresses the National Right to Life convention.

Your evening reading: Perry dismisses criticism of Maryland gun factory tour; Cruz praises Boehner for advancing effort to defund Obamacare; Abbott unlikely to sue over San Antonio ordinance

The Brief: Sept. 18, 2013

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Sen. Wendy Davis, and Sen. Royce West took part in the Stand with Texas Women Rally at the Capitol on July 1, 2013.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Sen. Wendy Davis, and Sen. Royce West took part in the Stand with Texas Women Rally at the Capitol on July 1, 2013.

A pre-announcement announcement has fueled speculation that state Sen. Wendy Davis is preparing to run for governor.

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