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Poll: Cruz Surges Standing on Principle, Rubio Fades

A new poll released by Public Policy Polling on Friday finds Sen. Ted Cruz now leading the pack of possible candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination. Garnering support from 20% of Republican voters nationwide, he edges out Sen. Rand Paul who was support from 17% of GOP voters. Tied for 5th is Sen. Marco Rubio. The results are an inverse of PPP's poll in May, which found Rubio the favorite and Cruz in 6th place for the nomination. Sep 27, 2013 3:14 PM PT

McCain Decries the GOP Civil War He Started

On Friday, Sen. John McCain indulged in his favorite pastime, going to the media and criticizing his fellow Republicans. Speaking to CBS, McCain said the GOP was "dysfunctional" and blamed Sens. Cruz and Lee for driving wedges between Republicans over their fight to defund ObamaCare. Sep 27, 2013 12:33 PM PT

Congress Begins End-Game on Spending, Shutdown

The consequences of three of the biggest political battles of the last 4 years are all converging over the next two weeks. With a polarized Congress and an intransigent Obama Administration, there is no clear path to settle the current debates over government spending, government debt and ObamaCare. Who does it end? With a bang or a whimper. Sep 27, 2013 10:36 AM PT

Senate Moves Forward on Funding ObamaCare

On Friday, the Senate voted 79-19 to invoke cloture and end debate on the House-passed Continuing Resolution. The votes paves the way for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to offer an amendment to restore funding for ObamaCare. Funding for the health care law had been removed in the House resolution that would have extended government spending authority. Sep 27, 2013 9:58 AM PT

Christie: 'Irresponsible' to Shut Down Government

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie taped an interview with CBS News' "Sunday Morning," and said "there's gotta be a solution other than" shutting down the government over ObamaCare. They interview will air on Sunday, just a day before the government runs out of discretionary spending authority. Sep 27, 2013 7:49 AM PT

Senate Prepares to Vote, Skip Town Ahead of Shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled 4 votes Friday afternoon to complete the Senate's work on the Continuing Resolution. Once the Senate passes the CR and sends it back to the House, Senators will leave DC for the weekend. They are scheduled to return Monday, just hours before the government shuts down if agreement isn't reached on spending. Sep 27, 2013 7:01 AM PT

Cruzade: Defunding Effort Nearing 30 Votes in Senate

According to sources on the Hill, there is growing support among Senate Republicans to support Sens. Cruz and Lee's efforts to scuttle Sen. Harry Reid's attempt to reinstate ObamaCare funding in the House Continuing Resolution. On Friday, the Senate is set to vote for cloture on the CR, which, if successful, will then allow Reid to resurrect ObamaCare funding with a simple majority. The effort by Cruz and Lee will most likely fail, but each additional GOP Senator that joins their block is another vote against Senate GOP Leadership. Sep 26, 2013 7:46 PM PT

Reid: 'I'm Not Talking to Boehner'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters on Thursday that he hasn't had a single conversation with House Speaker Boehner concerning the continuing resolution or debt ceiling debate. He also said he has no plans to talk with Boehner or any Republicans about the issues and insists they should just acquiesce to Obama and the Democrats demands. Sep 26, 2013 1:14 PM PT

House Demands ObamaCare Delay, Reforms for Debt Hike

House Leadership unveiled Thursday a draft plan to lift the debt ceiling for one year, in exchange for a one-year delay in ObamaCare and a host of other reforms. The plan contains a near wish list of reforms sought by conservative lawmakers. It is a clear indication House GOP Leadership was struggling to get support for a debt ceiling hike within the Republican caucus. Sep 26, 2013 10:27 AM PT

House Planning Round Two on Shutdown Fight

House Speaker John Boehner emerged from a GOP caucus meeting Thursday and said it was "unlikely" the House would simply pass a "clean" spending bill sent over from the Senate. On Saturday, the Senate is expected to pass a continuing resolution that sets government spending at House-approved levels through November 15 and restore funding for ObamaCare. The original House CR set spending through December 15. Sep 26, 2013 8:49 AM PT

VA Debate--Cuccinelli: Governor Is Not 'Entry-Level Job'

Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe sparred in the second of three debates Wednesday night in the race for Virginia governor. McAuliffe argued that Cuccinelli had extreme positions on social issues and ethical lapses for accepting gifts from a Republican donor. Cuccinelli countered that McAuliffe was a Washington insider with a history of questionable ethics who was too inexperienced to govern. Sep 26, 2013 7:21 AM PT

Congress Scrambles as Shutdown Date Looms

Wednesday night, Senators reached a deal to speed up consideration of the House Continuing Resolution, as fears grow that Congress may run out of time to avoid a government shutdown. If Congress doesn't pass some kind of continuing appropriation by Tuesday, non-essential government services would stop. Given the often arduous process to pass legislation through both chambers, it is becoming more likely that they will run out of time. Sep 26, 2013 5:54 AM PT

Iowa Kingmaker Says Cruz Has Edge in 2016

Steve Deace, nationally syndicated talk radio host and political powerbroker in Iowa says that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is "on a path to the White House." On Wednesday, Deace to the DC establishment-organ, Politico, to explain the appeal of Cruz to the Republican base and, potentially, general election voters. The article can be summarized in two words: Ronald Reagan. Sep 25, 2013 1:04 PM PT

ACORN's 'Fraternal Twin' An ObamaCare Navigator

United Labor Union Council, Local 100, often described as ACORN's "fraternal twin," has been awarded an ObamaCare "Navigator" grant to enroll people in health care exchanges. Local 100, based in New Orleans, will be conducting mass enrollments in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. As a result, it will have confidential, personal information on thousands of people seeking health insurance. Sep 25, 2013 8:28 AM PT

House Debt Bill Could Include Tax Reform, ObamaCare Delay

When the House returns to session on Wednesday, GOP Leadership is expected to brief Republican members and its plan for legislation to increase the debt ceiling. While Hill sources tell Breitbart News that no final decisions have been made, the legislation is likely to include a one-year delay in ObamaCare. Rep. David Camp, Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, is also pushing to include tax reform as a bargaining chip. Sep 24, 2013 12:57 PM PT

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