State Senator Wendy Davis, best known for her 13-hour filibuster against a Texas abortion bill, reportedly will run for governor in 2014. Democrats hope her run marks a turning point in Texas.
The showdown over Obamacare, with threats to shut down government or breach the debt ceiling, has some commentators saying it's time for Washington to go over the ledge, for clarity's sake.
With a government spending bill about to return to the House with Obamacare funding intact, Boehner is turning to the debt ceiling as a means to extract concessions from the Democrats.
Support for the tea party among Americans has slipped to 22 percent, a Gallup poll shows. Even as tea party politics (and a possible government shutdown) are center stage in Congress, the survey reflects public dissatisfaction with the tea party's push for conflict over compromise.
Ambassador Michael Froman, the United States trade representative, says the sequester has kept the USTR from filling positions and sending officials to negotiations or trade enforcement actions.
Ted Cruz didn't stop the Senate from opening debate on the House spending bill or stripping out the defunding of Obamacare. But, while burning bridges with the GOP establishment he became a folk hero for the party right.