Ted Cruz is in a bind: After goading House Republicans to risk a government shutdown over Obamacare, he now says Senate Republicans must first vote down the defunding measure they support and send it back to the House.
Government shutdown would grind many federal programs to a halt, but Obamacare isn't one of them. A freeze on spending wouldn't end the program's tax credits for lower-income Americans or mandates.
By 'hottest,' a new Quinnipiac poll means most likely to generate warm and fuzzy feelings from respondents. High score for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is something of a surprise, pollsters say.