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Last Updated: Friday, August 01, 2014 07:48
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Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is a rising Republican power in House, as well as a whip
WASHINGTON POST: The beginning of the collapse of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s border bill came Wednesday evening, when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gathered more than a dozen House Republicans at his office in the Dirksen building on Capitol Hill. It was there, as Boehner (R-Ohio) held his own meetings on the other side of Constitution Avenue, that Cruz heard that the speaker didn’t have enough votes — and realized that if his House allies held firm, he could rupture the fragile coalition supporting the measure.

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Harrington: Three days with refugees in South Texas
GUEST COLUMN: I arrived at the McAllen refugee camp at 6:30 Monday morning. The Valley sun was just beginning to light the three solitary barrack-like tents behind the cyclone fence. A little boy emerged briefly with his new backpack and soccer ball, and then ducked back in the tent.

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Perryman: Developing the Texas Economy
BORDER BUSINESS: The most important key to success in economic development is to create an environment where companies want to locate. This task is achieved through a favorable tax and regulatory climate, a fair and predictable judicial system, excellent education and training at all levels, infrastructure that can sustain a growing economy, and a desirable quality of life.

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House border bill in trouble
THE HILL: An emergency border spending package backed by the House GOP leadership appeared to be in trouble Wednesday evening after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) met with a group of House conservatives. House conservatives emerging from a late evening meeting in Cruz’s office said they would oppose the $659 million legislation and warned it might fail on the House floor, an embarrassing prospect for the new GOP leadership team.

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U.S. court backs government demand for names of 'straw buyers' of guns
REUTERS: A U.S. appeals court on Monday backed a federal government demand that firearms dealers in four southwestern border states report "straw buyers" suspected of purchasing multiple weapons for Mexican drug gangs. The demand sent to gun dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas is part of "Project Gunrunner," a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) initiative to combat cross-border weapons trafficking.

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