In it, but not of it. TPM DC

NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND — The issue of President Obama's patriotism - or perceived lack thereof - came to the forefront at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, when radio host Sean Hannity asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) what he loved most about America.

"No nation on earth has let so many on earth come with nothing and achieve anything," Cruz said, sparking applause.

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WASHINGTON — The brinkmanship over Homeland Security funding serves as a rude awakening for Republican leaders: Crisis governing may be here to stay despite their high hopes of starting a new chapter this year.

The Republican-led House and Senate were operating on separate tracks on Friday morning with just over 12 hours to go before a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.

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WASHINGTON — Despite a glimmer of hope on Tuesday, Congress fell right back into a stalemate with just two days to go before the Department of Homeland Security runs out of funding.

The chances of a partial government shutdown on Friday at midnight grew as the Republican-led House and Senate remained divided on the way forward.

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