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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon in the Republican primary for outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) Senate seat.

"T.W. Shannon is a strong conservative who will fight for individual liberty and help turn our country around,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement on Wednesday. “T.W. embodies the American dream. I’m proud to offer T.W. my enthusiastic endorsement because not only will he vote the right way, but he’ll stand up and fight with us in the Senate to stop President Obama’s assault on our liberties and defend America’s founding principles."

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On Wednesday, Eric Cantor strongly suggested immigration reform won't come up in the House of Representatives after he received a phone call from President Barack Obama.

"House Republicans do not support Senate Democrats' immigration bill and amnesty efforts, and it will not be considered in the House," the Republican majority leader said in a statement after the call. He accused the president of engaging in "partisan messaging" and offered no indication that the House intends to act on the issue. His full statement is below.

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In a blog post Wednesday, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman took an aggressive swiped "talk show hosts" who "literally know nothing" about health insurance data-collecting and yet accuse the U.S. Census Bureau of trying to "cook the books" on Obamacare.

He didn't mention him by name, but Krugman was referring to Joe Scarborough. He linked to this article about the MSNBC host making that exact claim on his show Wednesday morning, one day after it was reported that the Census would change how they measured insurance coverage rates (which angered many Republicans).

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) got into a tense exchange with President Barack Obama when the president asked her to help set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alongside then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, a longtime rival who did not support Warren's nomination to run the organization.

"You're jamming me, Elizabeth," Obama said, as recounted in Warren's new memoir, "A Fighting Chance." Excerpts of the book were reported by The Boston Globe on Wednesday. Obama had asked to meet with Warren privately in September 2010.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has paid federal fines totaling $32,500 for failing to issue a timely alert when a gunman began his killing rampage on campus seven years ago Wednesday, leaving 33 people dead.

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Ready For Hillary, the super PAC laying the grassroots groundwork for a presumed 2016 campaign, has hired new staff to oversee its field operations in four regions across the country.

They've divided the country into Western, Southern, Midwestern and Northern regions, and the new staffers bring experience in key primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire and California. As TPM reported last month, the new hires are intended to help the group further expand its volunteer base on the ground.

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