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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) swears that he didn't want to throw his fellow Republicans under the bus when he staged a filibuster last week that forced some to vote for a "clean" debt limit hike -- he just wanted them to be more transparent.
National security hawk Rep. Peter King (R-NY) thinks if Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) can be so critical of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, he should also take a clear stance on offering clemency to fugitive National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.