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Ted Cruz Runs Counter To The Senate's Courtly Ways

US Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX, listens as Homeland Security Secretary testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol
US Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX, listens as Homeland Security Secretary testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 13, 2013, on comprehensive immigration reform. Cruz criticized Secretary of Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel February 12, 2013, for not disclosing funding sources, leading him to suggest Hagel might have been funded by radicals. Cruz also said that if Hagel is confirmed, it will make military conflict substantially more likely in the next four years. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- As the Senate edged toward a divisive filibuster vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, sat silent and satisfied in the corner of the chamber -- his voice lost to laryngitis -- as he absorbed what he had wrought in his mere seven weeks of Senate service.

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