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(CNN) – Senator Ted Cruz vowed to fight again, and he came through on his promise Wednesday. The tea party-aligned Texas senator mounted a filibuster against a clean debt deal that Senate Democrats were prepared to pass, setting off more drama for the Republican party.
Cruz's filibuster meant the GOP "needed to find five Republicans to walk the plank," said CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger.
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Atlanta (CNN) - Fool me once, said Georgians.
Apparently well-prepared this time, they appeared to be handling an ice storm forecasters had billed as "catastrophic" - in stark contrast to a winter storm last month - but the worst may be coming Wednesday evening.
After icing parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, the storm arrived Wednesday morning in Georgia, and while precipitation decreased early Wednesday afternoon, it's expected to pick up again later, bringing more ice and snow to metro Atlanta. The ice will taper off later Wednesday, but snow is expected to continue into the night, according to CNN meteorologists.
(CNN) – The last time the state of Georgia was hit by a winter storm, it was a disaster. Now, another storm is barreling down on the state, one that forecasters have described as historic, crippling, and catastrophic.
"We're making all the necessary preparations for the storm that is already on top of us," Gov. Nathan Deal, R-Georgia, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
For more of our interview with HBO's Bill Maher, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Thursday on CNN at 4 p.m. ET
(CNN) - HBO host Bill Maher launched a "Flip a District" campaign this month. The HBO show will be "entering into the exciting world of outright meddling with the political process," Maher told The New York Times.
"There’s this tremendous paradox in America that the approval rating in Congress is, what, sometimes it's as low at 10%. And yet the rate of congress people who are returned to office, is over 90. How can that be?" Maher told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
"So we thought we would test it, and the response has been amazing. People really do, on an individual district basis, not like the people who are representing them very often. And we think if we just shine a little light on some of these people, we might be able to flip one," said Maher.