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    Cruz's Family Has Shutdown Vacation

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10:  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally,  on Capitol Hill, September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. Some conservative lawmakers are making a push to try to defund the health care law as part of the debates over the budget and funding the federal government. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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    Some tourists are outraged by a D.C. without the Lincoln Memorial and U.S. Capitol, but not Sen. Ted Cruz's family. The Texas Republican normally spends Saturday and Sunday at home, but this past weekend, his wife and daughters came to Washington instead. The family went apple picking and had a "wonderful" time at George Washington's home in Mount Vernon. Cruz told People magazine that his wife has had a tough time with him being blamed for the shutdown, but says he believes his push to defund the Affordable Care Act has "accomplished a great deal already."

    Read it at Politico