Meet the key players who determined how the latest fight over a government shutdown ended.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas -- The tea party firebrand lead a 21-hour talk-a-thon on the Senate floor, delaying passage of a spending bill. Cruz has stoked the anti-Obamacare flames all summer, but recently angered fellow Republicans by openly saying that the Senate does not have the votes to repeal the health care law.
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