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Republican-On-Republican 'Warfare'

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to reporters following a rare Sunday Senate session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 26, 2015. Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Cruz for attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to reporters following a rare Sunday Senate session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 26, 2015. Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Cruz for attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

The Highway Trust Fund, the Export-Import Bank and the Iran nuclear deal are causing tension along and across political party lines this week. In a speech on Friday, Senator Ted Cruz went so far as to call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a "liar."

NPR’s Ron Elving joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to wade through the many political conflicts playing out in Congress, and on the presidential campaign trail.

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This segment aired on July 27, 2015.

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