Cruz doesn't rule out shutdown No. 2
ABC News reports Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would not rule out another shutdown in order to extract ObamaCare concessions. 

Some Republicans sound like Democrats
GOP lawmakers who voted on a budget deal Wednesday sounded more like Democrats than their Republican counterparts ahead of the vote, The Monkey Cage reports. 

GOP congressman retracts Kony statement 
The Associated Press writes that Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) retracted a statement saying he opposed the budget deal partly because it gave money to African warlord Joseph Kony. 

McConnell silent on Cruz 
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave a host of interviews Thursday, including one to The Hill’s Alex Bolton, but he was mum about his thoughts about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).


Rep. Young takes turn for the worst 
Rep. Bill Young’s (R-Fla.) office said his health condition has taken a turn for the worst, Rebecca Shabad for The Hill reports.

Obama decides on Homeland secretary 
President Obama has decided on a new Department of Homeland Security secretary, former general counsel for the Pentagon Jeh Johnson, Justin Sink and Jeremy Herb report for The Hill.