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A TALE OF TWO SENATORS – AT 11:10 A.M. ET:  The double standard in the media was on full display last week in the contrasting treatment of freshman Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, and freshman Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts.  First, from the Washington Examiner:

Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas is breaking china in the Senate – and the media is responding.

Here are the latest media stories and columns in just 24 hours – reacting to Cruz’s Tea Party firebrand behavior – and fretting about his lack of comity in the Senate.

New York Times: The G.O.P.’s Nasty Newcomer

“When a Vesuvius like John McCain tells you that you belch too much smoke and spew too much fire, you know you’ve got a problem.”

Washington Post: Ted Cruz, making quite an entrance

“Ted Cruz is not going to win Senator Congeniality. Not that he cares. The newly arrived Texas Republican has come out, well, guns blazing — and not just on guns.”

Politico: Ted Cruz comes out swinging

“Sen. Ted Cruz lost his voice a couple days ago. Some senators probably wish it wouldn’t come back — at least for a little while.”

And second, from The Hill:

Liberal activists who helped elected Elizabeth Warren to the Senate are on cloud nine after an aggressive performance from the former professor in her debut on the Banking Committee.

Warren (D-Mass.) dressed down federal regulators at a hearing on Thursday, forcing them to admit they couldn’t remember the last time they brought a bank to trial.

For the senator’s backers, who spent millions helping elect her to the Senate, it was all they had hoped for and more.

“We spent a year rallying voters and activists to her side, and moments like this make it all worth it,” said Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Many in Washington had wondered whether Warren would dial down her combative rhetoric in the Senate and adopt the low-key approach that is favored by freshman senators.

But Warren showed she’d be anything but a shrinking violet in the upper chamber, raising hopes on the left that she will rally support on Capitol Hill for more aggressive prosecution of financial misdeeds.

COMMENT:  Oh no, there's no press bias.  Pass it by.  Pass it by.

February 17, 2013