The Brief: Top Texas News for Aug. 31, 2012

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One more ruling this week and the federal government could have had a hat trick against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Federal judges struck down the state's Voter ID law yesterday, following a decision earlier in the week that found the redistricting maps passed by the Legislature for congressional and legislative races failed to protect minority voters.

Before yesterday's ruling came down Gov. Rick Perry — who later said it was a “victory for fraud” —  had just finished railing against federal encroachment on the state in an address to the Texas delegation at the National ...

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