Eli Okun

Eli Okun Eli Okun is a rising senior studying international relations at Brown University, where he works as the editor-in-chief of The Brown Daily Herald. He has previously worked for the Providence Business News, The Washington Post and the Current Newspapers in Washington, D.C..

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Alamo Drafthouse's Don’t Talk PSA Spoofs Abbott Ad

Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks to supporters at Lavazza Espression on Congress Avenue in Austin.
Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks to supporters at Lavazza Espression on Congress Avenue in Austin.

After Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign released an ad featuring the attorney general in a movie theater, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema responded Thursday with a tongue-in-cheek message to admonish him: Don’t talk while the movie is playing.

Ruling Goes Against Death Row Inmate Skinner

Hank Skinner was sentenced to death for the 1993 triple slaying of his girlfriend and her two sons.
Hank Skinner was sentenced to death for the 1993 triple slaying of his girlfriend and her two sons.

A district court judge ruled against death row inmate Hank Skinner on Tuesday in the wake of new DNA testing, saying it was “reasonably probable” he would still have been convicted had the evidence been available at trial.

Gallego Raises $400,000 in Second Quarter

U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left), an Alpine Democrat, is facing a challenge from Will Hurd, a former CIA agent, in the race to represent the 23rd Congressional District.
U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left), an Alpine Democrat, is facing a challenge from Will Hurd, a former CIA agent, in the race to represent the 23rd Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego announced Tuesday that his re-election campaign raised $407,547 in the second quarter, bringing his total cash on hand to $814,283.

Texas Sees Rise in Medicaid Signups

Yesenia Alvarado holds her daughter, Medicaid patient Melanie Almaraz, 2, while waiting to see Dr. Alberto Vasquez for the treatment of a fever at the Su Clinica Familiar in Harlingen on Jul. 9, 2013.
Yesenia Alvarado holds her daughter, Medicaid patient Melanie Almaraz, 2, while waiting to see Dr. Alberto Vasquez for the treatment of a fever at the Su Clinica Familiar in Harlingen on Jul. 9, 2013.

More than 80,000 additional Texans have enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act last fall, despite Republican state leaders’ decision not to expand eligibility.

Judge Tells Senator to Testify in Hurricane Claims Case

State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-League City, head of the House Republican Caucus, sits on the dias waiting for action on the second last day of the first-called special session on June 27, 2011.
State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-League City, head of the House Republican Caucus, sits on the dias waiting for action on the second last day of the first-called special session on June 27, 2011.

A state senator will have to testify in response to allegations that he exerted improper political pressure on the state windstorm insurance agency, a judge ruled Thursday.

Central Texas Access to Airport PreCheck is on the Way

The San Antonio International Airport has TSA PreCheck lines, but there is no place in the city — or in Austin — to apply for the program.
The San Antonio International Airport has TSA PreCheck lines, but there is no place in the city — or in Austin — to apply for the program.

Many Texans have wondered why no application centers for the TSA’s PreCheck program exist within 100 miles of Austin or San Antonio. But the agency is now taking steps to change that.