The Brief: Trump Wins, Cruz Marks Substantive Finish in N.H.

Republican Presidential Candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire after his third place finish in the primary on Feb. 9, 2016.
Republican Presidential Candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire after his third place finish in the primary on Feb. 9, 2016.

Billionaire Donald Trump convincingly won the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary on Tuesday, with Iowa winner Ted Cruz running a half-point ahead of Jeb Bush for third place.

Cruz Trails in New Hampshire GOP Pack

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, after an apparent third-place showing in the state's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 9, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, after an apparent third-place showing in the state's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 9, 2016.

A week after his win in the Iowa caucuses, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was jockeying for third place in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, finding himself among a pack of also-rans swamped by real estate magnate Donald Trump.

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Obama's Clean Power Plan

The Fayette coal plant outside Austin is a major contributor of greenhouse gases.  In August, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, which targeted the nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants. This is his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.
The Fayette coal plant outside Austin is a major contributor of greenhouse gases. In August, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, which targeted the nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants. This is his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a request from Texas and more than two dozen other states to block President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.  

Email Shows Dukes Directed State Staff to Work on Festival

An email from state Rep. Dawnna Dukes to members of her staff. The email provides instructions for work her staff must complete before the upcoming African American Community Heritage Festival.
An email from state Rep. Dawnna Dukes to members of her staff. The email provides instructions for work her staff must complete before the upcoming African American Community Heritage Festival.

When state Rep. Dawnna Dukes sent out an email to her staff last month, her urgent instructions about an upcoming project made clear what she wanted. But the email from the Austin Democrat had nothing to do with state business.

New in TribTalk: Ted Cruz's Post-Iowa Strategy

Supporters gather to see Sen. Ted Cruz and to await the results of the Republican caucus at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb 1, 2016.
Supporters gather to see Sen. Ted Cruz and to await the results of the Republican caucus at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb 1, 2016.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz should not take his victory in the Iowa caucuses to mean anything more than a one-delegate advantage over billionaire Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, writes St. Edward's University associate professor Brian W. Smith.

"Criminal Aliens" Flashpoint of Border Security Debate

A group of undocumented Mexican national ex-offenders enter Mexico at the US-Mexico border crossing at Brownsville/Matamoros after being deported from the United States on Nov. 4, 2015.
A group of undocumented Mexican national ex-offenders enter Mexico at the US-Mexico border crossing at Brownsville/Matamoros after being deported from the United States on Nov. 4, 2015.

How to deal with, or talk about, foreigners who commit crimes in the United States — the government’s term for them is the politically incorrect “criminal aliens” — has prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.

New in TribTalk: The End of Political Civility

Donald Trump in front of a crowd of 1500 supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Jan. 31, 2016
Donald Trump in front of a crowd of 1500 supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Jan. 31, 2016

Now that Donald Trump is a leading presidential candidate, the age where we scoff at people for "ad hominem" arguments appears to be over, writes public school librarian Sara Stevenson.

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