Gov. Brown calls out Texas, West Virginia officials on climate change

In a sharply worded letter penned just days before an international summit in Paris, Gov. Jerry Brown is accusing attorneys general in two states of "crass obstructionism" in their effort to raise doubts about one of President Obama's key climate change initiatives. On Wednesday, Brown wrote to officials in Texas and West Virginia and accused them of seeking to score political points in their recent attempt to cast doubt on the legality of U.S. efforts.

As HMOs Dominate, Alternatives Become More Expensive

The plans, usually known as preferred provider organizations or PPOs, pay for a portion of the costs of out-of-network hospitals and physicians. They are the most common type offered by employers, and some consumers in the individual marketplaces find them more appealing than health maintenance organizations and other policies that pay only for medical facilities and doctors with whom they have contracts.

Rubio backer is behind new anti-Ted Cruz ad

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Sean Noble is the founder of American Encore, a 501(c)4 nonprofit, which is paying $200,000 to air an ad in Des Moines that accuses Cruz of voting to “weaken national security” and urges him to “stop leading from behind.” Noble said that while he personally is backing Rubio — he served as a co-host of scotch and cigars fundraiser in Arizona last week — his group is not.

Martinez Fischer reveals law firm ties to lobbyist

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer has amended his personal financial statement from last year to make clear the law firm he works for pays a lobbyist to influence public policy at the Legislature, a move the San Antonio Democrat said will ensure he refrains from running afoul of disclosure laws.

Texas GOP official wants secession on the primary ballot

A member of the executive committee for the Republican Party of Texas plans to introduce a resolution at the group's next meeting, which would add to the party's primary ballot a non-binding measure for Texas secession. Party leadership calls the prospect unlikely.

Things you don't want to see while driving in Texas for Thanksgiving

Matt LevinNovember 24, 2015 0 Photo: Ben DeSoto, Houston Chronicle IMAGE 1 OF 31 The traffic drives us all insane in Houston, but some hold-ups are crazier than others. See what Houstonians called their worst and weirdest traffic experiences. What do Houston highways have in common with your attempt to brine a turkey? They’ll both be disasters this Thanksgiving.

Obama and Hollande pledge solidarity against Islamic State

In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State and bolster intelligence sharing following the deadly attacks in Paris. They called on Russia to join the international efforts, but only if Moscow ends its support for Syria's embattled president.

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