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The Midday Brief: Nov. 18, 2010

Your afternoon reading: Tom DeLay won't take the stand, and Rick Perry talks sending U.S. troops into Mexico

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Nov. 1, 2010, before opening arguments in his trial.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Gov. Rick Perry says he's open to the idea of sending U.S. troops into Mexico to fight the drug war. The Texas governor told MSNBC this morning that border violence has escalated dramatically since George W. Bush was governor a decade ago." — Rick Perry open to sending the US military into Mexico, Trail Blazers
  • "Texas’ environmental agency should continue for another 12 years but must be more responsive to the public, according to a state analysis released today." — Review finds TCEQ lacks authority, visibility, Houston Chronicle

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "The former budget-slashing Texas House member and current executive director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation on how she reads the mood out there, what reductions in state spending should be on the table, whether cost-shifting to local school districts is a plausible option, why lawmakers should forget about new sources of revenue, the trouble with Medicaid and what members of the Republican near-supermajority in the Legislature must do to keep the confidence of voters — and get re-elected." — Arlene Wohlgemuth: The TT Interview

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