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The Midday Brief: July 1, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Rick Perry may or may not be running for president, but he definitely had back surgery today. Also, his security detail may not have to disclose their travel records after all.

House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

New in The Texas Tribune:

• "CNN is anticipating another redistricting showdown in Texas. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus, led by state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, is preparing for a court battle over the newly-passed congressional map."—Video: Martinez Fischer, Texas Redistricting on CNN

• "Gov. Rick Perry had surgery this morning for a recurring back ailment, and will likely be in recovery for 'a couple of days,' his spokesman Mark Miner said."— Updated: Perry Out of Surgery, Expects Two-Day Recovery

Your afternoon reading:

• "This week marked the end of a legislative season in which Texas Gov. Rick Perry got pretty much everything he wanted — especially if what he wanted were talking points for a Republican presidential campaign." — Will Rick Perry run for president?, The Washington Post

• "'As evidenced by the fact that he made these comments on the Senate floor, it’s clear Sen. Cornyn was at work in Washington today and ready to hear the President’s plan to solve our debt crisis,' a spokesperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee said in a statement." — John Cornyn heads to fundraising dinner after criticizing Obama’s fundraising dinner, Texas on the Potomac

• "The Texas Supreme Court today reversed a lower-court ruling that required the Department of Public Safety to release travel documents filed by the governor’s security detail." — Court rules in favor of DPS in travel voucher case, Postcards

• "The NY-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed the preliminary injunction request in federal court Thursday, arguing the law shouldn't go into effect on Sept. 1, as currently planned, until a judge rules that it doesn't violate medical ethics rules and patients' rights." — Abortion rights group asks court to halt Texas sonogram law, PoliTex

• "In the hearts and minds of many, Texas pride is summed up in four words that have adorned countless T-shirts and bumper stickers for nearly three decades: 'Don't mess with Texas.'" — Why there's no messing with Texas, CNN

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