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The Midday Brief: July 13, 2011

Your afternoon reading: lawsuit filed over Perry prayer event; why Ron Paul isn't running for re-election; state layoffs begin

Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures during his speech to the NAELO  National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "The Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the Texas governor's day of prayer and fasting. The organization which is made up of atheists and agnostics argues that Gov. Rick Perry is violating the constitutional ban on the government establishing a religion." — Groups files lawsuit to stop Perry prayer day, The Associated Press
  • "The Texas Education Agency said Tuesday that it is laying off 178 employees this week. Those are among the first of thousands of state government layoffs expected in the coming weeks." — TEA to lay off 178 workers, Austin American-Statesman
  • "Given that there are dozens of other foreigners on death row in the U.S. who were similarly deprived of consular representation, this matter is not going to be—nor should it be—put to rest any time soon. Regardless of whether or not Leal was guilty of rape and capital murder (and he probably was), legal commentators are likely to look at last week’s decision, which split the Roberts court along typical 5-4 lines, and criticize it as yet another conservative narrowing of criminal defendants’ liberties. But don’t just blame the judicial branch on this one. Blame the executive branch, too." — How Obama Could Have Stayed the Execution of Humberto Leal Garcia, The New Republic

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