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The Midday Brief: Aug. 4, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Perry pokes at Romney on health care; the governor's record on higher education; drought now worst in state's history, expert says

Gov. Rick Perry in an interview with Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith

Your afternoon reading:

  • "In Texas, few institutions are as venerated as its flagship universities. Their alumni networks are vast and devoted. The state’s political power structure is woven by college ties that are as strong as party ones. And just about everyone’s athletic allegiance comes down to a choice: Longhorns or Aggies. So former Aggie yell leader Rick Perry surely knew he was stirring something up on May 21, 2008, when he summoned the governing boards of the state’s six university systems to a hotel ballroom four blocks from the state capitol in Austin for what was billed as 'Governor Perry’s Higher Education Summit.'" — Texas Gov. Rick Perry wages an assault on state’s university establishment, The Washington Post
  • "A Lewisville-based nonprofit urging presidential candidates to sign its deficit reduction pledge has found itself in the middle of a scandal this week as news emerged that one of its key Iowa operatives is also employed by the Tim Pawlenty campaign." — North Texas political group under fire in Iowa, PoliTex

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