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The Midday Brief: Jan. 20, 2012

Your afternoon reading: in a victory for Republicans, Supreme Court throws out Texas' court-drawn maps; Congress indefinitely postpones anti-piracy legislation; Texas' unemployment rate lowest since July 2009

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New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Texas’ unemployment rate — 7.8 percent — is the lowest it’s been since July 2009, when the recession was just heating up, according to employment statistics released by the Texas Workforce Commission today." — Texas Economy Improving, Unemployment Rate Low
  • "When Gov. Rick Perry left the presidential campaign trail Thursday, he took his considerable fundraising muscle with him. His departure frees up his federal campaign dollars and the support of the Super PAC that spent $3.9 million backing Perry's bid for the White House." — Perry Exits, And So Does His Once-Hefty War Chest

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Caving to a massive campaign by Internet services and their millions of users, Congress indefinitely postponed legislation Friday to stop online piracy of movies and music costing U.S. companies billions of dollars every year. Critics said the bills would result in censorship and stifle Internet innovation." — After protest, Congress puts off movie piracy bill, The Associated Press

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