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The Evening Brief: Feb. 29, 2012

Your evening reading: new Paul ad slams Republican rivals, including Romney; high school association criticized for denying Jewish day school's shot at title; Cruz video hits "timid career politician" Dewhurst

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  • Texas Association Criticized for Denying Jewish School’s Title Shot (The New York Times): "A Texas high school athletic association is facing pressure from the mayor of Houston and criticism from a former N.B.A. coach over its handling of an Orthodox Jewish day school that is no longer scheduled to play its state semifinal boys basketball game because the players observe the Sabbath."
  • Dreier's departure could lead to opportunity for Sessions (The Dallas Morning News): "Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, could get a chance to lead the powerful House Rules Committee in the next Congress. Rules Chairman David Dreier, R-Calif., announced on the House floor Wednesday that he will not seek reelection in November, opening the door for Sessions, who is vice chairman, to take the helm in 2013."

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • New Paul Ad Pops GOP Rivals — Including Mitt: "GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is out with a new ad today attacking all three of his rivals: 'serial hypocrite' Newt Gingrich, 'counterfeit conservative' Rick Santorum and 'flip-flopper' Mitt Romney."

  • Campaign Roundup: The Week's Political News: "Lloyd Doggett is moving again, and has a new Democratic opponent in Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Sylvia Romo. State Rep. Aaron Peña, R-Edinburg, has seen the interim maps adopted by the federal judges in San Antonio, and decided not to run for re-election. That's just the start of a busy week on the campaign trail."

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