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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aaronson on the crackdown on barratry, Batheja on the scant differences between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst, Grissom on a newsmaking trial's new venue, Hamilton on the UVA-UT parallels, Ramsey on corporate political giving and disclosure, Ramshaw and Luthra on what constitutional health reform means for Texas, my interview with three presidential campaign strategists, M. Smith on San Antonio's plan for full-day pre-K and Part 5 of Tan's series on family planning: The best of our best from June 25-28, 2012.

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Prosecutors are cracking down on barratry, often derided as "ambulance chasing." A handful of notable arrests — including charges against a state representative — have been made this year.

On a wide range of issues at the front of Republican voters' minds, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz essentially agree. Actual policy differences between the candidates are exceedingly narrow.

A state district judge on Monday granted murder suspect Mark Norwood's request to move his trial out of Williamson County, where his case has already received major media attention.

Emails obtained by the Tribune suggest the outcry that could follow if UT-Austin President Bill Powers were dismissed in a manner similar to that of recently reinstated University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan.

Corporations and unions can play in politics, but complete disclosures are not required. A corporate political campaign in Texas two years ago was unusual, featuring an unknown corporation that was open about what it was doing.

What Thursday's Supreme Court decision means for Texas, where leaders have opposed “Obamacare” despite the state's sky-high rate of uninsured residents, is complicated, both by politics and by the state's history of rejecting federal dollars.

Full video of Evan Smith's June 28 TribLive conversation with political strategists Matthew Dowd, Mark McKinnon and John Weaver.

After the Legislature cut more than $200 million in grants that supported full-day public pre-kindergarten in the state, San Antonio is contemplating an eighth-of-a-cent sales tax increase to fund full-day pre-K programs for primarily low-income children in the city.

In Part 5 of the Tribune's "Fertile Ground" series, we track the fallout from the Texas Legislature's decision last year to shift two-thirds of family planning funds to other causes, including crisis pregnancy centers.

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