Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Chad Kainz

The Evening Brief: July 2, 2012

Your evening reading: Texas candidates outspending rest of nation on ads; new Mexican president begins transition to power; Burgess endorses Cruz

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

After Deal With State, Amazon Charging Sales Tax in Texas

On Sunday, Texas became the sixth state in the country to charge sales tax on items sold by the online megaretailer Amazon. The switch comes after a deal was struck earlier this year in response to the state's claims that Amazon owed millions of dollars in uncollected sales tax.

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Graphic by Ryan Murphy / Chris Chang

Interactive Map: Texas House Committee Clout

Use this interactive to explore the geographic distribution of committee members in the Texas House, by committee, to see who's got what clout on what subject. Choose a committee and the map highlights the district of each member and, in a different color, the home districts of the chairs, vice chairs and co-chairs.

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