The Brief: Texas Political News for Aug. 23, 2013

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A new round of aggressive legal action has inflamed the simmering fight over voting rights between Texas and the Obama administration.

On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it would file a federal lawsuit against the state over its voter ID law, which went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act in June.

The department also said it would join a suit challenging the state's 2011 Republican-drawn redistricting maps.

Both lawsuits will attempt to prove that the state discriminated against minorities and to ...

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