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The Brief: July 9, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry will get his meeting today in Dallas with President Obama on border security, with much riding on the line for both men.

President Obama after landing in Austin on May 9, 2013.

The Big Conversation

Gov. Rick Perry will get his meeting with President Barack Obama on border security today in Dallas, with much riding on the line for both men.

As the Houston Chronicle's Kevin Diaz and Mike Ward reported, Perry got a half-minute on the tarmac when he tried to engage Obama on border security during a visit to Texas four years ago. The governor pressed hard this time around to get a meeting with Obama during this week's visit.

Politico's Katie Glueck wrote that Perry, who is thinking about another run for the White House in 2016, is leveraging the moment to get back into the national political conversation while showcasing himself as a conservative on immigration issues. "People who know Perry maintain that he has long been deeply concerned about border security, and in fact has been warning for years of today’s crisis," Glueck wrote. "But they also note that his tussle with the president gives him a much bigger stage."

Obama, meanwhile, comes to the meeting with Perry a day after requesting close to $4 billion from Congress to deal with the surge in immigration along the border. That's about twice what Obama had asked for previously, and he must now look to lawmakers for support at a time when members on both sides of the aisle might be reluctant to back the effort.

The Day Ahead

•    The House Pensions Committee meets at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Extension to look at new reporting requirements proposed by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). (agenda)

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Quote to Note

“He’s a VINO, he’s a vice chairman in name only.”

— An unnamed "national Republican," to The Hill on the perception that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz hasn't done much to help the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) on which he serves as vice chairman

Today in TribTalk

End the culture of silence on sex education, by Jessica Taylor

Trib Events for the Calendar

•    The Texas Tribune Festival runs from Sept. 19-21 at the University of Texas at Austin. The next round of participants has now been announced, a list headed by Wendy DavisRick PerryJohn Cornyn and Atlanta, Ga., Mayor Kasim Reed. Also, you have just until Thursday to lock in the early bird price of $150 — that's 50 percent off the walk-up rate rate. And as a reminder, students and educators get in for $50. So act now!

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