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Rick Perry delivers his stump speech to Republican voters and activists at a lake house near Derry, New Hampshire on July 3, 2015.
 Abby Livingston

The Brief: Aug. 14, 2015

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday made his first comments since the news that his campaign staff was no longer getting paid, saying he's "in it to win it" and that he'll bring enough money to "keep the doors open."

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Former Texas governor and presidential contender gives his stump speech in Windham, New Hampshire on July 4. 2015.
 Abby Livingston

The Brief: Aug. 12, 2015

Some headlines on Tuesday spelled doom for former Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, but the campaign says it's slimming down to keep him competitive in the early states.

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The Q&A: Jason M. Evans

In this week's Q&A, we interview Jason M. Evans, an assistant professor of environmental science at Florida's Stetson University who recently published a paper on drought and public opinion.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, speaking at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 8, 2015.
 Emily Hoerner

The Brief: Aug. 10, 2015

Following a relatively muted debate performance Thursday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz addressed a packed and enthusiastic room Saturday at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta as part of his swing through Southern states.

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Signs greeting early voters are shown in October 2014 outside the Lakeside Activity Center in Mesquite.
 Ross Ramsey

The Brief: Aug. 6, 2015

Opponents of Texas' voter ID law got a partial victory yesterday with an appeals court panel's decision that the law violates a section of the Voting Rights Act, which was signed 50 years ago today.

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The Q&A: Daniel R. Taber

In this week's Q&A, we interview Daniel R. Taber, an assistant professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas School of Public Health-Austin Regional Campus.

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Teacher Silvia Corado works with students in her pre-kindergarten class as they learn syllables and word identification, part of the Summer Bilingual Academy at Wilson Elementary School in San Antonio.
 Lisa Krantz

Head Start’s Benefits Prove Hard to Measure

Despite vast evidence that early childhood education improves outcomes for students later in life, a recent report from the U.S. Department of Education concluded that there is little evidence to support measurable benefits of one specific early learning initiative: Head Start.

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