Trump Selects Michael McCaul to Speak at GOP Convention

U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul visits with the press before his meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 18, 2015.
U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul visits with the press before his meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 18, 2015.

Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday announced U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin would be among the featured speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month.

The Brief: Texas Has Its First Zika Birth Defect Case

Under a sign warning about Zika virus, Josseline Lopez, 22, gets an ultrasound from technician Ivonne Murillo at Legacy Community Health Clinic in Houston on Feb. 25, 2016.
Under a sign warning about Zika virus, Josseline Lopez, 22, gets an ultrasound from technician Ivonne Murillo at Legacy Community Health Clinic in Houston on Feb. 25, 2016.

Health officials said Wednesday that the first baby with Zika virus-linked birth defects in Texas was born a few weeks ago outside Houston to a mother who had contracted the virus in Colombia.

Patrick to Attend Town Hall With Obama

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assures the audience at the Freedom, Faith and Fellowship event May 12, 2016 that he will uphold conservative principles as leader of the Texas Senate in 2017.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assures the audience at the Freedom, Faith and Fellowship event May 12, 2016 that he will uphold conservative principles as leader of the Texas Senate in 2017.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is heading to the White House to participate in a town hall on race relations with President Barack Obama.

UT-Austin Faculty Can Ban Guns in Offices

Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.
Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.

The University of Texas at Austin will give its faculty and staff the option of banning guns from their private offices when the state’s campus carry law goes into effect next month, under regulations UT System regents passed Wednesday.

Cornyn Bill Would Make Killing Police Officer a Federal Crime

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn wraps up his keynote address to delegates at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas on May 13, 2016.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn wraps up his keynote address to delegates at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas on May 13, 2016.

Days after five police officers were killed by a lone gunman in downtown Dallas, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced legislation Wednesday that would make killing a police officer a federal crime.

Diagnosed With Leukemia, U.S. Rep. Ted Poe Ready to Fight

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, speaking at the National Press Club on April 29, 2014. Poe has coauthored a bipartisan bill with Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York to address human sex trafficking, a major problem in Houston and other Texas cities.
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, speaking at the National Press Club on April 29, 2014. Poe has coauthored a bipartisan bill with Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York to address human sex trafficking, a major problem in Houston and other Texas cities.

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, announced Wednesday morning that he was recently diagnosed with leukemia and will spend the rest of the summer concentrating on this battle. 

 

The Brief: In Dallas, Obama Calls for Unity to “Do What Is Right”

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings shakes Chief of Police David Brown's hand as former President Bush, President Obama, their wives, U.S. Sens. Cornyn and Cruz and others applaud on July 12, 2016.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings shakes Chief of Police David Brown's hand as former President Bush, President Obama, their wives, U.S. Sens. Cornyn and Cruz and others applaud on July 12, 2016.

President Barack Obama was joined by his predecessor George W. Bush and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in a memorial service for five slain police officers to call for healing across the country.

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