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The Midday Brief: May 6, 2011

President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.
President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.

Your afternoon reading: Obama to give immigration speech during El Paso visit; House draws line in the sand over budget; Ron Paul nets $1 million from debate moneybomb

The Brief: May 6, 2011

Protesters march down Congress avenue towards to the Capitol for the Immigration rally on Feb 22, 2010.
Protesters march down Congress avenue towards to the Capitol for the Immigration rally on Feb 22, 2010.

Immigration legislation — mostly dormant so far this session — will see some action in the Legislature today.

The Midday Brief: May 5, 2011

President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.
President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.

Your afternoon reading: Obama to stop in El Paso before Austin visit next week; conservative think tank launches budget ads; Down syndrome group wants abortion sonogram change

The Brief: May 5, 2011

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, speaks on the Senate floor against the state budget on third reading on May 4, 2011.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, speaks on the Senate floor against the state budget on third reading on May 4, 2011.

Democrats — stripped of power on Wednesday after Republicans skirted a Senate procedural tradition — may now be shut out of the budget debate entirely.

The Midday Brief: May 4, 2011

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst listens to members after the Texas Senate voted, 19-12, to pass the budget on May 4, 2011.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst listens to members after the Texas Senate voted, 19-12, to pass the budget on May 4, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Senate tentatively approves budget; Cornyn, Perry take aim at White House for denying disaster relief; abortion sonogram compromise reached

The Brief: May 4, 2011

Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, listens to comments during floor debate on the state budget on May 3, 2011.
Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, listens to comments during floor debate on the state budget on May 3, 2011.

Amid a flurry of activity in the Legislature on Tuesday, the Senate quietly eyed a procedural oddity it may use today to pass the state budget.

The Midday Brief: May 2, 2011

Your afternoon reading: politics seen in bin Laden reactions; Senate OK pushes abortion sonogram bill closer to governor's desk; senators eye another Rainy Day proposal

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