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On the Records: FEMA's Wildfire Spending

The remains of a mobile home lie smoldering in a small subvision east of Bastrop where the wildfire went through earlier in the day on September 6, 2011.
The remains of a mobile home lie smoldering in a small subvision east of Bastrop where the wildfire went through earlier in the day on September 6, 2011.

As wildfires continue to sweep across the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized seven more grants to help Texas manage the flames. Although the figures for the grants given to Texas after June are not yet available, the Tribune has a look at the $3.8 billion FEMA has given Texas to mitigate disasters.

The Brief: Sept. 7, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry campaigns at a private reception in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with family members standing by.
Gov. Rick Perry campaigns at a private reception in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with family members standing by.

Rick Perry, set to debate tonight for the first time as a presidential candidate, now faces the downside of leading the pack: sky-high expectations.

The Midday Brief: Sept. 6, 2011

The sun sets through the smoke from the Bastrop wildfires near sunset at the intersection of highways 45 and 183 near Lockhart on Sept. 5, 2011.
The sun sets through the smoke from the Bastrop wildfires near sunset at the intersection of highways 45 and 183 near Lockhart on Sept. 5, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Perry knocks federal response to wildfires; redistricting case under way; Perry's electability  

The Brief: Sept. 6, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry listens to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's speech at an event in Waterloo, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry listens to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's speech at an event in Waterloo, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2011.

Details of a Super PAC's multimillion-dollar push to help Rick Perry clinch the Republican nomination have surfaced.

The Midday Brief: Sept. 2, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national conference in San Antonio on Aug. 30, 2011.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national conference in San Antonio on Aug. 30, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Romney swipes at Perry over immigration; Dan Patrick calls for sales tax increase; Perry campaign names top staff

The Brief: Sept. 2, 2011

Governor Rick Perry talks about vetoing legislation while holding a pen onstage at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo on August 14, 2011.
Governor Rick Perry talks about vetoing legislation while holding a pen onstage at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo on August 14, 2011.

Digging deeper into Fed Up! is turning up gold for Rick Perry's opponents.

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