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The Evening Brief: Jan. 18, 2013

U.S. Sen John Cornyn, R-Texas, at the state Republican convention on June 8, 2012.
U.S. Sen John Cornyn, R-Texas, at the state Republican convention on June 8, 2012.

Your evening reading: Cornyn presses Holder for information on internet activist's death; Dallas mayor backs Obama on gun control; Texas unemployment rate falls

The Brief: Jan. 18, 2013

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn gives a keynote speech June 8, 2012 at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn gives a keynote speech June 8, 2012 at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth.

Hoping to avert another debt ceiling showdown, President Obama has found a little common ground with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

The Evening Brief: Jan. 17, 2013

Ted Cruz speaking at the state Republican convention in Fort Worth on June 9, 2012.
Ted Cruz speaking at the state Republican convention in Fort Worth on June 9, 2012.

Your evening reading: Cruz says gun control efforts will backfire on Obama; at least 20 gun-related bills filed so far in Legislature; Democrats question women's health provider list

The Brief: Jan. 17, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry at the 2012 Texas Tribune Festival in on Sept. 21, 2012.
Gov. Rick Perry at the 2012 Texas Tribune Festival in on Sept. 21, 2012.

Sweeping new gun-control efforts this week have provoked a fierce reaction — and even an ad campaign — in Texas.

The Evening Brief: Jan. 16, 2013

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott - Oct. 4, 2012
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott - Oct. 4, 2012

Your evening reading: Abbott launches gun rights ad campaign aimed at New Yorkers; Obama's gun plan draws fierce reaction in Texas; Senate proposals to curb Medicaid costs unveiled

The Evening Brief: Jan. 15, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry in his Capitol office on Feb. 21, 2012.
Gov. Rick Perry in his Capitol office on Feb. 21, 2012.

Your evening reading: Abbott posts 3-to-1 cash advantage over Perry; state lawmakers file bill to broaden financial disclosure; House Republican Caucus picks leader

The Brief: Jan. 15, 2013

George P. Bush at the state Capitol on Jan. 7, 2013, the day before the beginning of the 83rd session.
George P. Bush at the state Capitol on Jan. 7, 2013, the day before the beginning of the 83rd session.

If money's a show of strength, George P. Bush — who's angling for statewide office — just came out swinging.

The Evening Brief: Jan. 14, 2013

Your evening reading: White House responds to Texas secession petition; rule changes deal blow to House Democrats; George H.W. Bush released from Houston hospital

T-Squared: It's Only Bidness

Twenty journalists have spent nine months researching the personal financial interests of members of the 83rd Legislature. Eyebrows — and hackles — may be raised, but this kind of transparency is good for Texas.

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