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The Evening Brief: Jan. 23, 2013

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, is shown her lottery number by Senate Secretary Patsy Spaw on Jan. 23, 2013.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, is shown her lottery number by Senate Secretary Patsy Spaw on Jan. 23, 2013.

Your evening reading: senators draw re-election terms; five Texas Republicans vote against debt ceiling extension; major Democratic donor spending big in Houston special election

The Brief: Jan. 22, 2013

Texas Republicans in Washington largely put partisanship aside on Monday as President Obama marked the beginning of his second term with a vigorous defense of liberalism.

The Brief: Jan. 21, 2013

President Obama working the rope line after his Austin Music Hall speech on July 17, 2012.
President Obama working the rope line after his Austin Music Hall speech on July 17, 2012.

Texas Democrats rode a fresh wave of optimism over the weekend as inauguration festivities descended on Washington.

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.

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