Politics

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For Cornyn, Right Turn Could Be Defensive Play

Political observers say U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has shifted perceptibly right since Tea Party darling Ted Cruz joined him in the Senate. If he's doing it because he's worried about being "Dewhursted," they suggest he has little to worry about.

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The Brief: Feb. 25, 2013

The quickly approaching sequester deadline in Washington has brought the potential consequences for Texas into sharp relief.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Feb. 22, 2013

Your evening reading: Cornyn draws Tea Party challenger; Perry heckled over Medicaid during speech in D.C.; hundreds rally at state Capitol for immigration reform

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The Evening Brief: Feb. 21, 2013

Your evening reading: Cornyn and Cruz call on Obama to withdraw Hagel nomination; House passes $4.5 billion Medicaid IOU bill; Perry names three new UT System regents

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Spencer Selvidge

The Brief: Feb. 21, 2013

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s about-face on a key component of federal health care reform has turned attention toward Texas and Gov. Rick Perry.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Feb. 19, 2013

Your evening reading: Cruz on offense during tour of Texas gun manufacturer; senators condemn state's testing system; Legislature to investigate UT regents' treatment of Powers

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Bob Daemmrich

Cruz Talks Guns, Deflects Hagel Accusations

Calling President Obama’s recent gun control initiatives “cynical” and “wrong,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said on Tuesday that lawmakers “should focus our efforts on deterring and punishing violent criminals."

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Texas Weekly Newsreel: Spending and Expanding

In this edition of the Texas Weekly Newsreel: The House is off and running with the first of several supplemental appropriations bills. The state might opt out of Medicaid expansion, but counties might take part. And Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson talks about why he's running for office in 2014.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Evening Brief: Feb. 15, 2013

Your evening reading: George P. Bush says he'll announce political intentions before end of session; scrutiny of Cruz continues; Lamar Smith calls meteor a reminder to fund space programs

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