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The nine University of Texas System presidents led by UT-Austin President Bill Powers appear at the committee meeting on May 14, 2014.
The nine University of Texas System presidents led by UT-Austin President Bill Powers appear at the committee meeting on May 14, 2014.

The Brief: UT System Moves to Revamp Controversial Admissions

The leaders of the University Texas System installed Thursday a new policy on student admissions, presumably in hopes of closing the door on a controversy over allegations of powerful people pulling strings to get students into school.

Rick Perry delivers his stump speech to Republican voters and activists at a lake house near Derry, New Hampshire on July 3, 2015.
Rick Perry delivers his stump speech to Republican voters and activists at a lake house near Derry, New Hampshire on July 3, 2015.

The Brief: Perry Says He's "In It to Win It"

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday made his first comments since the news that his campaign staff was no longer getting paid, saying he's "in it to win it" and that he'll bring enough money to "keep the doors open."

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks Tuesday in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The 2016 presidential candidate was visiting the area as part of a weeklong swing through seven southern states expected to make up the so-called "SEC primary" on March 1, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks Tuesday in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The 2016 presidential candidate was visiting the area as part of a weeklong swing through seven southern states expected to make up the so-called "SEC primary" on March 1, 2016.

The Brief: Cruz Criticizing Jeb Bush on the Stump

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's recent campaign stops through the South have made it clear he has a new punching bag in speeches: Jeb Bush.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, speaking at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 8, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, speaking at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 8, 2015.

The Brief: Cruz's "Knockout Speech" in Atlanta

Following a relatively muted debate performance Thursday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz addressed a packed and enthusiastic room Saturday at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta as part of his swing through Southern states. 

The first GOP presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 6, 2015. Seven candidates didn't meet debate sponsor Fox News' polling criteria and met in this separate debate.
The first GOP presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 6, 2015. Seven candidates didn't meet debate sponsor Fox News' polling criteria and met in this separate debate.

The Brief: How Cruz and Perry Did in the Debates

The two Texans on the separate GOP debate stages Thursday didn't throw many punches at fellow Republicans in the first debates of the 2016 cycle.

Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw waits to testify at the House Committee on County Affairs on the Sandra Bland incident on July 30, 2015.
Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw waits to testify at the House Committee on County Affairs on the Sandra Bland incident on July 30, 2015.

The Brief: DPS Director Slammed at Sandra Bland Hearing

Steve McCraw, the director of Texas' Department of Public Safety, faced a grilling from lawmakers Thursday over the arrest of Sandra Bland.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.

The Brief: What Happened at the Planned Parenthood Hearing

The video filmed at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas is "consistent" with the other recent videos from an anti-abortion group, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday. 

Waller County Jail booking video showing Sandra Bland appearing before Justice of the Peace Delores Hargrave.
Waller County Jail booking video showing Sandra Bland appearing before Justice of the Peace Delores Hargrave.

The Brief: More Video Released in Sandra Bland Case

Waller County officials have released Sandra Bland's booking video to dispel online rumors that she was already dead when she was booked.