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Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz arrives to speak during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz arrives to speak during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

The Brief: Cruz, Not Endorsing Trump, is Booed in Cleveland

The angry reaction to Ted Cruz's non-endorsement of Donald Trump comes as speculation grows on how the Texas senator builds on his second-place finish in the race for the nomination.

Under a sign warning about Zika virus, Josseline Lopez, 22, gets an ultrasound from technician Ivonne Murillo at Legacy Community Health Clinic in Houston on Feb. 25, 2016.
Under a sign warning about Zika virus, Josseline Lopez, 22, gets an ultrasound from technician Ivonne Murillo at Legacy Community Health Clinic in Houston on Feb. 25, 2016.

The Brief: Texas Has Its First Zika Birth Defect Case

Health officials said Wednesday that the first baby with Zika virus-linked birth defects in Texas was born a few weeks ago outside Houston to a mother who had contracted the virus in Colombia.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings shakes Chief of Police David Brown's hand as former President Bush, President Obama, their wives, U.S. Sens. Cornyn and Cruz and others applaud on July 12, 2016.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings shakes Chief of Police David Brown's hand as former President Bush, President Obama, their wives, U.S. Sens. Cornyn and Cruz and others applaud on July 12, 2016.

The Brief: In Dallas, Obama Calls for Unity to “Do What Is Right”

President Barack Obama was joined by his predecessor George W. Bush and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in a memorial service for five slain police officers to call for healing across the country.

The Texas Governor's Mansion is bathed in blue light at sunset July 8, 2016 as Texans honor five slain police officers in overnight violence in Dallas.  Several other officers were injured along with two bystanders in a shooting melee following a Black Lives Matter march downtown.
The Texas Governor's Mansion is bathed in blue light at sunset July 8, 2016 as Texans honor five slain police officers in overnight violence in Dallas. Several other officers were injured along with two bystanders in a shooting melee following a Black Lives Matter march downtown.

The Brief: With Vigil and Memorial, Dallas Mourns

More than 1,000 people gathered for a vigil in Dallas on Monday night to remember the police officers killed by sniper fire last week, and the city will continue to grieve them Tuesday with a memorial service.

A protester holds up a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on the morning the court takes up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy, in Washington March 2, 2016.
A protester holds up a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on the morning the court takes up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy, in Washington March 2, 2016.

The Brief: Texas Quietly Moves to Further Regulate Abortion

As opponents to abortion rights regroup after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Texas’ House Bill 2, the state's health agency pushes to regulate the practice further.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.

The Brief: “Family Friends” Help Paxton With Legal Bills

A recent disclosure shows that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accepted more than $329,000 from donors and “family friends” toward his legal bills as he defends himself against securities fraud charges.

Lauren Baker (right) of Plano and Mary Baumgard of Minnesota held signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 2, 2016, as the court arguments in a case on a Texas abortion law.
Lauren Baker (right) of Plano and Mary Baumgard of Minnesota held signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 2, 2016, as the court arguments in a case on a Texas abortion law.

The Brief: Statistics Show Drop in Texas Abortions

The number of drug-induced abortions performed in the state fell sharply in the first full year after the enactment of a controversial 2013 abortion law, parts of which were struck down this week.

The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.
The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.

The Brief: Cruz’s Role in Cleveland Up in the Air

Three weeks ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, it’s still unclear who will attend and speak — and what role former presidential candidate Ted Cruz will play there.

Lead plaintiff Amy Hagstrom-Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, smiles as she arrives to speak outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the court handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities in Washington on June 27, 2016.
Lead plaintiff Amy Hagstrom-Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, smiles as she arrives to speak outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the court handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities in Washington on June 27, 2016.

The Brief: Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a victory to Texas abortion rights activists on Monday when it struck down two restrictions central to the state’s controversial 2013 abortion law.

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. David Cicilline shows Democratic members
of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. John Lewis (R) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand
action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2016.
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. David Cicilline shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. John Lewis (R) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2016.

The Brief: House Democrats Craft Showdown on Gun Control

In a move aimed at forcing action on gun control in the U.S. House, Congressional Democrats seized the floor for much of Wednesday in what was quickly dubbed a "sit-in."