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The Brief: Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions

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 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."

Larissa Martinez, valedictorian at McKinney Boyd High School, revealed that she is undocumented last week during her graduation speech.
Larissa Martinez, valedictorian at McKinney Boyd High School, revealed that she is undocumented last week during her graduation speech.

The Brief: Texas Valedictorians Stoke Debate on Immigration

The debate over illegal immigration and what to do with undocumented immigrants, many of whom arrived in the country while still very young, has carried over to this year’s graduation season.

Pro and against signs of Austin's Prop 1 ride-hailing vote posted along voting centers on University of Texas at Austin's campus on April 28, 2016.
Pro and against signs of Austin's Prop 1 ride-hailing vote posted along voting centers on University of Texas at Austin's campus on April 28, 2016.

The Brief: Lawmakers Asked To Weigh In on Ride-Hailing Regulations

In a pointed instance of the saying, “actions have consequences,” representatives from Uber and Lyft appeared before a House committee on Wednesday to ask the state to address regulation of the growing ride-hailing industry.

Republican front runner Donald Trump savors the surprise endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie during a press conference in Fort Worth on Feb. 26, 2016.
Republican front runner Donald Trump savors the surprise endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie during a press conference in Fort Worth on Feb. 26, 2016.

The Brief: Latest Trump Attacks Draw Big Democratic Backlash

A Texas congressman becomes one of the leading voices in the push by Democratic leaders against the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's comments on the judge hearing the Trump University case.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick decries President Obama's planned rules on transgender bathrooms during a press conference at the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 13, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick decries President Obama's planned rules on transgender bathrooms during a press conference at the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 13, 2016.

The Brief: Legislature Could Enter Bathroom Debate

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick went on the offensive Tuesday, unveiling a number of measures against local guidelines for transgender students that mirror a federal directive from the Obama administration.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016

The Brief: Paxton Shopped Districts for Transgender Policy Lawsuit

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton approached at least two North Texas school districts about adopting transgender guidelines that led to his lawsuit against the federal government.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016

The Brief: Texas Files 40th Lawsuit Against Obama Administration

In the latest legal action taken against the current president, Texas was one of 11 states moving to stop a directive for public school districts to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice.

Voters wait in line at the University of Texas Co-op to cast their ballots in the March 1, 2016 primary elections.
Voters wait in line at the University of Texas Co-op to cast their ballots in the March 1, 2016 primary elections.

The Brief: Primary Runoffs Are Low Turnout, High Stakes

Although today's primary runoff elections will likely see low turnout in contests for the Legislature, the Railroad Commission and the State Board of Education, there are at least five things to watch for on Election Night.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's book, “Broken But Unbowed,” was available for purchase for the first time at the Texas GOP convention on May 12, 2016.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's book, “Broken But Unbowed,” was available for purchase for the first time at the Texas GOP convention on May 12, 2016.

The Brief: Abbott Has a Weighty Book Out. So, What's Next?

The decision by Gov. Greg Abbott to pen a book touting a weighty national political proposal before he's been in office for two years has plenty of people wondering if he's setting up a run for higher office.