Texas Gov. Abbott defends controversial effort to deter illegal border crossings

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Latest Biden Remarks on Border Show Just How Deceitful He Can Be, Elon and the Internet Let Him Have It

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Ken Paxton is throwing support behind Texas primary challengers to oust political rivals on Super Tuesday

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton‘s recent endorsements demonstrate his desire to upturn Super Tuesday elections against…

State lawmaker undergoing IVF calls on Texas to protect the procedure

   AUSTIN (Nexstar) — A Democratic state representative currently undergoing fertility treatment is calling on Texas…

Trump says Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ‘absolutely’ on VP shortlist

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Biden’s border trip will be missing one key thing… MIGRANTS

  Piles of trash and miles of fencing will greet President Joe Biden when he arrives…

Border Patrol finds five migrant kids with paper with NY addresses

  Texas border patrol agents recovered five unaccompanied migrant children holding notes with addresses in New…

In first-of-its-kind collaboration, Mexican firefighters will train across border in South Texas

  The South Texas city of McAllen is offering to train firefighters from Mexico north of…

US Supreme Court to weigh Florida, Texas laws constraining social media companies

By John Kruzel and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday was…

Biden to visit Texas-Mexico border Thursday. Will he change the vexing issue’s narrative?

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Your Medicare Costs May Go Down Dramatically in 2024, Thanks to U.S. Law Kicking in

A big cost and concern for many seniors in the U.S. is the price of prescription…

The Human Toll of Greg Abbott’s War at the Border

  A dispatch from Eagle Pass, where the Texas governor has amped up the cruelty toward…

State of Texas: Ruling sparks Paxton’s push to oust conservative judges on Court of Criminal Appeals

   AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is not on the March Primary ballot,…

Border agents seize around 6.5 tons of meth at port in Texas; largest bust ever at a port entry

  The seizure was estimated to be worth about $117 million, according to officials.  Read More …

Texas border sheriff warns migrant pursuits have become ‘extremely dangerous’ for community

Terrell County, Texas Sheriff Thaddeus Cleveland on how border communities are directly impacted by the ongoing…

Majority of Texas Hispanics support building border wall, sending troops to border

  (The Center Square) – A majority of Hispanic Texas voters support Gov. Greg Abbott building…

‘Civil war’ narrative is false, Texas officials, Border Patrol union say

  (The Center Square) – A narrative that a “civil war” or “cold war” between federal…

Fewer migrants are crossing into Texas. Gov. Abbott is claiming credit.

  Illegal border crossings into the United States have fallen 50 percent since the end of…

Three Shootings in Ten Days That Derail All the Media Narratives on Gun Incidents

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Johnny Manziel reveals father held secret multi-million dollar negotiation for Texas A&M return

The Heisman Trophy winner also said that every championship competitive team had a "bag man."

Gunman Who Killed Two Minnesota Police Officers and a Paramedic Was Prohibited From Owning Firearms

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Rio Grande Valley native lands role in new Marvel series ‘Echo’

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Missouri National Guard, Highway Patrol set to help at border with Texas’ Operation Lone Star

  Gov. Mike Parson announced the activation of roughly 200 troops who will be deployed in…

White House Calmly Announces Action at the Border, Undercuts Years of Media Excuses

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‘He’s a Loser’: Nancy Mace Strikes Back at Kevin McCarthy After Insult

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New Bill Would Give States the Right to Sue Federal Government Over Illegal Alien Invasion

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Texas Gov. Abbott announces border camps for National Guard troops

  Federal law says the U.S. government controls immigration, but recently the state of Texas has…

Kemp sending Georgia National Guard troops to Texas border

  Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that he will send additional Georgia National Guard troops to…

The Best Way for Many Texas Democrats to Make Their Voices Heard? Vote in the Republican Primary.

Most November elections in the state are meaningless. But primaries present liberals an opportunity to exert…

Armed Texas Man Shows Would-Be Robber Why It Was a Horrible Idea to Break Into His Truck

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Border Crisis: Texas takes over small island

  The Texas Land Commissioner says the state has successfully blocked cartels from a small island…

Illegal immigration shifts away from Texas after Abbott locks down border: Data

  AUSTIN, Texas — Claims by Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) that Texas’s border security initiative has…

Greg Abbott increases razor wire at Texas border

  The Texas governor said he will deploy more National Guard troops and install more razor…

Texas Congressman calls failed GOP effort to impeach Homeland Security Secretary ’embarrassing’

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FBI foils 2022 plot by militiamen to “start a war” at the Texas-Mexico border

  A Tennessee man arrested Monday hoped to travel to the southern border with a militia…

Texas Rep. on why the border bill is a non-starter

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Texas stripped of powers in border security bill

  New border security bill says constitutional challenges can only be made in Washington D.C.  Read…

Johnson Gets the Jump on Senate’s $106B Bill, Announces House Vote on ‘Clean, Standalone’ Israel Aid

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Texas Supreme Court hears arguments on new law banning medical procedures for transgender youth

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Federal Government Failure Could Save the Nation

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Cornyn, GOP Colleagues Introduce Bill Forcing Biden Admin to Make Catch-and-Release Data Public

“The Biden administration has gone to great lengths to hide record levels of illegal immigration at…

Gov. Abbott’s Border Quagmire

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Daughter of No. 2 House Democrat arrested during clash with Boston cops

Katherine Clark acknowledged the incident in a tweet Sunday that quickly went viral.

In Texas’ first post-Roe legislative session, there’s a new political power dynamic on abortion

While Democrats and the far-right edge of the Republican Party remain focused on abortion, leaders in…

Help us identify what matters most to Texans during the 2023 legislative session

We would like to know more about what you're seeing in your community to help guide…

Dark money group linked to Leonard Leo is dissolved

The conservative judicial activist used BH Fund to facilitate the nominations of conservative judges, but it…

Nikki Haley dismisses Pompeo’s VP claims as ‘lies and gossip’

The Republican former ambassador to the United Nations also teased a presidential run during an interview…

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills…

George Santos appears to admit drag queen past in Wiki post

A user with the name Anthony Devolder wrote in 2011 that they won several drag pageants.…

The people of New Hampshire vs. Joe Biden

Biden wants to put South Carolina's primary first. But New Hampshire refuses to go second.

RNC chair challenger looks to Never Trumpers for a boost

Harmeet Dhillon is trying to flip votes. And she's looking at interesting factions for help.

Supreme Court says justices ‘actively cooperated’ in leak probe

Unlike clerks and staff, members of nation's highest court were not asked to sign affidavit, marshal…

Conservative lawmakers push for review of school board group’s guidance on transgender students

Texas Freedom Caucus asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to weigh in on school board association's guidance…

New Texas foster care report shows both improvements and continued deficiencies

In a fifth report tracking the state's efforts to remedy its embattled foster care system, federal…

Bill to ban Chinese citizens and government from buying Texas land gains steam among Republicans

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst filed a bill that would ban citizens, governments and entities from China, Iran,…

TribCast: Is bipartisan immigration reform a realistic goal?

In this week's episode, Matthew speaks with Washington correspondent Matthew Choi and immigration reporter Uriel J.…

Texas GOP launches radio attack ads against Republican state House speaker

The radio ad, which criticizes Phelan for appointing Democratic committee chairs, prompted pushback from Republican colleagues…

After 10 days, dozens of Texas prisoners remain on hunger strike protesting solitary confinement practices

Although the number of men refusing food has steadily declined, 38 are still starving themselves to…

Texas jobless rate drops below 4% for first time since pandemic shutdowns

The state has set a record for the number of employed people for 14 consecutive months,…

Montgomery County-owned venue will host Kyle Rittenhouse rally against censorship

The venue change comes days after a Conroe-based brewery faced threats and harassment for pulling out…

State regulators approve controversial Texas electricity market reform

The substantial change in the way the state's market works will first be reviewed by the…

Migrant shot and injured by National Guard soldier patrolling border

It's the first-known incident where a soldier has shot a migrant since the mission began. The…

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills…

When showing up at the Texas Capitol made a difference

Readers sometimes ask us if the outcomes in governing are predetermined and whether civic engagement makes…

A year after FBI raids Henry Cuellar’s home, no arrests and no answers

One year later, there have been no arrests or charges filed related to the case. Cuellar…

“Who ever thought I would be chief?” Texas’ Alabama-Coushatta tribe elects first female chief

Millie Thompson Williams was elected the tribe's first female second chief, a lifetime appointment, last year.…

T-Squared: Texas Tribune 2022 diversity report shows progress

Varied backgrounds and points of view among staff members help the Tribune to better connect with…

Texas Legislature’s state budget proposals leave more than $50 billion in state funds up for grabs

The preliminary budgets by House and Senate call for $130.1 billion in state spending over two…

Whisper campaign about RNC chair candidate’s Sikh faith roils campaign

Harmeet Dhillon called some fellow Republicans' comments "hurtful."

Santos refuses to resign amid calls from local N.Y. GOP

Local GOP leaders and a fellow Republican congressman told the New Yorker to resign, with some…

Texas universities block access to TikTok on campus Wi-Fi networks

Students and faculty will not be able to access the popular social media app while connected…

Gov. Greg Abbott energizes supporters with vows to focus on education and the border as his third term begins

Texans came from all corners of the state to watch Abbott's inauguration Tuesday. Even those who…

Feds won’t seek death penalty against alleged El Paso Walmart gunman

The federal government has largely avoided pursuing the death penalty under President Biden.

Texas teens embark on an idealistic quest to shut down the state’s last five youth prisons

Spurred by reports of inhumane conditions at Texas Juvenile Justice Department facilities, Austin-area teenagers are lobbying…

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn eyes the seemingly impossible: a bipartisan deal on immigration

Riding the success of his historic congressional session last year where he helped pass the first…

Texas lawmakers want to end state holiday commemorating Confederate veterans

For the third straight legislative session, state Rep. Jarvis Johnson, D-Houston, has filed a bill to…

Gov. Greg Abbott says in inauguration speech Legislature will prioritize budget surplus, schools and power grid

Abbott is on track to becoming Texas' second-longest-serving governor, behind Rick Perry, who served more than…

Environmentalists push for tougher oil and gas restrictions to protect rare whale in Gulf of Mexico

Environmental scientists say Rice's whale, discovered in 2021, faces extinction unless the federal government sets tougher…

Conroe brewery receives flood of threats, harassment after canceling Kyle Rittenhouse event

The CEO of Southern Star Brewery said the cancellation was prompted primarily by concerns from local…

As lawmakers begin a new session, Texas mayors want to maintain control of local issues

Mayors from the state's most populous cities presented their legislative wish list, including economic development and…

TribCast: The Texas Legislature is off and running

In this week's episode, Matthew speaks with James and Patrick about the fight over Democrats chairing…

Afghan soldier jailed in Texas for crossing border should receive presidential pardon, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee says

The Houston Democrat said she has sent a letter to the White House asking the Biden…

Conroe brewery pulls out as venue for Kyle Rittenhouse rally against censorship

Southern Star Brewery, which had been listed as the event host, said it "is an apolitical…

A new bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers wants to highlight the state’s fragile water infrastructure

So far there has been an average of six boil-water notices a day across Texas in…

More than 70 Texas prisoners are 3 days into a hunger strike protesting harsh solitary confinement practices

Prisoners have refused food to protest practices that have kept more than 500 people in isolation…

Texas Supreme Court clears way for state’s education agency to take over Houston ISD

The decision from the state's highest court would allow the TEA to move forward with its…

EPA moves away from Permian Basin air pollution crackdown

The oil industry pushed hard against the proposal to issue an ozone nonattainment designation, which would…

The fringe ideology of “constitutional sheriffs” is attracting believers within Texas law enforcement

Some 50 Texas sheriffs and numerous elected officials have attended trainings on the unsupported notion that…

COVID-19 upended Texas schools’ finances. Now they’re calling for a new funding system.

Districts like Pflugerville ISD, which is struggling with a $12 million deficit and weighing school closures,…

T-Squared: Renzo Downey will write the Tribune’s politics newsletter

Downey, who currently reports on Florida politics, covered the Texas Legislature's 2019 session for the Austin…

Ken Paxton wants more power to prosecute election crimes. These bills in the Texas Legislature would give it to him.

Although no evidence of widespread voter fraud has been found, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has…

Texas House speaker addresses prospects of anti-LGBTQ bills, gun legislation and casinos

At the start of his second term leading the lower chamber, Dade Phelan talked to reporters…

Afghan soldier arrested at border while seeking asylum has new lawyers, meets with FBI

Abdul Wasi Safi's physical and mental health are deteriorating as he waits at a detention center…

Texas higher ed leaders optimistic about funding, faculty uneasy about culture wars as new session starts

Community colleges want a funding overhaul this legislative session, and four-year universities are hoping for a…

State agency that oversees Texas power grid needs more money to do its job, Sunset Commission finds

The Public Utility Commission has about 200 employees but needs more to handle shoring up the…

Effort to ban Democratic chairs fails in Texas House, but rule passes to penalize future quorum-breakers

House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, snuffed out a monthslong push Wednesday to end the chamber's longtime…

As Donald Trump mounts his 2024 presidential bid, his support among Texas officials is waning

About two months into his comeback bid, few prominent Texas Republicans have endorsed Trump -- and…

Questions about validity of shaken baby syndrome not enough to give Texas death row inmate new trial, court rules

Robert Roberson was sentenced to death for killing his 2-year-old daughter. Experts have since backtracked on…

Republican Texas House candidate’s election complaint tossed after he fails to pay fee

Mike May was one of more than 20 losing candidates in Harris County who filed election…

Texas Senate votes to take up redistricting again

The redistricting process this year is mostly procedural and is not expected to produce very different…

Texas senators draw lots to determine how long their terms will be

After redistricting, the state constitution requires senators to draw lots to determine which half of the…

Farmers face a higher risk of suicide. The Texas Agriculture Department wants $500,000 a year to change that.

The department's helpline is less than a year old. But advocates hope state lawmakers fully fund…

As the share of white Texans continues to shrink, the Legislature remains mostly white and male

In the 2023 legislative session that convened Tuesday, 70% of lawmakers are men. More than half…

Oaths, M&Ms and a historic Quran: Texas’ freshman lawmakers begin their inaugural legislative session

New Texas House members were sworn into office Tuesday, including some who have already made history.

Texas executes Robert Fratta after high courts reject challenges to expired lethal injection drugs

Fratta was convicted in the 1994 murder-for-hire of his wife. Lawyers unsuccessfully challenged Texas' routine of…

Uvalde DA gets initial state police report on school shooting but doesn’t expect full investigation for months

The preliminary report has not been made public by either the district attorney's office or the…

Texas House selects Rep. Dade Phelan as speaker for another legislative session

Phelan defeated Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, for the House leadership position in a vote, 145-3. In…

A Texas Republican has started the process to impeach the secretary of Homeland Security over border security

Pat Fallon, R-Sherman, filed articles of impeachment late Monday, delayed a week because of the contentious…

Texas universities propose two-year tuition freeze in exchange for nearly $1 billion in additional state funding

The leaders of the state's six biggest university systems are seeking the money to fund instruction,…

Look up your representatives in the Tribune’s elected officials directory

Look up information about every statewide elected official, every member of the Texas Legislature and every…

Texas Republicans tapped to chair four committees in new GOP-led U.S. House

The Texans are poised to chair some of the most important committees, including the appropriations and…

Watch: Live video from the Texas House and Senate

The Texas Tribune is streaming the 2023 legislative session live from the Texas House and Senate…

State police terminate another officer for response to Uvalde mass shooting

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw accused the suspended Texas Ranger of failing to…

Texans help elect Kevin McCarthy speaker after dramatic late-night votes

Texas Republicans were key players in the intraparty fight over how its leaders would run the…

Watch a Jan. 17 conversation with four new members of the Texas House

They'll talk about their campaigns and journey to the Legislature, what has stood out to them…

Joe Biden tours El Paso for first border visit of his presidency

He was greeted by Gov. Greg Abbott upon arrival at the El Paso airport. Abbott has…