News Affecting Texans

Lasting effects of positive influence

Professors continually strive to have positive impacts on the students with whom they come into contact. One positive interaction can make a difference in a student’s education, and the results of that interaction can last for years. The impact two Texas A&M University School of Public Health professors had on a pair of students is
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A Startup Is Using Recycled Plastic to 3D Print Tiny $25,000 Prefabricated Homes in LA

There’re 3D-printed homes, and there’re prefabricated homes. Take the best of both technologies, throw in a groundbreaking use for discarded plastic, and you have a genius idea. Born in Culver City, the startup Azure is mostly using recycled plastic water and drink bottles to create homes that are 90% complete by the time they leave
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Ingenious Dancers Stun Judges to Make Finals of America’s Got Talent – WATCH

A all-female Lebanese dance troupe promised to hypnotize the judges on America’s Got Talent: a bold call before performing for someone as notoriously spikey as Simon Cowell. The “Mayyas” lined up in single file after answering some questions, before proceeding to do just that; wowing the judges and winning a Golden Buzzer from Sophia Vergara.
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Archaeologists Found a Perfectly Preserved 1,500 Year-old Arrow Inside a Glacier

Archeologists found a perfectly preserved 1,500 year old arrow inside a Norwegian glacier. It was a team of seven people from a glacier archeology program who discovered the arrow, dated to between 300 and 600 CE, in the Jotunheimen Mountains on August 17. It was found during a survey of the reindeer hunting site, and
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8-Year-old Girl Gets to Chat with Orbiting Astronaut Using Dad’s Ham Radio

Some old tech was able to make a new connection for a little English girl who got to speak with an orbiting astronaut after her dad hailed him on a Ham radio. It was August 2nd when Isabella Payne had just settled down for her “beauty sleep.” But her father, Matthew, knew that since they
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School of Dentistry names new dean

Lily T. Garcia, DDS, MS, FACP, has been named dean of the Texas A&M University School of Dentistry and will begin at the Dallas location in October. Garcia currently serves as dean and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. She contributed to initial strategic planning and development at UNLV
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Rouzer awarded postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health

NRSA F32 postdoctoral fellowships support the research training of postdocs who have the potential to become successful, independent investigators in scientific fields.
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Man Stores Rainwater Since 1976 and Has 6,000 Liters to Get Through Drought

Even though the English government recently announced a ban on garden hose watering in the west of the country, Peter Harden has kept right on hosing worry-free. That’s because Harden has been storing rainwater in large catch thanks for almost 50 years, and with 6,000 liters (1,500 gallons) of water available to him, his paddock
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Scientists Invent Ultra-Thin Battery-Like Device that Generates Electricity from Air Moisture—Perfect for Health Monitors

Imagine being able to generate electricity by harnessing moisture in the air around you with just everyday items like sea salt and a piece of fabric. That’s just what a team of researchers from Singapore has shown, having developed a moisture-driven battery made of a thin layer of fabric, sea salt, carbon ink, and a
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Scientists Stunned by New Jupiter Images With Galaxies ‘Photobombing’ the Webb Telescope

With giant storms, powerful winds, auroras, and extreme temperature and pressure conditions, Jupiter has a lot going on—and NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured some incredible new images of the planet. “We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest,” said planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, professor emerita of the University
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First Study to Show Dogs Cry ‘Happy Tears’ When Reunited With Their Owners

Dogs cry “happy tears” when their owners come home, according to a study inspired by a scientist whose own pup welled up with joy whenever they reunited. It’s well known that dogs have tear ducts designed to flush dirt from their eyes, but the process had never been linked with emotion—until now. Professor Takefumi Kikusui
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Forest Group is Saving Scottish Habitat ‘One Sausage at a Time’

Deep in the heart of the Scottish highlands, deer hunters are fueling conservation from the sale of hunted venison. Cairngorms National Park is 1,748 square miles of pristine and unique habitat, through which tens of thousands of red deer roam without natural predators. Every year thousands of are culled by deer stalkers to protect over-feeding on
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Here’s your ballot for the Nov. 8 Texas midterm elections

The U.S. will hold its midterm election on Nov. 8. In Texas, voters will elect officials for statewide, congressional and legislative offices. ...

REPORT: Memos Show Joe Biden Tried to Entrap Donald Trump Over ‘Classified’ Documents

A new report is shedding light on exactly how the DOJ investigation into Donald Trump over supposed “classified documents” at Mar-a-Lago got started. The FBI recently raided the former president’s… ...

6 High School Football Players Combine Their Strength to Rescue Injured Woman Trapped in a Wrecked Car

A Georgian woman is thanking her stars that it was nothing less than a group of buff high schooler football players who just happened to be passing by her when she needed help. Together they leant their strength to pry open the jammed door of the woman’s wrecked car, which allowed the rescuers to access
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‘I will resign’: Gov. Abbott’s order to investigate trans youth elicited anger, confusion inside state protective services, internal emails show

800-plus pages of emails obtained through open records show Texas Department of Family and Protective Services staff reaction to gender-affirming care investigations DALLAS — Attorney General Ken Paxton’s non-binding legal… ...

Breakthrough Might Finally Destroy the Harmful ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Our Water

FAS, a group of manufactured chemicals commonly used since the 1940s, are called ‘forever chemicals’ for a reason. Bacteria can’t eat them; fire can’t incinerate them; and water can’t dilute them. And, if these toxic chemicals are buried, they leach into surrounding soil. Now, Northwestern University chemists have done the seemingly impossible. Using low temperatures
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Alzheimer’s Memory Loss Reversed in Mice After Scientists Discover Method to Form New Brain Cells

Alzheimer’s has been reversed in mice after scientists at the University of Illinois-Chicago boosted the formation of new brain cells, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments. Their gene therapy fueled new neurons in the hippocampus—a region in the brain vital for learning and remembering where you put your car keys. Experiments have shown
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Vulture Soars Around a Paraglider Then Lands on His Lap – WATCH

This is the thrilling moment a vulture flies alongside a paraglider and then lands on his lap, as he soared 100-ft in the air. Ricardo Guimarães Cunha was paragliding in the mountainous region of Pacatuba, Ceará, Brazil, when he captured the experience on his GoPro camera. The 30-year-old had planned to take some videos of
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Watch: With a “feeling of betrayal,” one family flees Texas in search of safer climate for their transgender daughter

Gov. Greg Abbott directed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate parents who provide their children with gender-affirming care, driving one such family to leave home. ...

There’s a Huge Divide Among Democrats Over How Hard to Campaign for Democracy

Democratic leaders and voters say they care about protecting democracy, but it's not driving their behavior in the midterms. ...

Adam Schiff Says AG Garland ‘Acted Appropriately’ on Trump Raid, Yet Hasn’t Received Report He Requested

In this episode of “Adam Schiff being Adam Schiff”… In the wide, wild world of liberal hypocrisy, there’s nobody better at it than California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, whose plethora… ...

Scientists Finally Provide Relief For Depression By Locating Exact Target for Deep Brain Stimulation 

Although it was a small study on 10 patients, researchers at the University of Texas Health–Houston were able to achieve something long out of reach, locating the G-spot where brain stimulators can make a real difference for depression patients. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) resulted in metabolic brain changes over the 12 months following implanting of
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Virtual Trip to Museum ‘Can Help People Stay Mentally–And Physically–Healthy’

Online virtual trips to a museum may benefit older people in surprising ways, suggests a new study. Researchers identified an association between regular online museum visits and a reduction of frailty and cognitive decline. The culturally enriching activity made seniors feel less isolated, which earlier studies have shown is linked to a range of health
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Hero Cat Saves Owner Who was Having a Heart Attack by Pounding its Paws on Her Chest

A hero cat saved his owner’s life by pounding his paws on her chest to wake her up after she suffered a heart attack. Sam Felstead was asleep when she was woken by her seven-year-old cat Billy at 4.30am. She realized she was unable to move her body and had a shooting pain down her
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Watch Elephant Give Back a Child’s Shoe That Fell Into Zoo Enclosure – SO SWEET

A video was captured showing the moment a helpful elephant picks up a toddler’s shoe to return it. 🐘❤️ The 25-year-old pachyderm used its trunk to grab the sandal from the dirt and reach up to the child after the little shoe fell into the zoo enclosure in Weihai, China. SEND the Sweet Story to
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More on Report That FBI Unit Involved in Russia Probe Was Behind Trump Raid

The more we learn about the surrounding facts of the FBI raid on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, the more the plot thickens. As we previously reported, intel officials were… ...

Trump Rebuts McConnell’s Grim Senate Prediction – but Both Are Right

Following Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) remarks about Republicans having a better chance of flipping the House than the Senate in the midterm election, Trump took to social media… ...

People Who Play Music While Studying More Likely to Have Higher GPA, Says New Poll

If picking a playlist was your first step when studying, you’re more likely to have earned a higher GPA, according to a new poll. Of those that do listen to music while studying, 80% agree that it is therapeutic and 75% said it helped them absorb information. The survey of 2,000 Americans looked at the
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New Poll Suggests Nevada Senate Seat Is Definitely in Play

Polling for the U.S. Senate seat held by Catherine Cortez Masto has been pretty sparse, but a new poll out late this week shows that not only is the seat… ...

Governor Abbott Holds Statewide Weather Briefing As Excessive Rain, Flash Flooding Threatens Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today led a statewide weather call with more than 350 local emergency response officials, including mayors, county judges, first responders, and private sector partners, from all regions across Texas.Governor Greg Abbott today led a statewide weather call with more than 350 local emergency response officials, including mayors, county judges, first responders, and private sector partners, from all regions across Texas. The Governor also received a briefing from members of the Texas Emergency Management Council on the latest state agency actions at the Texas State Emergency Operations Center (SOC).

Additionally, Governor Abbott spoke directly with Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevi?o, Jr., Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, El Paso Deputy City Manager Mario D'Agostino, and Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson to discuss any needs their communities might have and to reiterate actions the state has taken to support any local response that is necessary.

"I urge Texans to remain alert about changing weather conditions, take the active weather threats seriously, and heed the guidance of local officials as storms bringing rain and flood concerns push through our state," said Governor Abbott. "The State of Texas is using all means necessary to support local community efforts to protect life and property, and it's essential that communities across the state take proactive measures to keep all Texans safe."

During the call, Governor Abbott reminded local officials and first responders that the State of Texas remains ready to ensure all needs are met across Texas and continues to do everything possible to help local communities. The Governor also underscored the importance for Texans to keep a watchful eye on unexpected swift flowing rivers that may put lives at risk.

Yesterday, Governor Abbott directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to mobilize state resources to assist Texas communities that are expected to receive heavy rain and flooding through the coming week.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a threat of heavy rainfall and flash flooding in parts of West Texas, South Texas, and the Panhandle into the start of the week. Increased risk of excessive rainfall and flash flooding extends to the northern half of the state next week. Severe storms are possible in some areas, with potential for damaging winds and large hail.

TDEM has coordinated the pre-positioning of more than 250 personnel and more than 100 pieces of response equipment. The following state assets have been staged across the state for activation as warranted:


Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX): 6 Texas A&M Task Force 1 (TXTF 1) swiftwater boat squads
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD): 2 Search & Rescue Boat Teams
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS): Tactical Marine Unit; 3 Helicopters with hoist capabilities
Texas National Guard: 3 Helicopters and 3 Ground Transportation Companies totaling more than 60 vehicles and more than 150 personnel
Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TX-EMTF): 2 Severe Weather Packages including ambulances, ambulance buses, and emergency medical service personnel


Local officials in West Texas are hosting sandbag points of distribution this weekend, including at the following locations:

El Paso County:

El Paso (24 hours a day)


1331 N. Fabens Street
191 Canutillo Avenue
14698 Van Lane


Texans are urged to follow these flood preparedness and safety tips during severe weather events:


Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA's Flood Map Service Center for information.
Sign up for your community's warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provide emergency alerts.
Build an emergency supply kit. For more information on how to build a kit, visit: ready.gov/kit
Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas - never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don't Drown.


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The 3 prongs of Liz Cheney’s campaign against Trump — will they work?

Liz Cheney has her sights set on Donald Trump. The Wyoming congresswoman may have lost her bid for reelection this past week, but she is making it her mission to… ...

Twitter Employees Just Got Some Bad News About Their Yearly Bonuses

When we last left the saga of Big Tech social media giant Twitter in July, they were marinating in the bad news that their latest quarter left investors wanting, as… ...

Gold Could Hold the Key to Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment That’s Cheaper and Non-Invasive

Gold could hold the key to treating inflammatory bowel disease, according to new research. The debilitating condition, which includes both Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, has no cure, and can prove fatal in some cases. The main treatments for the disease are drugs such as aminosalicylic acid preparations and corticosteroids, which can cause anaemia and intestine
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Mom Installs 20 Defibrillators Around Town After She Loses Teen Son to Cardiac Arrest

A British mother found a meaningful way to channel her grief. She’s getting 20 defibrillators installed across her hometown after her 18-year-old son went into cardiac arrest, and the nearest kit was locked away in a school. Jamie Rees was at a friend’s house when he collapsed in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
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Couple Quit Jobs to Travel the World in Van They Renovated and Transformed for 25K – LOOK

Quitting jobs and traveling across the country in a camper van is not a dream that’s unique to Americans—as proven by England’s Helen Weedon and Tristan Young. Together, they dumped their 9 to 5s, bought a 17-seater Ford Transit, and shelled out 25k turning it into a mobile home before hitting the highways of Europe
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Your Inspired Weekly Horoscope From Rob Brezsny: A ‘Free Will Astrology’

Our partner Rob Brezsny provides his weekly wisdom to enlighten our thinking and motivate our mood. Rob’s Free Will Astrology, is a syndicated weekly column appearing in over a hundred publications. He is also the author of Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How All of Creation Is Conspiring To Shower You with Blessings. (A free
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School Board Bans the Pledge Over ‘Under God,’ Continues to Accept Deity-Endorsing Public Funds

In North Dakota, the Pledge of Allegiance was recently removed by wokeness. Or maybe it was old-fashioned Leftism. Within the Fargo Public Schools (FPS) Board of Education, citizens partly comprising… ...

TribCast: Texas’ drought is likely to persist

In this week's episode, Matthew speaks with Jayme about how this week's rain likely won't mean the end of the drought. And he speaks with Eric about the soon-to-be-over congressional career of Louie Gohmert. ...

Cheney Reveals Discussions With Pence About Testifying Before J6 Committee

Mike Pence seems to be playing both ends against the middle when it comes to the FBI raid on the home of President Donald Trump. While Pence said he was… ...

Mitt Romney Just Stomped All Over Liz Cheney’s Presidential Dreams

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) just lost her primary this week after she was delivered an epic stomping by Harriet Hageman and the people of Wyoming. Cheney not only lost, but… ...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joins other key Republicans in supporting repealing the “tampon tax”

Advocates have previously called for repealing the sales tax on products like tampons, sanitary pads and pantyliners. Menstrual products are already tax-free in 24 states. ...

Cheap, Single-Dose Rabies Vaccine Passes Phase 1 Trials–Could Save Thousands of Lives

Researchers from the University of Oxford have today reported new findings from a Phase 1 clinical trial studying the immune response and safety of their newly-developed single-shot rabies vaccine, and the results look great. 12 volunteers were recruited into the study in total, with three receiving a low dose, three receiving a medium dose and
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A New Detection System Could Save Sperm Whales From Ship Strikes

Greek scientists have developed technology to pinpoint a sperm whale’s location to within 40 meters of its 16 meter-long body by tracking the whale’s clicks. Through the course of their work, they stumbled upon a fascinating phenomenon that allowed such technology to track their position in vertical, as well as horizontal marine space. Ship strikes
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Unlocking cell nucleus behaviors may be key in cancer fight

For years, the nucleus within a cell was thought to be elastic like a rubber ball, deforming and snapping back into shape as the cell navigated through pores and between fibers inside the human body. Researchers at Texas A&M University and the University of Florida have discovered that the nucleus is more complex than originally
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Artist Draws Astounding Portraits with Both Her Hands and Feet at the Same Time –WATCH

With a brush in each limb, a Dutch artist is going viral for her ability to draw portraits with all four hands and feet simultaneously. Rajacenna, an artist from Rotterdam, can complete up to six illustrations at the same time—two for each hand, and one for each foot. “In 2019 the idea came to me
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Farmer Thrives by Growing Gluten-free Grain Needing No Water During Drought

What doesn’t need irrigation, requires no pesticides, and needs only a third of the fertilizer of wheat? It’s a potential big-problem-solving grain called sorghum, which in France is growing strong while all other grain fields are withering and baking under record temperatures. Farming is all about the input costs. Eudes Coutte, a sorghum farmer in
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In Home Stretch, 16-Year Old Becomes the Youngest to Circumnavigate Earth in an Airplane

A 16-year old British boy is nearing the final leg of his five month adventure to become youngest person to fly around the world solo. Mack Rutherford set off on the daredevil mission from an air base in Sofia, Bulgaria in March, and if successful he will become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world
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Innovation in Organic Solar Cells Promise Low-Cost, Bendable, and Efficient Panels

Korean researchers have created electrodes designed for use in all-organic solar cells using inexpensive zinc oxide, promising a dramatic upgrade in photovoltaic energy. Organic solar cells (OSCs) are foreseen to be light weight, flexible, and of a high conversion efficiency. But, most OSC electrodes use indium tin oxide, which is too costly and fragile to
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WATCH: The Difference Between Texas National Guard and Biden’s Border Patrol in One Stark Video

The Texas National Guard has been doing all they can to help stop the massive influx of illegal aliens across the border under Operation Lone Star. That’s the effort by… ...

Deshaun Watson’s Comments Following Suspension Show He’s Learned Nothing

The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed on a deal to suspend Deshaun Watson for 11 regular season games and fine him $5 million. The suspension comes after 25 women… ...

Sam Harris Spins His Hunter Biden/Donald Trump Comments, Just Digs the Hole Deeper

As we reported earlier, podcast host Sam Harris had a lot of people talking when he acknowledged that it was a conspiracy to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop to hurt… ...

‘Rainbow Fentanyl’ Poses Risk to West Coast as Officials Issue Warning to Parents

Officials are now warning about a new type of colorful fentanyl that is circulating in the Pacific Northwest, and it could pose an additional risk to children. Drug Enforcement Agency… ...

Texas public schools required to display “In God We Trust” posters if they are donated

The law passed last year says schools must display the national motto in a "conspicuous place" but only if the poster is "donated" or "purchased by private donations." ...

Toxic Coal Mine Becomes Wildlife Refuge Known For Rare White Lilies

Coal mining left a legacy of destroyed habitats and polluted waters down in the middle of Alabama, but thanks to the state’s Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation program, a wildlife refuge is bringing back spectacular natural beauty—and thousands of tourists clamoring for photographs of a rare white lily. When the state acquired the land 20 years
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USDA Announces First Three Lenders for Heirs’ Property Relending Program

WASHINGTON, August 18, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Akiptan, Inc., the Cherokee Nation Economic Development Trust Authority (CNEDTA) and the Shared Capital Cooperative have been approved or conditionally approved as intermediary lenders through the Heirs' Property Relending Program (HPRP). Once HPRP loans with these lenders close, these lenders will help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs' land ownership and succession issues. Additionally, USDA encourages more intermediary lenders, including cooperatives, credit unions and nonprofit organizations to apply. Currently, more than $100 million of HPRP funding is available for these competitive loans. ...

USDA to Mail Additional Pre-Filled Applications to Producers Impacted by 2020, 2021 Disasters

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced another installment (phase) in assistance to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021. More than 18,000 producers will soon receive new or updated pre-filled disaster applications to offset eligible crop losses. Approximately $6.4 billion has already been distributed to 165,000 producers through USDA's Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Emergency Relief Program (ERP). ...

Dems mount $10M ad campaign to sell landmark law — and skirt a November wipeout

Liberal groups aim to avoid the mistakes that plagued Democrats after the passage of Obamacare. ...