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Senate-Passed Immigration Reform Bill Would Further Militarize Border

After years of polarizing debate and disagreement, the U.S. Senate passed the first “comprehensive” immigration reform bill in decades. The bill received bipartisan support, with 14 Republicans joining Senate Democrats and Independents in a 68-32 vote. But the bill’s provision for ramping up border security – and the reason it got conservative support – angered many residents along the border who are tired of militarization in their communities.

Filibuster Drama Shows Side of Texas Rarely Seen

In abortion fight, a new Texas—young, urban, diverse—made itself heard.

Hutchison on Powerful Women

The furor over the Texas Legislature’s anti-abortion shenanigans has made this week all about strong Texas women—we’re looking at you, state Sen. Wendy Davis. […]

Photos From Wendy Davis’ Filibuster and the Senate Battle Over Anti-Abortion Bill

With the Texas Senate poised to approve one of the harshest anti-abortion laws in the country, the crowd took over.

Behind the Headlines: How the Voting Rights Decision Affects Texas

This morning, the Supreme Court gutted a key part of the Voting Rights Act, the transformative 1965 law that swept away literacy tests, poll taxes and established protections for minority voters. The fallout in Texas is likely to be significant. Here’s our explainer.

Live Blog: Senate Filibuster on Anti-Abortion Bill

In the end, it was the citizens in the gallery who made the difference late Tuesday night.

Anti-Abortion Bill Could Be Headed for Defeat in Senate

Update at 7:52 PM: For some reason, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst brought everyone back for a second vote on suspending the rules to take […]

Observer Analysis Finds Fracking Water Use Underestimated in Eagle Ford Shale

The fracking industry and Texas authorities have likely significantly underestimated the amount of water used by frackers in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Protestors Swarm Capitol As House Fights Over Abortion Bill

The Texas House gave initial approval at 3:23 a.m. Monday to a strict anti-abortion bill.

UPDATED: By Stifling Debate, Texas House Passes Strict Anti-Abortion Bill

At 3:23 a.m., Texas House passes some of the harshest anti-abortion restrictions in the nation.