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Obama praises LBJ’s legacy on civil rights

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: President Barack Obama, celebrating a half-century of the Civil Rights Act, praised Lyndon B. Johnson on Thursday as a towering figure who seized a time and a cause to solidify the promise of civil rights into reality.

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The Fix: Ted Cruz played by the congressional rules — and won

WASHINGTON POST: An incredible thing happened this week: A bill written by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has passed Congress. It's a notable accomplishment in an institution accustomed to taking months, if not years, to pass legislation. And it's even a more notable accomplishment for a senator considered by many to be the embodiment of partisan gridlock and who has been frank about his disinterest in going along to get along on Capitol Hill.

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Will transgender teacher get to keep her job?

BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE: Twelve speakers spent nearly 30 minutes trying to convince the Lumberton school board Thursday night that a transgender substitute teacher should keep her job. The board opted not to make a decision during the meeting.

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Sounds Like Rick's Running

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Texas Governor Rick Perry sounded very much like a 2016 presidential candidate during a recent visit to the Journal. And if he decides to run, his opponents may face a more formidable adversary than the man who entered the 2012 race late and left early. "America is a great place for second chances," says Mr. Perry. "The experience was good for me." Some believe that his 2012 candidacy was mortally wounded by Mitt Romney's attacks on Mr. Perry's Texas policy of allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public universities. But Mr. Perry says, "What took me out was ill preparation."

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Bush fears 'soft bigotry of low expectations' is returning

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: Former President George W. Bush, citing equal education as central to civil rights, said Thursday that poor and minority children are the ones who suffer when accountability is weakened. “I fear that the soft bigotry of low expectations is returning, and for the sake of America's children, that is something we cannot allow,” Bush said in the closing speech of the LBJ Presidential Library's summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act. “Whatever difficulties we face, they will not be addressed by weakening accountability.”

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Drought forces another cut in pumping from Edwards Aquifer

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: The Edwards Aquifer Authority declared Stage III of its critical period plan Thursday, calling on utilities and other users in and around San Antonio to conserve water use as the region enters the hottest time of the year.

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UT suspects sabotage after A&M-created maroon flowers pop up near tower

HOUSTON CHRONICLE: President Barack Obama's visit to the University of Texas in Austin could be overshadowed by the emergence of a scandal of potentially epic proportions. Maroon bluebonnets are taking over flowerbeds below the school's iconic tower. Officials fear their landscape has been infiltrated by longtime rival Aggies.

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Drawing On Family History, Julian Castro Hopes To Paint Texas Blue

NPR: The story of the changing demographics in Texas can, in many ways, be told through the family history of Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio. Mayor Castro discusses his story, as well as what Texas' expanding Hispanic population means for the state's political future.

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In The Midst Of A Boom, Dallas Outgrows Some Old Notions

NPR: Outdated stereotypes may have some thinking that Dallas is just a town of cowboys, highways and football. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings corrects the record, describing the city's lively arts and culture.

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Obama, Wendy Davis meet up in Texas

THE HILL: President Obama met with Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis following his speech Thursday at the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library. Davis, a Democratic state legislator who gained national attention for her 11-hour standing filibuster of a bill imposing tighter restrictions on abortion rights in Texas, is facing Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in the race to replace Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

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UT-Austin Faculty Objects to Shared Services Plan

TEXAS TRIBUNE: More than 100 faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin signed a letter this week expressing concern and dismay over a proposal to centralize and consolidate services such as human resources and information technology.

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Polling Center: Threading the Needle on Education

TEXAS TRIBUNE: The trench warfare of the 2014 gubernatorial election has recently turned to education, as Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis lob proposals and criticisms back and forth. Normally in American politics, education tends to be a reliably Democratic issue. There are certainly exceptions to this rule, as George W. Bush showed with No Child Left Behind in 2000. However, it’s most often the case that if voters are deciding an election based on education, Democrats possess a built-in advantage.

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Abortion Providers Petition 5th Circuit to Review Decision

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Abortion providers filed a petition on Thursday asking the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the constitutionality of new abortion regulations passed by the Republican-led Texas Legislature in July.

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Old Drilling Logs Help Researchers Map Brackish Water

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Daniel Ortuño pulled a small piece of Texas history from a shelf in a building at the University of Texas at Austin. The yellowing piece of paper said that on Dec. 19, 1951, John L. Boyd began drilling a 1,350-foot-deep oil well through 17 layers of shale and limestone in Crockett County in southwest Texas.

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Pre-K wheels are turning in election's wake

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: City officials began moving quickly Wednesday to execute the logistics of Pre-K 4 SA, readying leases for two early childhood education centers and beginning the process of notifying school districts of their proposed locations.

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The Revenge Of Rick Perry

THE NEW REPUBLIC: Of all the characters who littered the strange campaign of 2012, none was a bigger laughingstock than Rick Perry, who will go down in political lore for three things: threatening bodily harm to the chairman of the Federal Reserve, declaring that our staunch ally Turkey is run by "Islamic terrorists", and, oops, I can’t remember the third thing. But now that the election is over, it’s looking like Perry had the last laugh.

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Marijuana Ballot Measures Spark Discussion in Texas

TEXAS TRIBUNE: After Colorado and Washington voted on Tuesday to ease marijuana laws, some proponents of legalization think their cause could pick up steam in other states, including Texas.

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With Presidency Decided, Lawmakers Face Policy Hurdles

TEXAS TRIBUNE: “Wait until we see who’s president.” It’s been an oft-repeated refrain in the last year from state agency heads and Republican elected officials pressed to act on everything from the federal health care act to environmental reforms.

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