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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Texas governor Greg Abbott is given directions before an interview with CNBC on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this July 14, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

Texas Leads The Way In Transphobia, Yet Again

In 2015, groups such as Campaign for Houston began a culture-wide propaganda campaign to deny transgender people basic legal protections. Enlisting the likes of former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman and pastor Ed Young, conservatives in the state leaned heavily on the “men in girls’ bathrooms” narrative.

May 26, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama returns to the White House in Washington after a visit to Flint, Michigan, to address that city's water crisis, May 4, 2016. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

White House to Public Schools: Let Students Use Whatever Bathroom They Want

The letter said that “a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity,” adding that the DOJ’s interpretation is “consistent with courts’ and other agencies’ interpretations of Federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination.”

May 13, 2016
Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the morning as the court takes up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy, in Washington March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Getting Abortions In Texas Has Become Harder For Some Women

Compared to women whose nearest abortion clinic remained opened, those whose nearest clinic closed were more likely to report traveling long distances, spending more than $100 and other difficulties in accessing abortion.

March 17, 2016

Late Night Roundup: When Mitt Romney Got In Bed With The Donald

Larry Wimore: “That’s right, you’re the one who opened your big mouth and got in the bed with the Devil — now he just wants you to keep that mouth open.”

March 4, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the debate sponsored by CNN for the 2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidates in Houston

Rubio, Cruz Go On Attack Against Trump At Debate

Republican rival Marco Rubio attacked front-runner Donald Trump at length for the first time at a debate on Thursday.

February 25, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry participates in the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester

Texas Court Dismisses Indictment Against Former Governor Rick Perry

Perry: “The court’s decision today proves that this indictment was nothing less than a baseless political attack.”

February 24, 2016
A banner saying "love everyone" in Arabic hangs from the new city hall in Lubbock, Texas.

Texas Mayor Calls The Feds On “Arabic Banner”

Meanwhile, the rate of suspected hate crimes against Muslims has tripled since the Paris attacks.

February 18, 2016
A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York

Texas Prosecutor Offers Probation To Anti-Abortion Activist Behind Video

David Daleiden’s lawyer says he will reject deal. Daleiden told a news conference outside court that he wants Texas to prosecute Planned Parenthood.

February 4, 2016

Late Night Roundup: The Colbert Presidential Candidate Town Hall

Stephen got in all the typical candidate remarks and poses, like rolling up his sleeves — and his pants leg.

January 27, 2016
David Daleiden

Anti-Planned Parenthood Activists Get Indicted For Their Attempted Sting Operation

A probe that began as an investigation of alleged wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood found evidence of other crimes instead.

January 25, 2016
gun on a guy's hip

Open Carry Is No Big Deal In Texas So Far

Open carry seems to be going off without a bang in Texas.

January 19, 2016
Action In NYC in honour of Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland’s Family: Perjury Charge Against Trooper A ‘Slap On The Wrist’

Sandra Bland’s family scoffed at the decision to charge the Texas state trooper who arrested her in a confrontational traffic stop last summer with perjury, saying any potential punishment for the misdemeanor offense would amount to “a slap on the wrist.”

January 8, 2016
Walmart 7451 McCart Ave Ft Worth, TX

Wal-Mart Workers On Pistol Patrol As Law Lets Texans Tote Guns

Managers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Texas have a new task to add to their list of duties: asking customers if they have a permit to carry a handgun.

January 8, 2016
Demonstrators hold signs of Sandra Bland and Kindra Chapman, both of whom died in custody, during a rally against police violence in New York

Texas Grand Jury Resumes Investigation Into Arrest, Death Of Sandra Bland

The grand jury has already concluded that no felony was committed by the sheriff’s office or jailers in connection with Bland’s death.

January 7, 2016
A view of the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in Washington

As U.S. Abortion Case Looms, Both Sides Seek Personal Touch

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear its first abortion case in nearly a decade, both sides have been quietly gathering vivid personal accounts from women to supplement the dry legal arguments, believing the effort could appeal particularly to swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy.

January 3, 2016
U.S. national Ethan Couch is pictured in this undated handout photograph

Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen Captured In Mexico, To Be Returned To The United States

A rich Texas teen who fled with his mother to Mexico to avoid possible jail time for breaking his probation in a fatal drunken-driving crash had planned the flight in advance, even holding a farewell party, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.

December 29, 2015
abortion provider Texas

Texas Law Sharply Curbs Access To Abortion, Clinics Tell Supreme Court

Lawyers for Whole Woman’s Health and other clinics argued that law imposes an undue burden on women seeking to end their pregnancies, in violation of Supreme Court decisions protecting abortion rights.

December 29, 2015

Open Carry In Texas Presents A Chance For Fashion Statements

This isn’t your grandfather’s old gun holster — or gun, for that matter.

December 28, 2015
Texas governor Greg Abbott is given directions before an interview with CNBC on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this July 14, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

Syrian Refugees Arrive In Texas, Even As State Tries To Block Them

Several families of Syrian refugees were resettled in Texas and Indiana this week, even as leaders in both states vowed to step up their efforts to halt the wave of incoming refugees.

December 10, 2015
Texas, Syrian refugees, political cartoon

Cartoon: Texas Hospitality

December 10, 2015

Senator Cruz Introduces Bill To Let States Reject Refugees

Cruz also commended Donald Trump, for “standing up and focusing America’s attention on the need to secure our borders.”

December 8, 2015
Syrian refugees walk at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq

As Syrian Refugees Head To Texas, State Vows To Keep Them Out

As a group of Syrian refugees prepares to arrive in Texas, government officials are locked in an intensifying legal battle over whether the families can be blocked from resettling in the state.

December 5, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Messing With Texas Textbooks

Larry Wilmore examined the latest school textbook revisions from Texas — eliminating references to the slave trade, Jim Crow laws, and the Ku Klux Klan.

December 2, 2015
Planned Parenthood rally

Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Medicaid Funding

Planned Parenthood and 10 of its patients sued the state of Texas on Monday to block officials from cutting off Medicaid funds, calling the state’s actions “political” and part of a long-term pattern of denying reproductive health care to women.

November 24, 2015
Planned Parenthood rally war on women

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Biggest Abortion Case In 2 Decades

The Supreme Court is taking on the challenge of Texas’ new law that imposed new medical regulations that would in effect shut down three-fourths of the state’s abortion clinics.

November 13, 2015
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