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The right sentences for drug offenders

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Eric Holder don't agree on much. But they have reached a surprising convergence on one point about the ongoing government effort to combat drug use and trafficking: We incarcerate too many people for too long, a policy that wastes money and treats the least dangerous offenders with undue harshness.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Texas, Rick Perry, US Governors, Prison

Wed Jul 30, 2014

World Magazine

Joe Biden, long-shot for president

This article is the second in a series called White House Wednesday, by the staff of The World and Everything in It, looking at potential 2016 candidates for president.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Joe Biden, Rick Perry, US Governors, Texas

KSWO

Perry: America must end 'ambivalence' on Israel

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has told a pro-Israel rally in Dallas that America must end a "policy of calculated ambivalence" toward the Middle East.

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Related Topix: Israel, Middle East, Rick Perry, US Governors, Texas

ThinkProgress

Texas Lawmaker Uses Ethnic Slur To Describe Child Victims Of Hurricane Katrina

A leader of the Texas House of Representatives referred to children who moved to Texas after Hurricane Katrina using a term viewed by many as a deeply offensive ethic slur.

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Related Topix: Texas, Immigration Reform, Louisiana, Louisiana Government, US News, Liberal Political News

KETK

East Texas pot plants seizure rises to 100K

Texas authorities removed more than 100,000 marijuana plants after discovering 29 pot fields northeast of Houston.

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KHGI

Senate reprieve for highly-contested border bill

A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, US News, US Politics, Barack Obama, US Senate, Republican, John Cornyn, Texas, Harry Reid, Democrat

Free Republic

Joaquín Castro blasts Rick Perry for border stunts

The tense back-and-forth between Texas Rep. Joaqun Castro and Gov. Rick Perry over the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border is not letting up.

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Related Topix: Rick Perry, US Governors, Texas, Illegal Immigration, US News

Switched

Armed Militias Guard Border Against 'Threat' Of Immigrant Children

Unaffiliated "militia" groups armed with semi-automatic rifles, masks, camouflage and tactical gear have been spotted in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, protecting the U.S.-Mexico border, one can only assume, from the thousands of unaccompanied children who have fled record violence in their home countries in Central America.

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Related Topix: Prison, Texas, US News, Illegal Immigration, Rick Perry, US Governors

KCRA-TV Sacramento

Tesla to open battery plant in Stockton?

WESTBOUND 80 STARTING TO SEE SOME MINOR SLOWDOWNS. THE CITY OF STOCKTON COULD HELP TO KEEP TESLA IN CALIFORNIA.

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Related Topix: Rick Perry, US Governors, Texas

Tue Jul 29, 2014

WFAA-TV Dallas

Lawmakers question endgame for Texas border surge

Testifying before the Texas House Select Committee on the Fiscal Impact of Texas Border Support Operations, agency heads broke down the money spent since Gov. Rick Perry ordered state forces to surge the Rio Grande Valley.

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KWBU-TV Waco

4 Ways Texas Could Win Big Under New Climate Change Rules

Earlier this year, the earth hit a frightening milestone: carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached its highest level since humans have inhabited the earth .

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Related Topix: Texas, Rick Perry, US Governors, Abbott, TX, University of Texas at Austin

CBS Local

Perry: NH Should Be Embarrassed By Shaheen

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says New Hampshire voters should be embarrassed by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's record on border security.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Rick Perry, US Governors, Texas, Immigration Reform, Scott Brown, Republican

KHOU-TV Houston

Lawmakers: Is beefed-up border security worth it?

A legislative panel is questioning what Texas will ultimately have to show for the $5.2 million per week it's spending on beefed-up border security amid a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children.

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Related Topix: Texas, Rick Perry, US Governors

Chambersburg Public Opinion

Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children

Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban.

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Related Topix: Texas, Gay/Lesbian, US News, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, US Supreme Court, Rick Perry, US Governors, Opinion

KXAN-TV Austin

Texas Tribune: Admiral McRaven expected to head UT System

At a special meeting via telephone on Tuesday evening, the University of Texas System Board of Regents is expected to name the sole finalist to be the system's next chancellor.

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Related Topix: Texas, Naval Postgraduate School, US Military, US Navy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

KSLA-TV Shreveport

San Antonio officials pull support for streetcars

The new mayor of San Antonio says $32 million in city money pledged for a streetcar system should be diverted to other projects.

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WNFL-AM Green Bay

Kind pushes for oil stabilization process

A Wisconsin Congressman is continuing to push transportation officials to use a process to reduce the volatility of Bakken crude oil transported by rail cars.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Ron Kind, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Wisconsin Government, Wisconsin, Texas

Mon Jul 28, 2014

Texas Tribune

Castro Invites Perry to Discuss Border With Texas Reps

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at a victory party for congressional candidate Pete Gallego at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Representative Joaquin Castro, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Immigration Reform, Texas, Representative Pete Gallego, San Antonio, TX

MilitaryCity.com

Five Questions with Texas Gov. Rick Perry: U.S.-Mexico Border

Gov. Rick Perry, center, speaks during a news conference July 21. Perry announced he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border.

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Related Topix: Prison, Texas, Rick Perry, US Governors, US National Guard, US Military, Hidalgo, TX, US News, Illegal Immigration

Stuff.co.nz

Hope for 'wiser minds prevailing' in Texas

California Governor Jerry Brown has taken a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail".

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Related Topix: Texas, Prison, Jerry Brown, US Governors, Rick Perry

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