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Joshua Roberts / Reuters

NPR Politics team is following the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

Yuri Gripas / Reuters

FBI Director James Comey and the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Mike Rogers, are expected to testify before the House Intelligence Committee Monday.

Universities Face Funding Cuts Of 6 Percent To 10 Percent In Senate Plan

Mar 16, 2017
Illustration by Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

A Senate committee on Wednesday voted to significantly rework how universities in Texas are funded — a move that will save some smaller regional schools from catastrophic cuts but instead spread significant losses more evenly among all the public colleges in the state. 

Education Committee Chairs Push Major Edits To A-F Ratings For Schools

Mar 16, 2017
Michael Stravato / The Texas Tribune

A controversial grading system for Texas public schools and districts, set for deployment in 2018, could dramatically change if the state's top two public education legislators have their way.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

The Senate Finance Committee tentatively decided to defund Gov. Greg Abbott’s pre-kindergarten grant program, a month after the House filed a proposed budget doing the same.

Texas Senate Tentatively Approves So-Called 'Bathroom Bill'

Mar 14, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

The Texas Senate on Tuesday tentatively signed off on the so-called “bathroom bill” on a 21-10 vote with one Democrat — state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville  — voting in favor of the bill.

Texas Senate Committee Approves Texas Voter ID Overhaul

Mar 13, 2017
Laura Buckman for The Texas Tribune

A Texas Senate panel cleared legislation Monday that would overhaul the state voter identification rules, an effort to comply with court rulings that the current law discriminates against African-American and Latino voters.

Carlos Barria / Reuters

The Republican health care bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would change health coverage for a lot of people.

Brian Synder / Reuters

President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.

Health Care Sets Tone For North Texas Congressman's Contentious Town Hall

Mar 5, 2017
Cooper Neill for The Texas Tribune

In a rare congressional town hall in North Texas on Saturday, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, withstood two hours of booing from hundreds of angry constituents at a local high school.

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