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7:19 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Obama Orders Airstrikes In Syria, Saying U.S. Will 'Take Out' Islamic State

President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night.
White House/YouTube/PBS

President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.

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Government
12:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Hensarling's Political Muscle Tested In His Fight Against Export-Import Bank

Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Late Tuesday, Republicans in the U.S. House moved to temporarily extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank as part of a funding bill needed to prevent a government shutdown at month's end.

U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Dallas Republican, has bucked businesses and some Republicans in his battle to phase out the agency that finances U.S. exports.

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Government
1:52 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

George W. Bush And Bill Clinton Launch Presidential Center Leadership Program

Presidents Clinton and Bush gathered Monday in Washington, D.C., to announce a partnership to help people learn about presidential leadership.
George W. Bush Presidential Center Twitter/@TheBushCenter

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are launching a new scholars program at four presidential libraries, aiming to help academics and business leaders learn more about presidential leadership.

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Government
2:17 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Sen. Cornyn Calls For U.S. Arming Ukrainian Soldiers

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, in a 2011 picture at the Texas Tribune Festival.
Texas Tribune/Flickr

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told KERA Tuesday that the United States should help the Ukrainians repel Russian aggression by giving them weapons.

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Government
8:40 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Schools Applaud Ruling That Texas Education Funding System Is Unconstitutional

State Judge John Dietz in February 2013 found the state school funding system unconstitutional and issued a written order declaring the same on Thursday.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera Texas Tribune

School districts throughout the state are applauding a court ruling that may eventually lead to an overhaul of the way Texas pays for schools.

On Thursday State District Judge John Dietz again declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional.

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Government
5:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Judge Declares Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional

Shawn Hempel Shutterstock

A judge has again declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional, reaffirming his 2013 decision despite $3.4 billion in extra classroom funding approved by the Legislature last summer. 

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Think
5:33 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

After 25 Years In Prison, An Innocent Man Learns To Forgive

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In 1987, Michael Morton was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife – a crime he didn’t commit. He served 25 years before having his conviction overturned. Monday on Think, he told Krys Boyd that for many of those years, his life was ruled by resentment and thoughts of revenge.

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Government
7:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Key Lawmakers Campaign For November Passage Of Transportation Fund

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, talk with KERA's Shelley Kofler about the transportation measure on the November ballot.
BJ Austin KERA News

Most of the attention for November elections has been on the governor’s race and battles between candidates.

But voters will also decide whether to use some of the oil and gas tax money that would go into the Rainy Day savings fund to pay for roads.

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Government
9:50 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Lawmakers Ready To Again Back A 'Texas Solution' To Obamacare

Texas Tribune Editor-In-Chief Evan Smith, Rep. Garnet Coleman, and Rep. John Zerwas discuss another try at passing legislation to access billions in Affordable Care Act funding.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Two key state lawmakers from opposing parties say they haven’t given up on creating a plan that would allow Texas to collect billions of federal Medicaid dollars tied to the Affordable Care Act.

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Government
6:33 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry Indicted For Abusing Power

Gov. Rick Perry announcing the deployment of National Guard Troops to the Texas border in July.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

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