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President Donald Trump met today with his first world leader since taking office — British Prime Minister Theresa May — and they held a joint press conference Friday afternoon.

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Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson is almost certain to become the next Secretary of State, thanks to a lukewarm endorsement from the most pivotal senator in the confirmation process. 

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MOSCOW — While Donald Trump was taking the oath of office in Washington, D.C. Friday, a group of North Texans was getting a long-distance perspective — from the streets and concert halls of Russia.

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Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. NPR's politics team, with help from journalists across the newsroom, produced a live annotation of his remarks.

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A Senate confirmation hearing for former Governor Rick Perry was held Thursday morning. He’s nominated to become Energy secretary.

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The 2016 elections scrambled the U.S. political map, but one trend did not change: Almost every big, urban county voted for Democrats. Not so in Texas’ third biggest county, where Fort Worth is the county seat. Tarrant County became the most conservative metropolitan county in the country, giving Donald Trump the widest margin of victory than any of the 20 largest counties in the U.S.

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President Barack Obama held his final news conference of his presidency Wednesday. Speaking for an hour with reporters, Obama took questions on life after his presidency, a solution to the Israeli and Palestinian conflicts, advances in LGBT equality in the U.S. and more. 

Rick Perry Prepares To Re-Enter Political Arena With Confirmation Hearing

Jan 18, 2017
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When it comes to personal stakes, there may be no Trump Cabinet nominee who has as much on the line with his confirmation hearing as Rick Perry.

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Donald Trump was propelled to the presidency thanks in part to Tarrant County. Fort Worth and its suburbs make up the only metropolitan county in Texas that still votes Republican for president. And it's one of just two of the nation’s 20 largest urban counties that favored Trump. So why is Tarrant County so reliably red?

Can Texas Republicans Hold America's Reddest Large Urban County?

Jan 17, 2017
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Even though he can openly carry a handgun in Texas with the right permit, Jonathan Grummer thinks that still doesn’t allow him enough freedom in a country where firearms rights are enshrined in the Constitution.  

From Texas StandardIn 2012, the mayor of San Antonio, Julián Castro, won a spot at the Democratic National Convention. He gave a keynote address that would propel him into the national spotlight – in a similar way that Sen. Barack Obama's speech had some eight years before. Castro's rising profile was reaffirmed when President Obama tapped him to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2014.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Fires Back At Critics Of 'Bathroom Bill'

Jan 11, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continued to fire back Wednesday at criticism of the so-called "bathroom bill" he has championed, saying its opponents are concentrated in the media and denying that Texas could experience the same economic — and political — fallout North Carolina did when it passed similar legislation. 

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the NPR newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the NPR newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Dan Patrick Announces He's Running For Re-Election

Jan 9, 2017
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick formally announced Monday he's running for re-election, looking to finally quell speculation he's interested in higher office. 

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Former Gov. Rick Perry has resigned from the board of Dallas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners as he prepares to become energy secretary under President-elect Donald Trump. 

Ted Cruz Dismisses Concerns Over Russian Role In Election

Jan 5, 2017
Allison Shelley for The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, dismissed concerns Thursday about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, calling them an effort to undermine Donald Trump's victory. 

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Updated: The Electoral College vote today in Texas was, as expected, an overwhelming win for Donald Trump. What wasn't expected was the number of Republican voters who resigned or defected. Four electors quit and were replaced. The final tally was 36 for Trump and one each for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and for fellow Texan Ron Paul.

How To Be A Successful Presidential Appointee

Dec 12, 2016
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President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration could appoint as many as 4,000 senior-level bureaucrats. Many of those appointees will arrive on the job with no government experience.

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Texas could lose big if it pursues policies that curtail the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. That’s the message from a study commissioned by the Texas Association of Business, the state’s chamber of commerce. The study finds that the state potentially faces huge losses, and it comes as fights over LGBT rights are brewing in Austin ahead of the next legislative session.

Trump's Unsupported Claim Of Voter Fraud Appears To Have Texas Roots

Nov 28, 2016

When President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Sunday — without evidence — that "millions" of people voted illegally in the race for the White House, he invited a wrath of condemnation for again stoking doubts about the U.S. election system. 

Texas Republican Elector Resigns Over Donald Trump

Nov 28, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

A Texas Republican elector is resigning over the election of Donald Trump, saying he cannot "in good conscience" vote for the incoming president. 

After Recount, Anderson Remains Apparent Winner In Re-Election Battle

Nov 27, 2016
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Update, Nov. 30: After a recount, state Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Grand Prairie, is still the apparent winner in his re-election battle against Democrat Terry Meza.

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The next legislative session doesn’t start until January, but the battle lines are being drawn. One issue is sure to be contentious: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Lawmakers have introduced a number of bills, some intended to help LGBT folks, others that would strip protections and reverse recent gains.

Cruz Fuels Speculation On Cabinet Position With Surprise Trump Meeting

Nov 16, 2016
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is fueling new speculation about his political future following a surprise meeting Tuesday with President-elect Donald Trump. 

In late October, Donald Trump released an action plan for what he hopes to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. Below, NPR reporters and editors from the politics team and other coverage areas have annotated Trump's plan. We've added context on several of his proposals, including whether he can really repeal Obamacare and what a hiring freeze on the federal workforce would actually look like.

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While Donald Trump won Texas handily, Hillary Clinton won most of the state’s big cities. Dallas County went blue by a big margin, and Democrats dominated local races. While they flipped a handful of state house seats, Democrats fell short of the gains they had hoped for. In Dallas County, just one seat moved from red to blue.

Eight Texas Republicans Who Could Serve In Trump's Washington

Nov 9, 2016
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No sooner had Donald Trump shocked the political world by winning the presidency than Texas Republicans turned to a new discussion: How much influence will the Lone Star State have in the next White House?

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President Barack Obama says he's instructing his team to make sure there is a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump.

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Hillary Clinton delivered what are expected to be her final remarks of the presidential election after a devastating loss to Donald Trump.

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