Abby Livingston

House Backs Repeal of Crude Oil Export Ban

A bipartisan team of Texans rounded up an overwhelming majority of U.S. House votes on Friday to back a bill repealing the nation's long-standing ban on exporting domestic crude oil to the international market. But the final House tally wouldn't be enough to overcome a threatened presidential veto.

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Why Are So Few Texas Women in Congress?

Texas has just three women in its 38-member congressional delegation, and hasn't sent a new long-term congresswoman to Washington in almost 20 years. Many in both parties wonder why the state's once-promising fount of woman candidates is running dry.

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Todd Wiseman

Texas’ Clout in Congress Rises Along With GOP

Texas has the largest GOP delegation in Congress, and those members have high seniority, spots on key committees and seats at the leadership table — evidence, observers say, of the state’s sway inside the Capitol.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aguilar on Mexican journalists in grave danger, Galbraith on the continuing saga of Texas vs. the EPA, Ramshaw on whether a broken hospital bed constitutes medical malpractice, M. Smith on the latest delay in the Cameron Todd Willingham case, Hamilton interviews a Sarah Palin-approved GOP candidate for Congress, Stiles goes all interactive in chronicling the massive increase in legislative filings in the last 20 years, Grissom talks about the criminalization of mental illness with an author who knows the subject first-hand, Philpott on closing the budget gap without federal stimulus money, Ramsey on everyone ignoring down-ballot candidates, Hu on the mysterious lack of Rick Perry yard signs and yours truly sits down with the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor: The best of our best from September 20 to 24, 2010.

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Stephen Broden: The TT Interview

The suddenly Sarah Palin-approved Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, on why the former Alaska governor bestowed her blessing, the proportionate diversity of the Tea Party, the rise of "tyranny" in the federal government and why he shouldn't be counted out just yet.

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