Texas Says It Will Build the Wall, and Asks Online Donors to Pay for It

Gov. Greg Abbott said he would draw on $250 million of state revenues to begin work on a border wall and asked supporters to chip in with donations to a crowdfunding website.

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Texas Says It Will Build the Wall, and Abbott Asks Online Donors to Pay for It

Gov. Greg Abbott said he would draw on $250 million of state revenues to begin work on a border wall and asked supporters to chip in with donations to a crowdfunding website.

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Texas Says It Will Build Border Wall With Mexico

“Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows,” Gov. Greg Abbott said of border crossings, while offering few details about the wall.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #border-barriers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #texas

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The Sound of Silence on Abortion

Sport leagues and corporations rally against bias and voter suppression. But they are quiet about abortion. 

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‘Contested, Heated Culture Wars’ Mark Ultraconservative Texas Session

This was the session that pushed Texas further to the right, at a time when it seemed least likely to do so — as the state becomes younger, less white and less Republican.

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Texas Voting Bill Nears Passage as Republicans Advance It

The bill, which includes some of the strictest voting measures in the country, would head to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott if it passes. He is expected to sign it into law.

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How Texas Republicans Want to Recast History

We spoke with our reporter Simon Romero about legislative proposals that could shape the way future Texans see the world.

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The Free Ride May Soon Be Over for Anti-Abortion Politicians

Until now, the courts have saved them from their efforts to restrict the procedure.

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Near-Complete Ban on Abortion Is Signed Into Law in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott signed one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion measures, banning it after six weeks of pregnancy, as Texas lawmakers take a hard-right approach to major issues.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #conservatism-us-politics, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #texas

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What’s in the Texas Voting Bill and When Republicans Might Pass It

The state’s Republican-controlled Legislature is likely to decide this week on a path forward for sweeping new voting restrictions. Here’s what’s in the bill and what could happen in the coming days.

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Quintin Jones Is About to Be Executed. He Shouldn’t Be.

Quintin Phillippe Jones is scheduled to be executed on May 19. Today I tell the story of our friendship in the hope that it will save his life.

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Is Texas Ready for Governor Matthew McConaughey?

Maybe Texas needs a philosopher-king to lead it? 

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As Texas Voting Restrictions Near Passage, Democrats Stage Protest

The former presidential aspirants Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro spoke to a crowd demonstrating outside the State Capitol.

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The G.O.P. Won It All in Texas. Then It Turned on Itself.

The Republican Party trounced the Democrats at every level in Texas in November, only to see its politicians turn on one another over the pandemic and voter-fraud conspiracy theories.

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In South Texas, Hispanic Republicans Try to Cement the Party’s Gains

Conservative Hispanic leaders, especially women, are ascendant in the Rio Grande Valley, where Republicans are trying to forge lasting bonds with voters who swung sharply to the right in 2020.

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Likely Legal, ‘Vaccine Passports’ Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide

Businesses and universities want fast, easy ways to see if students and customers are vaccinated, but conservative politicians have turned “vaccine passports” into a cultural flash point.

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The Rangers Play Baseball in Front of a Packed House

Playing without capacity restrictions for their home opener, Texas hosted the largest American sports crowd of the pandemic.

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As Mask Mandates Lift, Retail Workers Again Feel Vulnerable

“It’s no different now than it was a year ago,” one Kroger employee said, as states like Texas and Mississippi end mask requirements.

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Biden Administration Directs FEMA to Help Shelter Migrant Children

The agency will help provide basic care as criticism mounts over the treatment of the increasing number of young migrants who have filled detention facilities at the southwest border.

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Your N.B.A. Coronavirus Questions, Answered

Can fans attend all games? Will players be vaccinated? Was All-Star weekend safe? Read on to find out.

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With Texas’ Mask Mandate Over, Workers Worry About Encroaching Virus

Gov. Greg Abbott cited personal freedom and economic pain while relaxing coronavirus restrictions. But many are upset, especially those who take precautions and work with the public.

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Biden Calls State Decisions to End Mask Mandates ‘Neanderthal Thinking’

Recent announcements by the governors of Texas and Mississippi have health officials pleading for Americans to continue social distancing and mask-wearing.

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Odessa

A struggling school system. An oil bust. A marching band determined to keep playing through a pandemic. This is the story of one Texas high school in crisis — and trying to reopen its doors.

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Texas Is a Rich State in a Rich Country, and Look What Happened

We don’t realize how fragile the basic infrastructure of our civilization is.

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Can You Believe This Is Happening in America?

We used to dream big. Now we’re increasingly thinking short term.

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Why Texas Republicans Fear the Green New Deal

Small government is no match for a crisis born of the state’s twin addictions to market fixes and fossil fuels.

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His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.

After a public outcry from people like Scott Willoughby, whose exorbitant electric bill is soon due, Gov. Greg Abbott said lawmakers should ensure Texans “do not get stuck with skyrocketing energy bills” caused by the storm.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #electric-light-and-power, #heating, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #public-citizen, #texas

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Ted Cruz’s Excellent Adventure

At least he didn’t bring up the Green New Deal.

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Mexico Cries Foul at Natural Gas Cutoff Ordered by Texas Governor

Amid his own push for Mexican energy sovereignty, President López Obrador said he was trying to stop a measure by Texas to restrict gas exports as both sides of the border suffered mass outages.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #energy-and-power, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas

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Texas, Land of Wind and Lies

When post-truth politics meets energy policy.

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Texas Grid Failure Stirs Feud Between Cities and State

As the state reels from power outages, Democrats look to turn the tables on the Republicans who dominate state government.

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Texas Could Have Kept the Lights On

Republicans are blaming renewable energy, when it’s the state’s powerful utilities that failed to prepare for the worst.

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No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Main Cause of the Texas Blackouts

The state’s widespread electricity failure was largely caused by freezing natural gas pipelines. That didn’t stop advocates for fossil fuels from trying to shift blame.

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The ‘Dr. Fauci’ of the Texas Border Is Counting the Dead

Laredo, Texas, is enduring the country’s worst outbreak during the pandemic’s deadliest month. A crusading cardiologist, leading the fight, is begging the state to close down his city.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #laredo-tex, #texas

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As Hospitalizations Soar, El Paso Brings In New Mobile Morgues

The nation hit a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations on Tuesday. The feared third wave has left cities like El Paso struggling with overloaded I.C.U. wards and scarce staffing.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #el-paso-tex, #hospitals, #texas

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Why Are Republicans So Afraid of Voters?

There is no “both sides do it” when it comes to intentionally keeping Americans away from the polls.

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Americans Surge to Polls: ‘I’m Going to Vote Like My Life Depends on It’

Anxious but determined, Americans are pushing through challenges like the pandemic and long lines to cast their ballot. The country is on course to surpass 150 million votes for the first time.

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Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases

Federal district courts have tended to rule for Democrats in litigation over how to run the election, but appeals courts, well stocked with the president’s nominees, are blocking them.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Governor’s Move to Limit Ballot Drop-Off Sites

Gov. Greg Abbott had ordered that counties in the state be limited to one site each.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #decisions-and-verdicts, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #texas, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Texas Attorney General Is Accused by Top Aides of Abusing His Office

Ken Paxton, one of the most prominent conservative attorneys general, is already under indictment. The allegations of impropriety raised in a recent letter draw intense new scrutiny.

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‘All In, All the Time’: Reopening Florida Schools Is Likened to Military Operation

Gov. Ron DeSantis, faced with reluctance by local schools to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, compared it to the campaign to get Osama bin Laden.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida, #states-us, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

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Texas Governor Proposes Freezing Taxes in Cities That ‘Defund’ Police

Reacting to a vote in Austin to cut millions from its police budget, Gov. Greg Abbott is backing legislation to deprive cities of control over a major revenue source if they follow suit.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #budgets-and-budgeting, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #taxation, #texas

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Red vs. Red in Texas, With Republicans Battling One Another After Mask Order

The virus has heightened long-simmering friction in the largest Republican-led state in the country, with Gov. Greg Abbott under attack from within his own party.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #masks, #republican-party, #texas, #west-allen-b

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Vulnerable Border Community Battles Virus on ‘A Straight Up Trajectory’

In the Rio Grande Valley, poverty and chronic illness are aggravating the coronavirus outbreak. Ambulances stack up outside emergency rooms, where patients wait for beds.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #doctors-hospital-at-renaissance, #rio-grande-valley-tex

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Most Big School Districts Aren’t Ready to Reopen. Here’s Why.

All but two of the nation’s 10 largest districts exceed a key public health threshold, according to a New York Times analysis.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #broward-county-fla, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #disease-rates, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #los-angeles-calif, #miami-dade-county-fla, #runcie-robert-w, #san-diego-calif

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Why We’re Losing the Battle With Covid-19

The escalating crisis in Texas shows how the chronic underfunding of public health has put America on track for the worst coronavirus response in the developed world.

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America’s Governors Get Tested for a Virus That Is Testing Them

The pandemic has put many governors of both parties under a spotlight for which none of their aides and consultants have a playbook.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #governors-us, #ige-david, #inslee-jay, #states-us

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As Coronavirus Slams Houston Hospitals, It’s Like New York ‘All Over Again’

The death toll is lower, but there are echoes of March as cases spike, doctors fall ill and supplies run short. Now, Texas is trying to adapt hard-won lessons while addressing a new set of challenges.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #bellevue-hospital-center, #brooklyn-hospital-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dexamethasone-drug, #elmhurst-hospital-center, #hospitals, #houston-tex, #houston-methodist-hospital, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-york-city, #remdesivir-drug, #texas

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In West Texas, Lingering Distrust in Public Health Measures as Virus Spreads

Early in the pandemic, much of rural Texas had low case counts and few worries. Now, conservative areas are seeing a surge in cases, but distrust in government mandates endure.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #lubbock-tex, #masks, #texas, #texas-tech-university

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I’m Not Ready to Go Back to Restaurants. Is Anyone?

Restaurateurs have become de facto public-health officials as Covid-19 cases spike all over the country, and it’s a problem.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #garcetti-eric-m, #instagram-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #lee-william-byron-1959, #masks, #quarantines, #restaurants

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