More Mexicans Are Migrating to the U.S. After a Decade-Long Drop

The death of at least 53 migrants in Texas, more than half of whom were from Mexico, is testing U.S. efforts to enlist Mexico in deterring migration.

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Truck Carrying Dead Migrants Passed Through U.S. Checkpoint

Border Patrol officials say truck traffic is too voluminous to check every vehicle at the dozens of immigration checkpoints on roadways near the border.

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In States Banning Abortion, a Growing Rift Over Enforcement

A reluctance by some liberal district attorneys to bring criminal charges against abortion providers is already complicating the legal landscape in some states.

#abortion, #district-attorneys, #law-and-legislation, #texas

This Is What a Post-Roe Abortion Looks Like

Self-managed abortion is not a substitute for having full reproductive rights. But it’s one of the best tools we have right now.

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Texas Pre-Roe Ban on All Abortions Temporarily Blocked by Judge

But a 2021 law that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy is still valid in the state.

#abortion, #american-civil-liberties-union, #harris-county-tex, #paxton-ken, #texas, #whole-womans-health

Pandemic Health Order Has Contributed to Rise in Border Crossings.

Technically, the border is closed to most migrants under a 2020 order. But the policy, known as Title 42, has had the unintended effect of encouraging people to repeatedly attempt to cross the border.

#immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #texas, #washington-dc

Women on Why They’re Stocking Up on the Morning-After Pill

Sales of the emergency contraceptive surged after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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In Uvalde, the Healing Power of a Perfect Pitch

Uvalde, Texas, was set to cancel its Little League All-Star Championship after a school shooting left 21 people dead. Then, the decision was made: The games would go on.

#baseball, #little-league-baseball-and-softball, #mass-shootings, #robb-elementary-school-uvalde-tex, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #texas, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Texas Republicans Approve Far-Right Platform Declaring Biden’s Election Illegitimate

The platform, which was voted on at the Republican state party convention in Houston, was the latest sign of Texas conservatives moving further to the right.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #texas, #trump-donald-j

What Celebrating Juneteenth Means to Me, as a Black Texan

That June 19 in 1865, the day we now celebrate as a nation, was the day that Black Texans officially received some of the stalest news in American history.

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States Address Child Care Shortages After Federal Efforts Stalled

Federal legislation has stalled, so states are stepping in. In some places, that could mean looser regulations, like 16-year-olds caring for children, without supervision.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #colorado, #families-and-family-life, #iowa, #labor-and-jobs, #montana, #new-mexico, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #shortages, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #texas

What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primary Elections

Representatives Tom Rice and Nancy Mace are facing Trump-backed challengers in South Carolina, and Nevada is a battleground. Here’s what else to know.

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What Texas Gains by Investigating Twitter’s Fake Accounts

For Ken Paxton, the state attorney general, there are positives. Aligning with Elon Musk? Check. Politically helpful? Check.

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Texas AG enters Musk/Twitter fight by ordering Twitter to provide spam data

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton standing in front of the US Supreme Court building.

Enlarge / Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to reporters in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on April 26, 2022. (credit: Getty Images | Stefani Reynolds)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday stepped into the Elon Musk/Twitter battle by launching an investigation into whether Twitter is hiding the extent of its spam-account problem. Paxton announced the investigation in a press release that echoes Musk’s claims and sent Twitter a letter demanding the same types of data on fake accounts that Musk hasn’t been able to get.

“Twitter has received intense scrutiny in recent weeks over claiming in its financial regulatory filings that fewer than 5 percent of all users are bots, when they may in fact comprise as much as 20 percent or more,” Paxton’s announcement said. Paxton’s press release says that an inaccurate estimate of bot accounts may “inflate the value of the company and the costs of doing business with it, thus directly harming Texas consumers and businesses.”

Though Paxton’s press release didn’t mention Musk, the “intense scrutiny” has been driven by Musk claiming that Twitter’s spam-account estimate is wrong. Additionally, Paxton’s concern that incorrect spam data would “inflate the value” of Twitter comes amid Musk’s attempts to get out of or renegotiate his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter—Musk agreed to pay $54.20 per share, and Twitter’s stock price was $39.59 at market close on Monday.

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With Cornyn in the Room, Senate Gun Talks Focus on Narrow Changes

The conservative Texan’s involvement in bipartisan talks means that an agreement, if there is one, is likely to include incremental steps.

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A Broken Redistricting Process Winds Down, With No Repairs in Sight

A brutal battle over drawing district boundaries in the House of Representatives has left the two political parties roughly at parity. But no one is celebrating.

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How Asylum Seekers Cross the Border

The southern border is seeing a historic spike in migrant crossings. Many are coming in hope of asking for asylum, a right that has been unavailable because of pandemic-related restrictions on immigration. A New York Times photographer documented three ways that people cross the border into the United States.

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For Beto O’Rourke, Talk of Gun Control Has Become Both a Political Risk and Reward

Mr. O’Rourke is returning to an issue that had haunted his campaign for Texas governor for months.

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How the Police Response in Uvalde Broke Down: No Radio, Old Tactics

The commander at the scene arrived without a police radio, and decided in the first minutes on an approach that would delay a confrontation.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Is Leading Texas for Only a Sliver of Texans

What about the millions of us in the state who are not hard-right Republicans?

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Harini Logan Wins the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee

An eighth grader from San Antonio, Harini returned to the finals with a reinstatement, kept pace in a drawn-out duel with Vikram Raju, and spelled 21 words correctly in the final 90 seconds.

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Texas Says Escaped Murderer May Be Linked to 5 Deaths at a Home

Gonzalo Artemio Lopez, who escaped from a prison bus last month, may be driving a vehicle from a home where the bodies of two adults and three children were found, the authorities said.

#lopez-gonzalo-artemio, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prison-escapes, #texas

The Simplest Response to School Shootings

How to put up obstacles to young men with dark dreams.

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Sorry, Texas: Supreme Court blocks law banning “censorship” on social media

US and Texas flags seen in daytime outside the Texas State Capitol Building.

Enlarge / US and Texas flags flying outside the Texas State Capitol building in Austin. (credit: Getty Images | PA Thompson)

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the Texas law that prohibits social media companies from moderating content based on a user’s “viewpoint.” The Supreme Court order came about three weeks after the so-called “censorship” law was reinstated by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

“The application to vacate stay presented to Justice [Samuel] Alito and by him referred to the Court is granted,” the ruling said. “The May 11, 2022 order of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit staying the district court’s preliminary injunction is vacated.”

It was a 5-4 decision with Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh, and Chief Justice John Roberts voting to block the Texas law. Alito wrote a dissent that was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. The ruling says separately that “Justice [Elena] Kagan would deny the application to vacate stay” but Kagan did not join Alito’s dissent.

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Supreme Court Blocks Texas Law Regulating Social Media Platforms

The law, prompted by conservative complaints about censorship, prohibits big technology companies like Facebook and Twitter from removing posts based on the views they express.

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After Uvalde, We Must Ask: Is Active Shooter Training Working?

Is training to respond to active shooter attacks working?

#columbine-high-school, #deangelis-frank, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #mass-shootings, #robb-elementary-school-uvalde-tex, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #texas, #united-states, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Justice Department Will Review Law Enforcement Response to Uvalde Shooting

The review, which came at the request of Uvalde’s mayor, comes amid criticism from parents and community leaders over how long it took police to intervene and stop the gunman.

#justice-department, #robb-elementary-school-uvalde-tex, #texas, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Debate Over Guns Unfolds in Uvalde, a Rural Texas Town in Grief

Guns are a central part of life in Uvalde, yet the deaths of 19 children and two teachers have opened rifts.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cruz-ted, #el-paso-tex-shooting-2019, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Active Shooting Trainings Teach the U.S. Police to ‘Stop the Killing’

The response should center on neutralizing the gunman, a training program that is the national standard says, and then on getting medical aid to anyone who has been injured.

#mass-shootings, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #texas, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

This ‘Cats’ Adaptation Has the Kids Singing

J.J. Pearce High School in Texas staged one of the country’s first school productions of “Cats: Young Actors Edition,” a new one-hour version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

#cats-play, #cats-young-actors-edition-play, #concord-theatricals, #education-k-12, #jj-pearce-high-school-richardson-tex, #lloyd-webber-andrew, #texas, #theater

Family Members Start to Share the Names of Victims From Texas Shooting

Grieving family members have begun to share the names of the victims from Tuesday’s shooting. Police officers have yet to release a list.

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Trump Didn’t Get What He Wanted This Week

When everything seems awful, one little ray of sun …

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These Gun Reforms Could Save 15,000 Lives. We Can Achieve Them.

What we’re doing on guns isn’t working. We need new approaches.

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Anguished Father Says 10-Year-Old Was ‘Always Smiling’

The first names of the victims from Tuesday’s shooting started being released by grieving family members. Police have yet to release a list.

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Abortion Questions for Justice Alito and His Supreme Court Allies

Isn’t having to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term the same as forced labor?

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Bush Dynasty, Its Influence Fading, Pins Hopes on One Last Stand in Texas

George P. Bush is running to unseat the incumbent attorney general. His family, once powerful in Texas, has become an albatross as well as an asset.

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Extreme Heat and Drought Conditions Fuel Several Texas Wildfires

The Mesquite Heat Fire, near Abilene, among nine wildfires the Texas A&M Forest Service was battling in the state, was 5 percent contained on Thursday and had destroyed about 30 structures, the agency said.

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Texas looks to a Clarence Thomas opinion to defend its social media law

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaking into a microphone at an event.

Enlarge / Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Drew Angerer )

With tech groups asking the US Supreme Court to block the new Texas law against social media “censorship,” the state’s defense relies in part on an opinion issued last year by Justice Clarence Thomas in a case involving Donald Trump and Twitter.

Thomas’ opinion, as we wrote at the time, criticized the Section 230 legal protections given to online platforms’ moderation decisions and argued that free-speech law shouldn’t necessarily prevent lawmakers from regulating those platforms as common carriers.

“In many ways, digital platforms that hold themselves out to the public resemble traditional common carriers,” Thomas wrote. “Though digital instead of physical, they are at bottom communications networks, and they ‘carry’ information from one user to another. A traditional telephone company laid physical wires to create a network connecting people. Digital platforms lay information infrastructure that can be controlled in much the same way.” The similarity between online platforms and common carriers “is even clearer for digital platforms that have dominant market share,” Thomas also wrote.

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Inside Operation Lone Star

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas has spent billions of dollars and deployed thousands of security officers to try to harden the U.S.-Mexico border. What has he achieved?

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Wesley Hunt’s Advice for the Republican Party: Update Your Look

Wesley Hunt, a Black Republican poised to win a seat in Congress this fall, thinks his party’s future is in more candidates like him.

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Texas social media law will cause “chaos” online, Supreme Court is told

US and Texas flags seen in daytime outside the Texas State Capitol Building.

Enlarge / US and Texas flags flying outside the Texas State Capitol building in Austin. (credit: Getty Images | PA Thompson)

More than two dozen groups have urged the US Supreme Court to block a Texas law that prohibits large social media companies from moderating content based on a user’s “viewpoint.”

The Texas law, HB20, “results in blatant violations of the First Amendment rights of platform providers,” said a Supreme Court brief filed yesterday. The law taking effect means that “chaos will ensue online with disastrous and irreparable consequences,” the brief said, continuing:

With platforms unable to effectively moderate scammers, messages preying on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, will proliferate online. The uptick of this content will predictably result in yet more people being tricked into sending money to scammers or disclosing financial information, leading to identity theft and financial ruin. Platforms will be powerless to regulate speech praising terrorists and those who engage in murderous campaigns, with horrendous potential ramifications if even a single person engages in copycat activity. And they may be precluded from protecting children from age-inappropriate content, including reprehensible messages encouraging our youth to engage in self-destructive activities.

The brief was signed by 20 tech-industry and advocacy groups, including the Chamber of Progress; Anti-Defamation League; Connected Commerce Council; Consumer Technology Association; Engine Advocacy; Family Online Safety Institute; HONR Network Inc.; Information Technology & Innovation Foundation; Interactive Advertising Bureau; IP Justice; LGBT Tech Institute; Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; National Hispanic Media Coalition; Our Vote Texas; Software and Information Industry Association; Stop Child Predators; TechNet; Texas State Conference of the NAACP; and the Washington Center for Technology Policy Inclusion.

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Big Tech asks Supreme Court to block Texas ban on “viewpoint” moderation

The US Supreme Court Building seen during daytime.

Enlarge / The US Supreme Court Building. (credit: Getty Images | Grant Faint)

Big Tech lobby groups have asked the US Supreme Court to block a Texas state law that prohibits social media companies from moderating content based on a user’s “viewpoint.”

The state’s so-called “censorship” law was previously blocked by a federal judge who ruled that it violates the social networks’ First Amendment right to moderate user-submitted content. But the law was reinstated last week by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which granted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s motion to stay the preliminary injunction.

The Fifth Circuit ruling came in a majority vote of three judges. Instead of seeking an en banc hearing with all the Fifth Circuit court’s judges, two tech groups submitted an emergency application to the Supreme Court on Friday. The appeal was filed by NetChoice and the Computer & Communications & Industry Association (CCIA), which represent companies including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo.

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Supreme Court Rules for Ted Cruz in Campaign Finance Case

The Texas senator challenged a federal law that put a $250,000 cap on repayments of candidates’ loans to their campaigns using postelection contributions.

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Top Texas Court Allows Abuse Inquiries of Parents of Transgender Children

But the court said Gov. Greg Abbott did not have the authority to order such investigations, acknowledging they could cause “irreparable harm.”

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“Radical” ruling lets Texas ban social media moderation based on “viewpoint”

A Texas state flag blowing in the wind.

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | PA Thompson)

A federal appeals court has reinstated a Texas state law that bans “censorship” on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, allowing Texas to enforce the law while litigation continues.

A US District Court judge had granted a preliminary injunction blocking the law in December, ruling that it violates the social networks’ First Amendment right to moderate user-submitted content. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed the injunction to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and a panel of three judges issued a ruling Wednesday that stayed the preliminary injunction.

The ruling did not explain the judges’ reasoning. “It is ordered that appellant’s opposed motion to stay preliminary injunction pending appeal is granted,” the ruling said. The panel ruling was not unanimous, but it didn’t say how each judge voted.

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Mickey Gilley, Country Music Star Whose Club Inspired ‘Urban Cowboy,’ Dies at 86

Mr. Gilley, who had more than 30 chart-topping records, owned a Texas nightclub that was behind a country music revival.

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For South Texas Democrats, an Intraparty Test of Abortion Politics

A staunchly anti-abortion Democrat in Congress will face a young abortion-rights supporter in a pivotal primary runoff.

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Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas May Challenge Schooling of Migrant Children

Gov. Greg Abbott may target a 1982 Supreme Court ruling that requires schools to educate undocumented children. Some conservatives see an opening for a fresh look at old precedents.

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Why Climate Change Makes It Harder to Fight Fire With Fire

Worsening wildfires in recent years have led officials to embrace planned fires to thin forests before disaster strikes. But the warming world is making it tougher to do safely.

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Women Flock to Abortion Clinic on Texas Border

In the Rio Grande Valley, women seeking abortions navigate the complex challenges of religion, culture and a new Texas law.

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