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State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine
Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

Pete Gallego, a Democratic candidate for Texas Senate District 19, faces a new challenge to his candidacy — and this one involves the FBI.

July 2016
Ryan Poppe / TPR News

A Texas Democrat is calling on his congressional colleagues to investigate President Trump over possible violations of federal election law.

NPR’s Wade Goodwyn (@wadegoodwyn) recently interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is gearing up for an unexpectedly tight re-election campaign this fall. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Goodwyn about what Cruz said.

In a split-screen whiplash, a regular Tuesday turned into a blockbuster, with two top people close to President Trump now facing prison.

First, it was Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, found guilty of tax evasion and bank fraud by a jury in Virginia. Minutes later, in New York, it was Trump's longtime former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, pleading guilty to tax evasion, falsifying submissions to a bank and campaign finance violations.

Ryan Poppe / 2018

For some Texans, there’s big money in deer. Breeding and raising whitetail deer, running deer hunts on ranches, it’s all part of a multibillion-dollar industry. But since 2015, deer breeders and the state have been locked in an old-fashioned standoff.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has restricted the movement of this deer population in an effort to contain chronic wasting disease. Meanwhile, the Texas deer industry says this hurts its livelihood, and it plans to push lawmakers to make changes during the 2019 legislative session.