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Residents of New Mexico Suffer Under Unregulated Housing Market

In a chilling report on “New Mexico’s Badlands,” writer Joseph Sorrentino sketches life in the “colonias” of Pajarito Mesa, a desert area 10 miles from Albuquerque and home to 1,200 to 1,500 people struggling against real estate predation and an absence of basic services.

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Oil Spill

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Texas Death Row Inmate: ‘Slavery’ Endures in Jails Around America

In what he says may be his “final statement on Earth,” Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper offers a plainly devastating take on the American judicial system and on Texas’ bizarre law of parties, which allows the state to execute him even though he didn’t commit murder.

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Deep in the Dark Heart of Texas

Greg Abbott, a former judge and three-term attorney general of the great state of Texas, is expected to be the state’s next governor. His official biography puts him on the side of God, the American way and children of all ages.

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Texans Will Have to Wait for Gay Marriage

Federal Judge Orlando L. Garcia threw out Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, writing, “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.” But gay Texans will have to remain patient for now.

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For Exxon Mobil CEO, Fracking’s Fine, Just Not In His Backyard

The contentious practice of hydraulic fracturing—commonly referred to as “fracking,” thus offering opponents a handy resemblance to a popular expletive—isn’t something Exxon Mobil’s head honcho, Rex Tillerson, has opposed.

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The GOP, Race and Ted Nugent: If You Won’t Denounce Nazi Insults, What Does That Say About You?

Musician Ted Nugent called President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel.”

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This Texas District Attorney Candidate Says Family Violence Is ‘Overrated’

As the top law enforcement officer (should he win) in Harris County, Texas, one would hope Lloyd Oliver would prosecute domestic violence with all due zeal, but the Democratic candidate told The Texas Observer the crime is “so, so overrated” and equated abuse to a tap on the hand.

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Is American Higher Education Truly the Envy of the World?

A new study suggests U.S. colleges still have a lot of growing to do before they can be considered the best; the Texas judge who ruled on the teenage drunk driver’s “affluenza” has decided not to give him any jail time for the deadly crash; meanwhile, pedestrians may be evolving to survive in a car-plagued world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Jon Stewart, Nathan Lane and More Ask Sean Hannity to Stay in New York

The Fox News host is feeling so unwelcome in his home state of New York due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s comments about extreme-right Republicans that he’s decided to leave. But “The Daily Show” won’t let such a valuable taxpayer simply slip away.

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Is Texas Spending $82 Million to Teach Creationism in Charter Schools?

Texas is violating the Constitution’s First Amendment to teach a myth as fact in publicly funded schools, a Slate writer asserts.

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Women as Incubators: How a Texas Law Is Keeping a Brain-Dead Patient Alive to ‘Save’ Fetus

A week after Thanksgiving, Marlise Munoz had a suspected pulmonary embolism in Fort Worth, Texas. That would be the end of the tragic story if it weren’t for the fact that at the time her brain waves stopped she was 14 weeks pregnant. In the Lone Star State, that’s enough to keep a person alive against her will.

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Six States Chosen to Test Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia have been selected to host sites for testing the commercial use of drones.

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Deregulated Texas

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Are Politicians Who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly ‘Pro-Life’?

When Wendy Davis proclaimed that she is “pro-life”—a description long since appropriated by conservatives opposed to abortion rights—the right-wing media practically exploded with indignation.

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Republicans Winning the War of Disenfranchisement

In the months after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act under the argument that it is no longer necessary, regressive voting laws are taking root that threaten to snap the country back to the 1950s, disenfranchising minorities and women.

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Judge Eliminates One Hurdle From Texas Abortion Obstacle Course

The Texas abortion law filibustered by state Sen. Wendy Davis was diminished in court Monday by a federal judge, although most of the measure will go forward unchanged.

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Lessons for Texas Schoolkids: Loch Ness Monster Proves Evolution Is Wrong

Christian-affiliated public charter schools in Texas are teaching some whoppers in the classroom. Note the phrase “public charter schools.” Yes, tax money is being spent to spread ignorance, such as linking the rise of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich to Darwinism.

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How Texas’ Voter ID Laws Affect Women

It’s no secret voter ID laws were drafted with minorities in mind, but they’re not the only ones who could have their voice suppressed by such legislation. This fall in Texas, women may also face difficulties exercising their right to vote.

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Return of Paula Deen

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Motorola CEO: Advantages to Manufacturing in U.S. Outweigh Costs

Showing off the Texas plant where his company’s new flagship smartphone is assembled, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said, “It’s a myth that you can’t bring manufacturing here because it’s too expensive.”

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Wendy Davis’ Political Prospects, Weiner’s Sexting Partner Cashes In, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Harry Reid speculates about the likelihood of Congress taking up gun control again and scandal-plagued San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is due to begin therapy.

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Texas Republican Wants Wendy Davis to Pay for Her Filibuster

The Democratic state senator has responded to her colleague’s request that she “should reimburse the taxpayers for the entire cost of the second special session.”

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Watch: An Armed George Zimmerman Pulled Over in Texas

The shooter of Trayvon Martin told an officer in Texas that he was armed after being pulled over for speeding Sunday. The whole thing was captured on camera.

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The Pro-Life State

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Eric Holder Moves to Save the Voting Rights Act in Texas

The U.S. attorney general said Thursday that the Justice Department would respond to the Supreme Court ruling against the Voting Rights Act by seeking to require states to obtain federal approval before putting political redistricting changes in place.

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Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, Lewis Black Messes With Texas, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the closure of three Texas women’s health clinics and why President Obama is reconsidering a scheduled meeting with Vladimir Putin.

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The Alamo

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Texas Passes Anti-Abortion Legislation

Late Friday night, Texas state senators approved the anti-abortion bill that their colleague Wendy Davis had filibustered to the excitement and applause of hundreds of thousands of Americans last month.

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Bush Pushes on Immigration, Senate Screws Over Students, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a pair of controversial anti-abortion measures make their way through two Republican-controlled state legislatures and former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s political comeback gets some good news.

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Warren Pressures Senate GOP, Florida May Have Banned Computers, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what Texas Republicans say is the real reason Gov. Rick Perry won’t run for re-election next year and watch what happens when a woman bravely calls out Texas lawmakers over the state’s abominable anti-abortion measure.

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Rick in the Box

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Texas’ Regulations

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Bush Defends NSA Surveillance, Romney Was Against Presidential Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly renewing their gun control push and why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s catchy new campaign video against his Democratic Senate opponent is a big fail.

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WikiLeaks Releases Snowden Statement, Vermont Decriminalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including student loan interest rates double due to Congress’ inaction and Texas Republicans begin their push to pass a controversial anti-abortion law in the new special legislative session after their attempts were thwarted last week.

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Wendy Davis Won’t Back Down, Maher Rips Voting Rights Act Decision, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest fight against student loan rate increases and what the top two Senate Republicans are requesting of the NFL and other major American sports leagues.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Texas Sen. Wendy Davis

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a hero to hundreds of thousands of Americans when she stood up for women and against their political opponents in an 11-hour filibuster Tuesday.

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Redacted FBI Documents Show Plot to Kill Occupy Leaders If ‘Deemed Necessary’

“Did the FBI ignore, or even abet, a plot to assassinate Occupy Houston leaders?” asks journalist Dave Lindorff at WhoWhatWhy. “What did the Feds know? Whom did they warn? And what did the Houston Police know?”

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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

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