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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan

The return to power of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, will not be accompanied by the corruption that used to plague the party, said Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Read more»

A Victoria, Texas, hospital already embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit has instituted an unusual hiring policy: No job applicants who are too overweight. Read more»

Despite high emotions, strategic media campaigns and moral outrage, neither side in the debate over women's health care in Texas was blindsided by the fight. Read more»

In the tumultuous, emotionally charged rift — and later, reunion — between a renowned breast cancer prevention group and the nation's largest family-planning and abortion provider, all roads lead to Texas. Read more» 3

Rick Perry gives a thumbs up as he leaves after suspending his bid for the U.S. presidency Thursday.

Rick Perry, who jumped into the presidential race in August and shot to the front of the crowded field, dropped out of the race Thursday. He endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. An advisor said Perry might run again. Read more»

A panel of federal appellate judges has authorized Texas officials to enforce a controversial abortion sonogram law while its constitutionality is being challenged in court. Read more»

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio looks at the crowd before his introduction with candidate Rick Perry in Osceola, Iowa, on Dec. 27.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has named embattled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio his Arizona campaign chairman, despite a recent Obama administration report condemning alleged discriminatory practices in Arpaio's office. Read more» 13

Despite a disappointing fifth-place finish in Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses that led Rick Perry to say he was returning home to Texas to reassess his candidacy, the Texas governor surprised everyone — including some of his own staff — by announcing this morning that he would stay in the race. Read more»

“Oops.” That’s the word Rick Perry uttered after a major stumble in the Republican presidential debate Wednesday. It spoke volumes about how bad his debate performances have been, how far he has sunk as a 2012 presidential contender. (with video) Read more»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and lawmakers curtailed funding for Planned Parenthood earlier this year by cutting the state's family planning budget by nearly 66 percent. In Texas, these state-funded family planning services have included birth control, STD testing, breast cancer exams, and pap smears that screen for HPV, the virus that can lead to cervical cancer — but not abortions. Read more»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

To uproarious cheers in a packed basketball arena at Liberty University, Perry spoke more like a minister than a politician, motivating students to use their Christian values to wrest control of their futures from Washington. Read more» 1

On the heels of a GOP debate where he reasserted his controversial belief that Social Security is a “monstrous lie” and a “Ponzi scheme,” Gov. Rick Perry heads to Florida on Monday, a big state, rich in delegates, with a key early primary — and home to many older voters. Read more»

As Perry adjusts to his front-runner status for the Republican presidential nomination, his opponents are planting seeds of doubt about how tough the border state’s longest-serving governor has been on illegal immigration. Read more»

The Bastrop wildfire burns southeast of Austin on Monday.

With wildfires raging outside of Austin, Gov. Rick Perry is leaving the campaign trail to return to his home state, the governor's office confirmed Monday morning. Read more»

Four of the five children who live in this dilapidated one-room home in Mexico Chiquito, a colonia in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

Along the 1,248-mile Texas-Mexico border, the overwhelmingly Hispanic residents of colonias tell of migrating with dreams of safety and prosperity, and of getting swindled or misled into buying worthless land with no modern infrastructure. Read more»

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