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Operation Jade Helm 15, a military training exercise, begins Wednesday in 12 Texas counties: Bastrop, Burleson, Brazos, Edwards, Howard, Hudspeth, Kimble, Martin, Marion, Real, Schleicher and Tom Green. It will also take place at Camp Bullis in San Antonio and Camp Swift in Bastrop County.

The predictions included martial law, mass citizen roundups and widespread gun seizures. So what really happened as Jade Helm 15 started Wednesday in Bastrop County, Texas, was pretty damn boring. Read more»

After a deadly confrontation between rival biker gangs in Waco, top Texas lawmakers defended a proposal to loosen the state's handgun laws. Read more»

Activists who support a legislative proposal that would lift the state's handgun licensing requirements stand outside the state Capitol on the opening day of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 13, 2015

As Texas lawmakers convened for the first day of the 2015 legislative session Tuesday, about a dozen activists carrying a variety of firearms gathered in front of the state Capitol to protest gun laws. Read more» 1

Second Amendment advocates plan to manufacture guns at the Texas Capitol during an armed rally set next week. Come and Take it Texas announced late Monday that it had purchased “the Ghost Gunner,” a machine that uses 3-D technology to build firearms, for use at the Jan. 13 event, where participants had already planned to carry rifles and shotguns to protest the state’s gun laws. Read more» 1

Austin, Tex., Police Officer Cory Ehrler monitors the entrance to Ridgetop Elementary School after classes start on the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As the 83rd legislative session approaches, Texas lawmakers are considering making firearms more available to teachers and other school personnel.

While the federal government and other states ponder more rigorous gun control laws following the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, some legislators in Texas have taken the opposite approach. They have emphasized the need to make firearms more available, and their discussions have included increasing access for teachers and other school personnel. Read more»

Rodney Pearson and his wife, Sandy, in front of their home in Jasper, Texas, on June 15.

After 16 months as police chief of Jasper, Texas, Rodney Pearson was fired by a newly elected City Council that said he was never qualified to hold the job. His dismissal has dredged up bitter memories of the town’s not-so-distant past. Read more»

A man holds a sign during an immigration protest at the Texas Capitol in Austin on Feb. 22, 2011.

Late Friday night, Texas Republicans approved an unprecedented change to their official party platform: a call for a national guest-worker program. Read more»

Gov. Rick Perry unfolding a Texas map on Dec. 31, 2011, to show Des Moines residents where his hometown of Paint Creek is located.

If Gov. Rick Perry falls short in the Iowa caucuses, an increasingly likely outcome, there may be a feeling among frustrated supporters and objective observers alike: He could have had this. Read more»

On the heels of the CNN/Time poll showing Rick Santorum climbing into third place in Iowa, Gov. Rick Perry took a swipe at him during the first stop of his bus tour Thursday. Read more»

Pres. George W. Bush announces his nomination of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to succeed John Ashcroft as U.S. Attorney General, 2004.

Alberto Gonzales isn't joining his Republican colleagues in calling for a review of the 14th Amendment's birthright citizenship provision. Read more»

The BP refinery in Texas City, Tex.

The beleaguered BP Texas City refinery faces two lawsuits: "BP collects... fines like speeding tickets," says an attorney who's represented BP workers. "A million dollars doesn't register on the BP corporate books... They look at a million-dollar fine as a nuisance and the cost of doing business." Read more»

Proposals to abolish the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship provision have ricocheted through the political noise machine. What would the removal of birthright citizenship mean for the country? Pierce the fog of rhetoric and you’ll quickly discover that nobody really knows. Read more»