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The special legislative session. Here’s what to expect.

When we last left the Legislature it seemed everyone was in a foul temper.

With less than two weeks to go in the regular 140-day session, the dozen most conservative members of the House, known as the Freedom Caucus, blocked House approval of must-pass “Sunset” legislation to keep the Texas State Medical Board and four other agencies operating past Sept. 1. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, seized the opportunity, taking the Sunset bill hostage and refusing to release it until the House passed transgender bathroom and property tax rollback legislation that met his approval.

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, called Patrick’s ultimatum “regrettable” and didn’t budge.





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Congress expands Russia investigation to include Trump's personal attorney

By Brian Ross Matthew Mosk

One of President Donald Trump’s closest confidants, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, has now become a focus of the expanding congressional investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 campaign.

Cohen confirmed to ABC News that House and Senate investigators have asked him “to provide information and testimony” about any contacts he had with people connected to the Russian government, but he said he has turned down the invitation.

“I declined the invitation to participate, as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered,” Cohen told ABC News in an email Tuesday.

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