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Travis County prosecutors have dropped their criminal charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, saying Monday that a felony case against the state lawmaker should never have been brought.

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November’s election ballot is packed with lots of local items – from city council races to school bonds – but there are also seven proposals to amend the Texas Constitution.

Donald Trump remains highly popular with Texas Republicans nearly a year after his election as the 45th president, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

“Trump’s overall job approval numbers continue to look good with Republicans,” said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. “His base is still very secure.”

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on Capitol Hill this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He's expected to brief lawmakers on Justice Department efforts to crackdown on immigration and so-called sanctuary cities.

But the committee's nine Democratic senators have made it clear they intend to question their former colleague's involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign – and whether he had any contact with Russian officials. 

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Former Vice President Joe Biden made an appearance at the LBJ Presidential Library on UT Austin’s campus Tuesday night. Among other things, he talked about his long tenure in the U.S. Senate and how politics have changed since his time there.

“Today it’s gotten mean and visceral,” Biden said. “And it’s always about your judgment. If you disagree with me you are in the pocket of big business, or you are in the pocket of this, or you are unethical.”

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