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It’s go time (again)!

Early voting in the Democratic and Republican primary runoffs runs through May 18. You may have only a few races (or none at all) on your ballot, depending on where you live.

Robin Jerstad/Marjorie Kamys Cotera via Texas Tribune

The final two candidates running for the Democratic nomination for governor met Friday night in their first and only debate before the May 22 runoff election.

Youtube via PBS NewsHour

CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel will testify before senators this morning on Capitol Hill ahead of a possible vote of confidence to lead the intelligence agency. Haspel, who spent 32 years undercover for the agency, would be the first woman to lead the CIA, as well as the first career-agent to hold the post. 

However, she's faced bipartisan criticism for overseeing the use of waterboarding in interrogations during her posting at an agency site in Thailand. Watch a livestream of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee hearing below courtesy of PBS NewsHour.

Ilana Panich-Linsman / KUT

The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency says the hysteria over a 2015 U.S. military exercise in Central Texas, known as Operation Jade Helm 15, was caused or fed by Russians working to use information warfare.

The exercise became big news when conspiracy theorists began spreading rumors that it was part of a government plot to lay the groundwork for martial law and mass internment.

KUT reported at the time:

Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Bob Daemmrich

Blake Farenthold — a disgraced former Texas congressman who resigned last month — will not fund the special election to replace himself, he told Gov. Greg Abbott in a letter Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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