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Over the next four months, Texas officials will be offloading programs aimed at helping newly arrived refugees. Last week, the state announced it was leaving the federal refugee resettlement program after four decades in the program.


Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune

South by South Lawn, an imprint of the Austin-based festival kicks off today on the White House lawn. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama both spoke at SXSW earlier this year. Today’s event is meant to encourage innovation via a festival of "art, ideas, and action."

We don't really know what Donald Trump paid in taxes, because unlike every other major presidential candidate in the last four decades, the GOP nominee has refused to release his tax returns. But the New York Times offers a tantalizing theory that Trump could have legally escaped income tax liability on hundreds of millions of dollars, thanks to staggering losses from two decades ago.

There's been a lot of fuss made about U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent decision to support Donald Trump for president after he famously refused to endorse him at the Republican National Convention this summer. But he's not the only Texas leader who’s expressed a change of heart.

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In less than a month, the window for registering for this year’s presidential election will close. That’s why on Tuesday's National Voter Registration Day groups were helping folks all over the city get registered – and that includes people who are blind.


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Tonight's the night.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will meet tonight for the first of three long-awaited presidential debates. The Hofstra University-hosted debate starts at 8 p.m. CST live from Hempstead, N.Y.

Watch the YouTube live stream below courtesy of PBS Newshour. 

The 90-minute debate will be streamed commercial free and will be moderated by NBC's Lester Holt. 

Pu Ying Huang for KUT News

The way refugees are resettled in Texas could be in for a big shakeup.

Yesterday, state officials threatened to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program if the feds don’t approve the state’s plan, which has some controversial elements — including a cap on the number of refugees the state takes in and a stricter screening process for refugees.


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A federal judge sided again today with plaintiffs in the long legal battle over Texas' voter ID law.

This time, the U.S. Department of Justice joined the group of Texas voters challenging the state’s law, arguing Texas election officials were misleading voters about court-ordered changes to the law.

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The latest Texas Lyceum poll shows Hillary Clinton just seven points behind Donald Trump in this reliably red state. That’s unusually close. Republican presidential candidates have carried the state by double digits in every contest since 1996. Democrats are hoping Trump’s presence at the top of the GOP ticket will help them in down-ballot races as well.


Over the past few weeks, we've been compiling questions about this year's election sent to us by people across Texas. It’s part of a project we're calling "Texas Decides."

 

Now, it's time for you to help us decide which questions we'll investigate!

 

Vote for the question you find most intriguing below, and our reporters at public radio stations across the state will use the results to start digging in.

 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / KUT

From the Texas Tribune: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is taking an official role with the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, serving as his Texas state chairman.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

A new poll suggests GOP presidential nominee may not have the double-digit lead in Texas enjoyed by his predecessors heading into Election Day. 

The Texas Lyceum poll found Donald Trump leads Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by seven points among likely voters – 39 to 32 percent of respondents, respectively – in a four-way race.

Republicans have taken Texas handily in every presidential election since 2000, winning by double digits in each contest.

Ilana Panich-Linsman for KUT

We are about a month away from early voting in Texas for this year’s presidential election and vital information regarding recent changes to the state’s controversial voter ID law are largely absent from county websites.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Attorneys are headed back to court because of the state’s voter ID law. This time it’s over how Texas election officials are explaining the changes they were forced to make to the law.

A forum designed to test the leading presidential candidates' capacity for military leadership Wednesday night displayed as much unpredictability as the rest of this election, as questions and answers veered off-topic and both candidates were put on the defensive several times.

As February follows January and the sun sets in the west, readers of The Dallas Morning News could rely on that newspaper to endorse the Republican candidate for president.

But not this time — not when the candidate is Donald Trump.

The Morning News editorial pulled no punches from the get-go:

"What does it mean to be a Republican?

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune: Saying that a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook is "dripping with racism and intolerance," several educators and students are calling for the State Board of Education to reject the controversial book. 


Michael Stravato and Shelby Tauber / Texas Tribune

Texas may be a battleground state this election, according to a new poll of all 50 states by the Washington Post, which shows Hillary Clinton with a narrow edge over Donald Trump in Texas 46 to 45 percent among registered voters.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Inspired after a visit to Austin’s South by Southwest Festival in March, President Barack Obama and White House staff are creating their own version – South by South Lawn. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Yesterday, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos visited an undergraduate American history class at UT Austin to talk about voting, as part of the state's voter outreach effort following a court battle over the state's voter ID law. 


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