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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, resigned on Friday.

The decision marks the capstone of a tumultuous few months for the four-term congressman, who has been dogged by sexual harassment allegations and an ongoing ethics investigation.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A federal judge has ordered Texas officials to comply with the National Voter Registration Act and motor voter laws.

The order could affect an estimated 1.5 million Texans.

By Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign was assured the much-touted data firm it used during the 2016 race, Cambridge Analytica, was operating above the board, the U.S. senator said Tuesday, weighing in as the company faced growing scrutiny over its practices.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is making his first public statement after being fired by President Donald Trump this morning over Twitter. Tillerson will be succeeded by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, pending a Senate confirmation. Pompeo will be replaced by Gina Hapsel who, as NPR notes, may have a tough road to her Senate confirmation.

Watch a livestream of the briefing below courtesy of PBS Newshour.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

During early voting in the primaries, a theme developed around what was happening in Texas. The narrative became that Democrats ­– perhaps improbably – were outpacing Republicans at the polls. Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz sounded the alarm to Republicans.

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