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Lesbian Couple Identifying as Straight Couple Prepares to Transition 5-Yr-Old Son Into a Daughter

    Meet Greg and Jody, a married couple in Britain. Husband Greg is a woman, as is wife Jody. 27-year-old Greg identifies as male. She also identifies as step-dad — to 21-year-old Jody’s son, Jayden. The couple says their 5-year-old enjoys dresses and hates “everything about being a boy. Therefore, they’ve put Jayden on track to “transition” into a girl in just a few years. And currently, they’re miffed. Greg told the Daily Record ...
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Beto O’Rourke’s immigration plan: No wall, but few specifics

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, flanked by U.S. Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minnesota (left), and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, speaks to the press after touring the tent city that holds thousands of immigrant children, in Tornillo on Dec. 15, 2018. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune EL PASO — In a digital ad that recently went viral, Beto O’Rourke tore into President Trump’s desired border wall with soaring footage of the Rio Grande Valley and ...
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Shutdown over wall straining Border Patrol agents working overtime without pay

Pedestrians and cars cross from Mexico into the U.S. at the Paso del Norte Port of Entry near downtown El Paso on Jan. 15, 2019. Jorge Salgado for The Texas Tribune EL PASO — As the government shutdown approached its fifth week and Washington Democrats and President Donald Trump showed no signs of coming to an agreement on how to end the stalemate Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol vehicles could be seen patrolling just north of ...
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Analysis: At the top of Texas government, three-part harmony

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen at a joint press conference held at the Governor's Mansion on Jan. 9, 2019. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./ The Texas Tribune Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. This might seem premature to anyone who has watched the roiling spectacle of a Texas legislative session, but maybe the state’s top leaders are actually working together ...
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Eight years on Texas' highest criminal court turned Elsa Alcala into a death penalty skeptic. How will the court change without her?

Judge Elsa Alcala at the swearing-in ceremony for incoming Judge Michelle Slaughter at the state Capitol on Jan. 11, 2019. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. Three weeks before Julius Murphy was set to die in 2015, the nine Republican judges of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stepped in. The court stopped Murphy's execution and later ordered a lower court to take another look at his case, pointing to allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. But one judge went ...
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The Most Insulting Part of Gillette’s “Toxic Masculinity” Commercial Wasn’t Just the Stereotypical Depictions of Men

The disaster that was Gillette’s recent attempt at being the next “woke” company to attempt to improve society by using men as a patsy for continuous societal problems was a major flop, and it’s no wonder why. Insulting your entire customer base by describing their very nature as toxic isn’t going to endear you to buyers. For those who haven’t seen it, the entire video is a slap in the face toward the very nature ...
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Texas House and Senate about $3 billion apart on public education spending

Then-state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, visits with Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, on the Senate floor on May 25, 2017. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune Almost everyone at the Texas Capitol agrees the state should spend more money on public schools, but for House and Senate leaders, but how much is enough? On Tuesday, that became a $3 billion question. A day after the Texas House unveiled a proposal to pump more than ...
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Governor, top Texans in Congress ask Trump not to raid Harvey aid for border wall

Workers start clearing water damaged floors and walls from a house in the Houston suburb of Cypress after Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30, 2017. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON — Nearly two-dozen high profile Texas officeholders sent President Trump a letter Tuesday imploring him not to use Hurricane Harvey relief funds to build a border wall. Over the last week or so, Trump has considered using disaster recovery funds to build a border ...
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"The abuse was structural:" Report offers glimpse of life inside the now-empty Tornillo migrant camp

Aerial view of the tent city at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry in Tornillo on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune The tent city popped up over the summer, about 40 miles from El Paso, as the U.S. government sought more space to hold hundreds of unaccompanied teenagers caught crossing the Rio Grande from places like Honduras and Guatemala. It was supposed to be a temporary solution, but a ...
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Don’t let pride go before a fall

Christina Sumners: Welcome to Science Sound Off, I’m Christina Sumners. Tim Schnettler: And I’m Tim Schnettler. Christina Sumners: And we are here today with Dr. Matthew Smith. Maybe you could tell us a little bit about yourself, Dr. Smith? Matthew Smith: Pleasure to be here today, I am Matthew Smith and I am the co-director of our university-wide Center for Population Health and Aging. I’m also on faculty at the School of Public Health. An ...
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At inauguration, Gov. Greg Abbott promises "we are going to get this done" on school finance and property taxes

Gov. Greg Abbott address attendees of his inauguration on the state Capitol grounds on Tuesday. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune On a brisk, cloudy morning, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were sworn in Tuesday to second terms leading the nation’s second-largest state. Amid the pomp and circumstance — the crowd flanked by bands from the state’s two flagship universities; an enormous Texas flag strewn over the north side of ...
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Texas Senate proposes $3.7 billion for mandated teacher raises

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, addresses the crowd at the inauguration ceremony on the Capitol grounds on Tuesday. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune Leaders of the Texas Senate are proposing giving schools $3.7 billion to provide $5,000 pay raises to all full-time classroom teachers — on the heels of a House budget proposal that includes $7 billion more for public education. Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, filed Senate Bill 3 Tuesday morning, ...
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