In closed-door testimony, Republican Texans in Congress pushed back against witnesses and criticized fellow lawmakers while Democrats remained largely quiet. Transcripts from those hearings may portend what happens during the inquiry's public phase.
Decades ago, lawmakers passed a law that was meant to fully fund Texas Parks and Wildlife, but the money never seemed to make it to the parks. Now they're asking voters to create a constitutional mandate that parks get more money.
In a surprise development, the former Dallas congressman appears to be eyeing a return to the U.S. House — but not in his old district. Insiders say the response in Central Texas has been lukewarm. "I wish he'd called me first," Flores said.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Emmer called the Democrats socialists; Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Cheri Bustos read from the transcript of Donald Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president in a heated Texas Tribune Festival panel.
Watch a recording of "Why is This Happening? with Chris Hayes," in which Ted Cruz talks with Chris Hayes about small government, big tech, the Senate vs. the House and his relationship with the president.