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Gov. Perry Calls for Third Special Session

Governor Rick Perry is making good on his threat of calling for a third special session of the Texas Legislature.The main focus of this session will be transportation funding after a proposed constitutional amendment stalled.The House couldn't muster the 100 votes necessary to approve the amendment Full story

Adios, Rick Perry

This week's trenders include Ed's dance moves, Sarah Palin's future political plans, and Rick Perry's announcement that he will not run for re-election as Texas governor. Jim Moore, author of "Adios, Mofo," joins Joy Reid to discuss Perry's plans for 2016 and more. Full story

Are Rick Perry, Republicans wrong to think abortion is ‘their’ issue?

   MSNBC contributor Joy Reid joins Martin Bashir to explain why Republicans in states from Texas to Virginia to Wisconsin are wrong to think that Americans want extremist answers to questions of social policy, like on a woman’s right to choose.

Republican governor Perry defends Texas abortion measure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governor Rick Perry on Sunday defended a measure passed by the Texas legislature to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying states - not the federal government - should decide such matters and rejecting criticism that the law would shut down most of the state's Full story

Texas approves bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

The law, passed by the state Legislature Friday night, would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and could close dozens of clinics that provide abortion services. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign the legislation. Full story

Wendy Davis: Texas anti-abortion bill ‘inhumane’

"It's an inhumane thing to do, to force women into a situation where they literally have no control over their own bodies, over their destinies," said Texas State Senator Wendy Davis. The bill passed in the Texas statehouse Wednesday is set for near-certain passage in the senate. Full story

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  Perry for president in 2016?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced yesterday that he will not be seeking re-election in 2014, but he left the door open for a 2016 White House bid. The Gaggle discussed what this means for his political future and his prospects as a presidential candidate.

  State by state sneak attack on women's health

Chris Hayes takes on the trend of Republicans quietly chipping away at women's reproductive rights in the states. He's joined by Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune.

  How far will Wendy Davis get in Texas?

Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur, former Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton Ann Lewis, L. Joy Williams from LJW Community Strategies, and The Grio’s Perry Bacon, Jr. join Steve Kornacki to delve into Texas state politics and sum up State Sen. Wendy Davis’ chances if she chooses to run for governor.

  Wendy Davis: Rick Perry’s words ‘demean’ his office

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wendy Davis, the Texas state legislator whose 11-hour filibuster prevented a vote on a controversial abortion law, are engaged in a war of words as Perry calls another special session to hold a vote on the measure. NBC’s Janet Shamlian reports.

  Rick Perry, the Wendy Davis Express is headed your way

Melissa Harris-Perry’s open letter this week is addressed to Governor Rick Perry for pushing his anti-abortion agenda in the Texas legislature, even though two dozen anti-abortion bills had previously all failed to reach the floor of either chamber.

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