Texas: Epicenter of the conservative movement

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THE TAKE | Texas proudly thinks of itself as a nation-state. It has produced three presidents since the last half century. But will the country embrace the new Republican Party of Texas, if given the opportunity?

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    Texas: Epicenter of the conservative movement

    Texas: Epicenter of the conservative movement

    THE TAKE | Texas proudly thinks of itself as a nation-state. It has produced three presidents since the last half century. But will the country embrace the new Republican Party of Texas, if given the opportunity?

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