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The Latest in Politics: Texas’ Floating Border Barrier, Hunter Biden, Houston Mayoral Race, and More

Political experts share their thoughts on recent headlines in political news; plus, Rep. Joaquin Castro on the floating barrier in the Rio Grande.


Migrants trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico approach the site where workers are assembling large buoys to be used as a border barrier along the banks of the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass , Texas, Tuesday, July 11, 2023. The floating barrier is being deployed in an effort to block migrants from entering Texas from Mexico.


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The Department of Justice has sued Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the state of Texas following his refusal to remove a barrier of floating buoys topped with razor wire along the border in the Rio Grande river.

Representative Joaquin Castro of the 20th District of Texas joins the conversation to share his thoughts on this floating border barrier and the issues surrounding its existence.

Rep. Castro is collecting suggestions for Latino films that should be added to the National Film Registry. If you would like to submit your suggestions, click here.

Then, we're joined by political science professors Dr. Jeronimo Cortina of University of Houston and Dr. Melanye Price of Prairie View A&M University, to discuss the latest news in national, state, and local politics.

Our guests weigh in on Hunter Biden's legal troubles, the current polling for the 2023 Houston Mayoral race, the recently passed HB 900 and how it will require book vendors to assign ratings to books based on the presence of depictions or references to sex, and what's next for the future of Harris County elections.



Representative Joaquin Castro

  • Congressman for the 20th District of Texas

Dr. Jeronimo Cortina

  • Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Houston
  • Co-Host, Houston Public Media's Party Politics

Dr. Melanye Price

  • Endowed Professor of Political Science, Prairie View A&M University
  • Director, Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice

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