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With a televised address scheduled for Wednesday night, we should not lose sight of the form in which Joe Biden chose to announce his decision to withdraw from the presidential race — a letter. It is a form of discourse that’s been shaping our politics and society since before our revolution. It still can.
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  • Houston Police Department Interim Police Chief Larry Satterwhite, regarding comments by Council Member Edward Pollard that lives could have been saved if the city had been more prepared ahead of Hurricane Beryl. Pollard said that his comments were “solely focused on the logistics of mobilizing our officers a day earlier to ensure their safety and readiness.” Houston Mayor John Whitmire also defended his city’s response and has previously chided CenterPoint energy for their slow restoration of power to thousands of residents. (Houston Chronicle — July 22, 2024)