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For the time being, it seems, Texas A&M will not be leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.

Over the weekend, the presidents and chancellors of all twelve SEC institutions met and released a statement 'reaffirming their satisfaction with the present 12 institutional arrangement.' They did, however, leave the door open to future expansion. 

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A Department of Energy subcommittee is recommending steps for restoring  public trust in the natural gas extraction process known as hyrdaulic fracturing or "fracking," an important part of the Obama Administration's energy policy.

Over the last few years, public concern over the process has grown with the release of documentaries like Gasland and reports of possible connections between fracking and contaminated ground water. You can watch the trailer to Gasland here to get a sense of the film's story arc and tone:

Yesterday, a group of 28 scientists representing 22 universities sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, "expressing concern over the lack of impartiality on the Natural Gas Subcommittee."  The group criticized what they called "advocacy based science" and pointed out that six of the seven members of the subcommittee "have current financial ties to the natural gas and oil industry."

The group called for greater impartiality and asked that "at a minimum" subcommittee chairman John Deutch, an MIT professor and former CIA director,  leave the subcommittee and be replaced by "a person with no financial ties to the natural gas and oil industry."

Soon-to-be presidential candidate Rick Perry recently sat down with Time Magazine's Mark Halperin for a one-on-one interview. You can watch parts of the interview here:

Here are some of the highlights of what the two talked about:

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Perry Trails Obama by Wide Margin

A new poll from McClatchy Newspapers shows Governor Perry trailing President Obama 52 percent to 33 percent in a head-to-head matchup.  Here are the results of head-to-head match ups between Obama and different Republican candidates:

  • He leads Romney 46-41, a 5-point lead.
  • He leads Pawlenty 49-36, a 13-point lead.
  • He leads Bachmann 52-35, a 17-point lead.
  • He leads Perry 52-33, a 19-point lead.

Perry "Stands Ready"

Aug 10, 2011
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Earlier today, Governor Rick Perry spoke to the National Conference of State Legislatures' Legislative Summit in San Antonio, criticizing an "activist federal government."

"I stand ready to work with my fellow governors and legislators across this country to return power to the states, where it belongs," Perry said addressing the morning session of the summit.

Perry TV Ad in Iowa

Aug 1, 2011

A super PAC called Jobs for Iowa has produced the first Rick Perry for president commercial. According to Politico, the group plans to spend less than $40,000 for two weeks of air time on the Fox News Channel in Iowa.

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Earlier today Houston-based U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller threw out a lawsuit seeking to prevent Governor Rick Perry from participating in a prayer rally he helped organize. The group that brought the suit reacted with disappointment.

"The judge did not say that what Governor Perry is doing is Constitutional," said Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the non-profit organization of atheists and agnostics that brought the First Amendment suit.

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We’ve enjoyed Watching and Waiting to see when Rick Perry will jump into the presidential race. After today, however, we will watch and wait not only by blogging on developments in the Perry campaign but by taking a look at some of the major campaign issues likely to confront candidate Perry including the economy, immigration, and a range of social issues. So stay tuned—or logged—in.

Texas DREAM Act Perry’s Romneycare?

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One pundit thinks Governor Perry should jump into the ring. A new Gallup Poll shows Perry continues to do well nationally. Perhaps sensing this, the Governor is adding more key electoral state travel to his schedule. At home, however, some of the Governor's opponents are hoping to draw attention to what they say are the bad parts of his record in office.

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Over the last few days, it seems as if Governor Perry has sought to distance himself from the co-host of his prayer event, The Response. And in a recent interview, he articulated a states' rights view on the issue of gay marriage.  Is the Governor moving towards the center to appeal to moderates? How will these moves play to his conservative base? And finally - the BIG question - Will he run?

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Earlier this week,  The National Employment Law Project (NELP),  a non-profit organization that advocates for stronger labor standards, issued a call for an increase in the federal minimum wage. They argue an increase  would boost consumer demand and promote hiring.

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We hope you--like us here at Watching and Waiting--had a relatively Perry-free, Potter-filled weekend. You have to take a break from muggle politics every now and then. But, now that (SPOILER ALERT) the Dark Lord has been vanquished, it's back to work for us and for you.

Rick Perry 101

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Here’s a daily update on Governor Perry’s possible presidential bid:

Concerns Over Money Could Keep Perry From Running, But Not Likely

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Here's a look at the latest media coverage of Governor Perry's would-be Presidential candidacy.

Perry Reaching Out in Key States

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We at KUT continue to wait and see if Governor Perry will throw his ten-gallon hat into the Presidential ring. Here’s the latest: