Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is one of the newest stars of the Republican Party, but whether he can carry his appeal nationally remains to be seen. Harry Cabluck/AP hide caption

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Aviation maintenance technicians Gina Teague (left) and Prasad Itty (right) work on the interior of an MD-80 jet at American Airlines' Tulsa overhaul base. Courtesy of Mike McNally/American Airlines - Tulsa hide caption

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Like his sister, Jesus Rodriguez laments the loss of their family farm. Kemp Davis for NPR hide caption

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