How Texas Runs America

New York Times columnist Gail Collins discusses why the Lone Star State has such an influence on the rest of the country.

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How would you advise Texas in terms of understanding that distinction between being part of a national picture and upholding states' rights?

Well, Texas would probably not want much advice. But I would say to everyone in the country, not just Texas, that we need to have a more serious discussion about how what we do within our states impacts the country as a whole, and how we work together for our great national goals, rather than obsessing so much about how we want to be left alone.

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