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Beto O'Rourke at a "Texans Rally For Our Voting Rights" event at the Texas Capitol Building on May 8, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images

Former U.S. Rep. and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke is considering a run for governor of Texas, although he has not formally mobilized a campaign or set a timeline, the AP reports.

Why it matters: O'Rourke would bring name recognition and the ability to quickly leverage a fundraising apparatus if he entered a race against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022. It would be his third election cycle in a row as a candidate, after challenging Ted Cruz in the Senate in 2018 and following his presidential bid in 2020.

Flashback: He previously said he couldn't imagine running for public office again if he lost the Democratic presidential nomination.

What to watch: O'Rourke may have alienated voters in Texas with liberal policies endorsed during his White House run, and would face a stiff task in unseating Abbott, who also has plenty funds.

  • But the former representative"relishes the role of underdog" after his rapid political rise saw him nearly upset Cruz in 2018, the AP notes.

Go deeper: Matthew McConaughey leads Abbott in Texas governor's race poll

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Dozens of Texas House Dems challenge legitimacy of re-established quorum

Texas state Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) with fellow Texas state representatives at a press conference on voting rights in Washington, D.C. Photo: Kevin Dietsch via Getty Images

More than 30 Texas House Democrats on Friday tore into a handful of their fellow Democrats, who returned to the capital this week, and accused Republicans of lying about the number of legislators present to re-establish quorum.

Why it matters: More than 50 House Democrats fled the state in July to prevent the GOP from passing new voting restrictions and urge federal action on voting rights. The 38-day standoff ended on Thursday after a small minority returned to the capital to continue the fight "from the inside."

38-day Texas House standoff ends after Democrats' return

Texas state Reps. Carl Sherman (center) and Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (right). Texas House Democrats lobbied for an end to the filibuster, passage of the For The People Act and restoration of the Voting Rights Act while in D.C. this month. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The contentious holdout that followed 50 Texas House Democrats' departure from the state came to an end on Thursday after 38 days, AP reports.

Why it matters: Democrats fled the state in July to protest GOP-led voting restrictions, flying to D.C. instead to urge federal action on voting rights. Enough returned on Thursday to resume quorum, days after the Texas Supreme Court ruled that they can be arrested if they don't attend the state Capitol.

Updated 39 mins ago - World

Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.