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President Trump on Friday named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as his new acting chief of staff, saying the former South Carolina Republican congressman will replace John Kelly as his top aide. When politicos from around Texas descend on Austin for the Jan. With special gear and righteous anger, activists document emissions in the Permian oil fields. Texas again leads U. Texas again led the country in executions this year with 13 lethal injections — and Dallas County topped the state list.
There were 25 executions nationwide, and only eight states carried out the ultimate punishment, according to an annual report released Friday by the Death Penalty Information Center. Father of immigrant girl who died says she had the food and water she needed. Desperate asylum seekers are making dangerous desert crossings into the U. Texas is poised for historic action in to ease some marijuana prohibitions and join a national cannabis legalization movement that, to varying degrees, has already swept up all four of its border states.
JoAnn Randall, a writer and rancher in Placid, a dot on the map miles northwest of Austin in the geographical center of Texas, describes herself as a political independent. Fifteen months ago, online retailer Amazon set off the biggest economic development competition in U. A Border Patrol truck powered past a stretch of steel bollard fence, built a decade ago on top of a fortified flood control levee snaking along the winding Rio Grande River. Texas slipped to 46th in the nation in fourth-grade reading. Even the best school districts report that just half their low-income students are at grade level.
And just 28 percent of graduating seniors earn a post-secondary degree or credential in six years. Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar over probation plea deal. The Texas judge who approved a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of rape to avoid jail time holds three degrees from Baylor. The criminal district attorney overseeing the case holds two. The prosecutor who agreed to the plea agreement graduated from Baylor law school. Active duty soldiers sent to the U. Harry Whittington, man shot by Dick Cheney, on what really happened on ranch.
Harry Whittington was a longtime Austin lawyer and a largely behind the scenes player in Texas Republican politics in February when he became a central actor in what came close to being a life-or-death drama involving then-Vice President Dick Cheney. Shahid Shafi was drawn to the Republican tenets of small government and secure borders after growing up under a military dictatorship in Pakistan. After a year filled with public hearings, partnership announcements and meetings with landowners, Texas Central Partners is looking toward breaking ground on its Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail in Beto O'Rourke ran a decidedly progressive Senate campaign in , especially for a Democrat running in deep-red Texas.
But now activists on the left are questioning his ideology and if he's progressive enough to represent their party in Criminal case grows against Arlington mental hospital accused of holding patients against their will. An Arlington mental health hospital, indicted last month on charges of illegally holding patients, was indicted on 11 new counts Thursday by a Tarrant County grand jury.
Amid President Donald Trump's push for tighter immigration policies, the United States deported more than , illegal immigrants in - the highest number since the Obama administration, new data shows. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his resignation to the White House on Saturday, facing intense pressure to step down because of multiple probes tied to his real estate dealings in his home state of Montana and his conduct in office. Federal judge rules Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional without insurance-coverage penalty. A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional now that Congress has eliminated a penalty for those who forgo health insurance, casting doubt on the embattled health law and coverage for millions of Americans.
Climate negotiators reach an overtime deal to keep Paris Climate Accord alive. Diplomats from nearly countries reached a deal on Saturday to keep the Paris climate agreement alive by adopting a detailed set of rules to implement the pact. For Trump, the political, the personal and the deeply personal are all under examination. The chief justice of the California Supreme Court said Friday she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing political polarization and incivility in the U.
Mark Zuckerberg could be ending the year about three-fourths as rich as he was coming into it. The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, to shutter after 23 years. The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years, its owner Clarity Media Group announced Friday morning.
The magazine will publish its final issue on December The ruined, fearful city of Raqqa was once the Islamic State's capital, the showcase of its caliphate and a magnet for foreign fighters from around the globe. Now it lies at the heart of the United States' newest commitment to a Middle East war. Trump inaugural fund and Super PAC under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors.
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Donald Trump was the third person in the room in August when his lawyer Michael Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker discussed ways Pecker could help counter negative stories about Trump's relationships with women, NBC News has confirmed. Without President Donald Trump to worry about, a bipartisan deal would likely sail through Congress to fund the government ahead of the holidays.
But with Trump fueling the border wall brinkmanship, everyone in the Capitol has basically stopped talking. Tech firms helped knock down Texas' bathroom bill. Big businesses helped kill the Texas bathroom bill two years ago, targeting it as discriminatory and unnecessary. They said the legislation, which would have required Texans to use the restrooms that match their sex at birth, would have hampered efforts to woo new companies to the state and turned off convention planners and sports leagues looking at venues for events.
Seven-year-old from Guatemala dies of dehydration, shock while in U. A 7-year-old from Guatemala died while in Border Patrol custody after she and her father were detained for entering the United States illegally, U.
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Customs and Border Protection said Thursday. While I shall not be returning to the Texas Legislature in January, I am cautiously optimistic and hopeful the members of the Legislature, both House and Senate, recognize that Texans are ready to turn to a different page, one absent of the deep divisiveness and antics of the last session. Trump 'doesn't know what's about to hit him,' retiring Rep. Joe Barton says of House Democratic rule. Joe Barton needed newspapers. Earlier that Wednesday — the 1,th and sixth-to-last Wednesday of his year congressional tenure — the retiring Republican had walked into his Capitol Hill office to find a hard truth staring at him from the newly-empty hallway spot where his nameplate had long been.
When the National Enquirer reported without proof in March that Sen. Ted Cruz had been caught cheating with five mistresses, Cruz blamed the "tabloid smear" on "Donald Trump and his henchmen. Lawyers say Rice professor not involved in controversial gene-edited babies research. The last few months have been hard for Shahid Shafi and his family. Dozens of bomb threats made in DFW similar to threats made nationwide demanding bitcoin.
Bomb threats have been made in several North Texas locations that are similar to others made across the country. The final numbers are in and, stop us if you've heard this one before, Texas still had one of the United States' worst voter participation rates in , despite an 18 percentage point increase in voter participation over Natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov.
Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep. Government reverses course, sending four year old Austin boy back to father. It looked like a happy holiday reunion: A new survey shows Texas school districts are feeling the effect of state funding cuts to prekindergarten programs. Abuse, neglect violations found in Texas' foster care system, report shows. A new report from the state's office of the Ombudsman for Children and Youth in Foster Care reveals that of investigated complaints in Texas foster care in , there were 71 confirmed violations.
HISD trustees opt against seeking partnership bids, risking sanctions in Bill King, a Houston businessman who narrowly lost his bid for mayor in , filed paperwork with the city secretary Wednesday marking his likely intent to challenge Mayor Sylvester Turner again in Slow police response and chaos contributed to Parkland massacre, report finds. In the weeks after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Senate votes to limit war powers in Yemen, angered by Saudi killing of journalist. Senate votes to condemn Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi killing, end support for Yemen war.
The guilty plea Thursday of a woman accused of infiltrating the National Rifle Association on behalf of the Russian government has thrust the powerful conservative group into an uncomfortable spotlight as the organization appears to be facing declining donations and signs its fearsome political influence may be waning.
Trump denies directing Michael Cohen to break the law to buy the silence of Playboy playmate and porn star. President Trump denied Thursday that he had directed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to break the law during the campaign by buying the silence of women who claimed they once had affairs with the future president.
In a court document released Wednesday, the tabloid publisher, American Media Inc. Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights proponent who cultivated close ties to the NRA and conservative political figures, pleaded guilty Thursday to acting as an agent of the Russian government. The man suspected of killing at least three people and wounding 13 others at Strasbourg's famed Christmas market has been killed by French police, following a shoot-out not far from the scene of Tuesday's attack.
Nearly 40, people in the United States died by guns last year, marking the highest number of gun deaths in decades, according to a new analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER database. Urban flooding is worryingly widespread throughout the country but understudied. When a major city like Houston or Detroit floods, the nation pays attention. The president may declare a state of emergency, and agencies at all levels of the government begin recovery efforts while monitoring the event.
Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments during campaign. Online smear machine tries to take down Parkland students. The nation seemed steadfast in seeking answers and finding solutions. There have been 82 school shootings so far in -- by far the highest annual tally on record, according to the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security, which maintains a database of them. Greg Abbott said Wednesday state lawmakers will ultimately decide how to fund his plan to limit how much local school districts can raise each year in property taxes.
John Cornyn, the No. Abortion opponents are starting to worry Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh isn't the ally they were expecting. Justice Brett Kavanaugh has only been on the bench for two months, but a controversial decision announced this week has abortion opponents starting to worry that he may not be the ally on the high court that they expected. Ocasio-Cortez's race and gender drive 'certain Republicans crazy'. After surviving no confidence vote, Britian's May signals she will step down before election.
Boy Scouts reportedly exploring bankruptcy protection amid sex-abuse lawsuits. The Boy Scouts of America organization is weighing whether to file for bankruptcy protection as it deals with lawsuits over alleged sex abuse, The Wall Street Journal has reported. The Irving-based youth organization has hired Sidley Austin, a Chicago-based law firm, to help with a possible Chapter 11 filing.
Baylor frat president accused of rape is no longer welcome at UT Dallas, school says. The former Baylor University fraternity president accused of raping another student is no longer welcome at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he had been completing his degree, the school announced Wednesday. Proposed law would target students accused of sexual assault, like ex-Baylor frat president. An Arlington Democrat in the Texas House is proposing a law that would make it harder for college students found guilty of sexual assault to quietly transfer to a new school. In Dallas visit, acting U.
Attorney General Matthew Whitaker hails violent-crime task force. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Wednesday visited Dallas and lauded a task force dedicated to reducing violent crime in troubled northeast Dallas neighborhoods. Julian Castro moves toward White House run with exploratory committee. Aide to ex-Texas Congressman Steve Stockman sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Directing more money toward schools educating poor children, updating outdated funding formulas and curbing property tax growth are among ways the state should overhaul its beleaguered school finance system, according to draft recommendations made by a state commission on Tuesday. San Antonio archbishop says Catholics must lead on immigration. Gift drive goal met: Immigrant children at Tornillo shelter to get 2, soccer balls. A gift drive for migrant children being held in tents in the border city of Tornillo, Texas, has met its goal of collecting 2, soccer balls.
Border wall will not hinder access to National Butterfly Center, agency says. In doing so, the city added a handful of key provisions to the contract. The trick in Washington has always been to make sure a government shutdown is pinned on the other guy. President Trump is the first to ever pin one on himself. Michael Cohen sentenced to three years after implicating Trump in hush-money scandal. Cohen, a former lawyer for President Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday after denouncing Mr.
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In some cities, however, the problem is getting worse, with researchers pointing to a one culprit in particular: Christian Bale says Trump thought he was actually Bruce Wayne when they met. How would you react if you came face to face with Christian Bale dressed for his role in a Batman movie? Apparently, it happened once to Donald Trump, and Bale found the future president's reaction "quite entertaining. Freeze on fetal tissue procurement may impede work at NIH cancer lab, agency says.
The National Institutes of Health freeze on fetal tissue procurement is threatening to hamper work at an agency lab conducting cancer research, the latest sign that a Trump administration decision could slow the efforts of some scientists who depend on the samples. Evelyn Berezin, computer scientist behind groundbreaking word processor, dies at Evelyn Berezin, a computer scientist who designed the world's first word processor, has died at the age of She died in New York City on Saturday.
Understaffed, a slashed budget and archaic equipment: In the summer of , William Pfeil made a startling discovery: Hundreds of foreign companies that operated in the U. Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene: Defying predictions, union membership isn't dropping after Supreme Court's Janus ruling. Five months ago, the U. Supreme Court dealt what was seen as a massive blow to unions in Janus v.
The justices banned the collection of union fees from public workers who receive union-negotiated benefits but choose not to belong to the union. The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades—many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War. While federal prosecutors on Tuesday recommended a two-year prison sentence for James Wolfe, a former director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee who pleaded guilty in October to a charge he lied to the FBI about his contacts with journalists, his former bosses urged the judge to show mercy.
Trump makes one last try to get the Fed to ease up, but it likely won't work. President Donald Trump has made one last pitch to pressure the Federal Reserve into not raising interest rates next week, but it's expected to have little impact. Clean-shaven, Ted Cruz might have the most upsetting face in politics. It was just about two years ago, that feels like two decades ago, that the Senator from Texas was trotting around the country, trying to be likable and the President and failing miserably at both.
Nancy Pelosi struck a deal Wednesday with Democratic rebels intent on denying her the speakership, paving the way for her to reclaim the gavel she lost eight years ago. Senate and House of Representatives have reached an agreement to overhaul congressional policies on sexual harassment, snapping an impasse between the chambers and teeing up the proposal for passage this week. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is on the verge of a deal with Democratic rebels once intent on denying her the speakership, an accord that could deliver her the decisive votes needed to reclaim the gavel, according to multiple Democratic sources Tuesday.
Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, won the Senate District 6 special election Tuesday, finishing with just enough votes to avoid a runoff against fellow state Rep. Cornyn, Turner unlikely allies in support of liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline project. Although their political parties are on the opposite ends of the climate change debate and other issues on Capitol Hill, U.
Dan Patrick on Tuesday endorsed U. John Cornyn, R-Texas, in his bid for re-election after speculation that Patrick might challenge Cornyn in the Republican primary. Migrant parents still separated from children at border after government claims gang ties or crime. Recently Amazon announced its next headquarters will be in New York and Virginia. In Dallas, Tillerson refuses to respond to Trump's criticism of him as 'dumb' and 'lazy'.
The former Exxon Mobil chief executive on Tuesday refused to comment on Trump's contention that he is "dumb as a rock" and "lazy as hell. Confederate monuments bill 'another example' of state interference in city affairs. A North Texas lawmaker wants cities to find another way to foot the bill for removing their Confederate monuments. Baylor frat president accused of rape shouldn't be student at UT Dallas, hundreds say in petition. An online petition is calling for the former Baylor University fraternity president accused of raping another student to be removed from UT Dallas, where he is completing his degree.
Wayne Gotke already owns several pieces of memorabilia from the time his father, also named Wayne, spent in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. As Trump threatens shutdown, Sen. While President Donald Trump and top Hill Democrats hurtle toward a potential holiday shutdown over his long-promised border wall, Texas Republican Sen. Bracing for construction of a border wall through delicate habitat for butterflies, birds and other wildlife, the National Butterfly Center is calling for donations to help it fight the project and, if that fails, to repair the environmental damage.
Dell Technologies shareholders on Tuesday voted to take the Round Rock-based tech giant public after five years as a private company. But the measure passed and immediately prompted a lawsuit, landing in front of a fed-up federal judge just three months later. Amazon picks Alliance for regional air hub, bringing hundreds of jobs to DFW.
Amazon may not be bringing HQ2 to North Texas but it is bringing its fleet of planes. Amazon announced plans Tuesday to open a regional air hub at Alliance Airport and bring hundreds of jobs to the region. Officers shot while serving warrant in Mount Houston area, suspect found dead. Marriott data breach is linked to hackers as U. The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected passport information or other personal details of roughly million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort that hacked health insurers, other hotels and the security clearance files of millions more Americans, according to two people briefed on the preliminary results of the investigation.
How a powerful Russian propaganda machine chips away at Western notions of truth. The initial plan was a Cold War classic — brutal yet simple. Two Russian agents would slip onto the property of a turncoat spy in Britain and daub his front door with a rare military-grade poison designed to produce an agonizing and untraceable death. Experts on the issue say it reinforces research showing how ambitious young women are treated differently than men.
In the lawsuit, which was filed by the electric car maker in June, Tesla alleges that Tripp, a former process engineer, had illegally exported data and made false claims to reporters, among other things. President Donald Trump has told foreign leaders that "America First" means he will always put the needs of America ahead of the needs of other nations — and that they should do the same for their own country. Saudi Arabia's leadership appears to be on board with that message. Jailed Russian national Maria Butina has reached a deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to violate a prohibition on undeclared foreign agents, ABC and the Daily Beast report.
Fentanyl is a killer opioid. It could become a weapon of mass destruction. It would take only pounds of fentanyl to kill 25 million people. Suspect on the run after three killed in Strasbourg Christmas market shooting. Mitch McConnell, in reversal, says Senate will vote on criminal justice bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a shift, announced Tuesday the Senate would take up a long-awaited bipartisan bill that aims to reduce the number of people in the nation's crowded prisons. Amid Denver push for supervised drug injection site, feds threaten reprisals. The feds aren't happy with Denver's controversial new plan for drug treatment.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the U. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing. Speaking in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday amid allegations of anti-conservative bias and privacy violations on the platform, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company had "no plans to launch search in China.
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Minutes after a very public showdown with Donald Trump on Tuesday over his border wall with Mexico, the House minority leader returned to the Capitol and railed against the president in a private meeting with her colleagues. Schisms over economics, culture and geography underlie dramas simmering in Europe. China warned of consequences for the arrest of a senior tech executive. Now a former Canadian diplomat has gone missing. A former Canadian diplomat based in Beijing has reportedly been detained in China.
Michael Kovrig's employer, the International Crisis Group, said it was "doing everything possible" to find out more about his location, and to secure his release. Texas lawmakers on Monday vowed to crack down on the state's booming free-standing emergency room industry in the wake of a troubling AARP Texas survey and a Houston Chronicle story that both showed how some facilities are sending confusing messages to patients.
Stocks are on track for the worst year in a decade. Four experts weigh in on what will bring. Stocks saw a huge reversal on Monday as investors are trying to sort out which of the litany of market factors will have the biggest impact on their portfolios in Since Donald Trump assumed office almost two years ago, U. Congress is on track to pass a five-year farm bill this week that leaves out controversial proposed work requirements for food-stamp recipients, imperiling the support of some conservative House Republicans but opening the door for Democrats in both chambers to support the compromise bill.
The naval air station where former President George H. Bush earned his naval wings in could soon be renamed after the late president. The former president of a Houston-based nonprofit pleaded guilty Monday to lying to Congress about a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 U. David Ford has teeth. But the year old wants you to see them, flashing a full smile at every opportunity. Edwards Aquifer at greater risk with climate change, population growth.
The Edwards Aquifer could be at risk in the next 50 years as a result of warmer temperatures and more frequent and severe droughts, compounded by population growth. Female political candidates eyeing bids for , fueled by midterm victories. Even on a rainy Thursday night in the busy weeks before Christmas, nearly two dozen women crowded into a country club meeting room here, fired up about the possibility of running for office. Ex-frat president at Baylor gets no jail time in rape case as judge accepts plea deal. A judge accepted the controversial plea deal for a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of sexual assault, granting Jacob Walter Anderson no jail time, according to a representative for State District Judge Ralph Strother.
He will not have to register as a sex offender. Time to allow the Ten Commandments in Texas classrooms? One state lawmaker thinks so. Dan Flynn of Van wants to make sure that any Texas teacher who wants to display the Ten Commandments in his or her classroom may do so. A development group is dropping plans to purchase the historic Dallas Morning News building in downtown Dallas. A weekend winter storm that dumped snow across the country covered Lubbock with 10 inches Saturday. A growing number of students are leaving the Houston-area school district where 10 people were killed in a mass shooting in May.
Enrollment at the Santa Fe public school district has dropped by more than 4 percent this year, according to attendance figures obtained by the Houston Chronicle. Dallas ISD stumbled through bus launch, but leaders say they're turning a corner. Dallas school district officials promised a better busing system if voters shut down a beleaguered agency mired with corruption. But as Dallas ISD wraps up its first semester in the transportation business, growing pains continue.
Dallas mayor says Trump administration's proposed 'public charge' rules would harm city's immigrants, economy. The city of Dallas is taking a stand against proposed changes by the Trump administration that could make it more difficult for some immigrants to obtain some visas or green cards. Trump scrambles to find chief of staff after top candidate turns him down.
After announcing the exit of his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, and being turned down by his pick to replace him, Nick Ayers, Trump found himself Monday in an unexpected predicament — scrambling to recruit someone to help run the executive branch of the federal government and guide the administration through the political tumult and possible legal peril ahead.
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Trump concerned about being impeached, sees it as a 'real possibility,' source says. The source said Trump sees impeachment as a "real possibility. Macron promises minimum wage hike in response to violent protests in France. If you want to say that the human soul is like software. Let me introduce myself. A while back, I was the victim of a body-jacking. You know, hijacking, car-jacking, body-jacking. My boss-woman, Big Momma Jane got a hold of this And the CIA had to censor my story.
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But there I was, in her body, feeling rather odd. This body-jacking aroused the interest of some powerful people. Again, hello there, Mr. But I was in her body, and then eventually got swapped out. End of story, right? About two weeks after I was back home in my body, and feeling like myself, I get this email from Agent Adelpha Vasil. She's one of the secret agents. She wants to have dinner with me. Since I have no social life whatsoever, I agreed. Plus she is hot. Tall, Greek, green eyes.
She's quite a gyro sandwich with baklava thrown in. We meet at a classy restaurant. Then the normal small talk. How are you doing? What did you do with the reward money? You getting over the trauma of being swapped into your boss's body for a month? Then she slowly hits me up. They—her agency—want me to do a short-term swap. Say for about 12 hours maximum. I pause, and raise an eyebrow. Read more Read less. Wrencher's Bodies Book 3. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
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