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Democratic race to challenge Will Hurd gets crowded

The majority-Hispanic 23rd Congressional District remains the ripest in the state for a Democratic pickup in 2018, and Democrat Pete Gallego appears likely to make another go at reclaiming it from Will Hurd, the Republican who defeated Gallego by narrow margins in 2014 and 2016. But first, Gallego, who won the seat in 2012, will have to get past at least three other Democratic candidates emboldened...
San Marcos joins legal challenge to SB 4 ban on ‘sanctuary cities’

San Marcos joins legal challenge to SB 4 ban on ‘sanctuary cities’

The San Marcos City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to file a legal brief in opposition to Senate Bill 4, the state ban on so-called sanctuary cities. The vote during a specially called meeting marked a shift from last week, when the council voted not to join the cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in their lawsuit against the measure, which goes into effect Sept. 1. The...
Commentary: A second special session would stir up a million teachers

Commentary: A second special session would stir up a million teachers

The 85th Texas Legislature just completed a tumultuous special session, tasked by Gov. Greg Abbott to tackle 20 subjects not addressed to his liking during the regular session. The special session was an engineered opportunity for a legislative bonus round, necessitated after critical sunset legislation affecting medical licensure did not pass in May. Media reported that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick worked...
Political stars aligned, Abbott, Patrick forced to take half a loaf

Political stars aligned, Abbott, Patrick forced to take half a loaf

With Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for a special session that featured 20 of his top priorities, it appeared that he and his self-described wingman – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick – would steamroll over local control with bills aimed at overruling decisions of Austin, Round Rock, Westlake, Georgetown and cities and counties across Texas. After all, Republicans occupy the governor’s mansion...
More charities cancel fundraisers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

More charities cancel fundraisers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

With its ornate 20,000-square-foot ballroom and manicured lawns, President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, is often the site of elaborate fundraisers, drawing big charities — and big dollars. But several organizations are having a change of heart since Trump blamed “both sides” for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a white nationalist...
Malia Obama, after a gap year, heads to Harvard

Malia Obama, after a gap year, heads to Harvard

Malia Obama was 10 years old and in the fifth grade when her father became president, and this week she will start a new chapter. She's off to Harvard, ending a gap year that sparked a national conversation about the trend and unfolded across multiple continents. Harvard's dorms open to freshmen Tuesday, and classes begin Aug. 30. The university is a familiar place for Obama's alumni parents, who...
Bannon was set for a graceful exit. Then came Charlottesville

Bannon was set for a graceful exit. Then came Charlottesville

John F. Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, told Stephen K. Bannon in late July that he needed to go: No need for it to get messy, Kelly told Bannon, according to several people with firsthand knowledge of the exchange. The two worked out a mutually amicable departure date for mid-August, with President Donald Trump’s blessing. But as Trump struggled last week to contain a growing public...
Behind a internment camp's barbed wire, two Scouts forged a bond

Behind a internment camp's barbed wire, two Scouts forged a bond

When they are together, it's not hard to see the Boy Scouts they were when they met seven decades ago, in the barbed-wire Japanese internment camp that sprawled over desolate fields. One was imprisoned here; one belonged to the only troop that agreed to a jamboree on the inside. Norman Mineta went on to become a mayor, a Democratic congressman and a Cabinet secretary to two presidents. Alan K. Simpson...
Unfilled Pentagon jobs worry government services firms

Unfilled Pentagon jobs worry government services firms

Top executives at four of the nation's biggest government services firms have publicly griped in calls with investors about the slow pace at which key federal leadership positions are being filled, saying the vacancies are causing a slowdown in the pace of contract awards and making it difficult to plan for the future. They alternately blamed the White House for failing to offer up candidates and...
START program aims to keep kids with mom

START program aims to keep kids with mom

After Raven Mosser gave birth six years ago, she woke up to a social worker in her hospital room. Her newborn son had been born exposed to opioids — drugs she had been abusing for years. If she didn't get clean, she was at risk of losing him. Mosser, 26, is one face of the nation's opioid crisis. But the epidemic is also touching a much younger set of victims: children whose parents have substance...
Trump vowed to hire 5,000 Border Patrol agents. It never happened

Trump vowed to hire 5,000 Border Patrol agents. It never happened

Five days after President Donald Trump took office, he signed an executive order that promised a swift, sharp crackdown on illegal immigration — immediate construction of a massive border wall, quick hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and stepped-up deportation of undocumented migrants. "Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders," Trump declared...
Pentagon wants to spend almost $500 million on Guantánamo

Pentagon wants to spend almost $500 million on Guantánamo

Behind the scenes, the U.S. military is planning for nearly a half-billion dollars in new construction during the Trump administration, including a Navy request to build a $250 million, five-bed hospital here that has been singled out for study by a Senate committee. Despite President Donald J. Trump's campaign promise to reduce costs at the remote U.S. Navy base — at one point he mused that...
Trump signs McCaul pediatric cancer research legislation into law

Trump signs McCaul pediatric cancer research legislation into law

A new law, introduced by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, and a group of bipartisan lawmakers, could make it easier for children with cancer to battle the disease with the help of adult cancer drugs. The Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act – or RACE for Children Act – gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to require that adult cancer drugs be studied...
Trump's plan would be disaster for black working class of New Orleans

Trump's plan would be disaster for black working class of New Orleans

Seven days a week, at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., workers flock to the hiring center a few blocks from the Mississippi River and line up against the chain-link fence according to their seniority.  They bow their heads as they recite the Lord's Prayer. "Give us this day our daily bread," the union leader intones. Then the dockworkers lift their union cards high in hopes of securing work that...
Circling the square of President Trump’s relationship with race

Circling the square of President Trump’s relationship with race

Kara Young, a biracial model who dated Donald Trump for two years before he married another model named Melania Knauss, remembers clearly bringing up her race with the real estate tycoon early in their relationship. As with so many issues, he steered the conversation to celebrity. “I didn’t hide my race from Donald Trump. He knew,” Young said in a rare interview. “He would...
Overview of firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations

Overview of firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations

Jeb Bush once famously argued against Donald Trump's presidential candidacy by calling Trump a "chaos candidate," who, if elected, would be a "chaos president." That's a subjective descriptor. But here is a brief overview of the firings, resignations and disruptions under President Trump: Jan. 20. Trump is inaugurated. Non-career diplomats who were given ambassador positions by...
Japan seeks US protection but quietly stakes its own path

Japan seeks US protection but quietly stakes its own path

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has never seemed to waver in his support for President Donald Trump, seeking out meetings and regularly speaking by telephone. He is one of a few world leaders who rarely criticize or even comment on Trump’s political turmoil at home. That approach, as much as a personal relationship, reflects Japan’s keen awareness that it needs the United States as...
Trump's tariffs would kill these American jobs

Trump's tariffs would kill these American jobs

Donald Trump would love what Arnold Kamler's doing. One of the president's top campaign promises was to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., and Kamler is on a quest to revive a decimated industry: American-made bicycles. Almost all of the roughly 18 million bicycles sold each year in the U.S. come from China and Taiwan. This year, about 130 workers at Kamler's new factory in Manning, S.C.,...
Budget and Appropriations members rack up travel time

Budget and Appropriations members rack up travel time

Members of the Budget and Appropriations committees have spent about $2 million on foreign travel since the start of 2016, including trips to Argentina, Tanzania, Italy and the United Kingdom, according to an analysis of congressional records. Appropriations Committee members far outpace their colleagues on the Budget Committee in the number of trips and how much they've spent on travel outside the...
US has struggled with love-hate relationship with immigrants

US has struggled with love-hate relationship with immigrants

Oddly for a nation made up mostly of immigrants, the United States has always had a problem with immigration. Long before President Donald Trump called for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, generations of Americans have advocated limiting immigration. In the 1800s, the Irish were a favorite target, and newspaper want ads commonly included the phrase, "No Irish need apply." Also...
The eclipse's really early birds

The eclipse's really early birds

Thousands of eclipse oglers eager to secure their viewing spots have been pouring into rural towns on Oregon's arid east side and craggy coast for days. But some Oregon residents have been preparing for Monday's total solar eclipse for much, much longer. Kay Wyatt and her husband, Steven, moved to Depoe Bay, Oregon, 15 years ago, in no small part because it lies on the centerline of the path of totality...
San Marcos considers supporting challenge to ‘sanctuary cities’ law

San Marcos considers supporting challenge to ‘sanctuary cities’ law

The San Marcos City Council will consider writing an amicus brief in opposition to Senate Bill 4, the ban on so-called sanctuary cities, during a special meeting called for Tuesday morning. The meeting, at 8 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at 630 E. Hopkins St., comes after the council last week voted not to join the cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in their lawsuit...
Two Views: There’s a silver lining in Trump’s Charlottesville comments

Two Views: There’s a silver lining in Trump’s Charlottesville comments

President Donald Trump’s slowness to condemn the Charlottesville violence, and then subsequent comments where he stated there was “blame on both sides,” produced outrage — and rightly so. But it wasn’t until after Trump’s news conference did we witness people speaking out against his comments specifically. Republican leaders such as Sens. Jeff Flake, Todd Young...
Two Views: Why the U.S. will never transcend white supremacy

Two Views: Why the U.S. will never transcend white supremacy

Now that the violence in Charlottesville, Va., has forced “white supremacy” into our political vocabulary, let’s ask an uncomfortable question: When will the United States transcend white supremacy? My question isn’t: “What should we do about the overt white supremacists who, emboldened by Trumpism’s success, have pushed their way back into mainstream politics?&rdquo...
With rejection of special session core agenda, is GOP civil war next?

With rejection of special session core agenda, is GOP civil war next?

The day before the summer special legislative session began, Gov. Greg Abbott warned lawmakers that he would be keeping an eagle eye on how each of them voted on his 20-item agenda. “I’m going to be establishing a list,” Abbott said. “Who is for this, who is against this, who has not taken a position yet. No one gets to hide.” The morning after the Legislature finished...
Viewpoints: On racism, a president who’s lost the moral authority

Viewpoints: On racism, a president who’s lost the moral authority

Like the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who emerged from under their hoods for all the world to see last week in Charlottesville, Va., President Donald Trump laid bare his character and his soul Tuesday, telling America that the white nationalists and those who protested racism were equals who shared blame in the mayhem. There “were very fine people on both sides,” the president said...
Austin leaders relieved but still lick wounds from special session

Austin leaders relieved but still lick wounds from special session

When Gov. Greg Abbott called state lawmakers back to the Capitol last month, he gave them a clear mission to strip municipalities of regulations and ordinances that he thought were too meddlesome. Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Abbott had declared a war on cities. Abbott’s proposals would jeopardize funding for police and firefighters and destroy sophisticated land use ordinances shaped...
Texas appeals ruling requiring new congressional districts

Texas appeals ruling requiring new congressional districts

Three days after a federal court ruled that Republican lawmakers drew congressional districts to intentionally discriminate against minority voters, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision and protect districts in Travis and Bastrop counties from having to be redrawn. In a separate filing Friday, Paxton asked the San Antonio-based federal court to delay...
Herman: Cornyn breaks his silence on Trump’s latest flare-up

Herman: Cornyn breaks his silence on Trump’s latest flare-up

It was late and lame, tardy and tepid, but at least our senior U.S. senator on Friday broke his silence on what everybody else has been talking about all week — the latest odd behavior of President Donald Trump. The Houston Chronicle characterized its Friday interview with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, as one in which he “added his voice … to a chorus of top party leaders breaking&rdquo...
Phillips: Think the Klan, Nazis are history? Not with Trump’s blessing

Phillips: Think the Klan, Nazis are history? Not with Trump’s blessing

My mother, who celebrated her 88th birthday last weekend, was shocked and dismayed watching events unfold in Charlottesville, Va. There in her living room on her 55-inch TV screen were the nightmares of her youth: White supremacists, Nazi sympathizers and anti-Semites marching in the streets in the name of white superiority and dominance. Instead of burning crosses, they carried torches. Some were...
Hiott: Why do headlines focus on racism? Because it still lingers

Hiott: Why do headlines focus on racism? Because it still lingers

It is not unusual at the newspaper to hear a reader or online commenter — one is not always inclusive of the other — question why we might highlight different ethnic groups, write about race and racism, or point out a lack of diversity in positions of authority. We’ve done so frequently, most notably in the past year with an award-winning series on Latino voter suppression in Texas...
Commentary: On reviewing NAFTA principles, first do no harm

Commentary: On reviewing NAFTA principles, first do no harm

I’ll be joined by government, business and nonprofit leaders in El Paso at the 2017 U.S.-Mexico Border Summit to discuss the merits of this trade agreement and what the future holds for U.S.-Mexico trade relations under NAFTA 2.0. While in some ways our conversation will mirror that happening in Washington, D.C. — what about the original trade agreement worked well, what has changed in...
Dallas lawmaker fights to remove Confederate plaque at state Capitol

Dallas lawmaker fights to remove Confederate plaque at state Capitol

A Dallas legislator might have gained a powerful ally in his quest to remove a Confederate plaque near his Capitol office. House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, said through a spokesman Thursday that the State Preservation Board should review “signs and monuments around the Capitol” for accuracy and that he will work with Rep. Eric Johnson on the matter. The comment comes a day after...
Herman: The silence of the senior senator

Herman: The silence of the senior senator

In these odd times, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is a canary in the conservative coal mine. Our state’s senior senator is a reasonable, level-headed Republican plagued these days in a party that gave us a president whose head often does not seem level. Cornyn, who so far has been unwilling to chirp up about President Donald Trump, is among the Repubs who will go a long way in determining Trump&rsquo...
Texas police chiefs start adapting to ‘sanctuary cities’ law

Texas police chiefs start adapting to ‘sanctuary cities’ law

Even as a new Texas law targeting so-called sanctuary cities remains in legal limbo, police chiefs and sheriffs are making changes to comply, rewriting training manuals and withdrawing policies that prevented officers from asking people whether they are in the United States illegally. The law, known as Senate Bill 4, goes into effect Sept. 1 unless a federal judge in San Antonio blocks it. The law...
Lawmakers provide little extra money for Austin-area school districts

Lawmakers provide little extra money for Austin-area school districts

Despite talk of teacher raises and a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Texas House that would have infused $1.8 billion into Texas schools, lawmakers left Austin this week without moving the needle much on education funding. At the end of the 29-day special legislative session this week, the Legislature passed a scaled back version of House Bill 21 that will spend $351 million on schools and $212...
West Texas sand rush exposes faults in state’s lizard protection plan

West Texas sand rush exposes faults in state’s lizard protection plan

A sudden influx of mining companies scraping the West Texas oil patch for sand to use in fracking operations has disrupted nearly as much highly sensitive habitat of a rare lizard in the last three months as the oil and gas industry had in the previous five years, according to state officials and a conservation group that monitors the area. The development, they say, exposes deep and potentially fatal...
Commentary: Move Confederate statues from parks to reliquaries

Commentary: Move Confederate statues from parks to reliquaries

Every Southern city should have a reliquary to receive Confederate statues. These monuments are a part of history and some are true works of art. But they should no longer dominate downtown squares and parks in cities where 30 percent or more of residents are the descendants of formerly enslaved people. To those who say these relics are an essential part of our history and heritage and should be revered...
Commentary: Remembering Mark White

Commentary: Remembering Mark White

I was deeply saddened to learn of Gov. Mark White’s passing. I have many fond memories, both personal and political, of our long friendship. His intelligence, wit, compassion and loyalty not only changed my life, but the face of Texas itself. I first met White when he was secretary of state under Gov. Dolph Briscoe. I worked on campaigns in both college and law school and was actually working...
Zuckerberg vows to remove violent threats from Facebook 

Zuckerberg vows to remove violent threats from Facebook 

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network Wednesday to condemn white supremacists and pledged to remove violent threats and posts celebrating hate crimes.   "The last few days have been hard to process," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday evening, days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly. "As a...
Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed

Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed

As the new White House chief of staff, John Kelly routes all calls to and from President Donald Trump through the White House switchboard, where he can sign off on them. He stanches the flow of information reaching the president's desk. And he requires that all staff members — including Trump's relatives — go through him to reach the president.   But none of those attempts at...
Trump attorney jumps into racial fray

Trump attorney jumps into racial fray

President Donald Trump's lawyer on Wednesday fanned an already-incendiary racial debate by forwarding an email advocating protection of some Confederate monuments and claiming that the protest group Black Lives Matter had been infiltrated by terrorists.   Trump's lawyer John Dowd told The Washington Post he "shares a lot of things with people" and said it was unfair to equate forwarding...
Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy

Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy

Silicon Valley significantly escalated its war on white supremacy this week, choking off the ability of hate groups to raise money online, removing them from Internet search engines, and preventing some sites from registering at all.   The new moves go beyond censoring individual stories or posts. Tech companies such as Google, GoDaddy and PayPal are now reversing their hands-off approach...
Fox News invited a conservative and a liberal to debate Confederate statues. They both ripped Trump

Fox News invited a conservative and a liberal to debate Confederate statues. They both ripped Trump

The two guests on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends" had been invited to talk about the toppling of a North Carolina Confederate monument Wednesday morning in the way cable news often sets up: talking heads at opposite ends of the political spectrum bickering over partisan talking points.   Wendy Osefo, a policy and social justice expert and Johns Hopkins University professor...
Abbott blames Straus for all that the special session didn’t get done

Abbott blames Straus for all that the special session didn’t get done

Gov. Greg Abbott only got about half of what he asked for out of the Legislature’s special session, and the day after it abruptly ended, without even sending him a bill on his top priority of property tax reform, he laid the blame for the session’s shortcomings squarely on House Speaker Joe Straus. Asked by host Bob Frantz on KTRH radio in Houston — the first of eight Abbott...
Efforts underway in large Texas cities to remove Confederate monuments

Efforts underway in large Texas cities to remove Confederate monuments

As Austin officials start an effort to change the name of Robert E. Lee Road in South Austin, similar efforts are underway to remove symbols of the Confederacy in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio in the wake of last weekend’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. But “tearing down” those symbols won’t change the past nor will it help the nation’s...
Herman: Mars’ role in the future of Texas public education

Herman: Mars’ role in the future of Texas public education

Mars, people. The solution to what is always the biggest challenge our state faces will come from Mars. Or, says a leading state lawmaker, from people who make believe they’re from Mars. The suggestion came in inspiring and instructive remarks made late Tuesday by state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, as the special legislative session approached its end and he rose to express remorse that...
PolitiFact: No backing for Alex Jones’ Charlottesville theory

PolitiFact: No backing for Alex Jones’ Charlottesville theory

Alex Jones, the Austin-based conspiracy-minded commentator, said the Charlottesville, Va., protests and counterprotests were staged acts of civil unrest funded by liberal interests to hurt conservatives and President Donald Trump. In a pair of videos posted on his website Infowars, Jones accused the Southern Poverty Law Center of going to “central casting” to hire actors to “dress...
San Marcos City Council votes to support legal challenge to SB 4

San Marcos City Council votes to support legal challenge to SB 4

The San Marcos City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to file a legal brief in opposition to Senate Bill 4, the ban on so-called sanctuary cities. The vote during a specially called meeting marked a shift from last week, when the council voted not to join the cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in their lawsuit against the measure, which goes into effect Sept. 1. The law will allow...
Protesters demand removal of NYC statue hailing doctor who experimented on slave women

Protesters demand removal of NYC statue hailing doctor who experimented on slave women

NEW YORK — When Sharon Thompson was a girl, she used to get a bad feeling when she walked by an imposing statue of a man on the edge of Central Park near East Harlem.          On Thursday, Thompson learned the story behind the statue when a local news station produced a piece on it. The bronze sculpture commemorates James...
Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, in an interview with...
LIVE COVERAGE: Crowd of 1,200 rallies against white supremacy at Austin City Hall

LIVE COVERAGE: Crowd of 1,200 rallies against white supremacy at Austin City Hall

11:50 a.m. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, is about to speak. Austin Mayor Steve Adler is also speaking at today’s rally. Organizers say about 1,200 people are at the event.  More than 500 converged on Austin City Hall on Saturday for a “Rally Against White Supremacy.” “We will speak and assemble for liberty from fear, for racial equality, and to...
Why are people still racist? What science says about America's race problem.

Why are people still racist? What science says about America's race problem.

Torch-bearing white supremacists shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. Protesters and counter protesters colliding with violence and chaos. A car driven by a known Nazi sympathizer mowing down a crowd of activists. Many Americans responded to this weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, with disbelieving horror. How could this happen in America, in 2017? "This is not who we are,"...
Austin Mayor Steve Adler to lead national mayoral anti-bigotry efforts

Austin Mayor Steve Adler to lead national mayoral anti-bigotry efforts

In response to violent white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. last week, more than 240 American mayors will join with the Anti-Defamation League to combat extremism and bigotry, the group announced Friday. And Austin Mayor Steve Adler was tapped to head the cause. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, designated Adler the lead of the new project...
San Marcos won’t join lawsuit over Senate Bill 4

San Marcos won’t join lawsuit over Senate Bill 4

The city of San Marcos will not join the cities ofAustin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in their lawsuit against the state’s new immigration law, officials announced Tuesday night. While those cities have waged public battles against Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities ban, San Marcos has been noticeably quiet on the issue — to the disdain of many of its residents...
Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits sky high

Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits sky high

Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade, if President Donald Trump carried out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.   The subsidies reimburse insurers for reducing...
Lionel Richie considers boycotting the Kennedy Center honors under Trump

Lionel Richie considers boycotting the Kennedy Center honors under Trump

The Kennedy Center Honors have always been about prestige, not politics — but this year, as the newest batch of honorees ponder the first such celebration to be held under the Trump administration, several are finding it difficult to set politics aside.   During an appearance on the "Today" show Tuesday, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie became the latest 2017 Kennedy Center...
Alt-right, alt-left, antifa: A glossary of extremist language 

Alt-right, alt-left, antifa: A glossary of extremist language 

President Donald Trump angrily denounced the so-called alt-left at a news conference on Tuesday, claiming that the group attacked followers of the so-called alt-right at a white supremacist rally that exploded into deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.   “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at the, as you say, the ‘alt-right’? Do...
Roy Moore, Luther Strange head for GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

Roy Moore, Luther Strange head for GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

Roy S. Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and Sen. Luther Strange emerged from a crowded Republican field Tuesday in a special Senate primary in Alabama, according to The Associated Press. They will face off for their party’s nomination next month in a runoff election, a contest that will test President Donald Trump’s clout in a deeply conservative state.  ...
Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost

Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost

President Donald Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations — equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.   Never has he gone as far in defending their actions as he did during a wild, street-corner shouting-match of a news conference in...
Theories abound over meaning of Trump’s ‘many sides’ remark

Theories abound over meaning of Trump’s ‘many sides’ remark

Theories abound about why President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that “many sides” are to blame for the white supremacist-fueled violence in Virginia over the weekend.   Some suggested the president does not want to alienate whites who voted for him out of a sense of racial grievance. Others said he was offering his white nationalist supporters a wink and a nod. Yet another...
What is the ‘alt-left,’ which Trump just blamed for some of the violence in Charlottesville?

What is the ‘alt-left,’ which Trump just blamed for some of the violence in Charlottesville?

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there was plenty of blame shared for recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one person dead and 19 injured.   He also used a term that some right-wing websites, commentators and Fox News personalities have for months advancedof a violent wing of liberal activists — the alt-left.   "What about the alt-left that...
Trump’s rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president 

Trump’s rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president 

When President Donald Trump's supporters rail against efforts to rein in his unpredictable, provocative behavior, they often call on White House aides, news reporters and Republicans in Congress to "let Trump be Trump."   But from Capitol Hill to the American heartland Tuesday night, the question was posed over and over again, "Which Trump?"   Was it the Trump...
Travis County commissioners authorize November bond election

Travis County commissioners authorize November bond election

Travis County commissioners voted Tuesday to put a $185 million bond package on the Nov. 7 ballot, despite concern that a large proposed Austin schools bond package on the same ballot could turn off voters to more spending. The vote was unanimous, with Commissioner Gerald Daugherty absent. Commissioners on Aug. 8 voted on the final list of parks, roads and drainage projects to be included in the bond...
Trump tweets he knows CEOs to replace the 'grandstanders' who resigned from council

Trump tweets he knows CEOs to replace the 'grandstanders' who resigned from council

In a tweet Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump said he has other chief executives ready to succeed the "grandstanders" who stepped down from his manufacturing council in the aftermath of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place," the president tweeted. "Grandstanders...
Trump retweets right-wing provocateur known for pushing false conspiracy theories

Trump retweets right-wing provocateur known for pushing false conspiracy theories

Late Monday, after thousands of protesters flocked to Trump Tower for the president's first trip back to the Manhattan penthouse in seven months, the president took to Twitter.   First, he wrote that it felt "good to be home." Next, he retweeted a post from an eyebrow-raising Twitter account: that of right-wing provocateur Jack Posobiec, a Trump supporter known for advancing a...
Resistance groups taking root in Trump country

Resistance groups taking root in Trump country

 When Susan Kroger decided to help launch a political activism group for women in her largely rural, pro-Trump region, she expected a few dozen liberal neighbors to show up.   But when she opened the doors at the group's first community meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 100 people flooded into the room. Now nine months later, Kroger says the group has quickly grown to 2,300 active...
GoDaddy — then Google — ban neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer for disparaging Charlottesville victim

GoDaddy — then Google — ban neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer for disparaging Charlottesville victim

The push for Internet businesses to remove hateful speech spread to an influential corner of the tech industry on Monday as Web registration service GoDaddy delisted a prominent neo-Nazi site in the wake of violent clashes over the weekend in Charlottesville.   The move by GoDaddy, which registers domain names for 71 million websites globally, is the latest and perhaps the broadest indication...
North Korea’s Kim appears to ease rhetoric U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman stresses diplomacy

North Korea’s Kim appears to ease rhetoric U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman stresses diplomacy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to take a step back from the brink of nuclear war Tuesday, when state media reported that he would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees."   But, as is often the case with North Korea, the message was mixed: Kim was inspecting the missile unit tasked with preparing to strike near Guam, and photos released by...
Trump fires back after the CEO of Merck resigned from his manufacturing council

Trump fires back after the CEO of Merck resigned from his manufacturing council

Just a month ago, President Donald Trump invited Merck chief executive Kenneth Frazier to the White House, calling him one of the "great, great leaders of business in this country." On Monday morning, Trump singled out Frazier again, this time to express his displeasure over the pharmaceutical executive's abrupt decision to resign from the president's American manufacturing council. ...
Trump administration goes after China over intellectual property, advanced technology

Trump administration goes after China over intellectual property, advanced technology

President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum Monday afternoon that will likely trigger an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, a measure that could eventually result in a wide range of penalties as the administration seeks a new way to deal with what it calls Chinese violations of the rules of international trade.   "The theft of intellectual...
For second night in a row, protesters rally against white supremacy in front of White House 

For second night in a row, protesters rally against white supremacy in front of White House 

Protesters rallied for the second consecutive evening in front of the White House on Monday, condemning white supremacy and calling on the Trump administration to take a more hard-line stance against it.   The rally, organized on Facebook by local college students, comes in response to violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend that claimed the...
Despite Trump’s support, Alabama senator struggles to a primary finish

Despite Trump’s support, Alabama senator struggles to a primary finish

Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama wields an endorsement from the president of the United States, is the beneficiary of a multimillion-dollar campaign from allies of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and has the backing of influential conservative interest groups like the National Rifle Association.   But Strange is wheezing into Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary here. He...
A hate crime? How the Charlottesville car attack may become a federal case

A hate crime? How the Charlottesville car attack may become a federal case

The Justice Department’s announcement that it is opening a civil rights investigation into a deadly car crash into a crowd of people protesting white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, has put a spotlight on what the department’s role may be under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.   Sessions was an outspoken conservative senator from Alabama before President Donald Trump...
House conservatives hope to revive Obamacare repeal vote 

House conservatives hope to revive Obamacare repeal vote 

Conservatives in the House hope to revive the failed effort to gut the Affordable Care Act with a long-shot drive to force Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to hold a vote to simply repeal the health-care law without a replacement.   Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus want to seize control of the health-care debate by petitioning Republicans to hold a vote on a version of a repeal...
New book creates more hurdles for GOP senator

New book creates more hurdles for GOP senator

Over two months, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has dodged bullets on a baseball field, buried his elderly father and watched one of his political mentors, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., battle terminal brain cancer.   And that was all before he published a book that doubles down on his criticisms of President Donald Trump, which in less than two weeks since its release, has once again put him at...
Scaramucci criticizes Trump’s Charlottesville statement: ‘I think he needed to be much harsher’

Scaramucci criticizes Trump’s Charlottesville statement: ‘I think he needed to be much harsher’

Ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Donald Trump's unwillingness to single out white nationalist and white supremacy groups in addressing the violence that erupted Saturday in Charlottesville.   "I wouldn't have recommended that statement. I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that...
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