Elections


Democrats outraise Republicans in seven GOP-held U.S. House districts

Seven Texas Democratic congressional candidates outraised their rivals in Republican-held districts in the second quarter of the year, including four Democrats who amassed more than $1 million, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend, with most becoming available Monday. “I don’t think that’s happened ever before,” longtime Democratic strategist Matt Angle...


Emily’s List gets involved in fifth Texas race for Congress

Emily’s List gets involved in fifth Texas race for Congress

It’s the year of the woman in terms of the number of women running for office — and it’s the year that female donors are stepping up to back them, with the advocacy group Emily’s List choosing to get involved in five Texas congressional races. Emily’s List, which promotes campaigns of Democratic women who support abortion rights, announced Friday that it was endorsing...
Report: Most donations to 2016 council races from outside districts

Report: Most donations to 2016 council races from outside districts

Most of the money Austin City Council candidates raised for their races in 2016 came from outside their council districts — more than 90 percent for Council Members Delia Garza and Greg Casar — according to a report issued by Texans for Public Justice. The city’s three wealthiest districts accounted for 68 percent of all resident campaign donations, even though two of those three...
O’Rourke maintains blistering fundraising pace in race against Cruz

O’Rourke maintains blistering fundraising pace in race against Cruz

Maintaining his blistering fundraising pace in his Senate bid, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke raised more than $10.4 million in the second quarter of the year, more than twice as much as U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, the Republican incumbent he is seeking to unseat. O’Rourke had $14 million cash on hand as of the end of June, compared with $10.4 million for Cruz. The Cruz campaign reported raising $4.6...
Abbott and Valdez to debate amid Friday night lights

Abbott and Valdez to debate amid Friday night lights

There will be at least one debate between Gov. Greg Abbott and his Democratic rival, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, to be held in Austin, and broadcast statewide, at the end of September. The Abbott campaign effectively unveiled the debate plan Wednesday when it announced it had accepted an invitation from Nexstar Media Group to debate Valdez from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at a location to be...
Trump’s court pick a hit with Central Texas’ congressional Republicans

Trump’s court pick a hit with Central Texas’ congressional Republicans

Members of Congress representing Central Texas reacted to President Donald Trump’s nomination of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court: “In the coming weeks, we will hear a lot about Judge Kavanaugh’s interesting life story, about his long career as a dedicated public servant, his service to his community, and, yes, his strong Catholic faith. &hellip...
MJ Hegar’s viral video does big box office in campaign cash

MJ Hegar’s viral video does big box office in campaign cash

It appears that Democratic congressional candidate MJ Hegar’s investment in a compelling biographical campaign video that went viral has paid off. Hegar’s long-shot campaign announced Monday that it raised $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 — including $750,000 in the 10 days after releasing her video, “Doors,” which recounts her time as an Air Force pilot, her...
A new congressman from Texas goes to Washington (and has much to do)

A new congressman from Texas goes to Washington (and has much to do)

Michael Cloud is something of an Insta-Congressman. Ten days after winning a special election to succeed scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, Cloud will be sworn in Tuesday as the representative for the 27th Congressional District, which stretches from the Gulf Coast to Bastrop County. “When I pulled into D.C. and saw the Capitol and the skyline, it had a little bit...
PolitiFact: Abbott’s promise on school facility use gets an F

PolitiFact: Abbott’s promise on school facility use gets an F

What if, Greg Abbott suggested, anyone could swiftly pinpoint whether local schools are overcrowded or underused? While running for governor, Abbott said in his campaign’s 2013 collection of proposals that school districts and campuses should make public the capacity of each school and its enrollment so, Abbott said, “parents are more informed about their neighborhood schools, particularly...
Court: Texas needs no new political maps in 2018

Court: Texas needs no new political maps in 2018

It’s official: Texas political maps will not change for the Nov. 6 general election. A three-judge federal court panel, whose order to redraw Texas political districts was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, said Tuesday that no changes will be required before the midterm elections — even in the one Texas House district found to have been improperly gerrymandered along racial...
Herman: Doggett unmoved by Supreme Court decision to move into his district

Herman: Doggett unmoved by Supreme Court decision to move into his district

Thanks to a recent ruling by the federal court that reigns supreme, it’s time once again to check in with longtime U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, to see if he plans on voting for himself this year, something he hasn’t done in many years. This has to do with the fact that Doggett, an East Austin resident, doesn’t live in the district he represents in the U.S. House....

Republican Michael Cloud wins special election to succeed Farenthold

Republican Michael Cloud won the special election to succeed U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold on Saturday night, maintaining the GOP’s stronghold over a region that spans from the Coastal Bend to Bastrop and Caldwell counties. Farenthold, a Republican from Corpus Christi, resigned in April amid sexual harassment accusations and after news surfaced that he spent $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle...
PolitiFact: No action on Abbott’s vow to repeal online course limits

PolitiFact: No action on Abbott’s vow to repeal online course limits

Greg Abbott declared while running for governor that other states were outpacing Texas in helping students take unlimited classes online. In spring 2013, Abbott said, only 2,400 students were enrolled in courses offered through the Texas Virtual School Network. In his campaign’s compendium of campaign promises, Abbott suggested various reasons including, he said, the state’s unreasonable...
Texas ethics commission fines consultant over political attack website

Texas ethics commission fines consultant over political attack website

The Texas Ethics Commission has fined a Travis County political consultant who the commission says created a deceptive website to attack a candidate running last year to be chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party, according to a recent ruling. The website was created in October and featured some of former candidate Mike Lewis’ old Facebook posts from when he used to be a Republican. Another...
Ethics commission fines Travis County consultant over political attack website 

Ethics commission fines Travis County consultant over political attack website 

The Texas Ethics Commission has fined a Travis County political consultant who the commission says created a deceptive website to attack a candidate running last year to be chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party, according to a recent ruling.  The website was created in October and featured some of former candidate Mike Lewis’ old Facebook posts from when he used to be a Republican...
Herman: Can viral video spur Central Texas congressional race upset?

Herman: Can viral video spur Central Texas congressional race upset?

The early reviews are in, and they’re pretty darned good. I haven’t seen anybody hail it as the feel-good hit of the summer, but it is getting noticed as something of an instant classic in its genre. “A war hero is running for Congress, and she just dropped one of 2018’s best political ads,” said the USA Today headline. “Veteran-turned-congressional candidate draws...
Abbott endorses Michael Cloud to finish term of disgraced congressman

Abbott endorses Michael Cloud to finish term of disgraced congressman

Appearing eager to avoid a potentially expensive runoff for a special election in a coastal congressional district hard hit by Hurricane Harvey, Gov. Greg Abbott has endorsed Michael Cloud in the nine-way race to finish out the term of a disgraced former congressman. With the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, in April, in the wake of revelations that he had used taxpayer...
Supreme Court voids order to redraw most Texas districts

Supreme Court voids order to redraw most Texas districts

In a major victory for Republican leaders in Texas, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a lower court should not have tossed out 10 state political districts, including one in Travis County, for improper racial discrimination. The 5-4 decision, split along ideological lines, found no evidence that Republican lawmakers drew the districts with the intent to discriminate against minority...
Lupe Valdez pays the rest of the back property taxes she owed

Lupe Valdez pays the rest of the back property taxes she owed

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez has finished paying nearly $22,000 in back property taxes for 2017, ahead of the July 1 deadline when they would have been listed as delinquent and subject to collection. According to Dallas and Ellis county tax records, the former Dallas County sheriff has paid $21,758 in 2017 taxes that were due Jan. 31 on seven properties she owns in Dallas County...
Poll: Abbott up by 12, Patrick by 6, Cruz by 5, Paxton by 1

Poll: Abbott up by 12, Patrick by 6, Cruz by 5, Paxton by 1

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is well ahead of his Democratic rival, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, while Democrat Beto O’Rourke is within striking distance of Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. But absent a surge in Democratic voting in November, the strong numbers for O’Rourke, as well as other statewide Democratic candidates...
‘Whole lotta women’ changing the face of the Texas Democratic Party

‘Whole lotta women’ changing the face of the Texas Democratic Party

Kim Olson strode to the stage of the Democratic State Convention on Friday to Kelly Clarkson’s “Whole Lotta Woman.” “Let me just repeat those lyrics, a bad-ass woman with class and self-confidence,” Olson said. “I run for office because I’m confident I’m going to win.” “Whole lotta women” could have been the theme of this weekend&rsquo...
Texas Democrats hope to exploit outrage over family separation issue

Texas Democrats hope to exploit outrage over family separation issue

Texas Democrats gathered Thursday for their state convention determined to seize a dramatic, emotion-charged moment in which the eyes of the world are on Texas and the state’s Republicans find themselves divided, on the defensive and unusually muted. “It has been said that evil triumphs when man is silent; evil triumphed on Texas soil and (Lt. Gov.) Dan Patrick was silent,” Mike...
Democrats denounce Abbott and Patrick for cowardice on border crisis

Democrats denounce Abbott and Patrick for cowardice on border crisis

The Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor Thursday excoriated Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, both Republicans, as moral cowards and un-Texan for failing to condemn the Trump administration for the zero tolerance policy on illegal border crossings that led to the separation of children from their parents. “It has been said that evil triumphs when man is silent...
Abbott calls special election to replace Carlos Uresti in Texas Senate

Abbott calls special election to replace Carlos Uresti in Texas Senate

Gov. Greg Abbott has set a July 31 special election to replace state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, who announced his resignation this week after his conviction on 11 fraud-related counts in February. Candidates have until the close of business Monday to file for the race. Uresti’s successor will complete the remainder of his term, which ends in January 2021. If a candidate doesn’t...
Report: Donald Trump, Jr. spurns George P. Bush fundraiser

Report: Donald Trump, Jr. spurns George P. Bush fundraiser

Donald Trump Jr. is canceling an appearance at a New York fundraiser for Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush next week, according to The Associated Press, citing anonymous sources. The move comes after George P. Bush’s father, former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, tweeted on Monday that “children shouldn’t be used as a negotiating tool” and that President Donald...
Report: Donald Trump Jr. spurns George P. Bush fundraiser

Report: Donald Trump Jr. spurns George P. Bush fundraiser

Donald Trump, Jr. is reportedly canceling an appearance at a New York fundraiser for Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush next week. Axios is reporting that the president’s son has decided to pull out of the event after George P. Bush’s father, Jeb Bush, tweeted on Monday that “children shouldn’t be used as a negotiating tool” and that President Trump should end his...
Herman: Gov. Greg Abbott really, really needs your money

Herman: Gov. Greg Abbott really, really needs your money

Gov. Greg Abbott’s back in our mailboxes with another attempt to get into our wallets. There’s no such thing as enough or too much when it comes to political money, even for an overwhelming, overfunded overdog who has lots more money than the underwhelming, underfunded underdog. The most fascinating part of Abbott’s latest direct-mail fundraising appeal is the envelope that contains...
Texas AG race: 2 candidates, 2 views on partisan gerrymandering

Texas AG race: 2 candidates, 2 views on partisan gerrymandering

Before they became election foes, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Democratic challenger Justin Nelson landed on opposite sides of a U.S. Supreme Court fight over the ability of politicians to gerrymander political districts to give one party a distinct advantage in future elections. In one of this term’s most eagerly awaited cases at the high court, Paxton came down on the side...
Dan Patrick claims a bathroom victory a year after bills’ defeat

Dan Patrick claims a bathroom victory a year after bills’ defeat

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Texas Republicans Friday that those who resist their conservative agenda are the true “radicals” and there there is no “civil war ” in the Republican Party, just a few folks who haven’t gotten the message that it’s over. While not mentioning Republican House Speaker Joe Straus by name in his hometown, Patrick said, “I wish him well...
Election apparel ban struck down, similar Texas law still in force

Election apparel ban struck down, similar Texas law still in force

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that bans T-shirts, buttons and wearable political messages in polling places, but Texas officials believe the ruling will have no immediate impact on a similar Texas law. The 7-2 ruling said the Minnesota law improperly infringed on the free speech rights of voters because it was too vague, banning undefined “political” messages...
Election-apparel ban struck down, similar Texas law still in force

Election-apparel ban struck down, similar Texas law still in force

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that bans T-shirts, buttons and wearable political messages in polling places, but Texas officials believe the ruling will have no immediate impact on a similar Lone Star law. The 7-2 ruling said the Minnesota law improperly infringed on the free speech rights of voters because it was too vague, banning undefined “political&rdquo...
Austin Council Member Ora Houston won’t run again, Dem party chair will

Austin Council Member Ora Houston won’t run again, Dem party chair will

A wide-open City Council election awaits East Austinites as four candidates with civic experience line up to replace outgoing Council Member Ora Houston. Houston said Wednesday that she will not seek a second term in the fall, surprising several colleagues. Only hours after her announcement, Vincent Harding, outgoing chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party, said he would join three others in...
Texas GOP Platform Committee rejects censure of Sen. John Cornyn

Texas GOP Platform Committee rejects censure of Sen. John Cornyn

The Texas Republican Convention Platform and Resolutions Committee rejected resolutions to censure U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Reps. Kay Granger, Kenny Marchant and Michael Burgess for their votes for omnibus spending bills. The defeat of the resolutions came on a voice vote that may have been unanimous but sounded like it might have included one muted “aye.” The overwhelming sentiment...
Completing 254-county tour, Beto O’Rourke will keep doing it his way

Completing 254-county tour, Beto O’Rourke will keep doing it his way

Win or lose, Texas Democrats have not had a candidate like Beto O’Rourke for at least as long as this has been a reliably Republican state. “Nobody’s had a candidate like this,” said Sharon Kremer, a 64-year-old retired teacher from Denton who was among the throng of several hundred who filled the historic Santa Fe Depot in Gainesville to overflowing to see the Democratic congressman...
PolitiFact: Paxton alone among indicted officials

PolitiFact: Paxton alone among indicted officials

The Austin lawyer nominated by Democrats for state attorney general saw big-as-Texas significance in Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announcing plans to resign. Justin Nelson said in a tweet the day that Greitens announced he’d resign on June 1: “The Missouri Governor under indictment just quit. This means our Indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton is back to being the only statewide official...
In U.S. Senate race, Ted Cruz campaign attacks Beto O’Rourke’s mother

In U.S. Senate race, Ted Cruz campaign attacks Beto O’Rourke’s mother

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday accused his Democratic rival U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, of concealing information about a 2010 tax fraud conviction related to his mother’s company. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News published Tuesday, O’Rourke had said he worried about the “local furniture store or office supply store or clothing store” that...
Voters in Pflugerville school district to consider joining ACC

Voters in Pflugerville school district to consider joining ACC

Austin Community College trustees are one step closer to scheduling a November election for voters in the Pflugerville school district to decide whether to become part of ACC’s taxing territory. The trustees certified a petition Monday evening from residents of the school district who want to put the annexation question on the ballot. The Pflugerville Friends 4 ACC committee collected signatures...
Density, affordability at issue as more Austin council hopefuls emerge

Density, affordability at issue as more Austin council hopefuls emerge

Two candidates have signaled plans to run against Austin City Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria in November, the first to oppose him for East Austin’s District 3 seat. James Valadez, a real estate agent, and Jessica Cohen, a network security administrator, have both appointed treasurers in recent weeks. Such appointments allow candidates to begin fundraising before formally applying...
Lupe Valdez backs ‘red flag’ law to take guns out of dangerous hands

Lupe Valdez backs ‘red flag’ law to take guns out of dangerous hands

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff, said Friday she supports changing state law to allow for “red flag” protective orders, in which a judge can temporarily take guns away from individuals deemed to pose a threat to themselves or others. In unveiling his strategy for reducing gun violence in schools on Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott encouraged...
Poll: Cruz leads O’Rourke by 11 points in Texas U.S. Senate race.

Poll: Cruz leads O’Rourke by 11 points in Texas U.S. Senate race.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds an 11-percentage point edge over U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, in the race at the top of the November ballot in Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Half of Texas voters prefer Cruz in his re-election bid, compared with 39 percent for O’Rourke, the poll says. That’s a substantially wider margin than in April...
Poll: Ted Cruz leads Beto O’Rourke by 11 points

Poll: Ted Cruz leads Beto O’Rourke by 11 points

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds an 11-percentage point edge over U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, in the race at the top of the November ballot in Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Half of Texas voters prefer Cruz in his re-election bid, compared with 39 percent for O’Rourke, the poll says. That’s a substantially wider margin than in April...
Moderate Republicans could temper caucus’ choice for House speaker

Moderate Republicans could temper caucus’ choice for House speaker

The results in key GOP Texas House runoffs last week promise to reverberate later this year, when House Republicans meet to select a preferred candidate for House speaker. In a handful of Republican runoff contests, moderates prevailed over more conservative candidates, which could favor a choice more in line with retiring Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, who was a bulwark against socially conservative...
Trump can't block people on Twitter, judge rules

Trump can't block people on Twitter, judge rules

A federal judge in New York ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump can’t block people from his Twitter feed because doing so would violate their First Amendment rights, according to multiple reports. The ruling was issued by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in response to a lawsuit filed in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and others, Reuters...
Why is House Speaker Paul Ryan retiring?

Why is House Speaker Paul Ryan retiring?

After months of speculation, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election come November, ending a two-decade career in Congress. “It’s been a wild ride, but it’s been a journey well worth taking to be able to do my part to strengthen the American idea,” Ryan said. “That pursuit is never ending. Much work remains, but I like to think I...
Analysis: The White House releases a photo of its interns, and the internet asks: Why so few people of color?

Analysis: The White House releases a photo of its interns, and the internet asks: Why so few people of color?

WASHINGTON - The White House released a photo Friday of its spring 2018 interns - and the internet quickly noted a lack of people of color. One reaction on Twitter: "I missed the fall intern photo, but last summer and this spring, the White House had a combined 206 interns. Among them: 3 black men. 0 black women. Out of 206." Another person tweeted: "The White House intern photo is...
Trump orders expulsion of Russian diplomats over UK spy attack

Trump orders expulsion of Russian diplomats over UK spy attack

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the country’s consulate in Seattle in response to an attack earlier this month on a former spy in the United Kingdom.
FBI investigated Jeff Sessions for possible perjury: reports

FBI investigated Jeff Sessions for possible perjury: reports

The FBI investigated U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for possible perjury last year amid allegations that he misled lawmakers about his contacts with Russians ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to multiple reports. The investigation into Sessions started before the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is tasked with probing Russian efforts to meddle in the election...
Russia investigation: Special counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization

Russia investigation: Special counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization

  Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump and his associates, according to multiple reports. The subpoena is the first directly connected to one of Trump’s businesses, The New York Times reported Thursday. The...
Trump to name Larry Kudlow as top economic adviser after Gary Cohn’s exit: reports

Trump to name Larry Kudlow as top economic adviser after Gary Cohn’s exit: reports

President Donald Trump is expected to name Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser days after former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn resigned, according to multiple reports. The Washington Post reported Kudlow accepted an offer Wednesday from Trump to head the White House’s National Economic Council. The president was expected to announce the decision to bring on Kudlow as early as Thursday...
Hope Hicks testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Russia probe

Hope Hicks testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Russia probe

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and longtime aide to President Donald Trump, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door interview Tuesday as part of the group’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Associated Press reported that Hicks, who tends to shy away from the public eye, arrived at a rear entrance to...
Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Rick Gates, a former aide in President Donald Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements and conspiring against the United States on Friday, making him the fifth person to enter a guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. A court filing unsealed Friday and obtained by Politico showed Gates planned to...
Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

An attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI in the agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign. The charges against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan are the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating the White House’s employment of staff secretary Rob Porter in the wake of allegations that he abused his two ex-wives, committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, said Wednesday. Porter submitted his resignation Feb. 2. Gowdy told CNN that the committee launched a probe Tuesday night into Porter’s employment...
Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign

Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign

More than a dozen years after the fact, a photographer has come forward with a photo that might have derailed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. Askia Muhammad, who works for the Nation of Islam’s newspaper, the Final Call, has published a book in recent days that features the image: a “grip and grin” frame of a smiling Obama standing shoulder to shoulder...
Report: Hillary Clinton protected adviser despite sexual harassment allegations in 2008

Report: Hillary Clinton protected adviser despite sexual harassment allegations in 2008

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to keep a top adviser on her 2008 presidential campaign team despite repeated complaints that he was sexually harassing a subordinate, The New York Times reported Friday. Citing unidentified sources who were familiar with the situation, the Times reported that Clinton’s then-campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, recommended the firing of her faith...
Trump physical results: 6 things to know

Trump physical results: 6 things to know

President Donald Trump is in excellent health and likely to finish his term in office without any medical issues, a presidential doctor said Tuesday at a news conference, four days after the president underwent a physical exam. “The president's overall health is excellent," White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Tuesday. Here are six things to know about the results of the president&rsquo...
Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run. “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.” “She loves this country and would like to be of service...
Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been charged with investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump, might interview the president as part of the investigation, according to a report from The Washington Post. The newspaper reported Mueller “brought up the issue of interviewing Trump during a late...
NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deleted a tweet and issued a statement of clarification Monday after a message posted on its official, verified Twitter account saluted Oprah Winfrey as “our future president.” “A tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast,” the statement said. “It is in reference to a joke...
The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The book “Fire and Fury” offers reported behind-the-scenes stories about Donald Trump’s White House. But are the stories credible? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The author of ‘Fire and Fury’ has an ego just about as big as Trump’s. Who are we to believe? From Townhall: Will CNN ever be able to get over...
'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

Journalist Michael Wolff, the author of a controversial tell-all book on the administration of President Donald Trump, said Friday on NBC’s “Today” show that “100 percent of the people” around the president question his ability to lead. “Senior advisers, family members, every single one of them, questions his intelligence and fitness for office,” Wolff said...
10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

President Donald Trump didn’t want to win 2016’s election, got angry over celebrity snubs at his inauguration and eats fast food partially because of his fear of being poisoned, according to a book about his administration set to be released next week. The claims are among a slew of allegations made in journalist Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House...
Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, filed suit Wednesday against special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice after he was indicted in October as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Attorneys for Manafort argued that Rosenstein overstepped his authority in...
Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Congress convened Wednesday to welcome a pair of new Democratic senators – Alabama’s Doug Jones and Minnesota’s Tina Smith. They were sworn in just after noon. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, became the first Democratic senator to represent Alabama in 25 years. He beat former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by more than 20,000 votes in a result certified by officials...
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

After four decades in the U.S. Senate, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election at the end of his term in November. Hatch announced his decision in a video posted to Twitter.
Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

The British government is urging Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to reconsider inviting former President Barack Obama to their wedding out of fear of how current President Donald Trump might react, according to reports. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” The Sun reported, citing a senior government official...
White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn will leave his position early next year in the latest high-profile resignation from the Trump administration in recent weeks, according to multiple reports. “Rick loyally served the president for two and a half years and brought tremendous energy to the White House staff,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said in a statement obtained...
State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

The attorneys general of nearly 20 states asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote on changing the country’s net neutrality rules as they investigate reports that impersonators posted hundreds of thousands of fake comments on the commission’s notice of the proposed change. “If the well of public comment has been poisoned by falsified submissions, the Commission...
#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

News that Alabama voters chose Tuesday to send Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate over embattled Republican Roy Moore was greeted with relief and joy on social media. Moore was considered a favorite to take the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions early in the race, but his grip on the position slipped amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations. Several women told reporters that...
Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the “Apprentice” star turned White House aide, was removed from the White House Tuesday night,“physically dragged and escorted off the campus,” according to several news reports. Manigault Newman announced her resignation on Wednesday, effective next month. Update Dec 13, 2017 8:44 PM EST: Manigault Newman's departure came after a dust-up with...
Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct levied against President Donald Trump, a group of female U.S. representatives said at a news conference Tuesday. More than a dozen women have accused the president of forced kissing, unwanted groping and making inappropriate sexual comments since 2015, when Trump announced...
Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

An Alabama father who said that his daughter took her life because “she didn’t want to be gay anymore” stood outside Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s rally in Midland City on Monday to urge people not to vote for the former judge. Photos from the rally showed peanut farmer and Midland City native Nathan Mathis holding a photo of his daughter in a basketball uniform. Near...
Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Update 3:15 p.m. Dec. 11: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the allegations levied against President Donald Trump in a news briefing Monday, telling reporters that the president has “addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.” "The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we're ready...
Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests, Cyprus records show

Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests, Cyprus records show

Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign in March 2016.   The money appears to have been owed by shell companies...
REPORT: Lamar Smith visits Greenland with lawmakers to see climate change effects up close

REPORT: Lamar Smith visits Greenland with lawmakers to see climate change effects up close

Noted climate-change skeptic U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith — the whose district stretches into parts of Austin — saw the effects of the warming Arctic first-hand on an unpublicized tour of Greenland and Alaska in May.  Smith was accompanied by at least eight of his fellow congressmen on the trip, which was first reported by BuzzFeed News on Friday...
Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

WASHINGTON — Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that...
White House: Trump may not sign government funding bill without border wall

White House: Trump may not sign government funding bill without border wall

WASHINGTON - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Donald Trump might refuse to sign a government spending bill that does not include money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, leaving open the possibility of a federal government shutdown toward the end of the week. "Will he sign a government funding bill that does not include funding for the border wall?"...
Texas Republican wants shouting CNN reporter fired

Texas Republican wants shouting CNN reporter fired

A Republican member of Congress from Texas says that a CNN reporter should be fired for his persistent shouting of a question at President-elect Donald Trump. What’s more, CNN’s Jim Acosta should be banned from future news conferences, said U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Alvin, in a tweet Thursday morning. Weber’s tweet came a day after a tense back-and-forth between Trump and Acosta at...
Williamson County shatters first-day early voting record

Williamson County shatters first-day early voting record

5:30 p.m. update: The number of Williamson County residents hitting the polls Monday for the first day of early voting has surpassed the number of people who voted the first day of early voting in the 2012 presidential election. The Williamson County Elections Department reported 14,705 people have voted as of 5 p.m. compared to a total turnout of 9,223 voters on the first day of early voting in November...
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