Elections


In Texas’ U.S. Senate race, both candidates battle to define O’Rourke

The race is on to define Beto O’Rourke. The Democratic Senate candidate’s campaign announced Monday that it had raised $1.27 million in a single weekend in response to attack ads by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and would spend that money to air positive ads this week about O’Rourke in all 20 media markets that reach Texans, from Texarkana to O’Rourke’s hometown of El...


PolitiFact: Abbott tweets, then deletes bogus Churchill quote

PolitiFact: Abbott tweets, then deletes bogus Churchill quote

In a wee-hours tweet, Gov. Greg Abbott posted a meme showing celebrated British statesman Winston Churchill saying, “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.” In his 1:10 a.m. Tuesday tweet, Abbott prefaced his citation of Churchill, who twice served as England’s prime minister, by writing: “Some insights are timeless.” Why Abbott posted the quotation...
Editorial: CodeNext’s suspension is a chance to rebuild public trust

Editorial: CodeNext’s suspension is a chance to rebuild public trust

For some time, much of the public has been aware of CodeNext’s faults. But, like doting parents who make excuses for their children’s misbehavior, most of the Austin City Council brushed aside its flaws, as well as the jumbled way the zoning rewrite was rolled out and sold to residents. It was Mayor Steve Adler, a supporter of CodeNext, who removed the council majority’s rose-colored...
Travis County approves purchase of $8M paper-trail voting system

Travis County approves purchase of $8M paper-trail voting system

It might not be the first-of-its-kind, open-source software voting system that Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has sought for more than a decade, but the county will have a voting system with a paper trail by the November 2019 election. Travis County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of an about $8.2 million electronic voting system with paper backup from Election Systems...
Petition that calls for efficiency audit of Austin City Hall validated

Petition that calls for efficiency audit of Austin City Hall validated

Yet another citizen petition appears primed to appear on November’s ballot. The Austin City Clerk’s office validated a petition Friday that will ask Austin voters if the city should have an outside party conduct a one-time audit of government efficiency at City Hall. More than 30,000 people signed the petition, and the signatures of 20,000 registered voters were needed to trigger an initiative...
Rematch: Susana Almanza will again face brother for City Council spot

Rematch: Susana Almanza will again face brother for City Council spot

Susana Almanza, director of the advocacy group PODER, will run against her brother, City Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria, for East Austin’s District 3 seat again. Almanza, who had remained coy about a possible run, appointed a treasurer and filed for a place on the ballot at City Hall on Friday. Her candidacy sets up a rematch between the siblings, who topped 10 other candidates...
Gov. Greg Abbott releases his 2016 income tax return

Gov. Greg Abbott releases his 2016 income tax return

Gov. Greg Abbott paid $8,668 in federal tax on income of $116,000 in 2016, according to a copy of his return released by the governor’s office Friday. The governor and his wife, Cecilia, contributed $14,000 to charity. The Abbotts have released their returns for the last six years and his office said he he will release his 2017 return before the end of the year. The Abbotts paid about $29,000...
Kim Olson criticizes Sid Miller for ending fever tick spray operations

Kim Olson criticizes Sid Miller for ending fever tick spray operations

Kim Olson, the Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, said Republican incumbent Sid Miller was “ill-informed” this week when he ended the practice of spraying cattle in a confined space with an insecticide to prevent a deadly infection from fever ticks. Miller “took it upon himself to step into a situation and perform a duty best left to professionals,” Olson said...
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul angles for new House leadership post

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul angles for new House leadership post

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, set to lose a powerful committee chairmanship because his term is ending, is jockeying for another leadership post — but his best laid plans would be scuttled if his party can’t retain control of the U.S. House. McCaul, who’s raised his profile as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has been campaigning since the beginning of the...
Poll: Texas voters say separating children at border was a ‘bad policy’

Poll: Texas voters say separating children at border was a ‘bad policy’

Fifty-six percent of Texas eligible voters believe separating migrant families at the border “was a bad policy and a violation of human rights,” according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Poll respondents, though, were divided over President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal border crossings that led to family separations, with 47...
Commentary: Give Austin a broader voice; vote on democracy dollars

Commentary: Give Austin a broader voice; vote on democracy dollars

The Austin City Council has an opportunity to help the people fight big money when it meets on Aug. 9. On their desk is a proposed charter amendment to empower all Austin voters to be small-dollar contributors in city elections. Seattle recently approved a similar measure and it’s been a huge success. Currently, Austin’s City Council candidates rely on money from outside their districts...
Alex Jones’ attorneys seeking to dismiss another defamation suit

Alex Jones’ attorneys seeking to dismiss another defamation suit

6:05 p.m. update: Alex Jones’ attorney Thursday sought to have his client removed from a defamation lawsuit brought by Marcel Fontaine, whose photo appeared on InfoWars.com the day of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., erroneously identifying him as the alleged shooter. “The allegations with respect to Mr. Jones are zero,” Austin attorney...
Poll: Texas voters say separating children at border ‘was a bad policy’

Poll: Texas voters say separating children at border ‘was a bad policy’

Fifty-six percent of Texas voters say separating migrant families at the border “was a bad policy and a violation of human rights,” according to a Quinnipiac University Poll conducted July 26-31. Voters, though, were divided over President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal border crossings that led to family separations, with 47 percent supporting...
Polls: Ted Cruz edges Beto O’Rourke by single digits

Polls: Ted Cruz edges Beto O’Rourke by single digits

The race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, remains tight, according to a pair of polls released Wednesday. Cruz is listed as having a 2-point edge over O’Rourke in the only close race at the top of the Texas ballot in 2018 in a Texas Lyceum poll released Wednesday. And in a Quinnipiac University poll also released Wednesday, Cruz, seeking a second...
Strong showing vaults GOP’s Flores into Senate runoff with Gallego

Strong showing vaults GOP’s Flores into Senate runoff with Gallego

Republican Pete Flores finished first in an eight-way special election for the Texas Senate — an unexpectedly strong showing that propelled him into a runoff against Democrat Pete Gallego and raised GOP spirits heading into November’s challenging midterm election. Gov. Greg Abbott reacted with glee when Tuesday night’s results showed Flores on top with 34.4 percent of the vote, trailed...
Quinnipiac poll: Ted Cruz leads Beto O’Rourke by 6 points

Quinnipiac poll: Ted Cruz leads Beto O’Rourke by 6 points

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, continues to lead Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, in their Texas Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Cruz holds a 49-43 percent lead, according to the poll. That’s slightly tighter than a May 30 poll by Quinnipiac that showed Cruz topping O’Rourke 50 percent to 39 percent. The poll shows...
Polls: Ted Cruz holds narrow lead over Beto O’Rourke

Polls: Ted Cruz holds narrow lead over Beto O’Rourke

The race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, remains tight, according to a pair of polls released Wednesday. Cruz is listed as having a 2-point edge over O’Rourke in the only close race at the top of the Texas ballot in 2018 in a Texas Lyceum poll released Wednesday. And in a Quinnipiac University poll also released Wednesday, Cruz, seeking a second...
Republican Pete Flores to face Democrat Pete Gallego in runoff election for Texas Senate

Republican Pete Flores to face Democrat Pete Gallego in runoff election for Texas Senate

Republican Pete Flores finished first in an eight-way special election for the Texas Senate — an unexpectedly strong showing that propelled him into a runoff against Democrat Pete Gallego because no single candidate emerged with more than half the votes. Flores received 34.4 percent of votes cast, while Gallego got 28.9 percent. State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, finished third &mdash...
Fighting Democrats give GOP hope in race to replace Uresti

Fighting Democrats give GOP hope in race to replace Uresti

Voters in a district stretching from San Antonio to West Texas will cast ballots Tuesday in an eight-way race to replace disgraced Democratic state Sen. Carlos Uresti, and Republicans are entertaining late-breaking hopes of an upset victory in the strongly Democratic district. With such a crowded field, the special election is almost certainly headed to a runoff between the top two vote-getters to...
Abbott snags police union endorsement in race against Valdez

Abbott snags police union endorsement in race against Valdez

Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the state’s largest police union, endorsed Gov. Greg Abbott for re-election Friday over former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. The endorsement from CLEAT’s political action committee was not a surprise. CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison ticked off a number of things Abbott, a Republican, had done to earn the group’s support...
Ken Paxton’s indictments, now 3 years old, are a campaign issue

Ken Paxton’s indictments, now 3 years old, are a campaign issue

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has almost $7.3 million to spend on his re-election campaign and solid support from conservatives who appreciate his work on behalf of abortion restrictions, gun rights and religious-based objections to gay marriage. He’s also been under three felony indictments for 36 of the 44 months he’s been in office — a liability that is, not surprisingly,...
O’Rourke releases first Senate ad, created entirely from iPhone footage

O’Rourke releases first Senate ad, created entirely from iPhone footage

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, released the first ad of his U.S. Senate campaign Thursday, a 60-second video that his campaign says is the first U.S. Senate ad anywhere ever created entirely from live stream footage shot on the campaign’s iPhone. The ad, entitled “Showing Up,” is essentially a montage of scenes from among the hundreds of public events O’Rourke has...
Cruz and O’Rourke appear headed to five debates in U.S. Senate campaign

Cruz and O’Rourke appear headed to five debates in U.S. Senate campaign

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Wednesday offered to debate Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, five times on different topics in different parts of Texas on five Friday nights between Aug. 31 and Oct. 12. “I am encouraged that Sen. Cruz has decided that he’s ready to debate the issues,” O’Rourke said in response. “Our campaign looks forward to...
Ted Cruz says he wants to debate Beto O’Rourke 5 times across Texas

Ted Cruz says he wants to debate Beto O’Rourke 5 times across Texas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Wednesday offered to debate Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, five times on different topics in different parts of Texas on five Friday nights between Aug. 31 and Oct. 12. “I am encouraged that Sen. Cruz has decided that he’s ready to debate the issues,” O’Rourke said in response. “Our campaign looks forward to...
Prosecutor: Allegations against judge candidate going to grand jury

Prosecutor: Allegations against judge candidate going to grand jury

A special prosecutor investigating decade-old allegations of sexual misconduct involving a Travis County judicial candidate and a 16-year-old boy says he plans to take the case to a grand jury in late August and expects the alleged victim to testify. The boy, who is now 27, lived with Chantal Eldridge as a foreign exchange student in 2006. He will come to Austin from his home in Brazil at the expense...
Two candidates file to represent Austin district’s school board

Two candidates file to represent Austin district’s school board

Two Austin district school board candidates filed for election on Monday, the first filing day for the Nov. 6 election. Five school board seats are up for election to represent four single-member districts and one at-large position. Kristin Ashy, a long-time school volunteer, including serving on the district’s facilities and bond committee, was the first to file Monday morning. Ashy is running...
Mystery conservative, ex-felon and mayor file first for city elections

Mystery conservative, ex-felon and mayor file first for city elections

A community organizer with a felony conviction looking to defy Texas law and run for office. A newly minted candidate intent on replacing the only conservative on the Austin City Council. Oh, and the mayor. All three formally applied for a place on the November ballot as filing for the latest municipal election began Monday at City Hall. Outgoing Council Member Ellen Troxclair accompanied the ...
CodeNext election solidifies as campaign issue for candidates

CodeNext election solidifies as campaign issue for candidates

The question of whether the court ruling a week ago that ordered the Austin City Council to put the CodeNext petition ordinance on November’s ballot would affect campaign rhetoric was answered within hours. The anti-CodeNext political action committee IndyAustin made it clear three hours after the ruling was handed down July 16. Yes, the PAC said, supporters of the petition should remember which...
PolitiFact: Railroad Commission is no longer working on the railroads

PolitiFact: Railroad Commission is no longer working on the railroads

Railroad Commission candidate Roman McAllen of Denton offered delegates to the Texas Democratic Party convention a familiar refrain about the state’s anachronistically named oil and gas regulatory agency. “Finally, we have to change the name,” McAllen said. “The current one is very misleading. The Railroad Commission of Texas has nothing to do with railroads. This would be...
45 Texas lawmakers in favor of removing Confederate plaque; Abbott mum

45 Texas lawmakers in favor of removing Confederate plaque; Abbott mum

More than 40 state lawmakers support removing a Confederate memorial inside the Capitol that offers a debunked history lesson on the Civil War, even as most state leaders have remained silent on the issue. State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, a candidate for House speaker, has been the leading voice calling for the plaque’s removal. He met privately with Gov. Greg Abbott on the issue in October...
Viewpoints: Think you’re voting on merits of CodeNext’s rules? Read this

Viewpoints: Think you’re voting on merits of CodeNext’s rules? Read this

Now that a district judge has ordered that CodeNext be on the November ballot, Austin residents will get an up or down vote on the comprehensive land-use and zoning code that will govern for decades what can be built in Austin and where, right? That is incorrect. Though it is a widely held view, no doubt the intention behind the CodeNext ordinance petition, it is not what will be on the Nov. 6 ballot...
How Texas Democrat Kim Olson’s military career crashed in Iraq

How Texas Democrat Kim Olson’s military career crashed in Iraq

In early 2003, Air Force Col. Kim Olson was assigned to the Pentagon comptroller’s office, looking out for the Air Force budget on Capitol Hill when retired three-star general Jay Garner approached her with an offer. The Bush administration was preparing to launch Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Garner was its choice to lead the postwar reconstruction of Iraq. Garner, who had taken an instant liking...
Valdez sets conditions, and chances of debating Abbott fade

Valdez sets conditions, and chances of debating Abbott fade

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez on Wednesday announced her acceptance of a second debate with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott but also identified conditions for the first, or any, debate, reducing the likelihood the two candidates will face each other on a debate stage. Among the conditions: Some questions must be in Spanish, and the debate can’t compete with Friday night football...
Valdez demands debates with Abbott include questions in Spanish

Valdez demands debates with Abbott include questions in Spanish

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez on Wednesday announced her acceptance of a second debate with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott but also identified conditions for the first, or any, debate, reducing the likelihood the two candidates will face each other on a debate stage. Among the conditions: Some questions must be in Spanish, and the debate can’t compete with Friday night football...
Texas Democrats far behind in money race for statewide office

Texas Democrats far behind in money race for statewide office

The newly released state and federal campaign finance reports bore some good news for Texas Democrats. Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, continued to outraise U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Seven Democratic congressional candidates raised more money in the last quarter in Republican-held districts than their GOP opponents. But the fundraising numbers for statewide races for Texas office...
Valdez on her humble fundraising: ‘This election will not be bought’

Valdez on her humble fundraising: ‘This election will not be bought’

Democrat Lupe Valdez’s gubernatorial campaign reported raising $335,765 between May 13 and June 20 and had $222,050 in cash on hand as of June 30. Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign reported raising $10.9 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas Ethics Commission. The Valdez campaign, according to a corrected...
Democrats outraise Republicans in seven GOP-held U.S. House districts

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...
Austin Mayor Adler’s fundraising tops $574,000, Morrison raises $92,000

Austin Mayor Adler’s fundraising tops $574,000, Morrison raises $92,000

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has raised $291,500 for his re-election campaign since January, plus more than $283,000 in late 2017, easily eclipsing rival Laura Morrison’s fundraising. Adler’s latest campaign finance report filed Monday showed that the mayor’s fundraising has continued unabated since his re-election campaign began last year. Since the start of 2018, his campaign has garnered...
Abbott has $29 million in campaign cash heading into fall

Abbott has $29 million in campaign cash heading into fall

Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign raised $10.9 million and spent $22 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and it had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas Ethics Commission. Abbott’s expenditures include $16.1 million for TV time across the state for a fall ad campaign. “This is the first wave of advertising we have bought,” campaign...
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has huge fundraising advantage over Mike Collier

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has huge fundraising advantage over Mike Collier

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has 233 times as much cash on hand as his Democratic rival, Mike Collier, heading into the fall campaign. Texans for Dan Patrick will report that it has raised almost $4.5 million between Feb. 25 and June 30 and has nearly $14 million in the bank. The report will be filed by Monday’s deadline with the Texas Ethics Commission. Collier will report raising $265,000 in the same...
Abbott has $29 million cash plus $16 million ad buy heading into fall

Abbott has $29 million cash plus $16 million ad buy heading into fall

Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign raised $10.9 million and spent $22 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas Ethics Commission. Abbott’s expenditures include $16.1 million for TV time across the state for a fall ad campaign. “This is the first wave of advertising we have bought,” said campaign...
PolitiFact: Opponent didn’t pass any bills? We found one

PolitiFact: Opponent didn’t pass any bills? We found one

A North Texas Democrat nominated for the Texas Senate told a Dallas crowd that the incumbent, Bob Hall of Edgewood, has an empty legislative record. Kendall Scudder of Sulphur Springs was quoted by The Dallas Morning News as saying at a July event: “None of you should be surprised to find out that Bob Hall never successfully passed a bill before. And we’re going to keep it that way.&rdquo...
Landlady Lupe Valdez: Better to offer low rent than pay taxes on time

Landlady Lupe Valdez: Better to offer low rent than pay taxes on time

Colin Howell and Jayme Thompson have a dream to start a mobile food truck — the Flying Pineapple Baking Company — selling retro desserts in Dallas-Fort Worth. What’s made the numbers work on their ambition is their phenomenal rent — $700 a month for a piece of a fourplex on the outskirts of Oak Cliff’s trendy Bishop Arts District. “This is Bishop Arts. For what?&rdquo...
GOP senators rave about Kavanaugh; Dems prepare to grill him

GOP senators rave about Kavanaugh; Dems prepare to grill him

Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it’s becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump’s pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to confirmation this fall. The conservative appellate judge is breezing past swirling questions over his views on executive power and his approach to gay marriage, abortion...
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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