Elections


Cruz gets O’Rourke where he wants him — on a debate stage

For the first time in his re-election campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, right where he wanted him Friday night — on a debate stage confined behind a lectern and constricted by 90-second answers, 60-second responses and 30-second rebuttals. It forced O’Rourke to confront Cruz and his fusillade of accusations head-on, leaving...


New poll shows O’Rourke running about even with Cruz

New poll shows O’Rourke running about even with Cruz

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke is running about even with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in his bid to unseat the incumbent Republican, according to a poll of likely Texas voters released today by Reuters and Ispos in conjunction with the University of Virginia Center for Politics. The poll shows a narrow 2 percentage point lead for O’Rourke, within the margin of error of plus or minus...
In upset, GOP’s Flores defeats Democrat Gallego in Texas Senate runoff

In upset, GOP’s Flores defeats Democrat Gallego in Texas Senate runoff

Casting serious doubt on Democratic hopes for a blue wave in Texas, Republican Pete Flores defeated Democrat Pete Gallego in Tuesday’s runoff election for a vacant seat in the state Senate — a seat that had been safely Democratic in previous years. Flores will represent Senate District 19 when the Legislature convenes in January, filling the final two years of the term vacated when former...
Cruz opens up 9-point lead over O’Rourke, poll finds

Cruz opens up 9-point lead over O’Rourke, poll finds

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has a 9 percentage point lead over challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, according to a poll of likely voters released Tuesday. The Quinnipiac University poll has Cruz holding a 54 percent to 45 percent lead over O’Rourke. Ninety-three percent of those polled who picked a candidate said their minds were made up on the matter. As in previous polls,...
Herman: The Abbott/O’Rourke voters explain themselves

Herman: The Abbott/O’Rourke voters explain themselves

One of the more curious gaps in current political polling continues to be the margin between how Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke is running and how the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Lupe Valdez, is doing. The short version is O’Rourke seems to have a shot at winning. Valdez, not so much. So that means some Texans are planning to vote for O’Rourke over GOP incumbent...
Cruz opens up 9 point lead over O’Rourke, poll finds

Cruz opens up 9 point lead over O’Rourke, poll finds

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has a 9-percentage point lead over challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, according to a poll of likely voters released Tuesday. A Quinnipiac University Poll in August of registered voters — not likely voters — had Cruz, seeking a second term, holding an apparent 6-point lead. In May, another Quinnipiac poll of registered voters had Cruz topping...
Is Ted Cruz’s ‘summons’ letter deceptive, illegal or fair play?

Is Ted Cruz’s ‘summons’ letter deceptive, illegal or fair play?

A “summons” letter from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s re-election campaign that has landed in Central Texas mailboxes in recent days has reignited the debate about what qualifies as a deceptive and illegal fundraising practice. Austin resident Sean Owen shared on Twitter Saturday such a letter from the Cruz campaign addressed to his grandmother. “Official Travis County Summons,&rdquo...
Final step: Judge dismisses voter ID challenge

Final step: Judge dismisses voter ID challenge

A federal judge formally dismissed the lawsuit challenging the Texas voter ID law Monday, the final step in a yearslong fight that will allow the state to enforce a weakened version of the 2011 statute. At the urging of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi issued a two-sentence order dismissing the case in light of April’s decision by...
Will a homestead exemption across town hurt an Austin council hopeful?

Will a homestead exemption across town hurt an Austin council hopeful?

A candidate running to represent East Austin’s District 1 rents a house on East 13th Street but has a homestead exemption — meant to reduce taxes on an owner’s “principal residence” — on a house across town. Natasha Harper-Madison, 40, a local activist and small-business consultant running for City Council, told the American-Statesman last week that she lives in...
Searching for new wedge issue, Cruz says O’Rourke will ban barbecue

Searching for new wedge issue, Cruz says O’Rourke will ban barbecue

Tofu or not tofu? That is the question U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has raised in his latest bid to create a cultural wedge issue between himself and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke in their heated Senate race. Appearing at a packed campaign event at Schobels Restaurant in Columbus, 90 miles southeast of Austin, on Saturday, Cruz said, “When I got here someone told me that even PETA was protesting and giving...
Will these Texas veterans help rebrand the Democratic Party?

Will these Texas veterans help rebrand the Democratic Party?

When Joseph Kopser introduces himself to voters in the 21st Congressional District as a combat veteran, a successful entrepreneur and a Democrat, he gets double-takes. “Young man, are you sure you’re not a Republican?” Kopser, who lives in Southwest Austin, said he is asked almost daily. He is running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, in a district that stretches...
PolitiFact: PAC’s ad for Cruz misstates O’Rourke’s voting record

PolitiFact: PAC’s ad for Cruz misstates O’Rourke’s voting record

A super PAC backing the re-election of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas portrays Democratic nominee Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who represents El Paso in the U.S. House, as careless about border security. A TV ad from the Texans Are PAC associates O’Rourke, who opposes the border-long wall sought by Republicans led by President Donald Trump, with taxpayer-funded benefits for immigrants and &ldquo...
Cruz and O’Rourke agree to three debates in U.S. Senate race

Cruz and O’Rourke agree to three debates in U.S. Senate race

After months of back and forth, the Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke Senate campaigns agreed Friday to hold three hourlong debates in front of live audiences — at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Sept. 21, the University of Houston on Sept. 30 and in a San Antonio television studio to be named later on Oct. 16. The first two debates will be on domestic policy, and the third will be...
Cruz and O’Rourke will hold three Senate debates

Cruz and O’Rourke will hold three Senate debates

After months of back and forth, the Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke Senate campaigns agreed Friday to hold three hourlong debates in front of live audiences — at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Sept. 21, the University of Houston on Sept. 30 and in a San Antonio television studio to be named later on Oct. 16. The first two debates will be on domestic policy, and the third will be...
Former GOP land commissioner endorses Democrat over George P. Bush

Former GOP land commissioner endorses Democrat over George P. Bush

Former Republican Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has endorsed Miguel Suazo, the Democratic nominee for land commissioner, over current land commissioner — and fellow Republican — George P. Bush. The decision is the latest sign of lingering tensions between Patterson and Bush, who squared off earlier this year in the Republican primary. Patterson told the American-Statesman Friday he...
Local O’Rourke supporter digs in amid assaults against campaign signs

Local O’Rourke supporter digs in amid assaults against campaign signs

The side of the road in front of George Bittner’s West Austin residence has become a political battleground, one littered with the remains of Beto O’Rourke campaign signs. Over the past several weeks, Bittner has marched 14 “Beto for Senate” campaign signs out to the front of his home, and one after another they’ve fallen. The signs have been torn up, knocked down and...
Federal judge rejects challenge to Texas court elections

Federal judge rejects challenge to Texas court elections

A Corpus Christi federal judge has rejected a challenge seeking to end statewide elections for Texas’ highest criminal and civil courts, allowing an electoral tradition that is more than a century old to continue. The lawsuit — filed by Latino voters and LUPE, an organization founded by the late civil rights activist Cesar Chavez — argued that holding statewide elections to select...
U.S. judge rejects challenge to Texas court elections

U.S. judge rejects challenge to Texas court elections

A Corpus Christi federal judge has rejected a challenge seeking to end statewide elections for Texas’ highest criminal and civil courts, allowing an electoral tradition that is more than a century old to continue. The lawsuit — filed by Latino voters and LUPE, an organization founded by the late civil rights activist Cesar Chavez — argued that holding statewide elections to select...
Seven running for three seats on ACC Board of Trustees

Seven running for three seats on ACC Board of Trustees

Three of nine seats on the Austin Community College Board of Trustees, which oversees 11 campuses and a vast taxing district, are being contested in the Nov. 6 election. Trustees serve six-year terms for no pay and are elected at large in the district, which takes in the city of Austin — including portions of the Eanes and Pflugerville school districts within the city — as well as the...
Herman: It’d be much simpler if we just brought back Prohibition

Herman: It’d be much simpler if we just brought back Prohibition

The good people (and the other ones) of Round Rock have a big ol’ ballot-box decision to make on Nov. 6. It involves a little something I pejoratively refer to as “the alkyhol.” In the next installment of a time-honored, yet bizarre, Texas tradition, Round Rockers (Round Rockians? Round Rockites?) will be holding a local option election on whether to allow the citywide sale of mixed...
PolitiFact: How Cruz’s ad distorts what O’Rourke said about protests

PolitiFact: How Cruz’s ad distorts what O’Rourke said about protests

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, striving to define his Democratic challenger before voters make up their minds, posted a campaign video suggesting that rival Beto O’Rourke gave public thanks for people who trample or burn the American flag. We confirmed that O’Rourke, who represents El Paso in the U.S. House, recently fielded a question from a crowd member asking about his position...
Ten compete for spot on Leander district school board

Ten compete for spot on Leander district school board

Ten candidates are vying for a place on the Leander school board. Each of the four at-large board seats up for election will be contested on the Nov. 6 ballot. Those elected will serve three-year terms for no pay and will oversee the district’s continued fast growth, as another 1,100 new students are projected to enroll each year. Incumbent Trish Bode, a communications director for state lobby...
District 1 candidates face-off in election forum

District 1 candidates face-off in election forum

Austin City Council candidates for District 1 sought to distinguish themselves from a crowded field during the city’s candidate forum Thursday. But given the short amount of time allotted for each answer and the large number of candidates, it proved difficult. Several of them were often cut off mid-answer by a no-excuses time keeper, and some commented that at times it felt like they were repeating...
John Cornyn, Cory Booker clash over releasing Kavanaugh documents

John Cornyn, Cory Booker clash over releasing Kavanaugh documents

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, clashed with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, during U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday over the release of confidential records. “I’m knowingly violating the rules,” Booker said to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Sen. Cornyn’s called...
That makes 7: Amarillo Republican joins race for House speaker

That makes 7: Amarillo Republican joins race for House speaker

State Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, became the seventh candidate to jump into the race for Texas House speaker, according to Texas Ethics Commission paperwork he filed Thursday. “The Texas House is made up of dedicated and talented individuals of all experience levels, and my goal is to utilize that talent to tackle the big issues facing our state — reforming our property tax system, fighting...
Unapproved O’Rourke text message asks for ‘undocumented immigrant’ vote

Unapproved O’Rourke text message asks for ‘undocumented immigrant’ vote

A person who a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign said was pretending to be a “texting team” volunteer sent an unauthorized message to voters Wednesday asking them to help “transport undocumented immigrants” to the polls. “Hi, it’s Patsy here w/ Beto for Texas. Our records indicate that you’re a supporter,” the message...
No contested city council races means no municipal election in Buda

No contested city council races means no municipal election in Buda

With no contested races on the ballot in Buda, the city has cancelled its election and plans to swear in four council members in November. Buda residents voted in 2017 to move to a single-member district system for electing city council members. The city previously elected council members to at-large seats, with residents eligible to vote in all council races. The council voted in January —...
PolitiFact: Cruz says O’Rourke voted against Harvey tax relief

PolitiFact: Cruz says O’Rourke voted against Harvey tax relief

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says in an online video ad that he voted for tax relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 as his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, ridiculously voted “no.” The narrator of Cruz’s ad, which features photos of water rescues and Cruz on the scene of the devastating hurricane, says, “Congressman O’Rourke is...
PolitiFact: Hegar says Rep. Carter has gone years without a town hall

PolitiFact: Hegar says Rep. Carter has gone years without a town hall

Has a Central Texas congressman not hosted a “town hall” meeting for half a decade? Democrat M.J. Hegar of Round Rock made that accusation about eight-term U.S. Rep. John Carter, the Republican she’s challenging to represent the state’s 31st Congressional District. The district, north of Austin, sweeps in Williamson and Bell counties. Hegar, a decorated Air Force veteran, has...
Trump announces ‘major rally’ in Texas for Ted Cruz

Trump announces ‘major rally’ in Texas for Ted Cruz

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will travel to Texas to campaign for the re-election of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, his onetime political nemesis whose tightening race with Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is grabbing national attention with 9½ weeks to go until Election Day. Trump tweeted that he envisioned a “major rally” for Cruz, a Republican seeking a second...
Grand jury declines charging judge candidate accused of sex with teen

Grand jury declines charging judge candidate accused of sex with teen

A Travis County grand jury declined to charge judicial candidate Chantal Eldridge after an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against her. The grand jury’s decision came down Friday, clearing the way for Eldridge, an Austin defense attorney, to take the bench next year after she runs unopposed in November’s election for the 331st District Court. Eldridge defeated incumbent...
Trump says he’ll campaign for Cruz, gives full-throated endorsement

Trump says he’ll campaign for Cruz, gives full-throated endorsement

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will travel to Texas to campaign for the re-election of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, his onetime political nemesis whose tightening race with Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is grabbing national attention with 9½ weeks to go until Election Day. Trump tweeted that he envisioned a “major rally” for Cruz, a Republican seeking a second...
Republican Drew Darby becomes sixth candidate for House speaker

Republican Drew Darby becomes sixth candidate for House speaker

State Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, on Friday became the fifth Republican and sixth House member to announce candidacy for House speaker. Darby, first elected in 2007, faces Republicans Travis Clardy of Nacogdoches, Tan Parker of Flower Mound, John Zerwas of Richmond and Phil King of Weatherford. State Rep. Eric Johnson of Dallas is the only Democrat running for speaker. “In the coming weeks...
Editorial: Is a felon fit for office? Austin voters deserve to decide

Editorial: Is a felon fit for office? Austin voters deserve to decide

Two years ago, the Austin City Council decided that local employers should get to know job applicants first before deciding whether a criminal record puts them out of the running. Last week, the Austin city clerk made much the same call about City Council candidate Lewis Conway Jr. In consultation with city attorneys, clerk Jannette Goodall determined Conway is eligible to appear on the November ballot...
O’Rourke accepts ‘Ellen’ invite as kneeling takes center stage in race

O’Rourke accepts ‘Ellen’ invite as kneeling takes center stage in race

Among the many issues facing Texans, whether professional football players kneel or stand for the national anthem might not be the most pressing. But, for several days running, it has been the focus of the heated race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke, the three-term congressman from El Paso — and the candidates are drawing sharp contrasts...
O’Rourke accepts ‘Ellen’ invite as kneeling takes center stage in race

O’Rourke accepts ‘Ellen’ invite as kneeling takes center stage in race

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, D-Texas, will appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the program’s host announced Tuesday. “See you September 5th, @BetoORourke,” DeGeneres said in a Twitter post. DeGeneres said she wanted to meet the Senate hopeful after seeing a video from left-leaning media company NowThis in...
Texas Supreme Court rejects challenges to local ballot language

Texas Supreme Court rejects challenges to local ballot language

The Texas Supreme Court on Monday denied calls for changing ballot language on a pair of petition ordinances that will be considered by Austin voters come November. The court unanimously rejected a challenge related to the CodeNext petition ordinance, which calls for elections regarding comprehensive changes to Austin’s land-use code and calls for a waiting period before implementing any revisions...
Cruz, O’Rourke haven’t agreed on debate terms, but Abbott, Valdez have

Cruz, O’Rourke haven’t agreed on debate terms, but Abbott, Valdez have

Don’t count on a debate between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, just yet. Cruz had suggested five debates, starting with Friday in Dallas. The other proposed dates were Sept. 14 in McAllen, Sept. 21 in San Antonio, Oct. 5 in Houston and Oct. 12 in Lubbock, all Fridays. O’Rourke’s counteroffer called for the first debate to...
Lupe Valdez agrees to debate Greg Abbott in September

Lupe Valdez agrees to debate Greg Abbott in September

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez said Monday that she will debate Gov. Greg Abbott in September, according to a campaign news release. Valdez initially declined a Sept. 28 debate in Austin because it was on a Friday evening “during football season” and didn’t include Spanish-language components to it. Now, Nexstar Media Group will broadcast the debate live across numerous...
Houston-area voters overwhelmingly back flood-control bonds

Houston-area voters overwhelmingly back flood-control bonds

Voters in Houston and its surrounding county marked the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey coming ashore by approving the issuance of $2.5 billion in bonds to fund flood-control projects that might mitigate the damage caused by future storms. With nearly all precincts reporting Saturday night, about 85 percent of voters approved the referendum. The bonds will fund projects that may include buyouts of...
PolitiFact: Old claim about O’Rourke’s arrests still stands

PolitiFact: Old claim about O’Rourke’s arrests still stands

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas has said that in younger days he was twice arrested in his hometown of El Paso — once, he says, for leaping a college campus fence and the other time for driving while intoxicated. Readers have asked us whether the third-term congressman challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has a criminal history. We decided to fact-check a widely...
Richard Linklater sponsors short film contest supporting Beto O’Rourke 

Richard Linklater sponsors short film contest supporting Beto O’Rourke 

Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater and “Boyhood” producer Cathleen Sutherland have put together a short film contest called “Reel In The Votes” in support of Beto O’Rourke’s campaign to become the next United States senator from Texas. “We are accepting 2-3 minute stories (narrative or non-fiction) as well as 30-second spots in line with Beto’s...
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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