Elections


‘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...


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...
Mexican voters in Texas weigh who will be future president of Mexico

Mexican voters in Texas weigh who will be future president of Mexico

Rossy Lima de Padilla, 31, has no plans of ever returning to live in Mexico. In fact, the thought of living in Mexico after being in Texas for the last 18 years gives her mini-panic attacks. But Lima de Padilla, a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, status, is sure of one thing: She will vote for the first time in the upcoming Mexican presidential election. “If...
Democrats are targeting these Texas districts in House takeover bid

Democrats are targeting these Texas districts in House takeover bid

As Democrats look to take back control of the U.S. House next year, they see opportunity in Texas, where voters could have a lot to say in how the midterm election narrative is written: Will House Republicans maintain power or will their majority disappear amid a rising blue tide? Democrats probably would have to flip at least 24 seats to take control, with targets in states from California to New...
Cartels stalk candidates ahead of July 1 election in Mexico

Cartels stalk candidates ahead of July 1 election in Mexico

Around 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning earlier this month, a convoy of trucks carrying heavily armed men entered the small, rural town of Ignacio Zaragoza, about 200 miles south of El Paso in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua. A half-hour later, a dozen buildings were ablaze and eight people were dead. The extreme violence was targeted against candidates and officials with a left-leaning political...
Democratic governor candidate Valdez owes $12,000 in property taxes

Democratic governor candidate Valdez owes $12,000 in property taxes

Lupe Valdez, who on Tuesday won the Democratic nomination for governor, owes more than $12,000 in property taxes on seven different properties, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. Valdez’s campaign spokesman Juan Bautista Dominguez said that the former Dallas County sheriff does owe the money and said she is paying it back. “Sheriff Valdez has made arrangements to pay off 2017...
Ahead of speaker election, moderates hold strong in Texas GOP runoffs

Ahead of speaker election, moderates hold strong in Texas GOP runoffs

At the end of last summer’s special legislative session, an angry Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vowed that the Texas House members who blocked his agenda — especially the so-called bathroom bill and a measure restricting property tax increases — “are going to have to explain that to the voters.” But in Tuesday’s runoff elections and in the March 6 primary, GOP voters overwhelmingly...
Valdez squeezes past White, faces big Abbott challenge next

Valdez squeezes past White, faces big Abbott challenge next

Lupe Valdez was beaming Tuesday night as she accepted the cheers of supporters at a downtown Dallas restaurant in her hometown for making history as the first Latina and the first lesbian to become the Democratic nominee for governor in Texas. “I am constantly hearing this is going to be such an uphill battle,” said Valdez, elected four times as Dallas County sheriff. “Please, tell...
Familiar name, black voters helped Cole win in House District 46

Familiar name, black voters helped Cole win in House District 46

With name recognition and a push to mobilize African-American and white women working to her advantage, Sheryl Cole narrowly defeated immigration attorney Jose “Chito” Vela III in the Texas House District 46 Democratic runoff Tuesday. Cole, a former Austin City Council member, earned 4,967 votes, or 50.9 percent, on Tuesday, 173 more votes than Vela in the staunchly Democratic...
Lupe Valdez defeats Andrew White, faces tough matchup with Greg Abbott

Lupe Valdez defeats Andrew White, faces tough matchup with Greg Abbott

Lupe Valdez defeated Andrew White in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial runoff election. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Valdez won 227,141 votes, or 53.2 percent, to 200,205, or 46.8 percent for White. “Texas is changing,” Valdez told an ebullient victory celebration in a room at Ellen’s, a restaurant specializing in Southern cuisine in downtown Dallas. “Look...
Central Texas congressional matchups take shape

Central Texas congressional matchups take shape

21st Congressional District In a district that includes swaths of Central and South Austin, as well as the north side of San Antonio and six Hill Country counties, Chip Roy, the former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and former first assistant attorney general under Attorney General Ken Paxton, defeated Matt McCall, who lives in Boerne and owns a business that provides human tissue...
Herman: Time for the look-at-me candidate to look ahead

Herman: Time for the look-at-me candidate to look ahead

In the end, as loser Andrew White sees it, “look at me” beat “listen to me” as Democrats, the relatively few who showed up to vote, picked former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez as their November candidate against GOP Gov. Greg Abbott. “It’s been an odd race,” White told me two hours before the polls closed as we sat in the garage apartment that served as...
Election Digest: Lawyer edges out associate judge in 459th court race

Election Digest: Lawyer edges out associate judge in 459th court race

TRAVIS COUNTY Attorney wins Travis County Democratic 459th court primary Maya Guerra Gamble has won the Democratic nomination for Travis County’s new 459th Civil District Court. In a close race, Guerra Gamble earned 25,122 votes, 51 percent, to Aurora Martinez Jones’ 23,962 votes. Turnout in Travis County for the primary runoffs was just 8.5 percent, compared with 21 percent in March for...
Cole, Goodwin, Zwiener win Democratic runoffs in Texas House races

Cole, Goodwin, Zwiener win Democratic runoffs in Texas House races

Former Austin City Council member Sheryl Cole narrowly defeated immigration attorney Jose “Chito” Vela in the Democratic runoff to replace embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes Tuesday night. With all precincts reporting, Cole pulled in 4,967 votes, or 50.9 percent, and Vela, earned 4,794 votes, or 49.1 percent. Cole will oppose Republican Gabriel Nila, a public school teacher, in November...
Democrat Julie Oliver to face U.S. Rep. Roger Williams in November

Democrat Julie Oliver to face U.S. Rep. Roger Williams in November

Democrat Julie Oliver has clinched her party’s nomination in the fight to unseat U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, in the 25th Congressional District. Oliver won 52.2 percent of the vote to Chris Perri’s 47.8 percent. The district stretches from Wimberley to almost Fort Worth and includes Lakeway, West Lake Hills, Rollingwood and other Austin neighborhoods. RELATED: Central Texas congressional...
Hegar wins Democratic nomination in 31st Congressional District

Hegar wins Democratic nomination in 31st Congressional District

Democrat Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar defeated Christine Eady Mann in the runoff for their party’s nomination, with 62.2 percent of the vote. Hegar, 42, of Round Rock, is an author and public speaker. She also is a former Air Force pilot who was awarded a Purple Heart after being injured in an ambush in Afghanistan. Mann, 53, of Leander, is a family practice physician. RELATED: Central...
Toth defeats Davidson in GOP race for 3rd Court of Appeals

Toth defeats Davidson in GOP race for 3rd Court of Appeals

Mike Toth, part of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle, defeated longtime Austin lawyer Donna Davidson in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for a seat on the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals. Toth, who entered the runoff having raised more than three times more campaign money than Davidson, had 52.8 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting Tuesday night. Toth emerged...
Erin Zwiener defeats Rebecca Bell-Metereau in House District 45 runoff

Erin Zwiener defeats Rebecca Bell-Metereau in House District 45 runoff

9:30 p.m. update: Writer Erin Zwiener garnered enough election day results Tuesday to defeat Texas State University professor Rebecca Bell-Metereau in the Texas House District 45 Democratic runoff. Bell-Metereau had 2,783 votes, or 48.6 percent, while Zwiener had 2,946, or 51.4 percent of votes. Zwiener’s narrow win means she will face Republican nominee Ken Strange, who serves on the Wimberley...
Democrat Mike Siegel to face U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul in November

Democrat Mike Siegel to face U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul in November

Mike Siegel clinched the Democratic nomination in the 10th Congressional District and will challenge U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, in November. Siegel won 70 percent of the vote to Tawana Walter-Cadien’s 30 percent in Tuesday’s Democratic primary runoff. Walter-Cadien is a three-time challenger to McCaul and registered nurse educator in Cypress, and Siegel, is an Austin assistant...
John Burns wins race for Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

John Burns wins race for Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

John Burns has won the Republican nomination for Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, according to unofficial final results posted Tuesday night. Burns won with 1,102 votes, nearly 66 percent, to Robert Avera’s 570. The pair were running to replace retiring justice of the peace Terry Kyle; a Democratic candidate did not run for that party’s nomination. Just 9,307 voters, 3.79...
Valdez defeats White in Democratic runoff for governor

Valdez defeats White in Democratic runoff for governor

Lupe Valdez defeated Andrew White in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial runoff election. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Valdez won 227,141 votes, or 53.2 percent, to 200,205, or 46.8 percent for White. “Texas is changing,” Valdez told an ebullient victory celebration in a room at Ellen’s, a restaurant specializing in Southern cuisine in downtown Dallas. “Look...
Boles to run as GOP candidate in Wilco Commissioner Precinct 4 race

Boles to run as GOP candidate in Wilco Commissioner Precinct 4 race

10:20 p.m. update: Russ Boles won the runoff election Tuesday and will be the Republican candidate running for Williamson County Commissioner, Precinct 4, final return numbers show. Results from all 64 polling locations in Williamson County show Boles obtained 1,569 votes, or 59 percent. Rival Bobby Seiferman received 1,091 votes, or 41 percent. Boles, 50, will now face Democrat Carlos Salinas in...
Vikki Goodwin wins Democratic nod in Travis County legislative race

Vikki Goodwin wins Democratic nod in Travis County legislative race

10:22 p.m. update: With all precincts counted Tuesday night, real estate broker Vikki Goodwin easily defeated retiree association leader Elaina Fowler in the Democratic race in Texas House District 47. Goodwin earned 4,638 votes, or 58 percent, and Fowler got 3,359 votes, or 42 percent. Goodwin will face state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, in the November general election. RELATED: Cole, Goodwin, Zwiener...
Maya Guerra Gamble wins Travis County Democratic 459th court primary

Maya Guerra Gamble wins Travis County Democratic 459th court primary

Maya Guerra Gamble has won the Democratic nomination for Travis County’s new 459th Civil District Court. In a close race, Guerra Gamble earned 25,122 votes, 51 percent, to Aurora Martinez Jones’ 23,962 votes. Turnout in Travis County for the primary runoffs was just 8.5 percent, compared with 21 percent in March for the regular primary election. Martinez Jones, an associate judge, emerged...
Joseph Kopser to face Chip Roy in 21st Congressional District matchup

Joseph Kopser to face Chip Roy in 21st Congressional District matchup

Update 10:15 p.m.: Chip Roy has won the Republican nomination in the 21st Congressional District. He will face Joseph Kopser, the winner of the Democratic nomination, in the November general election. Roy won 52.7 percent of the vote and Kopser won 58 percent of the vote in their respective primaries. RELATED: Central Texas congressional matchups take shape Update 9:45 p.m.: The Associated Press has...
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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