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How Big Tech’s war on Alex Jones left First Reading pockmarked with Orwellian dead zones
    Good day Austin: I’ve been in Austin five-and-a-half years. For the last couple of years I’ve had an obsessive interest in Alex Jones. This
            is important work, I tell myself. But I know the way other people look at me. I read the snide comments.  I have been formally recognized for my obsession. I was named...

Posted: a day ago

  Good day Austin: I’ve been in Austin five-and-a-half years. For the last couple of years I’ve had an obsessive interest in Alex Jones. This is important work, I tell myself. But I know the way other people look at me. I read the snide comments. I have been formally recognized for my obsession. I was named...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
O’Rourke stays positive in first ad buy of his campaign to unseat Cruz
 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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
Carrera reñida entre Cruz y O’Rourke para el Senado estadounidense
 La carrera entre el senador estadounidense Ted Cruz, republicano por Texas, y el representante estadounidense Beto O’Rourke, demócrata por El Paso, sigue estando reñida, según dos encuestas publicadas el miércoles 1. La encuesta de Texas Lyceum, realizada entre el 9 y el 26 de julio, muestra a Cruz con una...

Posted: 7 days ago

La carrera entre el senador estadounidense Ted Cruz, republicano por Texas, y el representante estadounidense Beto O’Rourke, demócrata por El Paso, sigue estando reñida, según dos encuestas publicadas el miércoles 1. La encuesta de Texas Lyceum, realizada entre el 9 y el 26 de julio, muestra a Cruz con una...
Ted Cruz says it was Obama, not Trump, who was ‘bootlicking’ for Putin
 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, used a protester’s outburst Saturday to riff on how unhinged the left is, how the display of anger was evidence of the tough race he faces against U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the fall, and how it was really President Barack Obama who colluded with Russia, all while invoking a classic line from his favorite...

Posted: 10 days ago

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, used a protester’s outburst Saturday to riff on how unhinged the left is, how the display of anger was evidence of the tough race he faces against U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the fall, and how it was really President Barack Obama who colluded with Russia, all while invoking a classic line from his favorite...
Rick Perry praises President Trump as ultimate ‘happy warrior’
 Rick Perry waxed philosophical Saturday about how he went from a man who thought he ought to be president to energy secretary in the administration of the man whose candidacy he once described as a “cancer on conservatism.” “God’s got a plan. Sometimes it’s not your plan,” Perry said at the Resurgent Gathering...

Posted: 10 days ago

Rick Perry waxed philosophical Saturday about how he went from a man who thought he ought to be president to energy secretary in the administration of the man whose candidacy he once described as a “cancer on conservatism.” “God’s got a plan. Sometimes it’s not your plan,” Perry said at the Resurgent Gathering...
Ted Cruz says it was President Obama who was ‘Russian bootlicker’
 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, used a protester’s outburst Saturday to riff on how unhinged the left is, how the display of anger was evidence of the tough race he faces against U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the fall, and how it was really President Barack Obama who colluded with Russia, while invoking a favorite line from his favorite...

Posted: 10 days ago

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, used a protester’s outburst Saturday to riff on how unhinged the left is, how the display of anger was evidence of the tough race he faces against U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the fall, and how it was really President Barack Obama who colluded with Russia, while invoking a favorite line from his favorite...
Gov. Abbott releases his 2016 income tax return, paid $8,668
 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 will release his 2017 return...

Posted: 10 days ago

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 will release his 2017 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...

Posted: 11 days ago

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...
Amid Trump-Koch feud, Abbott talks about Texas v. California
 Erick Erickson, the conservative blogger and radio host, was uniquely positioned to ask Gov. Greg Abbott some provocative questions at the opening Friday of Erickson’s first Resurgent Gathering in Austin. A longstanding critic of President Donald Trump whose conference’s sponsors include the Koch Institute, Erickson could have...

Posted: 11 days ago

Erick Erickson, the conservative blogger and radio host, was uniquely positioned to ask Gov. Greg Abbott some provocative questions at the opening Friday of Erickson’s first Resurgent Gathering in Austin. A longstanding critic of President Donald Trump whose conference’s sponsors include the Koch Institute, Erickson could have...
Amid Trump-Koch feud, Abbott talks Texas v. California
 Erick Erickson, the conservative blogger and radio host, was uniquely positioned to ask Gov. Greg Abbott some provocative questions at the opening of Erickson’s first Resurgent Gathering in Austin Friday. A Trump critic whose conference’s sponsors include the Koch Institute, Erickson could have asked the Texas governor to choose...

Posted: 12 days ago

Erick Erickson, the conservative blogger and radio host, was uniquely positioned to ask Gov. Greg Abbott some provocative questions at the opening of Erickson’s first Resurgent Gathering in Austin Friday. A Trump critic whose conference’s sponsors include the Koch Institute, Erickson could have asked the Texas governor to choose...
Alex Jones’ lawyer seeks to have him removed from defamation suit
 The attorney for controversial radio host Alex Jones sought Thursday to have his client removed from a defamation lawsuit brought by Marcel Fontaine, whose photo appeared on the website associated with his broadcasts and was erroneously identified as the shooter in the Parkland, Fla. school shooting in February. “The allegations with...

Posted: 12 days ago

The attorney for controversial radio host Alex Jones sought Thursday to have his client removed from a defamation lawsuit brought by Marcel Fontaine, whose photo appeared on the website associated with his broadcasts and was erroneously identified as the shooter in the Parkland, Fla. school shooting in February. “The allegations with...
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...

Posted: 13 days ago

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...
Alex Jones seeks to scuttle Sandy Hook parents’ defamation suit
 After playing an April 2017 tape of Alex Jones conflating lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq with his doubts about the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Jones’ attorney acknowledged that most of those who packed the Austin courtroom Wednesday might fault the famed conspiracy theorist’s reasoning...

Posted: 13 days ago

After playing an April 2017 tape of Alex Jones conflating lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq with his doubts about the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Jones’ attorney acknowledged that most of those who packed the Austin courtroom Wednesday might fault the famed conspiracy theorist’s reasoning...
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...

Posted: 13 days ago

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...
Alex Jones seeking dismissal of Sandy Hook defamation case in Austin
 6:25 p.m. update: After playing a tape of Alex Jones conflating lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq with his doubts about the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Jones’ attorney acknowledged that most of those who packed the Austin courtroom at the Travis District Court Wednesday might fault the famed conspirary...

Posted: 14 days ago

6:25 p.m. update: After playing a tape of Alex Jones conflating lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq with his doubts about the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Jones’ attorney acknowledged that most of those who packed the Austin courtroom at the Travis District Court Wednesday might fault the famed conspirary...
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...

Posted: 14 days ago

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...
Alex Jones faces existential courtroom battle over limits of fake news
 In court papers last week filed in Travis County, Houston attorney Mark Bankston wrote that his defamation lawsuit against Alex Jones was already a victory “in one important respect.” In the past, Noah Pozner, one of the 20 children killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was referred to...

Posted: 17 days ago

In court papers last week filed in Travis County, Houston attorney Mark Bankston wrote that his defamation lawsuit against Alex Jones was already a victory “in one important respect.” In the past, Noah Pozner, one of the 20 children killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was referred to...
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