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STATE POLITICAL NEWS

'Tweeter Laureate' Texas judge confirmed for federal court
(Houston Chronicle © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:39:36 (Article ID 1408102219)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A judge recognized as Texas' first "Tweeter Laureate" has been confirmed to the federal bench. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 50-47 to approve Republican Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to serve on the 5th Court of Appeals. The New Orleans court has been an influential stop for recent, high-profile Texas laws on abortion, voting rights and immigr

 



 

Abbott orders Rangers into youth lockups in sex-assault investigation
(Laredo Morning Times © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:39:36 (Article ID 1408098998)

AUSTIN -- In a surprise move, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday dispatched the Texas Rangers to conduct a "detailed investigation" into growing allegations of sexual misconduct and assaults in state-run lockups for teen aged lawbreakers. Top state officials quickly confirmed the inquiry is a likely prelude to significant reforms the governor wants enacted in the agency that incarce

 



 

Abbott succeeds on abortion bill, strikes out on other issues
(Houston Chronicle © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 03:52:47 (Article ID 1408127580)

Special sessionends abruptlywithout muchon his list passing AUSTIN - If it were not for two bills further restricting women's abortion rights that Gov. Greg Abbott signed on Tuesday morning, he would be looking at a meager list of victories after the Legislature abruptly ended its special session after nightfall. Texas already has a reputation of being one of the most anti-abortion states in the n

 



 

Abbott suggests hitting pause button in grading schools hit hardest by Harvey
(West University Examiner © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:39:36 (Article ID 1408095785)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the state's education commissioner to waive some rules used in evaluating schools in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey, a move that could bring a one-year reprieve to Houston ISD and other school districts facing possible state takeover over long-struggling schools. Districts most severely affected by Harvey have been urging the state to pos

 



 

Braddock: With Valdez candidacy, Democrats have potential path to increased legislative power in 20
(Laredo Morning Times © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:39:36 (Article ID 1408098996)

AUSTIN --As Quorum Report readers should be painfully aware by now, your editor refrains from engaging in any analysis about whether the Texas Democratic Party can be competitive in a statewide race. That remains true today. There are, however, outlines of serious competition shaping up in pockets across the state and a statewide candidate could realisticall

 



 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

A good day for decency is a bad day for Trump
(CNN.com © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:51:31 (Article ID 1408137516)

(CNN)In a single day, Donald Trump suffered a profound defeat in the Alabama special election in which Democrat Doug Jones rocked Republican Roy Moore, and the President lost a Twitter battle with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.These twin defeats find Trump failing both as a political leader and as the master of the social universe where, legend had it, he could not be bested.The Twitter loss ca

 



 

After Roy Moore's loss, Republicans turn wrath against Steve Bannon
(Washington Times © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:51:31 (Article ID 1408136985)

There was plenty of blame to go around as the Republican Party attempted to reconcile Tuesdays painful election loss in deeply conservative Alabama, but most of the finger-pointing was directed at former White House chief political strategist Steve Bannon. Rep. Peter T. King of New York called on fellow Republicans to dump him. Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci told Bloomberg

 



 

Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist, alleges dead people voted against Roy Moore in Alabama race
(Washington Times © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:51:31 (Article ID 1408137064)

Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones cried election fraud Wednesday after Alabama voters picked Democratic candidate Doug Jones over Republican rival Roy Moore for Attorney General Jeff Sessions former U.S. Senate seat. The Infowars publisher called into question the results of Tuesdays special election in the wake of Mr. Moore losing a race widely considered a referendum on the Republican Pa

 



 

Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat
(Boston.com © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 03:52:47 (Article ID 1408131825)

WASHINGTON (AP) Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabamas Roy Moore. And rarely has that bet failed so spectacularly.Moores defeat Tuesday in Alabama as stalwart a Republican state as they come left Trump unapologetic and his political allies shell-shocked. Trump had dug in on his support for Moore despite allegations t

 



 

Dems stage angry protest over tax bill as GOP leaders forge deal
(Fox News © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 04:52:20 (Article ID 1408145797)

House and Senate Republican leaders forged ahead Wednesday on a tax reform deal including tax cuts for American families and corporations, though not without high-profile opposition from Democrats who used a public session to repeatedly decry the plan as a farce and a scam while trying to delay a final vote.

 



 

DHS secretary: Border wall would help ease 'national crisis'
(Washington Times © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:51:31 (Article ID 1408137328)

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) - The new head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says she hopes construction on a border wall will begin soon. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made the remarks Wednesday while standing in front of the existing border fence north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. She said she didnt know when the government could start building. Border wall prototypes are being tested in

 



 

House Democrat tells female colleagues the way they dress is 'an invitation' for harassment
(CNN.com © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:51:31 (Article ID 1408137568)

(CNN)At a closed-door meeting of House Democrats to discuss reforming how Congress handles sexual harassment allegations, one senior congresswoman stunned lawmakers when she suggested female lawmakers were inviting unwanted advances because of the way they dressed.Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur stood up and told her colleagues Wednesday that "too many members dress inappropriately" and it's "an

 



 

House GOP higher education bill moves ahead, despite cries to slow down - Chicago Tribune
(Chicago Tribune © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 06:32:02 (Article ID 1408128641)

President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., right, observes on Oct. 12, 2017, at the White House. Foxx is one of the authors of a comprehensive higher education bill that might be on the president's desk soon.

 



 

On DACA, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis wants to find middle-ground
(USA Today © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:56:28 (Article ID 1408170528)

the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. President Trump reversed the orderin Septemberbut gave Congress six months to find a solution. There is bipartisan agreement that protections need to continue for DACA recipients, also known as DREAMers, butthe details are still being debated.Tillis is trying to find the sweet spot. The North Carolina Republican is part of a group of la

 



 

Rubio: How US and Asian democracies can counter China
(CNN.com © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 05:51:31 (Article ID 1408137518)

(CNN)America is reaffirming its commitment to securing a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, China's increasingly assertive rise and other challenges. India and Japan, two of our key partners, have increased their security cooperation in response to regional challenges. But Washington must do more to support them and expand the involvement of Australia

 



 

Senator Gillibrand takes on leadership role in fight against sexual assault
(Christian Science Monitor © 12/14/2017)
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Indexed 2017-12-14 03:52:47 (Article ID 1408131083)

December 13, 2017 WashingtonSen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them. Senator Gillibrand, who's up for re-election next year and is considered a possible presidential contender in 2020, has been an outspoken voice in the n

 



 


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