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STATE POLITICAL NEWS

'Bathroom bill' dies again in Texas as legislative session abruptly ends
(El Paso KVIA (ABC) 7 © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387588837)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas bathroom bill targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbotts summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season. It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, a

 



 

'Respect Us or Expect Us' event pushes back against 'discriminatory' legislation
(KXAN (NBC) 36 - Austin © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387586412)

AUSTIN (KXAN) On what was supposed to be the last day of a special session that ended early, lawmakers and members of the group One Texas Resistance are planning to gather outside the Capitol. The group, as well as Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, and State Rep. CÃ(c)sar Blanco, D-El Paso, gathered Wednesday morning at the open-air rotunda of the Texas Capitol Extension. The same coaliation

 



 

'Texas doesnâ€(tm)t need to listen to their garbage,' says Ted Cruz of canceled Texas A&M rally
(Pasadena Citizen © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387586141)

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke on North Texas radio's "The Mark Davis Show" and gave his reaction toCharlottesville, Virginia, and the canceled White Lives Matter rally at Texas AM. "I'm glad that Spencer and the white supremacists are not coming to AM," Cruz said, referring to alt-right leader and white nationalist Richard Spencer. "I think Texas doesn't need to listen to their garbage."

 



 

3 takeaways from Texas Rep. Kevin Brady's speech urging Congress to defeat 'monster of a tax code'
(Dallas Morning News © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387699641)

WASHINGTON --Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, the House's top tax writer, urged Congress on Wednesdayto defeat America's "monster of a tax code," saying that lawmakers must face down the "monumental challenge" that's stifling economic growth. Speaking from former President Ronald Reagan's ranch in California, the Houston-area Republican lamented that Washington has dithered for the last three decades by "

 



 

Abbott blames Straus for all that the special session didn't get done
(Austin American-Statesman © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 04:44:22 (Article ID 1387679154)

Gov. Greg Abbott only got about half of what he asked for out of the Legislature's special session, and the day after it abruptly ended, without even sending him a bill on his top priority of property tax reform, he laid the blame for the session's shortcomings squarely on House Speaker Joe Straus. Asked by host Bob Frantz on KTRH radio in Houston -- the first of eight Abbott radio and TV intervi

 



 

Abbott: Removing Confederate Monuments "Wont Erase Our Nations Past"
(KUT Austin © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387587205)

Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday weighed in on the renewed debate over Confederate monuments in Texas, saying that removing them "won't erase our nation's past, and it doesn't advance our nation's future."  Abbott's statement follows deadly violence that broke out Saturday at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where participants were protesting the proposed removal of a statue

 



 

City representatives considering street name change
(El Paso KTSM (NBC) 9 © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387590827)

A city representative is looking into renaming a street in East El Paso named after a general of the Confederate Army. District 3 Rep. Cassandra Hernandez-Brown telling us shes looking into changing the name of Robert E. Lee Road, this is near Montana and Airway. Hernandez-Brown tells us shes received a lot of complaints from residents about the name of the street. I personally went out doo

 



 

Dallas lawmaker wants Confederate plaque outside his office removed 'immediately'
(Dallas Morning News © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387699642)

Updated with responsesfrom Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's offices. AUSTIN -- A few months ago, on the cusp of his fourth legislative session, Rep. Eric Johnson got a plumbCapitol perk he'd wanted fornearly seven years. The Dallas Democrat hadlong had an office in the Capitol extension -- a modern, subterranean addition built far underneath the House and Senate chambers where lawmake

 



 

Democratic Congress member Castro calls Texas legislative session 'Trump-inspired'
(Dallas Morning News © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387699638)

AUSTIN -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro heavily criticizedGov. Greg Abbott and the governor's agenda for the special legislative session, but played down any suggestion that he's considering a run for governor. "This was a Trump-inspired legislative session," the San Antonio representativesaid during a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol organized by several left-leaning advocacy group

 



 

District 3 City Rep exploring possibility of changing name of Robert E. Lee Road
(El Paso KVIA (ABC) 7 © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387588840)

EL PASO, Texas - Across the country there has been a renewed effort to remove statues, monuments and memorials honoring the Confederacy. This comes in the wake of the white-supremacist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia. District 3 city representative Cassandra Hernandez Brown said shes looking into potentially changing the name of Robert E. Lee Road -- named after the general

 



 

New school financing bill signed
(Victoria KAVU (ABC) 25 © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 03:44:18 (Article ID 1387661457)

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 21 (HB 21) to create a school finance commission as well as provide immediate funding for public education, historic funding for charter school facilities and new programs for students with special needs. This bill also includes benefits for retired teachers in Texas and hardship grants for Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR) school

 



 

Special session ends one day early, Gov. could call another
(Corpus Christi KRIS (NBC) 6 © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387585083)

By: Wes Rapaport KXANAUSTIN (AP/KXAN)The Texas Legislature has adjourned for good, ending its month-long special session a day early.The Senate gaveled out around 10 p.m. Tuesday. That came hours after the state House surprised everyone by adjourning and declaring that it wasnt coming back, even though the session didnt end until midnight Wednesday.House members quit to force the Senate to accept

 



 

Who's to blame for your rising property taxes? Here's what Texans think
(Bryan-College Station Eagle © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 03:14:07 (Article ID 1387643736)

Partly cloudy. Low 76F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Updated: August 17, 2017 @ 12:15 am Rising property tax bills affect virtually everyone in the state, whether they’re homeowners or renters. We asked Texans how they feel and whom they blame for the increases. The state House and Senate twice came to a stalemate on property tax reform during this year’s legislative sessions. The Senate during th

 



 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues Overnight
(The Wall Street Journal © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 05:16:24 (Article ID 1387679475)

BALTIMORE--This city removed several Confederate monuments before dawn Wednesday in a stealth operation that highlights the growing backlash against such memorials across the country. "I said I would move as quickly as I could, and I did," Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, a Democrat, said in an interview. "We didn't need those kinds of symbols." The city's unannounced actio

 



 

Bannon says US locked in 'economic war' with China, slams White House colleagues
(CNN.com © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387660435)

(CNN)Embattled White House chief strategist Steve Bannon declared in an interview published Wednesday that the US is at "economic war with China," promised aggressive trade actions against Beijing and said he is "fighting" other top White House aides "every day."Bannon also dismisses the ratcheting up of tensions stemming from North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile activity as "just a sidesho

 



 

Business execs shunned Trump panels before he disbanded them
(Washington Times © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387665199)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump had pushed many of Americas top corporate leaders to the breaking point with his inability to decisively condemn white supremacists - so they huddled on an 11:30 a.m. conference call Wednesday. The frustrated members of the White House policy forum - which included executives from General Electric, Wal-Mart, General Motors, Boeing, IBM and JPMorgan Chase -

 



 

Democrats demand Congress censure Trump after Charlottesville
(Washington Times © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387659483)

A group of congressional Democrats wants Congress to officially censure President Trump in the wake of the clashes in Charlottesville sparked by a neo-Nazi and white nationalist rally. Led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, a senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, the censure resolution says Mr. Trump did a disservice to the country when he blamed many sides for the violence that erup

 



 

Denver mulls immigrant protections amid White House threats
(Washington Times © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387659491)

DENVER (AP) - Denvers mayor is backing a proposed ordinance aimed at protecting immigrants and refugees amid increased immigration enforcement and a barrage of White House threats to revoke federal money from so-called sanctuary cities. Mayor Michael Hancock and city Councilors Paul Lopez and Robin Kniech said Wednesday the ordinance would formalize Denvers current practice of prohibiting city em

 



 

DNC Chairman Tom Perez letter to GOP Chair: ‘You bear a responsibilityâ€(tm) for Trump
(USA Today © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387660193)

MOREWASHINGTON  Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez sent a letter Wednesday night to the head of the Republican National Committee  as it grapples with President Trumps controversial response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.The leader of your Republican Party, President Trump, responded first with silence, then with begrudging condemnation, and most recently with

 



 

Fed Officials Split Over Timing of Next Rate Increase
(The Wall Street Journal © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 05:16:24 (Article ID 1387679456)

New doubts over sagging inflation in the past few months are driving a split at the Federal Reserve about the timing of the next increase in interest rates. The internal debate raises the possibility that the Fed could deviate from its plans for a third rate increase this year. Soft inflation has bedeviled Fed officials, forcing them to pull back on plans to raise rates multiple times in 2015 an

 



 

Fusion GPS co-founder to be interviewed by Senate panel
(Politico.com © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387660337)

The co-founder of the firm that commissioned a dossier of salacious allegations against President Donald Trump will be interviewed later this month by the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a source familiar with the issue. Glenn Simpson, head of the private investigation firm Fusion GPS, agreed to a voluntary, closed-door interview after Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued a

 



 

House Democrats push to censure Trump over 'both sides' comments on Charlottesville
(CNN.com © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387660368)

(CNN)Three House Democrats drafted a resolution to formally censure President Donald Trump for saying Tuesday that "both sides" shared responsibility for the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, a young woman protesting hate groups, as well as injuring more than a dozen people.Rep Jerry Nadler of New York, Rep. Bonnie Wats

 



 

How Militias Became the Private Police for White Supremacists
(Politico.com © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 06:03:11 (Article ID 1387688755)

The bloody weekend in Charlottesville that began with several hundred chanting white supremacists on a torch-lit march will long be remembered for the searing image of a growling muscle car plowing through a defenseless crowd of counter-protesters. But there was another moment from the weekend that revealed a potentially more consequential truth about the long-term impact of the “Unite the Righ

 



 

Organizer puts March on Google on hold after threats
(Politico.com © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387660297)

The conservative organizer who had planned a March on Google at nine locations nationwide this weekend put the event on hold Wednesday amid concerns that there could be violent clashes similar to the ones that roiled Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. Jack Posobiec, a far-right media figure who helped push the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, had played a lead role in organizing th

 



 

Pence Urges Latin American Nations to Shun North Korean Regime
(The Wall Street Journal © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387702539)

SANTIAGO, Chile--U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Latin American countries to sever diplomatic ties with Pyongyang and step up economic sanctions against the North Korean regime in a speech here. Mr. Pence on Wednesday urged Chile, Mexico, Peru and Brazil to break off diplomatic and commercial relations with the regime of Kim Jong Un, who this week ba

 



 

Poll: Most Americans think Trumps response to Charlottesville not enough
(Politico.com © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387660389)

Most Americans think President Donald Trumpâ€(tm)s response to the white supremacist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend was not strong enough, according to a new Marist poll. Fifty-two percent of people surveyed said Trumpâ€(tm)s response to the violence was insufficient, while 27 percent said his reaction was strong enough and 21 percent were unsure.

 



 

President Trump's ardent backers support him more than ever
(Washington Times © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387679678)

SUN CITY, Arizona (AP) - President Donald Trumps most ardent champions are sticking by him, happy to absolve him of any wrong in the blame game over the deadly weekend violence at a rally of white supremacists. Some Republican members of Congress have criticized Trumps back and forth response since a car slammed into a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and

 



 

Sen. Graham to Trump: 'Your words are dividing Americans'
(CNN.com © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 07:40:41 (Article ID 1387660362)

Washington (CNN)Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Wednesday that President Donald Trump's rhetoric is "dividing Americans" following comments the President made casting some blame on what he called "alt-left" counterprotesters who rallied in Charlottesville over the weekend.In a statement given to CNN's Kate Bolduan, the South Carolina Republican had harsh words for the President."Mr. President, I encour

 



 

White House: Health-Insurer Payments Will Be Made in August
(The Wall Street Journal © 08/17/2017)
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Indexed 2017-08-17 05:16:24 (Article ID 1387679479)

The Trump administration saidon Wednesdaythe federal government would make a set of payments to insurers for August, despite threats from the president that the funding would be halted following the failure of Senate Republicans to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act. Governors and Democratic lawmakers have been urging President Donald Trump to continue the payments, known as cost-sharing red

 



 


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