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3 Texans approved by Senate committee for federal judicial posts
(Austin American-Statesman © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434821120)

WASHINGTON â€" The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved three Texas nominees for lifetime judicial appointments. Andy Oldham, general counsel to Gov. Greg Abbott who had earlier drawn sharp criticism from Democrats, was approved along party lines, 11-10, for a post on the powerful 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that sits in New Orleans. Beaumont attorney Michael Truncale also was ap

 



 

Abbott promises 'action' on school safety
(Galveston Daily News © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 03:14:48 (Article ID 1434844085)

For two days this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has heard from educators, mental health experts and law enforcement officers about how to curb the type of violence that left 10 people dead inside Santa Fe High School last week. On Thursday, he heard from Santa Fe. “In Santa Fe, we know what guns sound like,” said Grace Johnson, a Santa Fe High School senior who told Abbott she had been nappin

 



 

Analysis: Changing one Texas election watch list for another
(Texas Tribune © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 03:14:48 (Article ID 1434870535)

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish 's column, click  here . Election phases can be like shampoo instructions: Lather, rinse, repeat. Tuesday’s primary runoffs set the table for November’s general elections and also the names on the ballot in the relatively small number of districts where a Democrat could overturn a Republican or vice-versa. Some contests are

 



 

Analysis: With runoffs complete, the 2018 Texas general elections begin in earnest
(Bryan KBTX (CBS) 3 © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434820347)

Analysis: With runoffs complete, the 2018 Texas general elections begin in earnest By Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune May 22, 2018 Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Tuesdays runoffs set the major party ballots for a November general election where Texas Republicans will be tr

 



 

Cornyn seeks to ensure prosecution of juvenile sexual assault on bases
(Austin American-Statesman © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434821128)

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, filed legislation this week to plug a jurisdictional gap on military bases that has allowed hundreds of sexual assaults committed by juveniles to go unprosecuted. Cornyn is the second Texas lawmaker to push for a solution to the issue, which the American-Statesman revealed in a 2015 investigation. In March, U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, who represents

 



 

Cornyn's prison reform bill relies on evidence-based strategies
(Gilmer Mirror © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434817718)

The annual cost of the business of doing criminal justice in the United States is $270 billion. That's higher than the gross domestic product of Finland. Even with all of this spending, federal recidivism rates are high, with about two-thirds of U.S. prisoners returning to prisonwithin three years. Finding ways to help reduce these rates matters not just for crime reduction but also for taxes. F

 



 

Could The Santa Fe High School Suspects Father Be Charged For Not Locking Up Guns?
(KUT Austin © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434818200)

As Texas debates what, if any, steps should be taken to prevent mass shootings in the state, we asked our audience what questions they had about guns in schools. A common question is whether the 17-year-old suspecs parents would face any liability under state law: Will the parents be charged under Sec. 46.13. MAKING A FIREARM ACCESSIBLE TO A CHILD? Glenna Soirez In short, probably not

 



 

Cruz should rethink his “summons” mailer
(Laredo Morning Times © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434818642)

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz recently issued a summons to potential supporters. Its not really a summons. Its a fundraising letter as in, Cruz is summoning support. But the problem is the Cruz campaign has made the envelope look much like a legal summons, which can be pretty serious. A summons occurs when a person is sued or ordered to appear in court. Most people ar

 



 

Cruz to join listening session with Santa Fe, Sutherland Spring survivors
(Laredo Morning Times © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434818619)

AUSTIN U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will join Gov. Greg Abbott to hear what dozens of Texas mass shooting survivors want lawmakers to do to make schools safer Thursday, marking the final roundtable discussion following the massacre at Santa Fe High School. Nearly 40 victims, survivors, families and members of three communities will offer the governor feedback as he d

 



 

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Valdez owes $12K in overdue property taxes
(Houston Chronicle © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434821714)

AUSTIN Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez, who has campaigned to close loopholes in the state's broken property-tax system, owes more than $12,000 in overdue taxes on seven properties in two counties, official records showed Thursday. In addition, Valdez provided incorrect details on her official financial-disclosure report : A Dallas property tha

 



 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

Art of the deal, North Korea edition
(Washington Times © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434843244)

A diplomatic breakthrough between the United States and North Korea has stalled for the time being, prompting alarm, scorn and glee among President Trumps critics. But wait. Seasoned observers know that diplomacy is a work in progress, full of tweaks and maneuvers. Deals often follow the same trajectory. Is it time to consult Mr. Trumps 1987 book The Art of the Deal to figure out which strategic t

 



 

Bernie Sanders political group sees 2nd departure, sparking concerns about racial tensions
(Fox News © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 04:45:26 (Article ID 1434901212)

A second founding board member of a progressive group inspired by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders failed 2016 presidential run resigned Wednesday, raising concerns of a racial strain within the organization, a report said.

 



 

Border walls aim to keep out migrants, but also threaten bears, deer, other wildlife
(USA Today © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434842702)

A border fence separates Slovenia and Croatia, seen from the Slovenian side, on April 10, 2018.(Photo: Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY)In the United States, biologists have expressed concern that if President Trump builds a wall on the border with Mexico it could have a harmful impact on jaguars.More:Pulitzer Prize-winning special report from USA TODAY NETWORK details challenges, risks and potential con

 



 

Centrist Republicans Gain Support in Effort to Force Immigration Votes
(The Wall Street Journal © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 06:18:38 (Article ID 1434908417)

WASHINGTON--Centrist Republicans edged closer Thursday to forcing a series of immigration votes in the House, while their negotiations continued with GOP leaders working to reach a deal on the divisive issue. Three more House Republicans signed on this week to the discharge petition, a procedural tool that a group of centrist Republicans and nearly all Democrats are pushing to circumvent House G

 



 

DHS secretary defends separating families at the border
(CNN.com © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434843023)

Washington (CNN)Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday defended an agency policy that will result in more families being separated at the border, saying, under a barrage of questions at a Senate hearing, that similar separations happen in the US "every day."But Nielsen also agreed with senators that more must be done to protect the children who either come to the US without their

 



 

Diplomacy is harder when you're simply shouting the loudest
(CNN.com © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434843020)

(CNN)Well, there goes the Nobel Peace Prize. But could President Trump ever have seen himself sharing such an honor with anyone else? Or, for that matter, could he be seen as sharing a global spotlight with someone he'd not so long ago been calling Little Rocket Man?We also need to look at the bizarre events of the last few months from the other end of the telescope.Could Kim Jong Un ever have tru

 



 

Discharged and jobless: Veterans seek change in hiring rules
(Washington Times © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434883612)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Military veterans who were discharged for relatively minor offenses say they often cant get jobs, and they hope a recent warning to employers by the state of Connecticut will change that. The states human rights commission told employers last month they could be breaking the law if they discriminate against veterans with some types of less-than-honorable discharges. Blanke

 



 

Donald Trump grants posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson - Chicago Tribune
(Chicago Tribune © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 06:18:38 (Article ID 1434881548)

President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction. It's my honor to do it. It's about time, Trump said during an Oval Office ceremony, where he was joined by boxer Lennox Lewis and actor Sylvester Stallone, who has drawn awareness

 



 

House Passes $717 Billion Defense Bill
(The Wall Street Journal © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 06:18:38 (Article ID 1434908407)

WASHINGTON--The House on Thursday passed a $717 billion defense-policy bill that would give the military a 2.6% pay increase, the largest in nine years. The bipartisan 351-66 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where a panel completed a companion measure in a closed-door session on Wednesday. The annual measure sets policies and a budget outline for the Pentagon that ar

 



 

House passes defense bill authorizing pay raise for troops, new jets and President Trumps military parade
(USA Today © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434842584)

on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to pass a massive $717 billion defense bill that would authorize a pay raise for troops and scores of new fighter jets, warships and other hardware all while advancing President Trump's policies on everything from sanctions against Russia to his request for a military parade through the streets of Washington.The National Defense Authorization Act, which passed 351

 



 

Is Joe Biden running for president? Because he sure sounded like it today
(CNN.com © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434843029)

(CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden didn't have to say a word. His place on the roster of speakers at the New York state Democratic convention spoke volumes. But Biden -- being Biden -- delivered an address to remember Thursday, if less for its effusive praise of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who's seeking a third term in the face of a feisty primary challenge by Cynthia Nixon, than for what it suggested ab

 



 

Koch Brothers running ads in Wisconsin for Rep. Grothman - Chicago Tribune
(Chicago Tribune © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 06:18:38 (Article ID 1434881590)

A conservative advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is launching a Memorial Day weekend advertising campaign for Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman. Americans for Prosperity announced the effort Thursday. It will include mailers, digital and print advertising praising Grothman for opposing a $1.3 trillion spending bill passed in March and signed into law by President Donald Tru

 



 

McCain: Trumps pardon of boxing legend Jack Johnson closes shameful chapter in history
(USA Today © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434842582)

Sen. John McCain had fought to get a presidential pardon for former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson since holding this news conference with documentarian Ken Burns in July 2004. President Donald Trump pardoned Johnson on May 24, 2018.(Photo: Tim Dillon/USA Today)In the past, the U.S. Department of Justice has said it is generally opposed to posthumous pardons, which require historical research, 

 



 

McConnell: Trump did the right thing canceling North Korea summit
(USA Today © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434842528)

MORESenate majority leader Mitch McConnell thinks President Trump's decision on Thursday to pull out of a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "exactly the right thing" to do. McConnell, speaking with Fox News' Bret Baier, pointed to the history of tensions between North Korea and the U.S. and repeated attempts at failed resolutions. "You know, weve seen three generations of Nor

 



 

Newly passed House bill would OK the President's military parade
(CNN.com © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434843030)

Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives voted Thursday to reauthorize funds for the military Thursday -- a massive bill that greenlights a base budget of roughly $640 billion for national defense in the next fiscal year.The legislation also authorizes -- in two paragraphs of the more than 1,000-page bill -- President Donald Trump's request to hold a military parade in the nation's capital to

 



 

Senate passes bill to revamp sexual harassment policies in wake of #MeToo movement
(USA Today © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434842587)

MOREWASHINGTON The Senate on Thursday passed legislation to overhaul the way Congress deals with sexual harassment in its ranks, a response to the #MeToo movement that swept the nation and forced several lawmakers to resign under a cloud of misconduct allegations.The bill is designed to hold lawmakers including those who have left office personally liable if theyre found to have sexually harass

 



 

Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea
(Washington Times © 05/25/2018)
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Indexed 2018-05-25 05:17:51 (Article ID 1434843373)

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday called off next months summit with North Koreas Kim Jong Un, calling the cancellation a tremendous setback for peace and stressing that the US military was ready to respond to any foolish or reckless acts by the North. Trump first announced his decision in a letter to Kim released by the White House, in which he c

 



 


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