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Beto ORourke Goes On The Attack Against Ted Cruz
(KUT Austin © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456117951)

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election campaign has not been shy about attacking his opponent, Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, on television. Straight out of the GOP playbook, Cruz's ads have tried to paint his opponent as a radical, left-wing extremist. In one attack ad, which eventually seemed to backfire, Cruz's campaign misleadingly edited videotape to make it appear as though O'Rourk
 


 

Beto ORourke Goes On The Attack Against Ted Cruz
(KERA (PBS) 13 - Dallas © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456119257)

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election campaign has not been shy about attacking his opponent, Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, on television. Straight out of the GOP playbook, Cruz's ads have tried to paint his opponent as a radical, left-wing extremist. In one attack ad, which eventually seemed to backfire, Cruz's campaign misleadingly edited videotape to make it appear as though O'Rourk
 


 

Cruz v. Oâ€(tm)Rourke debate: Beto took the first shot this time
(Ultimate Bellaire © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456118076)

Texas Republican Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto ORourke clashed in a series of sharp exchanges Tuesday night in the second and possibly final debate of their closely watched Senate race. The two, locked in an unexpectedly tight race in deep red Texas, sought to seize the momentum in heated skirmishes about guns, taxes, immigration, and most signific
 


 

Donald Trump: Beto O'Rourke "is a flake"
(Midland KMID (ABC) 2 © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456119366)

President Donald Trump attacked U.S. Rep. Beto ORourke, D-El Paso, early Wednesday morning in a series of tweets that said ORourke would blow it all if he defeats U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the November election. Trump, who said he watched Tuesday nights Senate debate in San Antonio, called ORourke a flake. Watched the debate last night Beto ORourke, who wants higher taxes and far more reg
 


 

Facing push-back, Rep. Fallon apologizes for LGBTQ joke about El Paso Rep. González
(El Paso Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456120728)

District 30 Texas House Rep. Pat Fallon speaks to the Wichita County Republican Women on Monday morning during a luncheon held at Lubys Cafeteria.(Photo: CHRISTOPHER WALKER/TIMES RECORD NEWS)More: Texas state Rep. Mary Gonzalez defeats challenger MarySue Femath in District 75 raceFallon said his speech was intended to draw attention to excessive labeling that divides the country, not to target Gon
 


 

Governor Greg Abbott to speak at Donald Trump's campaign event with Ted Cruz
(Midland KMID (ABC) 2 © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456119360)

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Senate candidate Beto Oâ€(tm)Rourke explains his more aggressive approach in debate
(Houston Chronicle © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456120932)

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke says he had to be more aggressive during Tuesday's debate with incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz to counter what he said was a barrage of dishonest attacks. Hilarious Twitter reactions to the debate in San Antonio less U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke says he had to be more aggressive during Tuesday's debate with incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz to counter what he said
 


 

Texas House Democrats expect midterms will boost their bargaining power in speaker's race
(Texas Tribune © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 03:14:23 (Article ID 1456148303)

Democrats in the Texas House are bullish ahead of Election Day. They’re bullish that their 55-member caucus will pick up anywhere from a handful to a dozen seats. They’re bullish that their members will be unified heading into the 2019 legislative session. And they’re bullish that, despite their minority status, they can still play an influential role in electing the next speaker of the Texas H
 


 

Trump calls Beto O'Rourke a 'flake' in tweet about Tuesday's debate
(Houston Chronicle © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456120931)

See hilarious Twitter reactions to last night's debate. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, faces U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, in debate at the KENS 5 Studios in San Antonio on October 16, 2018. less See hilarious Twitter reactions to last night's debate. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, faces U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, in debate at the KENS 5 Studios i
 


 

Weather Ready Nation Report: The Haboob of 2011
(KAMC (ABC) 28 - Lubbock © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 03:14:23 (Article ID 1456139027)

LUBBOCK, Texas - From daylight to darkness in minutes. A wall of dust swallowing the entire city of Lubbock marched through causing wind damage and near zero visibility. Wes Burgett, the Texas Tech Operations Manager at the West Texas Mesonet says the 2011 drought played a huge role in the formation of this historic haboob. “The problem with 2011, was that it was our worst drought year on recor
 


 

Weber's biggest donations come from PACs
(Galveston Daily News © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 03:14:23 (Article ID 1456136954)

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber has drawn money from all quarters of Galveston County during his bid for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, but his largest donors have been corporations and political actions committees. Since the beginning of 2017, Weber’s Congressional campaign has raised $672,402.45 for his re-election bid, according to Federal Election Commission data. The latest camp
 


 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

75 percent of American Jews disapprove of Trump despite pro-Israel policies, poll shows
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151653)

A new poll finds that a bare majority, 51 percent of Jewish American voters, approve of the way President Trump is handling U.S.-Israel relations, and that 74 percent plan to vote for Democratic candidates for Congress in next months midterm elections. The survey was conducted by the Mellman Group on behalf of the nonpartisan Jewish Electoral Institute (JEI) and polled 800 U.S. Jewish voters. Res
 


 

Analysis: With 'America First,' where do human rights rank?
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151798)

WASHINGTON (AP) - If its an America First presidency, where does that rank human rights? President Donald Trumps refusal to put public pressure on Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is raising a question that has dogged his foreign policy. In dealing with Russia, across Asia and, this week, in the Mideast, Trump has often appeared comfortable downplaying concerns ab
 


 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misses on storms, science, clean air
(Boston.com © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 03:14:23 (Article ID 1456147240)

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump in his interview with The Associated Press said he has a natural instinct for science.¬Ě But what he said about hurricanes, clean air and climate doesnt quite get the science right.More than a dozen scientists, economists and climate negotiators pointed out where his comments didnt fit with the reality of human-caused climate change, hurricanes and air pollut
 


 

Beto ORourke and Ted Cruz grab national spotlight: Todays talker
(USA Today © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456156962)

John FogleSen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, still won the debate. He beat O'Rourke on every issue important to Texans. O'Rourke would have won the debate if he were running in California. Glenda HartEvery time Cruz gets elected, Texas' reputation as tough and independent takes a hit. Cruz just took Trump's insults about his wife and kneeled at the president's feet. Pathetic. Donovan VerrillO'Rourke is so le
 


 

Carper dismisses domestic incident reference as "mischief"
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151747)

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Carper is criticizing Republican attempts to dredge up a decades-old incident in which he slapped his ex-wife, leaving her with a black eye. During a debate Wednesday at the University of Delaware, Carper and Republican challenger Rob Arlett were asked whether President Donald Trump should be held to the same standard as other public figures who have be
 


 

Congress should 'seize the moment' and legalize marijuana after Canada: Ron Wyden
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151804)

Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, said Congress should follow Canadas lead and federally legalize marijuana, citing economic benefits being reaped north of the border by retail weed sales starting Wednesday. Congress should seize the moment, do the right thing and end the federal prohibition on marijuana once and for all by responsibly regulating and taxing cannabis like any other legal substance,
 


 

Democratic U.S. House candidate denounces claims she married her brother
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151637)

MINNEAPOLIS A Minnesota Democratic candidate for Congress who is poised to become the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House has denounced claims that she married her brother and committed immigration fraud as disgusting lies, and says allegations of campaign finance violations are politically motivated. Ilhan Omar, who is running in Minnesotas liberal 5th District, continues to be dogg
 


 

Dems shift line of attack, warning of GOP threat to Medicare
(Boston.com © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 03:14:23 (Article ID 1456147241)

WASHINGTON (AP) With the GOP tax plan contributing to rising federal deficits, Democrats are warning that Republicans will seek cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to balance budgets if they keep control of Congress in the November election.Is a familiar message for Democrats, who have for years campaigned on the idea that Republicans want to gut the entitlement¬Ě programs. Republicans
 


 

Dianne Feinstein opponent De León, in only debate, says California needs 'new voice'
(CNN.com © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151540)

San Francisco (CNN)Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein debated a general election opponent for the first time in nearly two decades on Wednesday night, with her challenger, California State Sen. Kevin de Len, arguing forcefully that it was time for new leadership in Washington to spearhead the resistance against President Donald Trump. "It's time that we stop biding our time and biting our tongue whi
 


 

Facebook takes down ads mentioning African-Americans and Hispanics, calling them political
(USA Today © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456156849)

Facebook says it mislabeled this advertisement from a health insurance company as political.(Photo: Facebook)Many of the ads USA TODAY found were inadvertently flagged by either humans or machines, Facebook said. But these mislabeled ads represent a small slice of the more than 1 million political ads on the platform, Rob Leathern, director of product management at Facebook, said in an interview. 
 


 

Feinstein says she'd back new Kavanaugh probe if Democrats take Senate
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151750)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she would support a new investigation into Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh should Democrats take control of the Senate in Novembers elections. The senator, speaking at a candidates forum Wednesday at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco, also promised to push for more lenient immigration laws in the next session of Congress, where s
 


 

God bless you: Sen. Ted Cruz thanks women heckling him at airport over Kavanaugh vote
(USA Today © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456156784)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Sept. 21 2018.(Photo: Rodger Mallison/epa-EFE)WASHINGTON - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was heckled by a pair of women at an airport over his vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice. "You think that putting a sexual assaulter on the court is a victory for women?" one of the women asked in a video posted on Twitter. The Texas Republican told the pair he believed
 


 

Gun-control advocates shift attention, money to other issues ahead of midterms
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151734)

Gun control was supposed to be the issue of 2018. Yet it has receded so far into the background of the midterm congressional elections that Everytown for Gun Safety, a major player in gun control, is spending its money on ads covering abortion, health care and the Republican tax bill but nary a mention of assault rifles or bump stocks. There are new voices on the electoral playing field, includ
 


 

Maine's 4 gubernatorial candidates vie for public's support
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151675)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maines four gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday tried to make their case with voters with weeks to go before the Nov. 6 election. Independent state treasurer Terry Hayes, independent entrepreneur Alan Caron, Republican businessman Shawn Moody and Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills appeared at a gubernatorial forum in Augusta held by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce
 


 

Nevada pimp Dennis Hof expected to win election despite death
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151755)

LAS VEGAS Nevadas most famous pimp tried to bring the states legal brothel industry into the mainstream by mingling with celebrities, showcasing his business on HBO and staging outlandish publicity stunts. Dennis Hofs fame made him an attention-grabbing figure in an otherwise quiet industry. And, despite being found dead on Tuesday, hes poised to win an election to the state Legislature in less
 


 

Sen. Joe Manchin extols bipartisan work in op-ed pieces
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151725)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, facing a tough re-election in three weeks in a state President Trump won by 42 percentage points in 2016, has co-written a series of op-ed pieces with Republican senators in an effort to demonstrate his bipartisan chops. The West Virginia Democrats views have appeared from time to time in newspapers, particularly in his home state,
 


 

Sen. John Kennedy warns U.S. can't cut off Saudi Arabia without 'blowing up the Middle East'
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151740)

Sen. John Kennedy said Wednesday that its not realistic to cut off Saudi Arabia even if they are found responsible for the suspected murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Mr. Kennedy said the U.S. should find a way to condemn Saudi Arabia, without blowing up the Middle East. He suggested going through the United Nations, expelling diplomats, and sanctioning specific individuals. I
 


 

Sen. Tom Carper dismisses GOP references to domestic incident as 'political mischief'
(Washington Times © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151736)

DOVER, Del. Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Carper is criticizing Republican attempts to dredge up a decades-old incident in which he slapped his ex-wife, leaving her with a black eye. During a debate Wednesday at the University of Delaware, Carper and Republican challenger Rob Arlett were asked whether President Donald Trump should be held to the same standard as other public figures who have been acc
 


 

Trump's willing to carry Republicans ... unless they lose
(CNN.com © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 05:16:31 (Article ID 1456151532)

Washington (CNN)Don't expect Donald Trump to cop to a "thumpin' " or a "shellacking" if the midterm elections turn into a triumph for Democrats.The President, even as he races around the country animating rowdy campaign crowds and launching a full-on media blitz, is making one thing clear: if Republicans go down on November 6, it's not on him.Like much of Trump's unorthodox presidency, his strateg
 


 

White House Counsel Don McGahn returns to civilian life
(Boston.com © 10/18/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-18 03:14:23 (Article ID 1456147273)

WASHINGTON (AP) Don McGahn has returned to civilian life.A White House official confirms that Wednesday was McGahns last day as White House counsel. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.President Donald Trump announced in August that McGahn would leave after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.McGahn is a top election lawyer who served as
 


 

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