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STATE POLITICAL NEWS

‘She canâ€(tm)t even keep track of her gun.â€(tm) Gov. Abbott attacks rival Lupe Valdez over missing weapon
(Laredo Morning Times © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447592427)

AUSTIN Gov. Greg Abbott is attacking rival Lupe Valdez for misplacing her government-issued pistol as the former Dallas County Sheriff resigned at the end of 2017. Abbotts campaign tweeted Thursday about the missing gun, posting an online video that paints Valdez as a hypocrite for saying parents should be held accountable for the reckless storage of weapon
 


 

Dallas DA probes potential election crimes in a racially charged Irving contest
(Dallas Morning News © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 07:56:00 (Article ID 1447681801)

Updated at 1:26 p.m. to reflect a release of information by the Dallas County Elections Department. In her debut as a volunteer poll watcher for an Irving City Council runoff, Mona Elshenawy says she got a crash course in how easily election rules can be broken. Her job: keep her eyes peeled for antics that could interfere with voting, such as candidates trying to recruit voters w
 


 

Gov. Abbott proposes budget increase for mental health services in schools
(Beaumont KFDM (CBS) 6 © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447642384)

SOUTHEAST TEXAS —  Gov. Greg Abbott has asked lawmakers to consider a $20 million dollar budget increase for mental health services in schools. The funding would allow schools to hire more counselors, social workers. It would also provide training for teachers and staff. Mental health screenings would allow staff to identify students with mental illness and provide them with help. The p
 


 

Houston native released after jailing in Vietnam pledges to help others
(Houston Chronicle © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447593439)

The Houston native who was jailed 40 days after protesting in Vietnam's largest city pledged Thursday to help others who remain detained by the communist government. "I was able to escape... others are not so lucky," William Nguyen said in Houston in his first public remarks since returning to the U.S. Aug. 3. "I will be devoting my foreseeable future to ...
 


 

Safer Schools: Texas considers more centers to monitor student social media
(Abilene KTAB (CBS) 32 © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447614078)

AUSTIN -- Both Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Senate committee tasked with studying school safety have recommended looking into the work that fusion centers do in the state regarding school safety. Fusion centers serve as the primary point of collaboration between federal, state and local partners. The personnel involved gather and share information related to threats. The Senate Select Committ
 


 

Safer Schools: Texas considers more centers to monitor student social media
(KAMC (ABC) 28 - Lubbock © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447614381)

AUSTIN -- Both Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Senate committee tasked with studying school safety have recommended looking into the work that fusion centers do in the state regarding school safety. Fusion centers serve as the primary point of collaboration between federal, state and local partners. The personnel involved gather and share information related to threats. The Senate Select Committe
 


 

San Antonio passes paid sick leave ordinance, joining Austin in fight against top Texas Republicans
(Abilene KTAB (CBS) 32 © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447588934)

By Emma Platoff, The Texas Tribune Aug. 16, 2018 San Antonio passes paid sick leave ordinance, joining Austin in fight against top Texas Republicans was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans and engages with them about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.The San Antonio City Council passed a new paid sick leav
 


 

San Antonio passes paid sick leave ordinance, joining Austin...
(Houston KPRC (NBC) 2 © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447592205)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The San Antonio City Council passed a new paid sick leave ordinance Thursday but the local rule may well die either in the courts or on the floor of the state Legislature before it goes into effect next year. The council voted 92 to allow San Antonio workers to accrue up to 64 hours of paid sick leave each year, sparking a wave of applause so loud the may
 


 

Senate candidate Beto Oâ€(tm)Rourke stumps in Central Texas
(Waco KWTX (CBS) 10 © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447588709)

Waco, Texas (KWTX) Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke stumped Wednesday in Waco in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Oâ€(tm)Rourke, who's making a 34-day swing through the state, spoke to a crowd at Mutualista Hall about gun control, immigration, health care and veteran issues. “We find out veteran after veteran
 


 

What's more annoying? Ted Cruz' fake 'summons' or Beto O'Rourke's constant texting and phone calling?
(Dallas Morning News © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 07:56:00 (Article ID 1447681806)

Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke are competing for a U.S. Senate seat. They're also competing to see who can be the most annoying. O'Rourke, a congressman from El Paso, has a shot at winning The Watchdog's Most Annoying Trophy because of his campaign's constant texting and calling -- even to unlisted phone numbers. "How did they get my number?" people keep asking. Everybody's hearing f
 


 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

Access denied: Behind Trump's review of security clearances
(Fox News © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447647458)

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has said he's yanking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance and threatened to do the same to other current and former officials tied to the federal investigation into Russian election interference.
 


 

After stumbles, Trump and McConnell forge bond for midterms
(Boston.com © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 06:12:23 (Article ID 1447678717)

WASHINGTON (AP) As the Senate convened for a rare August work period, the late-summer session serves as a reminder of how much has changed in the partnership between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump.This time last year, the two men were barely on speaking terms. Trump bashed the GOP leader on Twitter after the collapse of Republican efforts to repeal President Bar
 


 

Andrew Cuomo and American Exceptionalism
(The Wall Street Journal © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 06:12:23 (Article ID 1447676073)

A potential contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President appears to have just disqualified himself. If he hasn't, it suggests that the U.S. educational system is in worse shape than many Americans realize. Politico reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted Donald Trump during a bill-signing ceremony on Wednesday, twisting the president's signature slogan as he made a point about the need
 


 

California bill to create state-backed pot bank stalls
(Washington Times © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644611)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers killed a plan Thursday to create a state-backed banking system for the recreational marijuana market, meaning the industry must keep operating in cash for now. Most banks refuse to do business with marijuana growers, distributors and sellers because the drug is still illegal under federal law. Democratic Sen. Bob Hertzberg, who suggested the creatio
 


 

Democrats weigh their options as Pelosi -- and others -- eye speakership
(CNN.com © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644817)

Washington (CNN)House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is facing mounting pressure over her future, with calls from members of her own party to step aside as discussions about potential successors gain more traction -- both in the national spotlight and among members of Congress.Pelosi has repeatedly said she's not going anywhere, and she's challenging anyone who wants to run for speaker -- should De
 


 

Environmentalists are holding forests 'hostage,' increasing risk of wildfires, says Zinke
(Washington Times © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644698)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that environmental groups have increased wildfire danger with litigation that has held hostage the ability of federal managers to thin the overgrown national forests. You know, it used to be where it was an advantage to be next to federal property, said Mr. Zinke on Fox Business Networks Mornings with Maria. And now being next to federal property means
 


 

Judge orders new federal review of Keystone XL pipeline
(Washington Times © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644749)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL oil pipelines proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana said in a ruling Wednesday that the State Department must suppleme
 


 

Omarosa says new tape proves Team Trump tried to buy her off
(MSNBC © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447632573)

Omarosa has more receipts. She released another secretly recorded tape that appears to show Team Trump offered her a $180K salary for a campaign gig after she was fired from the White House. Kimberly Atkins, Ashley Parker, & John Heilemann discuss. Aug.17.2018 Read More
 


 

Paul Manafort trial, Florida algae crisis: 5 things to know Friday
(USA Today © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 04:46:11 (Article ID 1447665780)

Paul Manafort trial: Jury asks judge to redefine 'reasonable doubt' Jurors will return to court Friday after failing to reach a verdict during the first day of deliberations in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial. The panel of six men and six women recessed after submitting four questions to the judge. Among the queries, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III was asked to redefine "reasonable doubt
 


 

Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019
(Boston.com © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447631490)

WASHINGTON (AP) The Defense Department said Thursday that the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump wont happen in 2018.Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said the military and the White House have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019.¬ĚThe announcement came several hours after reports that the parade would cost about $92 million, according to U.S. officials
 


 

Pompeo reveals new State Department action group for Iran strategy
(Washington Times © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644590)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced the creation of special new State Department team that will be responsible for drafting and coordinating the Trump administrations Iran strategy. The goal the Iran Action Group, Mr. Pompeo said, will be to sharpen and strengthen the administrations current maximum pressure strategy toward Tehran by bolstering U.S. alliances with others frustrat
 


 

Questions mark first day of deliberations at Manafort trial
(Washington Times © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644713)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to redefine reasonable doubt. The questions came after roughly seven hours of deliberation, delivered in a handwritten note to U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III. Ellis read the questions aloud to lawye
 


 

Senate confirms more Trump judges
(Boston.com © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447631517)

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump has put more judges on the circuit courts this far into his first two years than other administrations had, thanks to Senate Republicans.The Senate on Thursday confirmed two more of Trumps nominees, bringing to 26 the number of new appellate judges that have been approved this session of Congress.The judges confirmed Thursday U.S. District Judge A. Marvin Q
 


 

Trump Says He Is in 'No Rush' to Renegotiate Nafta
(The Wall Street Journal © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 06:12:23 (Article ID 1447676023)

WASHINGTON--President Trump told trade negotiators to take the time they need to strike an attractive deal on overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement and sought to put pressure on Canada, which isn't participating in the latest talks between the U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Trump's remarks at a cabinet meeting Thursday came as senior Mexican officials were in Washington to discuss new Nafta
 


 

Trump wants federal suit against opioid manufacturers
(Washington Times © 08/17/2018)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644678)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said hes directing Sessions to file a separate lawsuit, rather than joining existing lawsuits filed by states affected by the spread of the often-lethal, highly-addictive drugs.
 


 

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