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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/most-americans-say-trump-congress-not-doing-enough-to-stop-mass-shootings-post-abc-poll-finds/ar-BBJlKC8?li=BBn

More than 6 in 10 Americans fault Congress and President Trump for not doing enough to prevent mass shootings, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with most Americans continuing to say these incidents are more reflective of problems identifying and addressing mental health issues than inadequate gun laws.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/msn/family-that-took-in-florida-shooting-suspect-we-had-this-monster-living-under-our-roof-and-we-didnt-know/ar-BBJi4PL?

The family that took in Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz said they knew he was lonely, depressed and a bit odd but saw no warning signs of a coming massacre.

"We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know," Kimberly Snead told the South Florida Sun Sentinel in an interview Saturday. "We didn't see this side of him."

The interview with the Sun Sentinel is the first the Snead family has given since Cruz opened fire last Wednesday at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people. Their story aligns with what the family attorney, Jim Lewis, previously told CNN on their behalf.



Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/outside-white-house-teens-demonstrate-for-gun-control-after-school-shooting/ar-BBJlxnS?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

Seventeen high school students lay down for three minutes in front of the White House on Monday to represent the lives lost during the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the amount of time it takes to buy a gun.

They were joined by several hundred protesters who demanded that lawmakers act to end gun violence during an emotional demonstration on Presidents’ Day.



Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-accuser-keeps-telling-her-story-hoping-someone-will-finally-listen/ar-BBJlpT1?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

She believed her best chance to be heard was through sheer repetition, so Rachel Crooks took her seat at the dining table and prepared to tell the story again. She was used to difficult audiences, to skeptics and Internet trolls who flooded her Facebook page with threats, but this was a generous crowd: a dozen women, all friends of her aunt, gathered for a casual dinner party on a Friday night. The hostess turned off the music, clanked a fork against her wineglass and gestured to Crooks. “Would you mind telling us about the famous incident?” she asked. “Not the sound-bite version, but the real version.”


Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/celebrity/david-parfitt-accuses-harvey-weinstein-of-assaulting-him-on-%e2%80%98my-week-with-marilyn%e2%80%99/ar-BBJlMX

When we actually got through the main shoot and into the test, he decided it wasn’t enough Marilyn’s film and that he wanted more Marilyn,” Parfitt said in the documentary. “The scores came in at the end of the test and they were very good, and I think he’d expected it to be not good. In his fury about it doing so well when he thought it wouldn’t, he physically assaulted me. We were talking at the back of the theater after the audience had left, but the Miramax crowd were around, and he pinned me up against a Coke machine and threatened all sorts of stuff. It was very scary. But he was just furious that the film in our version had worked.”


Monday, February 19, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-russia-inquiry-manafort-under-pressure-after-reports-that-gates-has-flipped/ar-BBJjY9I?ocid=SK2JDHP

Manafort, 68, was charged on 30 October with multiple federal felonies unconnected with his campaign duties. The charges included money laundering, tax fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors accuse Manafort of using shell companies and tax havens to launder tens of millions of dollars in payments from Kremlin-backed political parties in Ukraine and other employers.


Monday, February 19, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a18223160/florida-school-shooting-march-on-washington/

Survivors of the school shooting in Florida are calling for a march on Washington to demand action on gun control. "People are saying that it’s not time to talk about gun control, and we can respect that. Here’s a time: March 24, in every single city." https://t.co/ObmdZo67La pic.twitter.com/qaJfAZy99k


Monday, February 19, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-19/generation-z-nra-gun-control-florida-high-school-massacre/9460720

These students haven't even had time to go to funeral services, or see grief counsellors or even go back to class (the high school is closed until further notice). Moreover, their rally is one of three that have been called in the wake of the February 14 shooting that killed 17 students and staff.


Monday, February 19, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/plano-councilman-tom-harrison-wont-resign-over-anti-islam-facebook-post-10386273

His words drew a mixture of boos, applause and a couple of shouts of "We love you, Tom," from a standing-room-only crowd of 400 to 500 people who came out at high noon on Sunday for a specially called council meeting to discuss Harrison's fate. After meeting behind closed doors for more than an hour, council members urged Harrison to step down, saying that bigotry and religious intolerance have no place on the council. After his refusal, the council voted 7-1 to censure him.


Monday, February 19, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/plano-protests-anti-muslim-council-member-10379905

The Plano City Council will debate council member Tom Harrison's fate at noon Sunday after repeated calls from Plano's mayor that Harrison resign.

On Tuesday night, Harrison reposted an anti-Muslim video on his Facebook page. The video, created by an organization called Joined Hands Across America for Trump, shows purportedly Muslim children engaged in prayer and asks President Donald Trump to keep Islam out of America's public schools.



Monday, February 19, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/attorney-general-ken-paxton-and-the-texas-gop-want-to-scare-non-whites-from-polls-10377039

You take whatever position you like on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. I will always think of him as an acolyte of Satan.

Now he’s moving to suppress an effort by certain public school districts to increase voter show-up at the polls. Right. And the wolf admonished Little Red Riding Hood not to peek under the covers.



Sunday, February 18, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.newsday.com/news/nation/nikolas-cruz-florida-shooting-1.16822138

Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school.

The rally, held in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was attended by scores of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the carnage happened.

Teens spoke passionately during Saturday's rally in front of the federal courthouse, pleading with lawmakers to change the nation's gun laws.

One student, Emma Gonzalez, angrily criticized politicians who take campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association. She challenged them to stop taking money, leading the crowd in a call-and-response chant.



Sunday, February 18, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ex-wife-of-accused-wh-aide-rips-trump-for-suggesting-he-didnt-get-due-process/ar-BBJ5jUh?ocid=SK2JDHP

The ex-wife of former White House speechwriter David Sorensen — who resigned last week amid allegations that he abused his former spouse — is disputing President Donald Trump's suggestion that his former staffer didn't get due process.


Sunday, February 18, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-kills-russians-in-syria-strikes-reports-say/ar-BBJ3mxx?ocid=SK2JDHP

Recent U.S-led coalition airstrikes targeting forces supportive of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed a number of Russians fighting on behalf of the Syrian leader, according to associates of the slain fighters and independent researchers.


Sunday, February 18, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-prods-congress-amid-debate-on-immigration/ar-BBJ4hbk?ocid=SK2JDHP

"The only enemy here is overreach," Schumer said. "Now is not the time nor the place to reform the entire legal immigration system. Rather, this is the time for a narrow bill" — which Democrats have said would help the Dreamers and provide some money for border security.


Sunday, February 18, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/time-is-running-out-for-puerto-ricans-sheltering-in-hotels/ar-BBJ33iD?ocid=SK2JDHP

“It has me on pins and needles,” said Wanda Arroyo, 56, who has been living in a hotel in Queens. “It has gotten to the point that I don’t even pick up the letters slipped under my door because of the expectation that one will say I’m being kicked out.”


Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/fbi-director-to-face-questions-on-security-clearances-and-agents%e2%80%99-independence/ar-BBJ4Oiq?ocid=SK2JDHP

FBI Director Christopher Wray will appear before a Senate panel Tuesday morning, where he is expected to field questions on security clearances for White House personnel and whether he remains confident in the independence of his agents.


Saturday, February 10, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-laments-that-mere-allegation-can-destroy-lives/ar-BBIWqfD?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=SK2JDHP

President Donald Trump on Saturday seemed to frame the downfall of a pivotal aide accused of abusing his wives as a character assassination, adding to the tumult that has engulfed the White House, splintered the staff and imperiled chief of staff John Kelly's hold on his position.

Trump vented in a tweet that appeared to take aim at the rising #MeToo movement about sexual abuse and echoed his own denials of sexual impropriety in the face of accusations from more than a dozen women.

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation," Trump wrote. "Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"



Saturday, February 10, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ohio-police-officers-killed-afternoon-shooting-article-1.3812493

".@WestervillePD confirms 2 officers ambushed & killed today after responding to a 911 hang-up; fired upon when they arrived at the address. Everyone should be as upset about this as America's law enforcement officers are. No cop, anywhere, 'signed up' to be murdered," he wrote.  


Saturday, February 10, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/us-congress-votes-to-end-brief-government-shutdown/ar-BBIUvGJ

The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate early on Friday morning in approving a bill to end an overnight federal shutdown, sparing Republicans further embarrassment and averting serious interruption of the government's business.

The stopgap funding and budget measure, approved by a 240-186 House vote, will go next to President Donald Trump. The White House said in a statement that he will sign it into law, which would extend government funding through March 23.



Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/as-civilians-deaths-soar-fresh-plea-for-ceasefire-in-syria/ar-BBIREZs?ocid=SK2JDHP

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council is meeting on Thursday behind closed doors to call for a 30-day humanitarian ceasefire to allow aid workers to deliver food and medical supplies to besieged areas, as a senior diplomat warns the seven-plus year war has entered a brand new "darkest period." The meeting, called by Sweden and Kuwait, is intended to address the critical humanitarian situation as the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad ramps up attacks on opposition groups.


Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/poll-most-americans-think-russia-will-interfere-us-elections-again/ar-BBIPQId?ocid=SK2JDHP

More than half of Americans think Russia will likely attempt to influence this year's midterm elections, according to the results of a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll released Wednesday — and most don't think the government is doing enough to stop it.

With the congressional probes aimed at investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 race still incomplete, a majority of Americans — 55 percent — are not confident that the federal government is doing enough to prevent foreign interference in our elections. Additionally, 57 percent of Americans think it's likely that Russia will try to influence this year's midterms.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/white-house-aide-rob-porter-resigns-amid-allegations-domestic-abuse-n845611

White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday, a day after a British newspaper reported allegations from two ex-wives of physical and verbal abuse, the White House said.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that it was "a personal decision Rob made," and that he "will stay on to ensure a smooth transition."

"As has always been our policy, we do not comment on security clearances. Rob Porter has been effective in his role as staff secretary. The president and chief of staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance," Sanders said Wednesday.

A White House official confirmed that Porter was leaving soon and could be departing as early as Thursday.



Monday, February 5, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-see-campaign-issue-in-republican-memo-alleging-bias/ar-BBIIpvT?ocid=SK2JDHP

 A House panel meets Monday to consider releasing a rebuttal to the disputed memo alleging bias in the Russia investigation, as Democrats signaled a willingness to use the issue against rank-and-file Republicans ahead of this year’s mid-term elections.

The House Intelligence Committee will hold a closed-door session at 5 p.m. Monday to consider public disclosure of material prepared by Democrats under the same, obscure House rule the panel used to release the Republican memo by Chairman Devin Nunes on Friday.

Multiple officials familiar with the meeting agenda said the subject is the Democratic counter memo, authored by California Representative Adam Schiff, the panel’s top Democrat. He’s said his memo is based on the same underlying classified material that Republicans used for their version, but will point out its errors and omissions.



Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/arizona-house-votes-to-kick-out-lawmaker-over-sex-misconduct/ar-BBIzZ2K?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=SK2JDHP

Rep. Don Shooter of Yuma is believed to be the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be voted out of his seat since the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct began last fall. Other legislators nationwide have resigned or been stripped of their leadership posts after being accused of misconduct.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/collin-county-will-be-bigger-than-dallas-in-35-years-maybe-7129792

We have glimpsed a vision of Dallas' future, and it is bleak. By 2050, according to the Dallas Business Journal's read of new data from the Texas Office of the State Demographer, Collin County will have ballooned to 3.8 million people. Dallas County, once upon a time the "urb" in Collin County's "suburb," will have a population of just 3.5 million. The inversion of the city-suburb dynamic will be complete. Frisco -- or maybe Anna -- will supplant Dallas as the area's dominant municipal force, propelling the North Texas region to unprecedented levels of prosperity that is nevertheless insufficient to fix Dallas' pot holes.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 AM

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/12/15/collin-county-growth-means-more-money-needed-for-roads/

The county’s priorities include widening U.S. Highway 380 and State Highway 78, building a new north-south arterial between Central Expressway and west of Lake Lavon, allowing drivers to use the old HOV lanes on Central Expressway from LBJ in Dallas north to Allen, and building an outer-loop that extends from I-35E at the Denton County line in northern Collin County to eastern parts of the county, and south perhaps to I-30.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/not-special-ed/

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects muscle control and, therefore, balance, posture, and coordination. Claire, then as now, was inordinately bright and outgoing, but she couldn’t walk; she used a wheelchair, and while the rest of the kids played during recess, her school thought it best to leave Claire on the sidewalk outside the playground—with the kids who were being punished for misbehaving. She was bullied and often came home in tears. In addition, the bathrooms lacked grab bars, so she sometimes fell onto the floor. She still fared better than some of the other disabled kids in the district, who would be left inside the classrooms during fire drills because the school lacked proper handicapped access. What the Frieses ­wanted was to make Claire’s school safer and more enjoyable for the disabled kids. But despite promises to help, Eanes ISD, one of the state’s wealthiest districts, always found a reason to refuse.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog/u-s-immigration-director-threatens-to-jail-elected-officials-in-sanctuary-cities/

San Antonio Mayor Ron Mayor Nirenberg said that it’s up to the federal government to enforce immigration laws, not the local police force. “I trust our police department’s guidance on the proper way to ensure public safety to the best of our ability. Community policing requires the community’s trust in the police department,” Nirenberg said. “It is unfair to punish local law enforcement for the federal government’s failure to do its job.”


Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.yahoo.com/news/second-person-interest-related-las-191517411.html

"He told me exactly what he wanted," Haig said to CBS. "I handed him a box with the ammunition in it, he paid me and he left."

He said that he sold 720 rounds of tracer ammunition to Paddock and that Paddock said he was using it for a light show. The ammunition leaves a trace of light when shot. Haig said he had only spoken to Paddock three times.

"I'm still wracking my brain for what did I miss? Why didn't I pick this up?" Haig told CBS.



Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-takes-on-jay-z-in-black-unemployment-beef/ar-BBIli4R?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

“Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it's really hurtful because he's looking down on a whole population of people and he's so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,” he said on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show” in an interview that aired Saturday.


Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/officers-in-florida-shootings-say-they-can-stand-their-ground-too/ar-BBIkuIs?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=SK2JDHP

“The law says it applies to ‘any person,’” said Eric Schwartzreich, a lawyer representing a Broward County sheriff’s deputy who made a successful Stand Your Ground claim in the 2013 killing of a computer engineer. “Law enforcement is any person. Why would there be a law that applies to one person in the criminal justice system and not another?”


Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-sought-release-of-classified-russia-memo-putting-him-at-odds-with-justice-department/ar-BBIjt4x?ocid=SK2J

The intervention with Sessions, which has not previously been reported, marked another example of the president's year-long attempts to shape and influence an investigation that is fundamentally outside his control. Trump, appearing frustrated and at times angry, has complained to confidants and aides in recent weeks that he does not understand why he cannot simply give orders to "my guys" at what he sometimes calls the "Trump Justice Department," two people familiar with the president's comments said.


Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/grounds-for-impeachment-if-trump-lied-about-trying-to-fire-mueller-%e2%80%93-ken-starr/ar-BBIluVr?ocid=SK2JDHP

Ken Starr, who used Bill Clinton’s false statements about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky as grounds for impeachment, told ABC’s This Week: “Lying to the American people is a serious issue that has to be explored. I take lying to the American people very, very seriously, so absolutely.”


Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/ap-fact-check-so-where-is-trumps-3-percent-growth/ar-AAvd6Iw?ocid=SK2JDHP

Since the Great Recession ended in 2009, the economy has expanded at an average annual pace of 2.1 percent, which makes it the slowest recovery since World War II. The Commerce Department said Friday the economy grew 2.3 percent in 2017, Trump's first year in office. Most economists expect better in 2018. But the United States hasn't yet entered a sustained period of faster growth.


Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2018-01-28/florida-sen-marco-rubio-fires-chief-of-staff

Sen. Marco Rubio announced that he fired his chief of staff after getting reports of "improper conduct" with subordinate staffers.

The statement from Rubio's office was released Saturday evening. His office did not respond to requests for details on Sunday.

The statement said Rubio had been made aware of "allegations of improper conduct by my Chief of Staff while under the employment of my office," Rubio wrote.

He added that he had "sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my Chief of Staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates. I further concluded that this led to actions which ... amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits," Rubio said in a statement. Rubio's office said it will not be disclosing further details.

The Florida Republican said his office will notify appropriate congressional and Senate administrative offices of the matter on Monday.



Monday, January 22, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/22/politics/senate-shutdown-vote-congress/index.html

But a top Democratic leadership aide disputed Cornyn's assertion and said unless Republicans make significant changes to their offer, Democrats will likely reject it when the vote comes. The Democratic aide did say, however, that progress was made in the lengthy negotiations that took place late Sunday night. But more talks are needed.


Monday, January 22, 2018 12:00 AM

But a top Democratic leadership aide disputed Cornyn's assertion and said unless Republicans make significant changes to their offer, Democrats will l

Thousands of demonstrators filed into the Sam Boyd Stadium near Las Vegas on Sunday, the culmination of a weekend in which dozens of Women's Marches took place in cities across the United States. At each of them, attendees called for women's rights and equality while urging supporters and allies to make their voices heard by voting in this year's midterm elections.

The Las Vegas rally -- expected to be the largest on Sunday -- was the official anniversary rally of last year's Women's Mach in Washington, and was largely focused on using activism to generate concrete action at the ballot box.


Monday, January 22, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/21/us/boise-womens-march-rachel-baxa-trnd/index.html

"I was staring down at what would become her womanhood someday," Baxa said. "The fact that my daughter would grow up to be something that could be reduced to mere gruesome locker room talk by the type of man who could earn the presidency in this country, I was terrified."


Monday, January 22, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/22/asia/kabul-intercontinental-hotel-omeri/index.html

Desperate guests threw themselves off balconies to their deaths as gunmen roamed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel firing and throwing explosives in a deadly siege that ended Sunday, an eyewitness tells CNN.


Monday, January 22, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/22/opinions/trump-bankruptcy-opinion-obeidallah/index.html

Trump's tale of bankruptcies suggests a big "yes!" First, there was Trump's Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Despite Trump calling the casino a "fantastic deal," soon after opening in 1990 the Taj Mahal's business took a nose dive, racking up massive debt. Trump himself guaranteed $833 million of his empire's debt. What did Trump do with things looking so bleak? The Taj Mahal filed for bankruptcy in 1991.


Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/21/579463937/few-signs-of-progress-as-partial-government-shutdown-enters-second-day

Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked," Trump tweeted before 8 a.m. on Sunday. "If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.'s!"


Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/21/579478236/house-ethics-member-reportedly-settled-sexual-misconduct-case-with-taxpayer-mone

House Speaker Paul Ryan has ordered an ethics investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Meehan after a report Saturday that Meehan used taxpayer funds to settle a harassment complaint.

According to The New York Times, the 62-year-old Republican congressman confidentially settled a misconduct complaint filed by a much younger former staffer, paid from Meehan's congressional office fund.



Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/21/579431348/who-will-carry-the-blame-for-the-shutdown-maybe-no-one

First is the little room that exists for these public servants' public image to drop. Last week's NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll showed that just 36 percent of Americans have trust in the Democratic Party and 29 percent in the Republican Party. The only institution with a lower level of trust is the Congress itself.


Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/government-shuts-down-after-senate-bill-collapses-negotiations-fail/ar-AAuTlMT?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

The federal government shut down for the first time in more than four years Friday after senators rejected a temporary spending patch and bipartisan efforts to find an alternative fell short as a midnight deadline came and went.


Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/women-think-us-would-be-better-off-with-more-women-in-office-cbs-news-poll/ar-AAuV2kC?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=SK2JDHP

Fifty-four percent of women say it's very important to them personally that more women are elected to office, compared to 39 percent of men who say that. Still, most men do say it's at least somewhat important. Majorities of both younger and older women think it's very or somewhat important to have more women in political office.


Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/government-shutdown-blame-game-begins-after-senate-vote-fails/ar-AAuVEsl?ocid=SK2JDHP

"This shutdown was avoidable. The WH created this crisis & the GOP leaders in Congress refused to negotiate with Democrats. We must pass a bipartisan solution to fund the government, guarantee health care for millions of kids & protect Dreamers. Americans expect & deserve it."


Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

North Korea's defiance of U.S. foreign policy has earned it a top spot on the lists of foes compiled by various administrations, with President Donald

North Korea's defiance of U.S. foreign policy has earned it a top spot on the lists of foes compiled by various administrations, with President Donald Trump being no exception. Despite decades of overwhelming pressure, North Korea revealed Friday how it has managed to develop nuclear weapons and openly work on missiles capable of delivering them to the U.S.


Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

North Korea's defiance of U.S. foreign policy has earned it a top spot on the lists of foes compiled by various administrations, with President Donald

North Korea's defiance of U.S. foreign policy has earned it a top spot on the lists of foes compiled by various administrations, with President Donald Trump being no exception. Despite decades of overwhelming pressure, North Korea revealed Friday how it has managed to develop nuclear weapons and openly work on missiles capable of delivering them to the U.S.


Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/border-wall-tests-find-heights-should-keep-out-crossers/ar-AAuTKPs?ocid=SK2JDHP

Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that's likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.


Sunday, January 14, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-senator-gross-misrepresentation-of-trumps-remarks/ar-AAuFzwx?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue said Sunday that President Donald Trump did not use the phrase "shithole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform last week.


Sunday, January 14, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/flake-to-denounce-trump-media-attacks-as-stalinist-in-senate-speech/ar-AAuFGk1?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

Sen. Jeff Flake is planning to slam President Donald Trump's attacks on the press on the Senate floor this week in a speech that will compare the president's use of the term "enemy of the people" to describe the media to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.


Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-marijuana-sales-huge-not-lagging-los-angeles-n836651

State law has made it legal since New Year’s Day for Californians to buy marijuana to get high — not just to treat their medical ills. Full legalization of the drug has been a blockbuster hit for many of the 134 businesses licensed as of Wednesday for "recreational" sales, with sales up nearly three-fold from just medicinal in some stores.
State law has made it legal since New Year’s Day for Californians to buy marijuana to get high — not just to treat their medical ills. Full legalization of the drug has been a blockbuster hit for many of the 134 businesses licensed as of Wednesday for "recreational" sales, with sales up nearly three-fold from just medicinal in some stores.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/obamacare-repeal-fades-from-gop-priorities-list-in-new-year/ar-BBIbS27?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

While some conservative groups and select lawmakers are pushing for ObamaCare repeal in 2018, President Trump and GOP leaders have signaled a desire to move on, at least for now, after unsuccessful repeal efforts sucked up months of the legislative calendar in 2017. Trump also declared after signing the GOP tax overhaul in December, which did away with the mandate that most people buy health insurance or face a tax penalty, that Republicans had "essentially repealed ObamaCare."


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/trump-vs-trump-again-judge-cites-presidential-tweets-as-he-blocks-daca-phaseout/ar-BBIbXHD?ocid=SK2JDHP

The White House yet again learned that the hard way when, on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco blocked the administration’s attempt to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/n-koreas-chemical-weapons-an-overlooked-threat/ar-BBIc3mD?ocid=SK2JDHP

North Korea's nuclear weapons program continuously makes headlines, which is overshadowing the danger posed by its chemical and biological weapons, members of Congress and experts warn. 


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/who-is-attacking-russia%E2%80%99s-main-base-in-syria-a-new-mystery-emerges-in-the-war/ar-BBIb65R

series of mysterious attacks against the main Russian military base in Syria, including one conducted by a swarm of armed miniature drones, has exposed Russia’s continued vulnerability in the country despite recent claims of victory by President Vladimir Putin. 

The attacks have also spurred a flurry of questions over who may be responsible for what amounts to the biggest military challenge yet to Russia’s role in Syria, just when Moscow is seeking to wind its presence down.



Friday, January 5, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/republican-senators-raise-possible-charges-against-author-of-trump-dossier/ar-BBHUYVz?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=SK2JDHP

More than a year after Republican leaders promised to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, two influential Republicans on Friday made the first known congressional criminal referral in connection with the meddling — against one of the people who sought to expose it.


Friday, January 5, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/judge-rejects-request-for-new-vote-in-virginia-house-race/ar-BBHVyEH?ocid=SK2JDHP

 A federal judge on Friday rejected a request for a new election that might have forced a 50-50 split in Virginia's House of Delegates, calling ballot mistakes cited by Democrats a "garden-variety" problem that doesn't merit federal intervention.


Thursday, January 4, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-says-bannon-%e2%80%98not-only-lost-his-job-he-lost-his-mind%e2%80%99-as-president%e2%80%99s-lawyers-send-

President Trump on Wednesday castigated his former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon as a self-aggrandizing political charlatan who has “lost his mind,” marking an abrupt and furious rupture with the onetime confidant that could have lasting political impact on the November midterms and beyond.


Thursday, January 4, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/a-new-ban-at-the-white-house-staffs-personal-mobile-phones/ar-BBHQH2R?ocid=SK2JDHP

The White House is banning its employees from using personal mobile phones while at work, despite concerns among some staffers that they’ll be cut off from children and other relatives trying to reach them, two White House officials say.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/%e2%80%98i-too-have-a-nuclear-button-but-it-is-a-much-bigger-and-more-powerful-one%e2%80%99-trump-taunts-kim-jong-

WASHINGTON — President Trump again raised the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea on Tuesday night, boasting that he commands a “much bigger” and “more powerful” arsenal of devastating weapons than the outlier government in Asia.



Wednesday, January 3, 2018 12:00 AM

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-attacks-justice-department-apos-145350932.html

President Donald Trump on Tuesday renewed his attack on his “deep state” Justice Department, and said a top aide to 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton should be jailed.


Saturday, December 30, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/why-an-upstate-prisoner-with-a-history-of-escape-foiled-his-latest/ar-BBHvZYb?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

He had his girlfriend tell the authorities that he would reveal his plan in exchange for a few privileges: an extra visit each week; the ability to receive food packages and take photos with his girlfriend and her 6-year-old daughter.


Saturday, December 30, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/how-the-russia-inquiry-began-a-campaign-aide-drinks-and-talk-of-political-dirt/ar-BBHw3Hj?ocid=SK2JDHP

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.



Saturday, December 30, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-i-use-social-media-to-fight-back-against-media/ar-BBHwoGQ?ocid=SK2JDHP

"I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair 'press,' now often referred to as Fake News Media," he tweeted. "Phony and non-existent 'sources' are being used more often than ever. Many stories & reports a pure fiction!"


Saturday, December 30, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/hiv-aids-adviser-says-panels-sudden-firing-by-trump-feels-like-retribution/ar-BBHvZu8?ocid=SK2JDHP

The presidential advisory council on HIV and Aids, known as Pacha, is a diverse team of experts from across the US that was set up under Bill Clinton. It volunteers advice to the White House and government agencies on all aspects of HIV and Aids prevention, research, activism and community care and outreach.


Saturday, December 30, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/obamacare-survived-2017-what-about-2018/ar-BBHvwDQ?ocid=SK2JDHP

President Donald Trump told supporters after the last health bill failed that Republicans had the votes to pass repeal in 2018 once a hospitalized senator — who was neither hospitalized nor a decisive vote — returned, but it was a face-saving bluff. Now with Sen.-elect Doug Jones, D-Ala., set to take office and midterms getting closer, the math is even harder.


Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:00 AM

The election of President Donald Trump meant that big changes to how the federal government would enforce immigration laws were coming to the country.

One day several years ago, a crew of federal contractors turned up behind Melissa Solis’ family home, a modest house with white siding surrounded by fruit trees and farmland a few hundred yards from the Rio Grande. The workers cleared brush. They dug a deep trench. A pile driver sank steel deep into the ground.


Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.salon.com/2017/05/10/new-anti-immigrant-law-in-texas-is-so-bad-the-aclu-issues-a-travel-advisory/

The way ICE sends detainer requests to local law enforcement is constitutionally flawed," Domenic Powell, an advocacy and policy strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union, explained over the phone. “Essentially, ICE asks local law enforcement to do a favor for them and hold people without demonstrating probable cause."


Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/12/14/border-land-grab-government-abused-power-seize-property-fence/

Rollins M. Koppel, a local attorney and banker, did not make the same mistake. A high-priced Texas law firm negotiated his offer from $233,000 to almost $5 million — the highest settlement in the Rio Grande Valley.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/12/21/4-ways-immigration-debate-dominated-texas-news-2017/

The election of President Donald Trump meant that big changes to how the federal government would enforce immigration laws were coming to the country. But the chants of “Build the Wall” heard at Trump rallies had barely begun to fade when Republican state lawmakers decided that they too would ramp up border security and immigration efforts at the state level. From the Texas Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 4 to the Trump administration’s decision to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, immigration dominated headlines, debates and policy in 2017.


Sunday, December 24, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/21/donald-trump-sanctions-dozens-foreign-individuals-/

The sanctions are the first to be issued since the Obama administration expanded the Magnitsky Act in 2016. The action will freeze the assets of the targeted people and restrict their access to the global financial system.


Sunday, December 24, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/11/13/hate-crimes-in-the-united-states-increased-last-year-the-fbi-says/?utm_term=.9525e105744

There were more than 6,100 reported incidents of hate crimes in 2016, up from more than 5,800 the year before, the FBI said in a report based on data submitted by law enforcement agencies across the country. The number of hate crimes increased for a second consecutive year, and as was the case in 2015, the largest share of victims last year — nearly 6 in 10 — were targeted because of bias against the victim’s race or ethnicity.


Sunday, December 24, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/12/21/trump-has-signed-the-fewest-new-laws-at-this-point-of-any-recent-president/?tid=hybrid_coll

Even by June, though, Trump was falling behind other recent presidents in terms of legislation signed into law — that despite having a Congress in which both chambers had Republican majorities. Many of the bills that Trump signed into law in his first few months were ones leveraging the Congressional Review Act, for which there was only a limited window of applicability. The early flood, such as it was, became a trickle.


Saturday, December 23, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/appeals-court-rules-against-latest-travel-ban/ar-BBHaMAC?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=SK2JDHP

A federal appeals court ruled Friday against President Trump’s latest travel ban, saying that it “exceeds the scope of his delegated authority,” but that it was ultimately for the Supreme Court to decide.


Saturday, December 23, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mattis-storm-clouds-gathering-over-korean-peninsula/ar-BBHaOI0?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

The U.S. has nearly 28,000 troops permanently stationed in South Korea, but if war came, many thousands more would be needed for a wide range of missions, including ground combat.


Saturday, December 23, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-who-supported-spending-bill-face-angry-backlash-over-immigration/ar-BBHaA2Y?ocid=SK2JDHP

Immigration advocates in and out of Congress are railing against those who voted for the stopgap bill late Thursday despite promises from Democratic leaders that they would force action on the issue by the end of the year. Even before the Senate vote, a group of House Democrats burst into the office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, demanding an explanation. Protesters shouting "shame on Kaine!" briefly occupied the office of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who said he voted for the measure to prevent a partial government shutdown and protect federal employees.


Saturday, December 23, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/new-year-to-be-a-challenge-for-republicans-in-congress/ar-BBHaZ1o?ocid=SK2JDHP

Their tax bill triumph in the rear-view mirror, Republicans running Congress face a 2018 in which they'll need Democratic votes to get almost anything done.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/kushner-%e2%80%98deserves%e2%80%99-to-be-investigated-christie-says/ar-BBH2V2H?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

“Whether he deserves it or not, he’s getting it,” Christie said Tuesday of scrutiny on Kushner. “And the facts will determine that ultimately.”


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/senate-moves-tax-cut-legislation-to-brink-of-final-passage/ar-BBH0UCm?ocid=SK2JDHP

Congressional Republicans, who faltered badly in trying to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, see passage of the tax bill as crucial to proving to Americans they can govern — and imperative for holding onto House and Senate majorities in next year's midterm elections.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/collins-says-news-coverage-of-her-tax-vote-unbelievably-sexist/ar-BBH2EoL?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=SK2JDHP

"They’ve ignored everything that I’ve gotten, and there have been stories after stories about how I’ve been duped," she said. "How are you duped when all of your amendments get accepted? And when the majority leader -- and I confirmed it again today with him -- will be offering the two insurance bills that I care about as well as the provision waiving the automatic cut in Medicare that could be triggered by this bill?"


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/poll-public-sours-on-gop-tax-plan-as-democrats-regain-lead-on-economy/ar-BBH2Rjo?ocid=SK2JDHP

Asked whom they would blame if a major budget disagreement leads to a shutdown of the federal government, 31 percent of Americans would point the finger at congressional Republicans, 29 percent would blame congressional Democrats and 18 percent would blame Trump.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/abortion-fight-threatens-collins-deal-risks-shutdown/ar-BBH2DEX?ocid=SK2JDHP

"This would be taxpayers directly paying and reimbursing people for abortions. This is unacceptable," said Tom McCluskey, vice president of government affairs for March For Life.


Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/homelessness/photographer-captures-struggles-of-minnesota%e2%80%99s-homeless/vi-BBGOZF2?ocid=SK2JDHP


Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/12/02/elite-cities-squeezing-middle-class-straight-welcoming-cities-like-dallas

As early as the 1970s, notes the Brookings Institution, middle-income neighborhoods began to shrink more dramatically in inner cities than anywhere else — and the phenomenon has continued. Today, in virtually all U.S. metro areas, the inner cores are more unequal than their corresponding suburbs, observes geographer Daniel Herz.


Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/after-alabama-loss-trump-has-ambitious-plans-to-campaign-in-2018-midterms/ar-BBGOTqI?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=SK2JDHP

"Democrats have all the energy. They are on offense," Israel said. "It's very difficult for an unpopular president to move the needle in the other direction." 


Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-allies-say-mueller-unlawfully-obtained-thousands-of-emails/ar-BBGORDk?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=SK2JDHP

The Trump team's accusation adds to the growing friction between the president's supporters and Mueller's office as it investigates whether Russia interfered in the election and if Trump or anyone on his team colluded with Moscow.


Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/trump-embellishes-the-truth-in-a-speech-to-the-thin-blue-line/ar-BBGNpuF?ocid=SK2JDHP

He claimed, without evidence, that countries give “us their worst people” through the diversity immigration visa program.


Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/a-look-at-what-didnt-happen-in-the-alabama-senate-race/ar-BBGxEPn?ocid=SK2JDHP

THE FACTS: Moore supporters celebrated misleading news that Beverly Nelson, one of his accusers, "forged" a 1977 yearbook inscription that was considered key evidence against the Alabama Republican. The inscription reads, "To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say, 'Merry Christmas.'" It is followed by the signature "Roy Moore D.A." and the notation "12-22-77 Olde Hickory House." Nelson's attorney, Gloria Allred, said Friday that Nelson had added the date and restaurant name to the inscription. However, Allred also said that a handwriting expert found Moore's signature in the yearbook to be authentic.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/rubio-to-vote-against-gop-tax-bill-unless-tax-credit-for-working-poor-is-expanded/ar-BBGKmUT?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=s

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has informed Senate leaders he intends to vote against the Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax plan unless it includes a larger expansion of a child tax credit, according to a Senate GOP source.


Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/veterans-exposed-to-nuclear-radiation-sue-va/ar-BBGIe3q?ocid=spartanntp

"This class action seeks to compel the VA to acknowledge that veterans at Palomares participated in a radiation-risk activity that would make any radiogenic conditions they developed presumptively service-connected. The VA acknowledges this service connection for many other atomic veterans," Derek Mraz, one of the Yale students involved in the case, told ABC News.


Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/farenthold-wont-run-for-reelection/ar-BBGJICC?ocid=spartanntp

Greene was fired from Farenthold's office in 2014, and she filed a lawsuit against the congressman later that year. Politico reported earlier this month that Farenthold settled that suit in 2015 for $84,000 in taxpayer money.


Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/heather-heyer%e2%80%99s-mom-i%e2%80%99m-starting-to-hold-trump-responsible-for-her-murder-in-charlottesville/ar-BBGJ

President Trump blamed “many sides” for the Charlottesville violence, and said there “very fine people” on both of those sides. He added that the white supremacists and Nazis had been treated “unfairly” by the media. After seeing these remarks, Bro would not take his calls.


Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ryan-could-retire-after-2018-midterms-report/ar-BBGKovC?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is reportedly considering retiring after the 2018 midterms.


Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ryan-could-retire-after-2018-midterms-report/ar-BBGKovC?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp

According to Politico interviews with three dozen of Ryan's colleagues, aides, lobbyists and allies, "not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018."


Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/under-fire-in-gop-civil-war-bannon-reloads/ar-BBGHR15?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

The first step, according to sources in Bannon's camp, is to use the defeat to argue that Republican Roy Moore would have won if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other establishment GOP leaders hadn't abandoned him in the face of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls. Moore denies that he did anything improper.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/driver-accused-of-plowing-into-charlottesville-crowd-killing-heather-heyer-due-in-court/ar-BBGJqce?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=s

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been jailed in Charlottesville since his arrest Aug. 12, after he allegedly rammed his car into another vehicle on purpose on a crowded street, killing Heather D. Heyer 32, and injuring 19 other people.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/5-things-to-watch-in-alabamas-senate-election/ar-BBGDy0w?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=SK2JDHP

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia led a weekend of high-profile surrogate events through the state. But Jones' campaign, aware it needs at least around one-third of white voters' support to stand a chance, insisted that it was equally concerned about turning out voters of all ethnicities.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-rally-behind-gillibrand-after-trump%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%98sexist-smear%e2%80%99/ar-BBGEmZo?ocid=SK2JDHP

"It was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice, and I will not be silenced on this issue. Neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday," she said, referring to the TV interview and press conference on Monday by women who have previously accused Trump of sexual misconduct before he took office.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/how-is-my-daughter-a-pervert-alabama-dads-plain-spoken-rebuke-of-roy-moore-strikes-a-nerve/ar-BBGD8IG?ocid=SK2J

“I was ashamed of myself for sitting there and not defending Patti,” he wrote. “May God have mercy on us all. I only know I miss my daughter Patti very much and I am grateful for having her as my daughter.”


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:00 AM

http://strategicpublicaffairs.com/major-issues-facing-texas/

Texas is an economically competitive state. Because of this, businesses and people move here seeking opportunity. The Texas Demographer estimates our population will grow from 25 million in 2010 to 55 million in 2050. With economic prosperity and growth come public policy challenges. The top challenges facing Texas are water, transportation, healthcare, electric utility capacity and education.


Friday, December 8, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/how-trump-has-flip-flopped-on-intelligence-agencies/ar-BBGn9uj?ocid=SK2JDHP

In the final days of the presidential campaign, on Oct. 28, Mr. Comey advised Congress that he was examining new evidence in the closed F.B.I. investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. Mr. Trump responded by praising Mr. Comey’s “guts” and said the F.B.I. was doing a “good job.” He also condemned Mrs. Clinton for her criticisms of the F.B.I.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-race-to-fund-the-government-is-on/ar-BBGhym0?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp

It's three days until a potential government shutdown and Republicans are still charting a path forward to head off the looming crisis.

GOP leaders negotiated Tuesday with the conservative House Freedom Caucus to try to convince them a two-week must-pass spending bill that leaders are advocating won't lead to the conservative group being jammed by a second pre-Christmas spending bill chalk full of controversial policy items.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/quinnipiac-only-29percent-of-americans-approve-of-gop-tax-plan/ar-BBGh9Jr?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp

In the Quinnipiac poll, conducted from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 -- before the US Senate passed its version of the tax bill in the early hours of Saturday -- almost two-thirds (64%) of people surveyed said the bill would benefit the wealthy most, while just 24% said they believe the middle class would benefit the most.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/tax-plan-crowns-a-big-winner-trump%e2%80%99s-industry/ar-BBGhB6f?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp

House and Senate Republicans, in their divergent bills, both offered steeply reduced rates to corporate giants, partnerships and family-owned firms across the board. But when it came time to eliminate special breaks or impose tighter standards, real estate was generally excused from the room.


Monday, December 4, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/navajo-nation-says-trump-never-discussed-bears-ears-with-them/ar-BBGdJBo?li=AA4ZnC&ocid=spartandhp

"We are resilient and refuse to allow President Trump's unlawful decision to discourage us," he said. "We will continue to fight in honor of our ancestral warriors who fought for our ways of life, for our culture and for our land too."


Monday, December 4, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-officially-endorses-roy-moore-in-alabama/ar-BBGc6zJ?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

"Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet," Trump tweeted in the first of two posts.


Monday, December 4, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-top-court-leaves-in-place-texas-ruling-questioning-gay-spousal-benefits/ar-BBGcPrz?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

The justices left intact a June ruling by the Republican-dominated Texas Supreme Court that revived a lawsuit backed by a conservative group that advocates "biblical, Judeo-Christian values" aimed at blocking Houston from offering such benefits.


Friday, December 1, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/01/sexual_assault_stirring_change_in_congress_campaigns_135667.html

Staff at the National Republican Campaign Committee are required to sign an extensive anti-harassment policy, to which they expect campaigns to adhere. "Sexual harassment and assault has always been as damaging in the past as it has now, and it's always at the front of every [vetting of] every unknown candidate out there," said a GOP campaign operative. "It's completely disqualifying from the get-go."


Friday, December 1, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/01/sexual_assault_stirring_change_in_congress_campaigns_135667.html

Staff at the National Republican Campaign Committee are required to sign an extensive anti-harassment policy, to which they expect campaigns to adhere. "Sexual harassment and assault has always been as damaging in the past as it has now, and it's always at the front of every [vetting of] every unknown candidate out there," said a GOP campaign operative. "It's completely disqualifying from the get-go."


Friday, December 1, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.wfaa.com/news/cps-commissioner-child-protective-services-failed-sherin-mathews/495948908

I think they could have done a better job, a much better job. It’s sad when I saw that, and I read the case report. I was silent for 10 seconds, and looking at my staff, it’s not acceptable. It’s not acceptable. We are well-trained people. How this slipped through? We’re going to find out.”


Friday, December 1, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/good-samaritan-dies-in-traffic-trying-to-help-dui-suspect/495997835

Conerly was one of a few people to pull off to the side and help Adair out of his wrecked car. One of the people who stopped to help was a woman, identified as 56-year-old Theresa Ware, in an SUV. According to Conerly, Ware helped Adair out of his car before heading back to find his identity and call for help.


Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:00 AM

http://keranews.org/post/2016-more-homeless-dallas-and-collin-counties-shelters-and-street

“Every individual we have to ask ‘what’s your housing plan’ and piece together an income, piece together ID, piece together a health care regime, how are we going to take care of you and where are we going to go? And that takes a lot of time, and even more importantly it takes a lot of trust," she says.


Monday, November 27, 2017 12:00 AM

https://communityimpact.com/austin/leander-cedar-park/features/2017/11/25/leander-veteran-fights-improve-veterans-affairs-health-care-system-washingto

It makes me extremely sad because our situation is already done; there’s nothing that the VA can help us with now,” Tamara said. “Our issue is seeing all of the veterans that are being denied, and the only reason we keep fighting is because people are listening to us.”


Monday, November 27, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/congressional-gold-medal-filipino-world-war-ii-vets-honor-75-n814436

We’ve always said that this is an issue that has a high sympathy quotient, because you can’t hear these stories and not be moved, but a very low visibility quotient,” Ben de Guzman, director of communications and outreach for the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, told NBC News.


Monday, November 27, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/conyers-steps-aside-from-top-spot-on-house-judiciary-committee/ar-BBFHYqU?ocid=SK2JDHP

"After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic Leader of my request to step aside as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters," Conyers said in a statement Sunday.


Sunday, November 26, 2017 12:00 AM

http://starlocalmedia.com/mckinneycouriergazette/the-little-things-mckinney-man-offers-hot-showers-for-county/article_107157cc-cfc9-11e7-9953-a339a6f7

“To be clean again makes you feel like you’re human. And I think the bottom line of what we’re doing is we’re trying to restore some dignity,” Olinski said. “And if you have some dignity, it gives you some hope for the next day.”


Sunday, November 26, 2017 12:00 AM

http://starlocalmedia.com/planocourier/council-approves-new--year-downtown-plano-plan/article_363841d4-ca59-11e7-804a-6318c2e4691a.html

“I have always been a proponent of the Heritage and I see the benefits,” Chaddick said, “but I want a forum where we can sit down and go through this, agree on it and fine tune. All of these owners want preservation, but I don’t want my rights restricted. Please allow us that opportunity.”


Sunday, November 26, 2017 12:00 AM

http://starlocalmedia.com/planocourier/plano-ranked-th-best-place-for-veterans/article_a74447c2-c88a-11e7-ae43-8f7f5867cdb6.html

“Sometimes it’s difficult to mix in with those that don’t understand the military background. A lot of people think we’re too serious, but it’s never the case,” he said. But old habits to “get the mission done” die hard. Even with the adjustments, employers can benefit from having a veteran in the workplace, Waller said.


Saturday, November 25, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/10/veterans-risky-mortgages-va-244767

“Lenders are abusing veterans,” said Ted Tozer, a senior fellow at the Milken Institute and former president of Ginnie Mae, a corporation that manages government-backed mortgages. “It’s predatory. These veterans keep going further and further in the hole.”


Friday, November 24, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/21/despite-trump-haley-un-opposes-us-jerusalem-move/

Brushing aside threats from President Trump and America’s U.N. envoy Nikki Haley, the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution effectively condemning Mr. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and calling on Washington to rescind plans to move the U.S. Embassy there


Friday, November 24, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/militants-kill-more-than-230-at-mosque-in-egypts-north-sinai/ar-BBFzF2B?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

"Four groups of armed men attacked the worshippers inside the mosque after Friday noon prayers. Two groups were firing at ambulances to deter them, said Mohamed, a witness.


Friday, November 24, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/tougher-and-smarter-trump-seizes-on-deadly-egypt-attack-to-push-for-border-wall-travel-ban/ar-BBFBhMa?ocid=SK2J

President Donald Trump on Friday condemned the deadly attack on a mosque in Egypt that killed at least 235 people, using the incident to renew calls for a wall along the US-Mexico border and a ban on travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries.


Friday, November 24, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/suspect-in-fatal-texas-cop-shooting-captured/ar-BBFyT08?ocid=SK2JDHP

"With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, Cecilia and I express our most sincere condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the trooper who was callously killed today in the line of duty," he said in the statement. "…The killer will face justice, and the State of Texas will continue to offer our unwavering support for the men and women in law enforcement who keep our communities safe."


Friday, November 24, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/analysis-why-trump-should-be-nervous-but-not-panicking-after-michael-flynns-lawyers-cut-off-communication/ar-BB

As The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig and Rosalind S. Helderman pointed out in their report on Flynn's move, “even if Flynn has begun discussions with Mueller's office, there is no guarantee he will ultimately reach a deal with prosecutors.” Mueller might demand more information than Flynn is willing to give or Flynn's knowledge might prove unworthy of favorable treatment by Mueller. It's hard to know whether a deal involving Flynn could hurt Trump when we don't know whether there will be a deal at all.


Friday, November 24, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/diplomats-sound-the-alarm-as-they-are-pushed-out-in-droves/ar-BBFBI7T?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

The number of those with the department’s top two ranks of career ambassador and career minister — equivalent to four- and three-star generals — will have been cut in half by Dec. 1, from 39 to 19. And of the 431 minister-counselors, who have two-star-equivalent ranks, 369 remain and another 14 have indicated that they will leave soon — an 18 percent drop — according to an accounting provided by the American Foreign Service Association.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/celebrity/kim-kardashian-rihanna-and-more-call-for-the-release-of-woman-controversially-convicted-of-murder/ar-

“The system has failed. It’s heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/dramatic-video-shows-escape-shooting-of-n-korean-defector/ar-BBFt0gL?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=SK2JDHP

Carroll said the North violated the armistice by "one, firing weapons across the MDL, and two, by actually crossing the MDL temporarily," referring to the military demarcation line that bisects the Koreas. KPA stands for the North's Korean People's Army.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/segregation-doesnt-help-white-people-get-any-smarter-either-10083384

The evidence is that diversity is challenging and not always fun but that people think better and get smarter in diverse groups. That even goes for scientists.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/roy-moore-says-he-first-noticed-his-wife-when-she-was-15-or-16-years-old/ar-BBFs1uA?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=SK2JDHP

"When I was deputy district attorney, many years before we got married, I saw her at a dance recital and I was standing, oh, at the back of the auditorium and I saw her up front," he recalled at the time. "I remember her name, it was Kayla Kisor. KK. But I remember that and I didn't meet her there ... it was, oh gosh, eight years later or something, I met her. And when she told me her name, I remembered."


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 6:51 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/jury-awards-transgender-professor-dollar11-million-in-discrimination-case/ar-BBFoHZc?li=AA4ZnC&ocid=spartandhp

On Monday, an eight-person jury voted in favor of Tudor on three counts: that she was "denied tenure in 2009-10 because of her gender," that she was denied "the opportunity to apply for tenure in the 2010-11 cycle ... because of her gender" and that the university retaliated against her after she complained about workplace discrimination. The jury then awarded her $1.165 million in damages.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/white-house-military-personnel-removed-amid-investigation-into-contacts-with-foreign-women-during-trump%e2%80%99s-as

Three military personnel have been reassigned from their White House jobs amid allegations that they had improper contact with foreign women while traveling with President Trump on his recent trip to Asia, according to officials familiar with the situation.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/massachusetts-man-charged-sex-trafficking-and-kidnapping

The District of Maine is one of six districts designated through a competitive, nationwide selection process as a Phase II Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam), through the interagency ACTeam Initiative of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor. ACTeams focus on developing high-impact human trafficking investigations and prosecutions involving forced labor, international sex trafficking and sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion through interagency collaboration among federal prosecutors and federal investigative agencies.

 



Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/judge-rules-trumps-sanctuary-city-order-unconstitutional/ar-BBFpLYY?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=SK2JDHP

"This is a victory for the American people and the rule of law," San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. "This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/alabama-pastor-on-roy-moore-allegations-there-are-some-14-year-olds-who-could-pass-for-20/ar-BBFoH8B?li=BBnbfcL

"As an evangelical Christian, an Alabamian and a Republican, I'm ashamed of Roy Moore and upset that so many people are determined to defend him against sexual assault allegations, no matter what," William Brewbaker III wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times. 


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/eight-women-say-charlie-rose-sexually-harassed-them-%e2%80%94-with-nudity-groping-and-lewd-calls/ar-BBFoAgp?li=BBnb7K

The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the "Charlie Rose" show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters. Rose, 75, whose show airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV, also co-hosts "CBS This Morning" and is a contributing correspondent for "60 Minutes


Monday, November 20, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-fight-brewing-in-congress-over-how-to-reauthorize-a-key-surveillance-tool/ar-BBFkmqM?li=AA5a8k&ocid=sparta

"The bill would still allow the CIA, NSA, FBI, and other agencies to search through emails, text messages, and phone calls for information about people in the U.S. without a probable cause warrant from a judge," said ACLU Legislative Counsel Neema Singh Guliani in a statement.


Monday, November 20, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/in-race-against-roy-moore-democratic-candidate-is-mostly-on-his-own/ar-BBFjky5?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp

“The Democratic Party is not behind him pushing him up the hill to victory, because they don’t have a wagon for him to ride in right now,” said Mark Kennedy, a former state Supreme Court justice and erstwhile chairman of the Democratic Party. “He’s got to do it all by himself.”


Monday, November 20, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-military-on-okinawa-confined-to-bases-after-fatal-accident/ar-BBFjxXh?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

U.S. service members on Okinawa have been banned from drinking and restricted to base or their off-base residences following a fatal accident between a U.S. service member and a local resident, the U.S. military said Sunday.


Monday, November 20, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/traffickers-exploit-children-in-haitis-orphanages/ar-BBFkePC?li=AA4Zpp&ocid=spartandhp

"They pay people called 'child finders' who go out into the community and essentially put pressure on parents to give them their children," Mulheir says. "They will tell parents, 'you are poor, you can't afford your child's education. Give them to the orphanage. We'll make sure they have an education, have healthcare, have opportunities that you could never give them.'"


Sunday, November 19, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544

Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can't come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.


Sunday, November 19, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/alabama-pastor-supporting-moore-more-women-are-sexual-predators-than-men/ar-BBF8Em2?ocid=spartanntp

"More women are sexual predators than men," Pastor Franklin Raddish told AL.com. "Women are chasing young boys up and down the road, but we don't hear about that because it's not PC."


Sunday, November 19, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/video-shows-nurses-laughing-as-dying-wwii-vet-calls-for-help/ar-BBF84nn?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=SK2JDHP

A spokesperson for the nursing home, owned by Sava Senior Care, in a statement wrote they were “saddened by the events which occurred three years ago” before going on to note it has “new leadership and the leadership team and the staff have worked very diligently to improve quality care and the quality of life for our residents.”


Friday, November 17, 2017 8:47 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/in-sex-crimes-and-other-cases-roy-moore-often-sided-with-defendants/ar-BBF4qW9?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP


Friday, November 17, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/democratic-mega-donor-mostyn-dies-amid-mental-health-issue/ar-BBF3hUZ?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP

Democratic mega-donor Steve Mostyn, a powerful Texas trial lawyer who was among the nation's largest backers of liberal causes and candidates, died after what his wife says was "a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue." He was 46.


Friday, November 17, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/mckinney/2015/07/27/with-new-complex-mckinney-hopes-to-remake-its-affordable-housing-landscape

“All of these employers certainly have to have people to work in their businesses,” said Roslyn Miller, executive director of the McKinney Housing Authority. “We believe that people should be able to live in the communities where they work.”


Friday, November 17, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/poll-trump-job-approval-hits-new-low/ar-BBF4Jgx?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP


Friday, November 17, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/millions-of-kids-at-risk-of-losing-health-insurance/ar-BBF4Ego?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:00 AM

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/11/07/food-insecurity-is-a-growing-problem-in-collin-county/


Sunday, November 12, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-politics/2017/11/10/beto-orourke-invades-ted-cruz-country-collin-county-fight-upend-republican-incumbent


Sunday, November 12, 2017 12:00 AM

http://starlocalmedia.com/planocourier/one-size-does-not-fit-all-collin-county-s-homelessness/article_2f29d5ca-c319-11e7-a522-5f925dced9ac.html


Saturday, November 11, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/restaurantsandnews/restaurants-serving-free-food-for-veterans-day/ss-BBEOFBC


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 12:00 AM

http://starlocalmedia.com/planocourier/standing-ready-local-churches-rethink-security-after-sutherland-springs-shooting/article_55da9628-c4d1-11e7-857

“We’re trying to strike that balance of providing a safe and secure venue while maintaining a welcoming and open worship environment for our members and our guests. I think most of our people understand that,” Buster said. “There’s so much that’s being done that you don’t see and we’re standing ready all the time, and we praise God over all these years that we have not had an incident here at Prestonwood. But we’re ready and we trust in the Lord.”


Sunday, November 5, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Look-at-who-s-running-for-governor-so-far-12299951.php


Saturday, November 4, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trumps-mar-a-lago-granted-visas-for-70-foreign-workers/ar-AAuq0sK?ocid=spartandhp


Saturday, November 4, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/women-%e2%80%94-and-the-power-of-the-purse-%e2%80%94-will-be-key-in-2018/ar-AAu4gKk?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp


Monday, October 30, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ex-trump-campaign-manager-manafort-indicted-on-conspiracy-other-charges/ar-AAudhai?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP


Sunday, October 29, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-struggle-with-their-own-tea-party-moment/ar-AAu5Fra?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2JDHP


Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:00 AM

https://humantraffickinghotline.org/state/texas


Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-undercuts-widow-again-says-he-remembered-name-%e2%80%98right-from-the-beginning%e2%80%99/ar-AAu35aM?li=BB


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:47 PM

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/how-states-compare


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2017/08/24/federal-court-rules-texas-statehouse-maps-intentionally-discriminatory-orders-districts-redrawn


Monday, September 25, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/senate-republicans-float-new-daca-proposal/ar-AAssgoI?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp


Sunday, September 17, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/two-elderly-dead-as-memorial-area-residents-ask-why-evacuations-not-ordered/ar-AAs4735?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp


Saturday, September 16, 2017 6:09 AM

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-politics/2017/09/15/shame-frisco-lawmaker-calls-dallas-leaders-cowards-removing-robert-e-lee-statue


Friday, September 15, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/california-legislature-tries-to-force-trump-to-release-tax-returns/ar-AArZFxK?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp


Friday, September 15, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/judge-sessions-cant-deny-grant-money-for-sanctuary-cities/ar-AArZfO3?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=SK2JDHP


Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/29/opinions/hurricane-harvey-abbott-needs-to-resign-sachs/index.html


Saturday, August 19, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/these-are-the-10-us-military-bases-still-named-after-confederate-soldiers/ss-AAqkStV?ocid=spartanntp


Saturday, August 19, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-could-win-50-house-seats-heres-how/ar-AAqk0dS?ocid=spartanntp


Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/analysis-president-trump%e2%80%99s-false-claim-that-counter-demonstrators-lacked-a-permit/ar-AAqdwBm?ocid=spar


Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12:00 AM

https://therivardreport.com/gov-abbott-slams-house-doesnt-rule-second-special-session/


Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/one-dead-and-19-injured-as-car-strikes-crowds-along-route-of-white-nationalist-rally-in-charlottesville/ar-AApUdhF?li


Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/more-americans-identify-as-independents-than-gop-or-dem/vi-AApVpGl?ocid=spartanntp


Wednesday, August 9, 2017 2:35 PM

https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=TX

Quick Facts

Texas was the leading crude oil-producing state in the nation in 2015 and exceeded production levels even from the federal offshore areas.

As of January 2016, the 29 petroleum refineries in Texas had a capacity of over 5.4 million barrels of crude oil per day and accounted for 30% of total U.S. refining capacity.

Texas accounted for over 27% of U.S. marketed natural gas production in 2015, making it the leading natural gas producer among the states.

Texas leads the nation in wind-powered generation capacity with more than 18,500 megawatts; in 2014 and 2015, Texas wind turbines produced more electricity than the state's two nuclear plants.

Texas is the nation's largest producer of lignite coal. About 40% of the coal burned for electricity generation in Texas is lignite.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017 11:53 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/north-korea-now-making-missile-ready-nuclear-weapons-us-analysts-say/ar-AApJ3bx?ocid=spartanntp


Tuesday, August 8, 2017 3:05 AM

How immigrants, regardless of socioeconomic status, are driving American business


Tuesday, August 8, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/white-house-weighs-plan-to-privatize-afghan-war/ar-AApIUyQ?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartanntp


Tuesday, August 8, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/08/08/senate-republican/


Tuesday, August 8, 2017 12:00 AM

https://therivardreport.com/texas-public-school-finance-part-2-concerns-about-the-system/


Sunday, July 30, 2017 11:10 AM

Texas Department of Transportation

Public Transportation

"With traffic congestion at record levels and more vehicles added to Texas roadways daily, TxDOT believes that public transportation is vital to the state’s future and to all Texans.

Public transit reduces congestion, pollution and fuel consumption while increasing quality of life for all travelers.

TxDOT provides grants to transit providers in urban and rural areas of the state to encourage and support public transportation.

We work with the Federal Transit Administration, non-profits, and local government entities to promote the use and development of public transportation throughout the state.

Under TxDOT’s oversight, public transportation will continue to play an increasing part in getting Texans where they need to go." (TxDot 2017)

"I will support Tx Dot and their efforts to ensure Texans are getting to work, home and school in a safe and desirable manner." Byron A. Bradford



Sunday, July 30, 2017 10:33 AM

Six Economic Benefits of the Affordable Care Act for Texans

This article was originally published Congressional Budget Office 2/6/2014.

This week has seen the release of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that refuted claims by opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that it is a “job killer” and demonstrated that, by giving families more options for obtaining affordable health insurance outside the workplace, the ACA will make it easier for people take a risk and start a business, take time out of the labor force to raise a family, or retire when they are ready.

As CBO made clear, however, its analysis was not a comprehensive analysis of how the ACA will affect the labor market in particular or the economy as a whole. This blog post illustrates six ways that the ACA is helping the labor market, laying the foundation for future economic growth, and improving families’ financial security and well-being.

1.Putting more money in families’ pockets, boosting demand, and bringing down unemployment today. As of January 1, more than 2 million people had selected a plan in the health insurance marketplace, and nearly 80 percent of those people will – thanks to the ACA – benefit from tax credits to help pay their premiums. All told, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that over the entirety of 2014, 5 million people will benefit from premium tax credits and help with cost-sharing averaging $4,700 per person. In 2015, 11 million people are estimated to benefit, rising to 19 million in 2016. Many millions more will gain affordable health insurance coverage through Medicaid.

These provisions of the ACA make it easier for families to access health care services and to meet other pressing needs, which will increase the demand for goods and services throughout the economy at a time when the unemployment rate is still elevated. For this reason, as CBO Director Doug Elmendorf testified, the ACA “spurs employment and would reduce unemployment over the next few years.” The ACA is thus – today – helping ensure that every American who wants a job can find one.

2. Helping slow the growth of health care costs, boosting hiring in the near term, and bolstering workers’ paychecks. The United States is currently experiencing a historic slowdown in the growth of health care costs. From 2010 to 2012 real per-capita health spending grew at an average annual rate of just 1.1 percent, and preliminary data and projections imply that this slow growth continued in 2013. The spending growth rates recorded over the last few years are the slowest on record, and less than one-third the long-term historical average of 4.6 percent that stretches back to 1960.

As documented in a report by the Council of Economic Advisers, the ACA is contributing to these trends through reforms to Medicare that reduce excessive payments to medical providers and private insurers and by deploying innovative new payment models that incentivize more efficient, higher-quality care. A growing body of evidence suggests that, in addition to reducing costs and improving quality in Medicare, these ACA reforms may be generating similar benefits system-wide.

Slower growth in health care costs reduces the growth of the health insurance premiums paid by employers, which has important benefits for workers. In the short run, lower health insurance premiums reduce the cost of hiring an additional worker, making it easier for employers to add jobs. One study co-authored by a leading health economist found that reductions in health care cost growth due to health care reform could increase job growth by 250,000 to 400,000 per year by the second half of this decade.

Economic research shows that, over time, an increasingly large fraction of the premium savings are passed on to workers in the form of higher wages. If only one-third of the recent slowdown in health care cost growth persists, the savings after a decade will amount to $1,200 per person, much of which will show up in worker’s paychecks as higher wages.

3. Reducing our long-term deficit and laying the foundation for future growth. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that over fiscal years 2013 through 2022, the ACA will reduce the deficit by $109 billion. The ACA’s deficit-reducing effects will grow over time. CBO estimates that over the decade from 2023 through 2032, the ACA will reduce the deficit by an average of 0.5 percent of GDP each year, corresponding to total deficit reduction of nearly $1.6 trillion over that ten-year period. Lower long-term deficits due to the ACA will mean higher national saving, which will increase capital accumulation and reduce foreign borrowing, thereby making workers more productive and increasing national income and living standards over time.

4. Improving health and making workers more productive. The ACA is improving health both for people who would otherwise not have had health insurance and for people who are already insured.

By expanding coverage, the ACA will expand access to needed medical care. Greater access to care as a result of being insured has been shown to reduce mortality, improve mental health, and improve self-reported health status. For Americans who had coverage before the ACA, the ACA guarantees access to preventive services recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force without cost-sharing, services that have been proven to improve health and save lives. Since 2010, more than 71 million Americans have received at least one preventive service without cost-sharing.

In addition, the ACA is helping to improve the quality and efficiency of care for all Americans, contributing to better health outcomes while reducing costs. One striking example comes from an ACA initiative that gives hospitals incentives to reduce the number of patients returning to the hospital after discharge, such as by ensuring higher-quality care during the initial hospital stay or making appropriate arrangements for where patients will receive care after discharge. Medicare has also funded community-based organizations that help patients move more smoothly from a hospital stay to care at home. Hospitals have responded to these programs, and, over the last three years, Medicare 30-day hospital readmission rates have turned sharply lower, and are now more than a percentage point below their average level from 2007 to 2011. Through August 2013, this decline corresponded to 130,000 avoided hospital readmissions.

People who live longer, healthier lives will miss fewer days of work, are less likely to become disabled, will tend to spend more years in the workforce, and will be more productive while on the job.

5. Reducing “job lock” and encouraging job mobility and entrepreneurship. Before the ACA, many Americans’ only source of secure health insurance coverage was through their jobs. For people with pre-existing medical conditions, purchasing coverage on their own was often unaffordable or even impossible since insurance companies could simply refuse to provide coverage. For others, buying coverage on their own meant living with the fear that their insurer would raise their premiums without warning or even cancel their policy altogether. This could have the effect of locking workers into jobs. As economists at the Heritage Foundation wrote before passage of the ACA: “Individuals who wish to take a better job, change careers, or leave the workforce to raise a family or to retire early take substantial risks…This health insurance obstacle to labor mobility is sometimes called ‘job lock.’”

Because of the ACA’s ban on discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions and its other strong consumer protections, all Americans now have secure access to health insurance, whether or not they can get coverage through their workplaces.

This guarantee of access to health insurance has a variety of economic benefits. Access to health insurance outside the workplace allows people to structure their careers in ways that make sense for them, like by taking time off to raise a family or by retiring when they want to. It also allows people to take risks that further their careers and benefit the economy as a whole, like going part-time in order to go back to school, leaving a job in order to start a business, or moving to a better job, perhaps at an employer that does not offer coverage. While the empirical evidence on the magnitude of these types of responses is incomplete (and in some cases mixed), there is no doubt that job lock presents an economic challenge. By increasing workers’ mobility across jobs, secure access to health insurance helps them to find the job that is best for them—and thus increases overall wages and productivity. Moreover, reducing job lock encourages entrepreneurship, a critical ingredient for growth and job creation.

6. Improving financial security in the face of illness. By expanding access to affordable health insurance coverage, the ACA is helping to ensure that getting sick no longer means financial ruin. Recent research examining an expansion of Medicaid coverage in the State of Oregon confirmed the important role that having insurance plays in ensuring financial security. The study, which used a “gold standard” randomized research design found that gaining access to health insurance coverage through Medicaid “almost completely eliminated” catastrophic medical costs (defined as medical costs in excess of 30 percent of income).

In addition to expanding coverage, the ACA is improving financial security for families who have coverage today. Because of the ACA, all insurance plans sold in the United States must cap enrollees’ annual out-of-pocket spending, and insurance companies can no longer sell low-quality policies with annual or lifetime limits on coverage. The ACA is also improving financial security for seniors by phasing out the Medicare Part D “donut hole.” Since the enactment of the ACA, these provisions saved 7.3 million Medicare beneficiaries an average of about $1,200 per person on prescription drugs. Overall, better financial protection makes an essential contribution to the well-being of families and thus the overall health of the economy.



Saturday, July 29, 2017 7:07 PM

Texas Crime Rate

The overall crime rate in Texas City is 31% higher than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 10.67 daily crimes that occur in Texas City. Texas City is safer than 25% of the cities in the United States.

"We cannot afford to cut law enforcement budgets. This endangers everyone.

Neighbors must become aware of their environments and threats to their community." Byron A. Bradford

 


Saturday, July 29, 2017 7:03 PM

Texas schools dropped to 43rd nationally

Texas fell to the bottom fifth of U.S. states in an annual report on education quality.

Texas is now ranked 43rd in the nation, falling from 39th last year in the annual “Quality Counts” report from national education publication Education Week.

Texas earned a grade of C- this year, while the nation overall earned a C.

Massachusetts ranked first in the country, earning a B+. Nevada ranked last, earning a D. No state earned an A or an F.

Texas performed below most states in two of the report’s three categories: school finance and students’ chance for success. In the third category – kindergarten through 12th grade achievement – Texas' performance was average.

In school finance, Texas ranked 45th in the nation, earning a D grade based on per pupil spending, state spending as a percent of taxable resources and other factors.

Texas ranked 49th in the country in per pupil spending, taking into account regional cost differences, according to the report. Texas spent $7,957 per student, well below the national average of $11,667 per student, according to the report.

We must do a better job of preparing our children for a global workforce. Also, we support our educators to ensure the children educational needs are meet." Byron A. Bradford

 


Saturday, July 29, 2017 5:15 PM

Houston unemployment rate tops national average

Unemployment in greater Houston has climbed more than a half-percentage point over the past year, rising to 4.8 percent in April from 4.1 percent in April 2015 and exceeding the national rate of 4.7 percent. It was the first time since November 2006 that the metropolitan area recorded a higher jobless rate (not adjusted for seasonal variations) than the nation as whole.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:00 AM

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/report-texass-advanced-energy-market-estimated-at-16b-in-revenue--enough-to-buy-dallas-cowboys-five-times-over


Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/how-states-compare


Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=32312


Monday, June 16, 2014 12:00 AM

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/were-last-again-u-s-health-care-ranks-poorly-n132081


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