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  • Donald Trump’s Austin visit could cost city big

    08/24/2016 1:23:36 PM PDT · by Professional Engineer · 39 replies
    KXAN ^ | August 24, 2016 | Arezow Doost
    AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) — Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Austin will come with a big price tag. Austin police officers along with Travis County Sheriff’s Deputies helped direct traffic and provided security. Travis County’s motorcycle unit escorted Trump from one location to the next. As far as how many APD officers were used, a spokesperson says that information can’t be released just yet, because of safety concerns given how long Trump was in town. Republican Texas Congressman Lamar Smith says security during these campaign stops is vital. “We want to protect them, we want to make sure their lives aren’t...
  • FULL EVENT! OUTSTANDING! Donald Trump Rally in Austin, Texas 8/23/16

    08/23/2016 8:08:13 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8/23/16 | video
    Rousing support from all kinds of supporters, carrying forward Trump's outreach to minority communities as well as traditionalists, Democrats, etc. One of the introductory speakers, R.W. Bray, who is in charge of outreach to African-Americans in Texas, encourages the move away from President Johnson's failed programs. "This is the party of Abraham Lincoln, and we will not be divided," he said, chiseling away at the former 94% black Democrat vote. Other intro speakers included a couple of Latinos and plain ol' vanilla white people, too. Rick Figueroa who gave an intro was also one of the Hispanic-Americans who met with...
  • Donald Trump speaking in Austin: Border security ‘our most vital issue’

    08/23/2016 7:09:06 PM PDT · by Innovative · 29 replies
    Statesman ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Staff
    Entering to sustained applause, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told his Austin audience that “the people of Texas are proud, they’re independent and they are free. There is no better place to deliver the message I have to deliver tonight.” “Tonight’s message is about re-declaring our independence as a country,” Trump said. “We are going to declare our independence from special interests, corrupt politicians … and from a rigged system that benefits only the insiders,” he said. Interrupted periodically by protesters, Trump called border security “our most vital issue” and voiced support for school choice and merit pay for teachers.
  • Live Stream:Donald Trump Rally from Austin, TX (8-23-16)

    08/23/2016 5:33:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/23/16
    Trump is about to speak in liberal Austin,.Texas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2e8273S03E        
  • Court refuses Texas professors’ attempt to block campus carry

    08/23/2016 4:34:21 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    guns.com ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Chris Eger
    A federal judge on Monday refused to issue a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit by three University of Texas professors who do not want legal concealed carry in their classes. With the state’s new campus carry law taking effect this month, the professors kept a promise of litigation and filed suit in federal court in July seeking a federal injunction on campus carry naming Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, UT President Gregory Fenves and members of the school’s Board of Regents in their official capacity, as defendants. Paxton, in response, filed paperwork in opposition to the professors’ action earlier...
  • Who, Whom?

    08/23/2016 8:23:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2016 | Bill Murchison
    A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday disallowed the Obama administration's attempt to change the nation's mind on the latest liberal social cause: sex-alteration. Judge Reed O'Connor enjoined the administration from enforcing new directives from the Departments of Justice and Education, which would prop open public-school restroom doors for access by students identifying with a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth. How this moral/constitutional tangle gets resolved we will learn in due course. Meanwhile, O'Connor's decision highlights a campaign issue deserving of the closest attention, despite its receiving, up to now, almost none. The Bolsheviks...
  • Texas teacher's new homework policy goes viral on social media

    08/23/2016 3:43:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 137 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 22, 2016
    A teacher in Fort Worth has gone viral after she sent home a note to parents outlining her new homework policy for the year. In the note, Mrs. Brandy Young says, "After much research this summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year." [Snip] The note ends: "Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance. Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success....
  • LIVE: Trump Rally in Austin, TX 8/323/2016 @ Luedecke Arena. Live coverage begins at 7:30 PM CT.

    08/23/2016 2:40:45 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 1,149 replies
    Tuesday, August 23, 2016: Live stream coverage of the Donald J. Trump for President rally in Austin, TX at Luedecke Arena. Live coverage begins at 7:30 PM CT. Austin, TX Watch the LIVE stream and FULL replay of the event below: Austin, TX at Luedecke Arena
  • Federal judge, siding with Texas, blocks Obama rules on bathrooms for transgender students

    08/22/2016 7:05:34 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 22 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | August 22, 2016 | Tom Benning
    AUSTIN - A federal judge has blocked the Obama administration's transgender guidelines for public schools, siding late Sunday with Texas and a dozen other states that challenged the contentious instructions. U.S District Judge Reed O'Connor of Fort Worth, in issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction, said that federal officials didn't follow proper procedures in creating the directives. Further, he said the guidelines contradicted existing statutes and regulatory texts.
  • HOUSTON: Thousands of Middle Eastern Illegal Immigrants Busted with Forged Papers at Border

    08/21/2016 3:09:34 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 18 Aug 2016 | Bob Price
    <p>U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working with Mexican immigration officials have found thousands of non-Hispanic illegal immigrants crossing Mexico's southern border to make their way to Texas. The "extra-continental" immigrants enter countries as far south as Brazil and make their way to the United States, often with forged travel documents.</p>
  • Poll: Ted Cruz now viewed unfavorably in Texas, trails Rick Perry in hypothetical Senate race

    08/20/2016 1:55:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 142 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Aug. 18, 2016 | Allahpundit
    A new poll suggests there is at least one fellow Republican who could unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018: Rick Perry. The former Texas governor would beat Cruz by 9 percentage points, according to the forthcoming survey from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling. Set to be released later today, the poll found Perry would get 46 percent of the vote and Cruz 37 percent, with 18 percent saying they are not sure whom they would support… In general, the poll shows Texas Republicans want Cruz to be their candidate for Senate again in 2018 — but not overwhelmingly....
  • Time for a Ted Cruz reboot, as poll shows Republicans down on him since his snub of Trump

    08/20/2016 2:41:35 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 154 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | August 19, 2016 | Todd J. Gillman
    Ted Cruz's image among Republicans had plummeted to a personal low by the Indiana primary — the defeat that forced him from the GOP presidential contest. But he may wish for those heady days of May now... Potential GOP rivals are probing for weakness ahead of Cruz's bid for a second term in 2018. That includes House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul of Austin. The former federal prosecutor is the second wealthiest member of the U.S. House, with access to a family fortune topping $100 million, though he has no obvious base of support to overcome the tea partyers still...
  • Texas appeals court halts execution of man who did not kill anyone

    08/19/2016 8:06:12 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 19, 2016 | Jon Herskovitz
    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday halted an execution planned for next week of a man convicted as an accomplice to a murder he did not commit in a case that raised questions about how the state applies the death penalty. Jeffery Wood, 43, was scheduled to be executed on Aug. 24 by lethal injection. He was convicted of taking part in a 1996 convenience store robbery during which clerk Kriss Keeran was fatally shot. In its decision, the appeals court asked a lower court to review his sentence and claims from Wood's lawyer that it was obtained...
  • Cruz's Image Among Republicans Tanks After GOP Convention

    08/19/2016 8:01:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Gallup ^ | August 18, 2016 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Republicans' views of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have gotten significantly worse since he refused to endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, with his favorable rating falling from 59% to 43%. Now more Republicans have an unfavorable opinion of Cruz than a favorable one, reverting to the pattern seen when he suspended his presidential campaign in early May. His image had recovered in the months leading up to the convention.
  • Researchers identify possible catalyst for converting methane to methanol at room temperature

    08/18/2016 10:55:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 18, 2016 | by Bob Yirka
    (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Belgium and the U.S. has identified the active site of an iron-containing catalyst that has raised hopes for designing a practically useful catalyst that might make converting methane to methanol a possibility. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers describe their efforts, what they discovered and why they believe their findings may lead to a practical way to convert methane to a more efficient energy resource. Jay Labinger, with the California Institute of Technology offers a News & Views piece outlining the work done by the team in the same journal issue....
  • Breaking Poll: Rick Perry Leads Ted Cruz by 9 Points in Texas Senate Race

    08/18/2016 9:24:55 AM PDT · by blueyon · 169 replies
    the gateway pundt ^ | 8/18/16 | Jim Hoft
    Senator Cruz stunned conservatives when he refused to endorse Donald Trump at the RNC Convention in Cleveland. This came after Cruz was thumped in the GOP primary race. Perry leads Cruz in a senate primary matchup 46% to 37%. The Texas Tribune reported: A new poll suggests there is at least one fellow Republican who could unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018: Rick Perry. The former Texas governor would beat Cruz by 9 percentage points, according to the forthcoming survey from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling. Set to be released later today, the poll found Perry would get...
  • Prison inmates produced defective combat helmets for U.S. soldiers

    08/17/2016 9:17:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2016 | Andrea Noble
    Federal prison inmates used makeshift hatchets and a screw shoved through a piece of wood among other rudimentary tools to manufacture thousands of faulty Kevlar combat helmets designed to protect the lives of U.S. soldiers on the battlefield, according to a highly critical watchdog report that offered new details about the government boondoggle. More than 126,000 helmets manufactured at a Texas prison under a government contract were recalled after inspectors found major defects... Even though the government and taxpayers lost $19 million on the defective helmets, ArmorSource, the company responsible for the helmets, was awarded more government contracts even as...
  • Poll: Three out of five Texans who support Trump want secession if Hillary becomes president

    08/17/2016 11:04:50 AM PDT · by quesney · 60 replies
    If anyone needs proof that the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton truly is dividing the country, they should look to Texas. According to poll results from Public Policy Polling released Tuesday, three out of five Texans who support Donald Trump said they would support seceding from America if Hillary Clinton becomes president.
  • Irving-based Exxon to shut down fourth-largest refinery (in US) due to Louisiana flooding

    08/17/2016 9:52:23 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 7 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 17 August 2016 | By Wire Services
    Exxon Mobil Corp. began shutting units at the fourth-largest refinery in the U.S. as record flooding in Louisiana sent tens of thousands fleeing from their homes. The Baton Rouge refinery in Louisiana has begun shutting units as the flooding threatened an off-site liquefied petroleum gas storage facility, a person familiar with operations said Wednesday. The plant, located along the Mississippi River, can process 502,500 barrels of crude a day into gasoline, diesel and other fuels.
  • Texas woman arrested after 2 children found dead under home

    08/15/2016 4:47:06 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/14/2016 | Staff
    <p>HOUSTON (AP) Houston police say two children were found dead under a neighbor's house and that their mother told an acquaintance she drowned them in a bathtub.</p> <p>Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said Sunday the 30-year-old mother was in custody but not yet charged.</p>
  • As Puerto Ricans Move to Florida, the Clinton Campaign Is Waiting for Them

    08/14/2016 3:31:11 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/11/16 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER and AMY CHOZICK
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Bilingual campaign workers fanned out across the event hall, clutching clipboards as they sought prospective voters to register. Handmade signs shot up from the crowd: “Latinos for Hillary” and “Estoy con ella!” And from the stage at her rally here on Monday night, Hillary Clinton set aside time for “a special word about Puerto Rico.”
  • Trumped nationally, Ted Cruz looks to get his Texas groove back

    08/14/2016 6:26:59 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 88 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 1:19 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 | Jonathan Tilove
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was crisscrossing Texas this week, meeting with constituents in Houston, El Paso, San Antonio, Laredo, Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas and Tyler. It wasn’t how Cruz had once hoped to be spending the second week of August, when, had things gone his way, he might have been hopscotching battleground states as the Republican nominee for president. Instead, it was Donald Trump with rallies and speeches in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Pennsylvania — Donald Trump, who Cruz refused to endorse for president in his speech at the Republican National Convention in July, and who, the day after he...
  • Billionaire LA Rams owner Stan Kroenke tells ... residents in Texas to get off his ... land (edited)

    08/13/2016 10:25:38 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 82 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/12/2016 | Kiri Blakeley
    Hundreds of Texas residents, many elderly and on fixed incomes, will have to move from the land they've been leasing for decades thanks to a billionaire who bought the land and is forcing everyone off of it. Los Angeles Rams billionaire owner Stan Kroenke - who also owns north London football team Arsenal - bought up 535,000 acres of legendary ranch land near Lake Diversion outside of Wichita Falls in February, reports Dallas News. ... The Cara Blanca Park land had been in the Waggoner family, which established the property 164 years ago. The family then leased the land near...
  • Trump Leads Texas In KTVT-CBS 11/Dixie Strategies Poll

    08/12/2016 2:32:13 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 20 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | 8/11/16
    Most national presidential polls have put Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in front of GOP nominee Donald Trump by as much as 15 percentage points. But the latest KTVT-CBS 11/Dixie Strategies Poll shows that the Lone Star State is holding onto its red reputation.
  • Texas Seeks Temporary Block of Rules for Transgender Students

    08/12/2016 12:11:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | August 12, 2016 | Alexa Ura
    With the first day of school looming, Texas will go to court on Friday and begin pressing its argument that the Obama administration strayed outside the law by ordering public schools to accommodate transgender students. In a case expected to come down to the distinction between sex and gender identity, the state’s lawsuit against the federal government is set for its first hearing Friday morning in Fort Worth, where U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor will hear arguments over Texas’ request for a preliminary injunction. Texas, joined by 10 other states, in May sued the Department of Education over the...
  • NFL denies Cowboys' request to wear decal honoring fallen Dallas officers

    08/12/2016 11:21:14 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/12/16 | foxnews
    The team had been wearing a decal with the words “Arm in Arm” since the first day of training camp this summer. Dallas police Chief David Brown and Mayor Mike Rawlings paid the team a visit on that day, according to Fox 4 News. The NFL’s strict rules on uniforms forced the league to deny the Cowboys’ request to wear the decal for the upcoming season. Dallas police said it appreciated the Cowboys’ support. “Their concern for the families of our fallen officers, the Dallas Police Department, and the City of Dallas is what matters most, and we know that...
  • In Texas, a man who didn’t kill anybody is about to be executed for murder

    08/12/2016 9:55:23 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 121 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 12 2016 | Kristine Guerra
    Terri Been’s voice shook as she read a long text message from her niece. “I had a nightmare about my dad last night,” Paige Rowan told her aunt in the text. Rowan described a dream in which she watched helplessly as the execution needle pierced her father’s skin. She woke up screaming, panicking and feeling hopeless, she told Been.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Border Patrol Agents Rebuke Ted Cruz Over ‘Political Stunt’ on Border

    08/11/2016 5:27:55 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 69 replies
    BREITBART.COM ^ | 11 AUGUST 2016 | BRANDON DARBY
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz visited the Laredo Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border and did not contact Border Patrol agents to discuss their needs. According to the agents, Senator Cruz has yet to contact them through his freshman term in the U.S. Senate. The Border Patrol agents reached out to Breitbart Texas and rebuked the Senator for what they say is a pattern of having tough rhetoric while taking little action. The agents say that Senator Cruz only shows up to the border to hand out teddy bears on camera or to hear the Obama Administration political appointees’ glossy version of...
  • NFL denies Cowboys' request to wear helmet decal honoring Dallas police

    08/11/2016 12:52:07 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 73 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | Aug. 11, 2016 | Pete Blackburn
    Despite their best efforts, the Cowboys' helmets will not feature a decal supporting Dallas police officers this season. According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the NFL denied the team's request for permission to include a decal reading "Arm In Arm" on their lids for the upcoming season. That decal, which the team has been wearing on its helmets during training camp, is in support of Dallas Police and the officers killed in July's sniper attack.
  • Mom implores Pearland ISD board to change transgender policy (Trangendered kindergartner)

    08/10/2016 6:46:21 AM PDT · by SSS Two · 43 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | Mike Snyder
    The mother of a transgender child told the Pearland school board Monday night that its policies create an intolerant atmosphere that promotes bullying and could endanger her daughter's life. "You are increasing the risk of suicide among these children," said Kimberly Shappley, whose daughter Kai in the fall will enroll in kindergarten in the Pearland Independent School District. The issue of bathroom accommodations for transgender students flared in this booming Houston suburb in May when the Pearland ISD superintendent, John Kelly, issued a statement decrying federal guidance that school districts should permit students to use bathrooms that conformed to their...
  • Hearing to disqualify district attorney from Twin Peaks shootout cases recessed

    08/09/2016 5:03:34 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    CBS46.com ^ | 8/9/2016 | Estephany Escobar
    WACO, TX (KXXV) - On Monday afternoon, McLennan County 54th District judge Matt Johnson recessed a hearing that would determine whether to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney and some members of his office from prosecuting the Twin Peaks shootout cases. The hearing happened after defense attorneys filed a motion for disqualification on behalf of Ray Nelson and Matthew Clendennen, two of the 177 bikers arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity after the Twin Peaks shootout that left nine dead and dozens injured on May 17, 2015. The motion Clint Broden filed on behalf of Clendennen alleges District...
  • One Member Of Bush Family Throws His Support To Donald Trump

    08/08/2016 6:23:01 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 33 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | August 8, 2016 | Jack Davis
    One member of “Team Bush” has lined up behind Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump lampooned former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as “low energy” throughout the Republican president primary season. He also criticized policy decisions of former President George W. Bush regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Iraq War. As a result, the Bush family has steadfastly refrained from endorsing Trump in his presidential campaign. That changed Saturday, when Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush urged Texas Republicans to support Trump. George P. Bush, 40, is Jeb Bush’s son.
  • Family of ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Mohamed files lawsuit against former school

    08/08/2016 7:07:12 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 8, 2016 | Jessica Contrera
    Family of ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Mohamed files lawsuit against former school Nearly one year after 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a “suspicious-looking” homemade clock to class, his family has filed suit against his former Texas school district, the principal of the high school and the city of Irving. The lawsuit filed Monday claims that Ahmed’s civil rights were violated in the incident that made the 9th grader go viral last September. Accusations of racial and religious profiling fueled the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed. Even President Obama chimed in on Twitter, telling the boy: “We should inspire more kids like you...
  • George P. Bush tells GOP to support Trump: report

    08/07/2016 6:16:53 PM PDT · by orchestra · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/7/2016 | Cyra Master
    Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is asking Texas Republicans to support the Republican presidential nominee — though he has not endorsed Donald Trump, the Texas Tribune reports. Bush said it’s time to put aside lingering tensions from the primary — in which Trump defeated his father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — to back the nominee. “From Team Bush, it's a bitter pill to swallow, but you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton," Bush said, according to video provided by someone in the...
  • Indonesia police arrest six in alleged plot to launch rocket attack on Singapore: Reports

    08/07/2016 7:02:39 PM PDT · by djsunzi · 36 replies
    CNBC ^ | Friday, 5 August 2016 | Leslie Shaffer
    Six suspects were arrested in an alleged plot to launch a rocket attack on Singapore's Marina Bay from the Indonesian island of Batam, Indonesian media reported Friday. Singapore's Minister of Defence Ng Eng Hen confirmed in a Facebook post late Friday that one of the alleged plans of the group of suspects was to use rockets to attack targets in Marina Bay from Batam. "We should assume that there may be more plots, other terror cells on the lookout for ways, and new munitions to penetrate our defenses," Ng said. Parts of the Batam Island are as little as 20...
  • LIVE STREAM: How to Watch Julian Assange’s Speech to the Green Party Online

    08/06/2016 6:52:37 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 62 replies
    Julian Assange will be addressing the Green Party Convention on Saturday morning. Assange has been heavily involved in the U.S. elections this year, with WikiLeaks’ releasing damaging emails that showed officials in the Democratic party worked against Bernie Sanders’ campaign during the primary. The emails forced the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Here’s what you need to know. Julian Assange is scheduled to speak to the Green Party delegates through a live feed video on Saturday, August 6, the Green Party announced. He’ll be speaking at 11:45 a.m. Central, before the party nominates its presidential and vice presidential candidates. Jill...
  • Texas Republicans press Obama on Zika dollars

    08/06/2016 4:44:08 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 4, 2016 | Kevin Diaz
    WASHINGTON - All the Republicans in the Texas congressional delegation have signed a letter being sent to President Barack Obama on Friday alleging that the administration has held back some $400 million that they say could be available immediately to fight the Zika virus. The letter, obtained by the Houston Chronicle, expresses the lawmakers' "serious concern" over money to fight the mosquito-borne illness, which is expected to have a significant impact on Houston and much of Texas' Gulf Coast amid a rash of hot summer weather and flooding. The letter comes amid partisan sniping over Congress' failure to pass a...
  • VP vetting? Trump meets with Sen. Joni Ernst

    Donald Trump on Monday spent part of his July 4th with Sen. Joni Ernst -- fueling speculation that the Iowa freshman senator could be on the short list of his vice presidential picks. Ernst told Fox News they had a "good conversation," adding, "I will continue to share my insights with Donald about the need to strengthen our economy, keep our nation safe, and ensure America is always a strong, stabilizing force around the globe." Earlier, Trump tweeted, "I look forward to meeting (Ernst) today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!"
  • Julian Assange will to Green Party via Live Feed

    Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, the organization that recently posted thousands of the Democratic Party's internal emails online, will speak via live stream at the Green Party national convention, party officials announced Friday. Assange is scheduled to speak at 11:45 a.m. Saturday over a live stream from the Embassy of Ecuador in London. He will speak on the third day of the progressive party's national convention at the University of Houston, before the party nominates its 2016 presidential nominee, widely expected to be Jill Stein. Assange is expected to be interviewed by 2004 Green Party presidential nominee David Cobb,...
  • 'Tear up Texas,' undercover FBI agent told Islamic State shooter before Garland attack

    08/05/2016 3:57:52 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 93 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 05 August 2016 | Avi Selk
    An undercover FBI agent claimed to be the Islamic State's "eyes" when they attacked Garland last year, and even goaded one of the shooters to "tear up Texas," according to federal court records. ... "Tear up Texas," the agent wrote. "That goes without saying," Simpson replied. It's unclear how much the FBI knew about the plot against the contest, but Hendricks told the agent to attend it, according to court records. So on May 3, when blogger Pamela Geller flew in to host the event, the undercover agent was in Garland, too. "If you see that pig make your 'voice'...
  • Cruz quiet after convention speech, works to rebuild political brand

    08/03/2016 11:21:37 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 91 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 3, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Ted Cruz has gone quiet after his daring convention speech, firing off fundraising pleas for his 2018 Senate campaign but otherwise keeping a low profile as analysts say he does the hard work of rebuilding his political brand. He’s stuck his neck out, both personally and online, to boost several conservatives in the Cruz mold — only to see them lose their primaries... Instead of being out and about, Mr. Cruz appears to be worried about his campaign bottom line, firing off a couple of pleas to supporters to pony up contributions ahead of his re-election race — which isn’t...
  • FBI Agent Apparently Egged on ‘Draw Muhammad’ Shooter

    08/05/2016 7:47:57 AM PDT · by kristinn · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Thursday, August 4, 2016 | Katie Zavadski
    Days before an ISIS sympathizer attacked a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, he received a text from an undercover FBI agent. “Tear up Texas,” the agent messaged Elton Simpson days before he opened fire at the Draw Muhammad event, according to an affidavit (pdf) filed in federal court Thursday. “U know what happened in Paris,” Simpson responded. “So that goes without saying… No need to be direct.” That revelation comes amidst a national debate about the use of undercover officers and human sources in terrorism cases. Undercover sources are used in more than half of ISIS-related terror cases, according to...
  • President Obama Commutes Life in Prison Sentence for El Paso Man Convicted on Cocaine Charges

    08/04/2016 10:31:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KVIA ^ | Aug 03, 2016
    William Ennis of El Paso is among the 214 prisoners whose sentences were commuted by President Obama Wednesday, The Washington Post reports. Ennis was convicted of conspiring to possess, with intent to distribute, more than five kilograms of cocaine; possession, with intent to distribute, more than five kilograms of cocaine; and using a communication device to facilitate the commission of a felony. On July 17, 2003, Ennis was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Under the president's commutation grant, the prison sentence will expire on December 1, 2016. Ennis will be placed on supervised...
  • Shale Production Has Reduced Energy Prices To Levels Where Saudi Arabia Can't Fund Its Welfare State

    08/04/2016 12:58:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 98 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Saudi Arabia knew that North American shale production could potentially torpedo their hold on the energy market via oil. So, they decided to trounce the natural gas market by opening the floodgates with petroleum. It didn’t work. The Telegraph now reports that shale production has cut prices so low that they can produce at prices that are lower that what’s required to keep Saudi Arabia’s socioeconomic fabric healthy: Opec's worst fears are coming true. Twenty months after Saudi Arabia took the fateful decision to flood world markets with oil, it has still failed to break the back of the US shale...
  • Woman arrested after victim escapes carjackers at Royse City Wal-Mart

    08/04/2016 5:50:08 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 39 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/3/2016 | Tom Steel
    A Greenville woman has been arrested and police are still looking for a male suspect after a woman was held at gunpoint in a Royse City Wal-Mart parking lot before fleeing in her car.Saniqua Chanty Perkins, 39, was arrested Tuesday in Greenville after officers saw a car matching the description of one involved in the carjacking.Perkins has been charged with aggravated robbery and is being held at the Rockwall County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.Police were called to the Wal-Mart in the 400 block of the Interstate 30 frontage road around 10:45 p.m. Sunday. The victim said she had...
  • Texas agrees to weaken its voter ID law for November election

    08/03/2016 12:37:18 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 79 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas agreed Wednesday to weaken its voter ID law as courts across the U.S., with only months before the November election, are blocking Republican-controlled states from imposing polling place restrictions that critics say target minorities and the poor.
  • Gov. Abbott announces Police Protection Act

    07/18/2016 4:48:56 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 18 JULY 2016 | WFAA.COM
    AUSTIN -- A new potential law created by Texas Governor Greg Abbott would bring stronger penalties for crimes against law enforcement officers. The Police Protection Act would make any crime committed against a police officer "out of bias against police" be labeled a "hate crime." Under the act, assaulting a law enforcement officer would become a 2nd degree felony. It's currently a 3rd degree felony.
  • Gunmen Storm Grocery Store in Houston

    08/02/2016 6:00:34 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 28 replies
    KPRC ^ | August 1, 2016 | Syan Rhodes
    Terrifying moments were captured on surveillance video as three gunmen stormed into a market in southeast Houston. Around 7 p.m. Friday, three masked men dressed in black stormed the Todo Market in the 1500 block of Evergreen Drive near Hemlock, firing shots in the air. Customers hit the floor and the employees ran for a nearby office and locked the door. The gunmen kept firing, blasting holes in the door and trying to break down the door but they were not able to get in. "The guy with the assault rifle.... (his) bullet went inside the ground. I was laying...
  • The Burrito Index: Consumer Prices Have Soared 160% Since 2001

    08/01/2016 5:48:20 PM PDT · by vannrox · 61 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2 AUGUST 2016 | Tyler Durden
    The Burrito Index: Consumer Prices Have Soared 160% Since 2001 by Tyler Durden Aug 1, 2016 11:31 AM 0 SHARES Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via PeakProsperity.com, In our household, we measure inflation with the "Burrito Index": How much has the cost of a regular burrito at our favorite taco truck gone up?Since we keep detailed records of expenses (a necessity if you’re a self-employed free-lance writer), I can track the real-world inflation of the Burrito Index with great accuracy: the cost of a regular burrito from our local taco truck has gone up from $2.50 in 2001 to $5 in...
  • Nina Turner weighing offer to join Green Party ticket as vice presidential candidate

    08/01/2016 5:48:11 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 16 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | July 31, 2016 | Henry J. Gomez
    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Nina Turner, the Democratic former state senator from Cleveland who has emerged as a rallying figure for Bernie Sanders' disappointed supporters, said she is considering an offer to run for vice president on the Green Party's national ticket. Massachusetts physician Jill Stein, the party's presumptive presidential nominee, reached out with the pitch, Turner told cleveland.com Sunday evening in a telephone interview. The Green Party opens its convention Thursday in Houston. Turner would stand for nomination there if she agrees to be Stein's running mate. Her decision is expected in the coming days.