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  • Inquiry checks Davis' work for toll group

    04/19/2014 9:51:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | The Associated Press
    AUSTIN ó Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davisí legal work for a taxpayer-funded tollway agency is part of a larger FBI-led investigation into the tollway group, according to a published report Friday. The Dallas Morning News used a freedom of information request to learn of the investigation, and then confirmed it with Elizabeth Winn, an assistant Travis County attorney. The FBI hasnít responded to the newspaperís request for comment. The investigation stems from a conflict of interest complaint filed in 2012 by former state Rep. Mark Shelton, a Republican who ran against Davis for her Fort Worth state senate seat. In...
  • Editorial: Greg Abbott takes poll position

    04/19/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Amarillo Globe-News ^ | April 19, 2014
    If Texas Tech Universityís numbers are any indication, the race for Texas governor wonít be all that competitive. According to a poll released last week by Techís Earl Survey Research Lab, GOP gubernatorial candidate and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has about lapped Democratic candidate state Sen. Wendy Davis. Granted, there is a long way to go before the Nov. 4 election, but with 54 percent of respondents saying they would vote for Abbott ó and only 25 percent backing Davis ó the attorney general has reason for optimism, at least according to this poll. (And before Davis supporters contend...
  • Trojan Horse Amnesty Update (Entire DREAM Act folded into "must-pass" Defense bill?)

    04/19/2014 2:57:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | April 18, 2014 | Mark Krikorian
    The Wall Street Journal reported last night that House Speaker John Boehner told donors at a fundraiser last month in Las Vegas that he was ďhellbent on getting this done this year,Ē in reference to an amnesty/immigration bill. His spokesman did not dispute the account. In related news, President Obama is meeting with the National Commander of the American Legion this morning. Ordinarily, that would mean little, but the meeting comes just days after the Legion came out against a plan to amnesty illegal aliens who join the military. The number of people who would benefit from such an amnesty...
  • Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover

    04/19/2014 10:50:26 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 53 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Kristen Moulton
    Itís time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utahís Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. "Itís simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now." Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen...
  • Report: Wendy Davis caught up in FBI investigation

    04/19/2014 4:39:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/18/14 | Alex Pappas
    The FBI is probing past legal work done by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, according to a report her Republican opponentís campaign calls a ďbombshell.Ē The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that documents ďrelated to Sen. Wendy Davisí work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency.Ē The news outlet said itís unclear how much this investigation revolves around Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.
  • Police Explain Controversial Chase After Whitehouse [Texas] Jogger

    04/18/2014 3:27:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KLTV ^ | Apr 14, 2014 | Melanie Torre
    A Whitehouse woman says she was just out on a morning walk when a police officer attacked her, put her in handcuffs and took her to the police station. The incident happened Friday morning off Maji Road in Whitehouse, but the police department says that's not the whole story. SNIP "I thought you were fixing to take me somewhere and hurt me. I thought you were a bad police officer. I was a teacher for 9 years. I'm a Christian. I go to church," the woman says. SNIP
  • Believe it: Ted Cruz can beat Hillary in 2016, says Ö David Frum?

    10/25/2013 8:00:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/25/2013 | AllahPundit
    It‚Äôs finally happened. David Frum, true conservative.No no, kidding. This is, I think, something he pulled from his dream journal after waking up one night in a cold sweat, screaming. All it‚Äôll take for a Cruz victory, he thinks, is an economic slowdown followed by an ‚Äúevent‚ÄĚ on Wall Street that pushes America into recession followed by a months-long primary challenge by Elizabeth Warren to Hillary followed by an immigration brouhaha that unites conservatives behind Cruz followed by a Cruz/Christie fusion ticket eking out the narrowest of wins over Clinton in a very low-turnout election. Interestingly, the word ‚ÄúObamaCare‚ÄĚ appears...
  • Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he wonīt enforce it

    04/18/2014 4:35:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won't enforce it. Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. "Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress's concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation," Obama said in his signing statement. "Nevertheless, as President...
  • POLL: TED CRUZ MOST POPULAR POLITICIAN IN TEXAS

    04/18/2014 4:38:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 34 replies
    BREITBART TEXAS ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | TONY LEE
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the most popular politician in Texas, beating out Governor Rick Perry and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). In addition, according to a new Public Policy Polling poll, Cruz leads the potential GOP 2016 field with 25% among Republican primary voters in Texas. Jeb Bush comes in second with 14%. Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, and Rick Perry are tied for third with 10% each. Chris Christie and Paul Ryan received 5% each in the poll, and Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio got 4% each.
  • POLL: CNN'S WEEK-LONG CAMPAIGN FOR WENDY DAVIS BACKFIRES

    04/18/2014 3:08:34 PM PDT · by kingattax · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | JOHN NOLTE
    For over a week in February, led by Wolf Blitzer, CNN devoted countless hours to boost Wendy Davis, the abortion extremist Democrat running to become governor of Texas. Using a guilt-by-association tactic, Blitzer and CNN relentlessly hurled fireballs at Davis's Republican opponent Greg Abbott for sharing a stage with right-wing rocker Ted Nugent, who had called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" months before. A just-released polls shows that CNN turning itself into a full-bodied campaign outlet for Davis definitely failed to the move the ball for Davis, but might have even backfired. Abbott is currently surging past Davis by a...
  • Cruz More Than Doubles Fundraising in 2014's First Three Months

    04/18/2014 8:36:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 10:08 AM | Drew MacKenzie
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has more than doubled his fundraising efforts in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Houston Chronicle. Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, raised $887,344 in the year's first three months while he only took in $363,760 during the same period in 2013 when he first arrived in the U.S. Senate as a tea party favorite set on changing the ways established GOP members work in Washington. The senator, who is in the midst of paying visits to the early presidential caucus and primary states of...
  • CUMMINGSí ďMCCARTHYISMĒ CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUS

    04/18/2014 8:32:48 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-18-2014 | M. Stanton Evans
    April 18, 2014 CUMMINGS¬í ¬ďMCCARTHYISM¬Ē CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUSM.Stanton Evans Five plus decades after he left the national scene, Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis) remains the target of inaccurate charges by leftward elements in Congress and the press corps.The latest example in this vein is the uproar over IRS official Lois Lerner, who took the Fifth Amendment before the House Government Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), concerning hostile treatment of conservative groups seeking tax exemptions,. Having proclaimed her innocence of wrongdoing, Lerner then refused to discuss specifics, pleading possible self-incrimination. This led Issa and his GOP...
  • Just In: Obama Accused By Congressman Of Illegal Action At Bundy Ranch

    04/17/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 133 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 04-17-2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    After the federal Bureau of Land Management agents backed down from their intimidating stance at the Bundy Ranch last weekend, ample evidence has surfaced indicating the standoff between the government and the Nevada ranching family is far from over. Throughout the weeklong stalemate, members of the Bundy family were physically assaulted by armed officers, numerous cows were shot dead, and protesters faced threats of gunfire for merely expressing their outrage. Immediately after what many considered a victory against a tyrannical federal agency, a number of leftist voices Ė most notably, Sen. Harry Reid Ė indicated the action against this family...
  • World Journal: Shooting of Chinese-American Family Related to Security Official

    04/17/2014 9:57:35 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 2 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 1, 2014 | Lu Chen
    The apparent murder of a Chinese-American man, along with three family members, at his home in Houston, Texas, this January was recently said by an established overseas Chinese newspaper to have some connection to the former Chinese security official Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of an intense corruption investigation.
  • Feds say Eagle Ford and Bakken could lead to end of U.S. oil imports [by 2037]

    04/17/2014 8:32:55 AM PDT · by topher · 20 replies
    San Antonio Business Journal [via Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Org] ^ | Apr 10, 2014, 6:00am CDT | Sanford Nowlin -Reporter- San Antonio Business Journal
    Net oil imports to the United States could plummet to zero by 2037 because of booming production in South Texasí Eagle Ford Shale and North Dakotaís Bakken Shale, a branch of the Energy Department projected in a new report.
  • Bonanza on the Eagle Ford Shale, A new energy revolution is unfolding in South Texas

    04/17/2014 6:10:34 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2014 | William C. Triplett II
    Truck drivers: All over the interior United States, trucking companies are begging for drivers. The reason? Theyíve all gone to Texas. There are $5,000-signup-bonus billboards along the Texas interstates and haulers have ďnow hiringĒ posted permanently... Drillers: A tough, sometimes dirty job, mostly performed by young men who can handle physical labor, but they get well paid for it ó up to $1,600 a week. Women on the job site: A woman driving a one-ton Ford hauling a trailer passed by coming out of the oil fields in Karnes City, Texas. Women are on the site, usually driving trucks, but...
  • MSNBC Silent on New Poll Showing Wendy Davis Getting Crushed, Even Losing Women

    04/16/2014 11:01:14 AM PDT · by kingattax · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 16, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    The liberal journalists at MSNBC have been quite enamored with Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, constantly promoting her Democratic campaign. Yet, a new poll showing her trailing by 14 points has gone unmentioned on the network. Even more interesting, Republican candidate Greg Abbott is beating Davis even among women, 49-41. The Public Policy Polling survey was released on Tuesday. Also, it should be pointed out, PPP is a Democratic polling firm. In the past, MSNBC hosts have attempted to spin bad news for Davis. In January, Andrea Mitchell gently explained, "[She's] being forced to answer media reports down there that...
  • Parentsí Nursery Camera Captures Extremely Disturbing Footage

    04/16/2014 10:01:42 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 86 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | april 16, 2014 | liz klimas
    The Harris County Sheriffís Office in Texas released a chilling video in the hopes that it will help lead to the identity of a suspect who crept through a coupleís home and loomed over their baby as he slept. The incident, which occurred on April 5, was captured by the homeownerís security cameras situated throughout the home, including in the babyís nursery.
  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 4:34:11 AM PDT · by BobL · 42 replies
    PPP Press Release ^ | April 15, 2014 | PPP
    PPP's newest Texas poll finds Republicans leading by double digits in all of the state's major races for 2014. In the Governor's race Greg Abbott's at 51% to 37% for Wendy Davis. ------snip----- There's been some thought that Democratic prospects might be better in the race for Lieutenant Governor but Leticia Van de Putte actually trails by slightly more than Davis, regardless of who her Republican opponent ends up being. Dan Patrick leads her by 16 points at 51/35. ------snip----- Although it hasn't really been on anyone's radar screen the likely US Senate match up between John Cornyn and David...
  • Yikes: Wendy Davis trails Greg Abbott in Texas ó among women

    04/15/2014 4:55:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/15/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via the Caller, pollster Kellyanne Conway surveys the state of the ‚Äúwar on women‚ÄĚ in Texas: ‚ÄúWomen get exhausted with women candidates who say they are pro-woman and then run on issues that real women don¬ít say are most important to them.‚ÄĚNo worries. Wendy‚Äôs rolling out a plan for universal pre-K at a cool $750 million per year in taxpayer expense. That‚Äôll show ‚Äėem.The favorability numbers are even starker. Among women, Abbott scores 35/27 while Davis clocks in at ‚Ķ 32/46. That‚Äôs basically identical to her 33/48 favorability among men. She ran on her biography, and this is where it...
  • Sticker shock at the steak house; beef prices highest in 27 years

    04/15/2014 3:08:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Edd Hendee reached into the chilled glass case containing cold cuts of steak, the classic Texas entrťe upon which he built his restaurant and his fortune, proudly showing off his merchandise like a jeweler displaying his diamonds. ďThis is a center cut filet,Ē he said. ďItís the very best filet you can possibly buy. And thatís why itís expensive.Ē And lately, at the Taste of Texas restaurant in west Houston, itís become even more expensive. ďWhen the price goes from just under $20 a pound to us wholesale to almost $25 a pound, thatís almost a $5 increase in this...
  • Ted Cruz Presents Top 10 Excuses the IRS Won't Accept From You

    04/15/2014 3:07:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 15, 2014 | by Katie Pavlich
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz is having some fun on this fine tax day by exposing the double standard between people who work at the IRS and taxpayers who must comply with the rules and regulations of the agency. IMAGE BELOW:
  • Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice (gubernatorial race)

    04/15/2014 1:55:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 4:42 PM EDT | Paul J. Weber
    The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates donít dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nationís busiest death chamber. Itís an election-year dilemma for Abbott. But in Texas, itís one that Democratic rival Wendy Davis canít easily exploit, illustrating the difficulty of navigating the issue in such a pro-death penalty state. Abbott must soon decide whether to stick with his earlier opinions that Texas must disclose the source of the execution drugs it...
  • Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

    04/15/2014 1:43:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 3:56 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the Latino community as deportations near the 2 million mark for his administration and hopes for immigration legislation fade. With House Republicans unlikely to act on an overhaul, executive action by Obama is increasingly the activistsí only hope.ďThere is tremendous anger among core constituencies of the president and...
  • Trey Gowdy Believes Barack Obama Is Systematically Dismantling Our Nationís Laws

    04/15/2014 12:22:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | April 14, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Earlier this week, Sen. Jeff Sessions said that the president was deliberately dismantling our law enforcement system. Megyn Kelly of Fox News asked Rep. Gowdy about that. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor, agrees with Sen. Sessions that the president is systematically dismantling the nationís laws, but he believes it is to win elections not to pursue an agenda. They [the administration] do however fundamentally view their role differently, he added. Attorney General Eric Holder recently claimed that illegal immigration is a civil right, if that is so, Gowdy says, that is like saying you and I have the right...
  • Healthy Texas Economy Causes Surge in Housing Market

    04/15/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Breitbart's Texas ^ | April 15, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Housing markets have remained relatively weak in many areas of the U.S., with two notable exceptions: Washington, D.C. and Texas. Overwhelming evidence suggests that while the federal government, one of the nation's largest employers, is responsible for the ever-increasing housing demand in D.C.--the private marketplace is behind Texas' boom. The Lone Star State's pro-business environment, low taxes and reliable regulation have caused businesses to flock to the state. The result has been a bountiful job market, which draws individuals and families to Texas from around the world--many are eager to purchase homes upon arrival. Fresh statistics released by the federal...
  • Texas Front-Runner...Calls on Governor to Mobilize National Guard to Prevent BLM Takeover

    04/15/2014 6:58:19 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 82 replies
    Restoring Liberty ^ | 4-15-2014 | Sid Miller Campaign
    April 15, 2014 Texas Front-Runner for Statewide Office Calls on Governor to Mobilize National Guard to Prevent BLM Takeover Sid Miller Campaign Sid Miller, the former Chair of the Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety and Agriculture and Livestock Committees, and now the frontrunner in the Republican race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, said today that the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to halt their forced removal of Cliven Bundy’s cattle in Nevada was only a temporary delay in the federal agencies attempt to violate the private property and water rights of Americana and warned Texans to remain vigilant against...
  • Ted Cruz Is Beating Rand Paul in the Tea Party Primary

    04/14/2014 5:58:04 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 47 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Apr 14 2014, 2:51 PM ET | Molly Ball
    The two men's presidential hopes rest on appeals to the right-wing grassroots‚ÄĒand those voters seem to prefer Cruz. MANCHESTER, N.H.¬óRand Paul has been methodically planning his run for president. Now Ted Cruz could come along and spoil the whole thing. Both senators have a path to the Republican nomination that rests on the support of the Tea Party. And when forced to choose, that segment appears to prefer Cruz, whose speech to an activists' gathering here over the weekend was the more enthusiastically received of the two. Saturday's Freedom Summit, billed as an early audition for potential 2016 candidates,...
  • Ted Cruz Stakes Out Bold Foreign Policy Vision to Rand Paul's Right

    03/07/2014 6:32:11 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Mar 2014 | Tony Lee
    In what may have been his most significant foreign policy speech to date, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday positioned his Reaganesque foreign policy views between the hawkish Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) and what he described as the dovish Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY), while blasting President Barack Obama as a fool on the international stage. Speaking at the second annual Uninvited II†national security forum across the street from the Conservative Political Action Convention, Cruz brutally mocked the Obama administration's description of Russia's invasion of Ukraine as an "uncontested arrival." He called this yet another example of Obama's "tortured semantics" which...
  • Ted Cruz Bashes Obama, Rand Paul: ĎWhen U.S. Doesnít Stand for Freedom, Tyrants Noticeí

    03/10/2014 7:30:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 03/09/2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) went after fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and President Barack Obama on This Week With George Stephanopoulos sunday morning, telling ABC‚Äôs Jonathan Karl that Obama‚Äôs ‚Äúfive years of weakness‚ÄĚ had emboldened Putin and that the U.S. needed to defend its values across the globe, in contrast to Paul‚Äôs less-interventionist foreign policy. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm a big fan of Rand Paul,‚ÄĚ Cruz said, ‚Äúbut I don‚Äôt agree with him on foreign policy. I think U.S. leadership is critical in the world. I agree with him that we should be very reluctant to deploy military force abroad. But...
  • Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around, offers plan for change

    04/13/2014 9:15:25 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | April 12, 2014 - 2:43pm
    <p>MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) ó Ted Cruz says heís optimistic about the countryís future.</p> <p>The health care law ó well, thatís another story.</p> <p>The Texas senator ó a possible 2016 presidential candidate ó spoke before a group of conservatives in New Hampshire on Saturday.</p>
  • Cruz: Holder Should Be Impeached For ĎDefying Congress And The Rule Of Lawí In IRS Scandal

    04/11/2014 9:53:48 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 04/11/2014 | CBS DC Staff
    Sen. Ted Cruz said Attorney General Eric Holder should be impeached if he doesnít indict former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, who is linked to the agencyís targeting of conservative groups. Speaking on Sean Hannityís radio program Thursday, the Texas Republican labeled Holder the ďmost partisan attorney general the country has ever had,Ē and added that Holder should be impeached for ďdefying Congress and the rule of law.Ē Cruz cited the attorney generalís refusal to indict anyone in the months since the inspector general found that conservative and Tea Party groups were singled out for tax purposes.
  • Senator Cruz at the Freedom Summit

    04/13/2014 3:02:07 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 4/12/2014
    Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity Foundation held the inaugural ďFreedom SummitĒ at the Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester, N.H. 26 minute video at the link
  • Cruz: Senate Democrats ĎDemanded Kathleen Sebeliusí Headí

    04/14/2014 8:31:16 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 35 replies
    CBS ^ | http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/04/14/cruz-senate-democrats-demanded-kathleen-sebelius-head/
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) ‚ÄĒ Sen. Ted Cruz believes Senate Democrats are the ones who forced Kathleen Sebelius to step down as health and human services secretary.Cruz told NBC News that Democrats are worried that Republicans will take back the Senate because of Obamacare.¬ďKathleen Sebelius¬í resignation is the latest indication of just what a disaster Obamacare is. Obamacare is the most disastrous, the most damaging piece of legislation in modern times,¬Ē Cruz told NBC News. ¬ďAnd I believe she resigned because Senate Democrats are scared.¬ĒCruz told Fox News that Senate Democrats ¬ďdemanded Kathleen Sebelius¬í head.¬Ē¬ďThey are running scared because every one of...
  • Ted Cruz Blasts Notion Sebelius Resigned Because Obamacare Succeeded

    04/13/2014 9:01:45 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Apr 2014 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that, if the mainstream media and Democrats are correct that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned because Obamacare succeeded, then every other Democrat should follow her out of the Obama administration.† Speaking at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was organized by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United, Cruz joined other potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders at the event the day after Sebelius left the administration after the disastrous Obamacare rollout.Cruz said that if people listen to Democrats or the mainstream press (Cruz apologized for repeating himself Ė†to much laughter), "they will tell...
  • Ted Cruz: HHS used ďfunny numbersĒ for its ObamaCare enrollment claims

    04/14/2014 12:04:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/14/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Count Ted Cruz among the unimpressed about the HHS claim that over seven million Americans enrolled in ObamaCare by the end of the open-enrollment deadline. Javier Manjarres conducted a short telephone interview with Sen. Cruz, pointing out an earlier story broken by talk radio host Drew Steele about notification letters from HHS of ObamaCare auto-enrollment and questioned whether those were part of the HHS calculations. Cruz called this part of the mystery around the ‚Äúfunny numbers‚ÄĚ coming out of the Obama administration, and wondered how many of the 7.1 million were only partial sign-ups:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The...
  • North Texas city awaits word on wastewater re-use

    04/14/2014 12:18:05 PM PDT · by topher · 59 replies
    My SanAntonio.com ^ | 13-April-2014 | AP - By BETSY BLANEY
    UBBOCK, Texas (AP) ó Wichita Falls is so far behind on rainfall that city leaders are asking state regulators for permission to use treated toilet flushes as drinking water.
  • BREAKING: Border Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering (TX)

    04/14/2014 11:08:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 14, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino (D) ó he stepped down a couple of weeks ago ó has pleaded guilty today to federal charges of money laundering, according to the McAllen Monitor. Just 17 days after stepping down as sheriff and three days after his former chief of staff entered a related plea, TreviŮo stood before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez and pleaded guilty for his part in laundering campaign contributions that were tied to a convicted drug trafficker. Testimony in court this morning suggested that the amount of money laundered could be anywhere between $70,000 and $120,000. TreviŮo was...
  • Texas Taxpayers Will Foot Most Of Affluent Teenís Treatment Tab

    04/14/2014 9:59:34 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    KWTX.com ^ | 04/12/2014 | KWTX Staff
    Taxpayers will pick up most of the $715-a-day cost of state hospital treatment for Ethan Couch who killed four people and injured two others in a drunken driving crash in June 2013 when he was 16. Couch, who turned 17 on Friday, was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a list of charges including intoxication manslaughter. His attorneys argued that his wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility, a condition one witness called "affluenza." At the time, the teenís parents said they would pay for mental health treatment at a private facility in California, which costs about...
  • Trump: ĎI Would Build a Border Fence Like You Have Never Seen Beforeí

    04/13/2014 4:16:17 PM PDT · by equalator · 115 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-12-14 | Robert Wilde
    Donald Trump said that ďnot only is Obamacare a disaster, it is the single greatest lie that I have ever witnessed. As far as immigration is concerned, Trump boasted that he is a builder and that he likes to build things. He said that, if he was in charge of America, ďI would build a border fence like you have never seen before.Ē
  • Victims of the First Fort Hood Attack Asked The President for a Meeting. Here's the Response.

    04/14/2014 6:26:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 27 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Sunday, April 14, 2014 | Mariah Blake
    During last week's memorial service for victims of April 2 Fort Hood shooting, President Barack Obama spoke about the lingering hurt from the previous attack on the base in 2009. "Part of what makes this so painful is that we've been here before," Obama said. "This tragedy tears at wounds still raw from five years ago. Once more soldiers who survived foreign war zones were struck down here at home, where they're supposed to be safe." Yet, when victims of the first Fort Hood shooting invited the president to see those wounds up close, he refused, without explaining why. The...
  • NuStar opens new Corpus Christi dock for Eagle Ford crude (photos)

    04/14/2014 5:14:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jennifer Hiller
    San Antonio-based NuStar Energy LP this week celebrated the opening of its new dock at the Port of Corpus Christi, built to move crude oil from the Eagle Ford Shale. NuStar now has three loading docks in the Port of Corpus Christi and has upgraded and added to the terminalís pump systems. Its North Beach Terminal has a capacity of 400,000 barrels per day. The new dock was scheduled to be complete in the second quarter but finished early. NuStar moved its first load of crude from the new dock in mid-February. It held a ceremony Thursday with executives, employees...
  • 'These are just regular college kids': Inside America's first Muslim fraternity

    04/13/2014 7:49:55 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12 April 2014 | ZOE SZATHMARY
    Members of America's first Muslim fraternity have been photographed for a photo series called 'A New Identity.' The pictures, taken by Dylan Hollingsworth, capture rush events for Alif Laam Meem (ALM) at University of Texas at Dallas, as well as day-to-day activities for fraternity members. Hollingsworth, along with Wheeler Sparks, hopes to turn his efforts into a documentary about the group as a way of exploring Muslim American identity. Hollingsworth first got in contact with ALM after spending a summer abroad and taking photographs in Palestine. On his website, he says his Christian, Jewish, and even friends from Texas were...
  • The National Disgrace of Ft Hood ... Mark Steyn

    04/13/2014 1:00:11 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 17 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 11 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    In After America (available here, he pleads, and the profits of which go to support my free-speech pushback against Michael E Mann), I write inter alia about Fort Hood, and in particular the disgraceful statement by General Casey, and the Pentagon's absurd decision to classify what happened as "workplace violence": In the days after the slaughter, the news coverage read like a satirical novel that the author's not quite deft enough to pull off, with bizarre new Catch-22s multiplying like the windmills of your mind: If you muse openly on pouring boiling oil down the throats of infidels, then the...
  • Eric Holder: ATF Planning to Use Drones

    04/08/2014 6:28:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 8, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Attorney General Eric Holder admitted Tuesday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was in the process of looking at the use of domestic drones. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, questioned Holder during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, asking the Attorney General if he believed if the Federal Aviation Administration or Congress should regulate of drone use. ďWould you think that it would be better that Congress intervene and employ legislation safeguarding the Fourth Amendment, right of privacy basically on citizens or do you suggest as Attorney General that the FAA still control who gets a drone or not?Ē...
  • Ted Cruz: Congress Should Impeach Eric Holder If He Takes No Action on IRS Targeting Scandal

    04/11/2014 4:31:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 4-10-2014 | Tony Lee
    In a Thursday appearance on Sean Hannity's radio program, Cruz said Holder should be impeached for "defying Congress and the rule of law." He said Holder's actions were not in the spirit of the Department of Justice, which Cruz said has "a bipartisan tradition of resisting partisan pressure and upholding the rule of law." Cruz cited examples of Holder's predecessors (Janet Reno and Elliot Richardson, respectively) from Bill Clinton's and Richard Nixon's administrations. Cruz said he was "very pleased" that Lerner was held in contempt by the House Committee but noted that the Justice Department has not indicted one person...
  • Judges: ĎLaw Provides Executive No Authorityí to Cut Drug Sentences As Holder Did

    04/11/2014 5:50:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 11, 2014 - 9:35 AM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Two federal judges on the U.S. Sentencing Commission said Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder stepped ďoutside the legal systemĒ and exceeded the authority of the executive branch by sending ďimproper instructionĒ to federal prosecutors to reduce drug sentences before they were officially approved by either the commission or Congress. ďI have been surprised at the attorney generalís steps taken to proceed with this reduction outside of the legal system set up and established by the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984,Ē Judge Ricardo Hinojosa, the commissionís vice chair, said during a public hearing in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building...
  • Sgt. Wounded in 2009 Fort Hood Attack: Our Lives Would Be a ĎLiving Hellí Without Private Charities

    04/11/2014 6:41:25 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3 April 2014
    Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford was shot seven times in the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, and told Glenn Beck Thursday that his life ó and those of others who were wounded ó would be a ďliving hellĒ if not for private charities. The U.S. government has been criticized for not responding to the needs of Americaís soldiers and veterans, particularly those wounded at Fort Hood. Lunsford has been among the most vocal critics, sharing his experience with TheBlazeís investigative program ďFor the RecordĒ back in February. ďHave you gotten anything for your back pain?Ē Beck asked Lunsford Thursday. ďFor...
  • Texas Lawmaker on Amnesty: ĎRepublicans Will Never Win a Presidential Election Againí

    04/11/2014 5:55:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 11, 2014 - 2:14 PM | Penny Starr
    Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) said Thursday that giving the estimated 12 million illegal aliens in the United States a path to citizenship will result in an increase in Democrat voters and will spell doom for the Republican Partyís presidential aspirations. ď[Illegal aliens are] not going to come out of Mexico and become Libertarians,Ē Stockman told CNSNews.com at an immigration radio town hall event on Thursday in Washington, D.C. ďItís not going to happen.Ē Stockman said his state is a bellwether for the future of the GOP if amnesty becomes the law of the land. ďBeing from Texas, I can assure...
  • Goodbye tea party, hello big tent

    04/11/2014 3:01:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Jennifer Rubin
    Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruzís office confirms he hasnít endorsed anyone in the primaries. There are a few important lessons here. First, neither one of these guys wants...