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  • Protester during national anthem (NFL) in Dallas urges fans to 'Vote Republican'

    10/14/2018 4:19:16 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct 14, 2018 | Jay Busbee
    Once again, a protester took action during the national anthem prior to an NFL game, speaking out on a cause important to them and using the anthem and an NFL game as a platform for their views. But this time, the protester wasn’t a player, and he wasn’t speaking out against racial inequality. During Sunday’s national anthem, an as-yet-unidentified protester raised a “Stop Abortion / Vote Republican” sign and walked across the roof of AT&T Stadium’s field suites just prior to the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to observers on the scene, the protester carried a sign...
  • Republicans warn: There's a 'big fight' brewing over Trump's border wall.

    10/14/2018 2:09:28 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-13-18 | Clare Foran
    Even with the midterm elections looming, Republican leaders in Congress made clear this week they're paying close attention to a looming battle over President Donald Trump's promised border wall. On Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan predicted a "big fight" over border security on the horizon, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the GOP is "committed" to working to secure the funding the President wants for his signature campaign pledge.
  • Texas abortionist said to have ‘twisted’ living babies’ heads off their necks

    10/14/2018 6:18:35 AM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies ^ | 10/09/18 | Cassy Fiano-Chesser
    The crimes of abortionist and serial killer Kermit Gosnell are, by now, well known. But another abortionist is currently under investigation by the FBI: Douglas Karpen, who has come to be known as the “Texas Gosnell.” In 2011, Karpen appeared before the Texas Medical Board following multiple complaints, but they were all dismissed. In 2013, however, the voices against him grew louder as staffers from his abortion facility began to come forward, accusing him of committing grisly late-term abortions, after which babies were sometimes born alive. Instead of getting them medical attention, as federal law requires, Karpen would instead —...
  • Texas shooting: 4 dead, 1 injured at toddler's birthday party

    10/14/2018 2:36:33 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Four men died and one was injured in a shooting at a toddler's birthday party near Corpus Christi, Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Police responded to reports of a shooting at a home in Taft, Texas on Saturday, the state's Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Nathan Brandley said. The shooting stemmed from an altercation between two separate families who were celebrating the birthday of a 1-year-old child, Brandley said.
  • McConnell to seek $5B for border wall

    10/13/2018 4:40:39 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 11, 2018 | Susan Ferrechio
    Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner Thursday the Senate won’t stick to the $1.6 billion wall funding included in the Senate’s 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations measure. Instead, it will try to raise the amount to match the House Homeland spending bill, which includes $5 billion for the wall. ...Trump said Thursday during an extensive interview on Fox and Friends: “But right after the election we're doing something very strong on the wall.
  • Beto is as Phony as Barack

    10/13/2018 4:21:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | October 13, 2018 | Jeff Crouere
    In 2008, the national news media swooned over the prospect of an African American President of the United States. The Democratic Party’s presidential nominee was freshman U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL). He was treated to kid glove treatment by the media. There were no hard questions and no real examination of his background. He vaulted into the Oval Office on the shoulders of an adoring press. He spouted the slogan “Hope and Change” and the media, Hollywood and millions of poorly informed American voters swooned. After ten long years, the Democratic Party has found a new Barack Obama. He is...
  • Drones swamp US-Mexico border but federal agents powerless to stop them

    10/13/2018 3:07:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 73 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12 OCT 2018 | Anna Giaritelli
    The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI identified this week unmanned aerial systems, or drones, as one of the greatest national security threats to America — rating it as severe a concern as cybersecurity hacks, critical infrastructure attacks, and terrorism. While drones are often thought of as techie toys, officials are becoming increasingly worried about the threat they pose and are warning it's only a matter of time until the devices are used to drop a bomb or fentanyl powder on people in a populated area. Drones are already used by transnational criminal syndicates and drug cartels. The technology...
  • Authenticity now the attribute craved by national Democrats

    10/13/2018 11:46:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 13, 2018 12:30 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Beto O’Rourke’s response to a question during a Houston town hall meeting this past summer lasted only four minutes. But for some Democrats it said everything. It was authentic. In an exchange that quickly went viral, the Democrat congressman and Senate hopeful was asked whether he found NFL players who knelt during the national anthem to be disrespectful. A passionate O’Rourke told the room of Texans, not necessarily a sympathetic crowd, that he could “think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights.” Clips of his answer were viewed millions of times...
  • Trump Administration Waives Environmental Laws for Texas Border Wall

    10/13/2018 11:31:07 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    Center for Biological Diversity ^ | 9 Oct, 2018 | Laiken Jordahl
    The Trump administration today (9 Oct) announced that it will waive 28 laws to speed construction of gates and other border-wall infrastructure in Cameron County, Texas, including areas adjacent to a national wildlife refuge. The waiver is intended to speed border-wall construction by sweeping aside laws that protect clean air, clean water, public lands and endangered wildlife. This is fourth time the Trump administration has used the REAL ID waiver.
  • 4 Women Accused In Paid Voter Fraud Ring (Rats in Tarrant County,, TX)

    10/13/2018 8:26:48 AM PDT · by publana · 46 replies ^ | Oct 12, 2018 | Jason Allen
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Four women are facing felony charges, accused of being part of what Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office called an organized voter fraud ring in Fort Worth. The voter fraud charges involve mail-in ballots sent in ahead of the 2016 primary election in Texas. Paxton’s office said the case targeted elderly voters on the north side of Fort Worth.
  • Houston mom chases down man filming her in dressing room

    10/13/2018 6:56:07 AM PDT · by bgill · 30 replies
    kxan ^ | Oct. 12, 2018 | NBC news
    A Houston, Texas woman chased a man out of a department store after she said the man took pictures of her while she was changing in an Academy Sports dressing room. "I have a very clear picture of his face, very clear," Holly Armstrong says. Armstrong says the man who violated her privacy is ingrained in her mind, but she wanted to make sure it was also captured on video. "There was a moment when I followed him out of the dressing room where I said, 'No, there has been too many times where people get to walk away from...
  • Cruz says he's willing to participate in debate with O'Rourke on CNN

    10/12/2018 5:40:31 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/12/18 | CHRIS MILLS RODRIGO
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Friday that he is now willing to debate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) on CNN, the Associated Press reported. O'Rourke was previously scheduled to appear solo in a townhall in McAllen, Texas, on Oct. 18. Cruz had initially accepted CNN's invitation to join O'Rourke, but later declined earlier this week. "Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign initially accepted CNN's invitation to participate" but has since declined, CNN said in an announcement. "To be clear, the Cruz campaign proposed that @CNN host one of the Cruz-O’Rourke debates. The O’Rourke campaign declined. @CNN subsequently offered back to back town halls,...
  • Ocasio-Cortez: 'There's no debate' that fossil fuel production should stop

    10/12/2018 5:02:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 95 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/12/18 | Lauren Lee
    Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rallied an audience of supporters in Washington Thursday evening with calls to implement single-payer health care and tuition-free college – along with an appeal to stop fossil fuel production entirely. Ocasio-Cortez, who is running to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, has made no secret of her opposition to fossil fuels. She’s called for politicians to forsake donations from the industry and is pushing a “Green New Deal” plan which entails a shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. But she cast her position in stark terms Thursday, during a fundraiser at a restaurant...
  • De Niro floats Beto O'Rourke as Trump challenger

    10/12/2018 2:08:07 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 112 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/12/18 | JUDY KURTZ
    “This Beto O’Rourke seems interesting,” De Niro told Bloomberg News on Thursday, when asked who would be the best replacement for Trump.
  • Beto O'Rourke shatters fundraising records with $38 million quarter

    10/12/2018 1:16:13 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 58 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12 October 2018 | Carrie Dann
    O'Rourke, who faces incumbent Republican Ted Cruz in November, has highlighted small donations from individuals and eschewed special interest PACs. His campaign noted Friday that more than 800 thousand individuals have contributed to his campaign, which has benefited from viral moments that have enamored the young Democratic congressman to progressives nationwide.
  • Four women in ‘voter fraud ring’ arrested. They targeted seniors on city’s north side

    10/12/2018 1:38:27 PM PDT · by tje · 59 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | October 12, 2018 |
    FORT WORTH Members of an organized voter fraud ring have been arrested and indicted on charges they targeted and, in one case stole, the votes of elderly voters on the city’s north side. Four people were arrested — Leticia Sanchez, Leticia Sanchez Tepichin, Maria Solis and Laura Parra — after being indicted on 30 felony counts of voter fraud, according to a statement from the Texas Attorney General’s Office. These people allegedly were paid to target older voters on the north side “in a scheme to generate a large number of mail ballots and then harvest those ballots for specific...
  • Watch: Samuel L. Jackson Endorses Democrat Candidates in Ads for George Soros Funded Group

    10/12/2018 11:20:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 10/12/2018 | Warner T Houston
    Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson cut two advertisements for left-wing advocacy group Swing Left, endorsing Minnesota and Texas Democrat candidates for Congress. In one of the ads Samuel L. Jackson tweeted, he urged fans to support Democrat Angie Craig who is running for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. “I got lots of s**t to deal with, but I don’t mind helping out @AngieCraigMN — this election is THAT important,” Jackson tweeted for the candidate adding a link to the advocacy group Swing Left.
  • Directors tar mobility chief amid low toll revenues

    10/11/2018 10:14:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Longview News-Journal ^ | October 9, 2018 | Jimmy Daniell Isaac
    Gregg and Rusk county reps on a regional transportation board aren’t happy with the lack of progress, reporting and marketing for Toll 49 on which traffic and revenues have slowed.Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority directors hope a new on-ramp that opened Tuesday plus the addition of 6 more miles that open Nov. 1 — two months ahead of schedule — can resurrect sluggish toll revenue.Board member Dave Spurrier raised questions, however, about why more hasn’t been done to attract new drivers, especially from Interstate 20.“I’d just like to see an aggressive marketing plan,” Spurrier, who represents Gregg County, said soon...
  • Despite Everyman Image, O'Rourke Is Even Wealthier Than Cruz

    10/11/2018 7:32:50 PM PDT · by LUV W · 45 replies
    The Odessa American ^ | October 11, 2018 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With an unassuming air and a black Toyota Tundra he says was "the first new vehicle I've ever purchased," Beto O'Rourke has campaigned thousands of miles across Texas and risen to national prominence on a workaday image that aligns with his politics, but not his personal finances. The son of a onetime Republican county judge and a longtime furniture store owner, the Democratic congressman from El Paso married into the family of one of his hometown's most prominent developers and has assembled real estate investments worth millions.
  • Texas commissioner backs Confederate group's license plate

    10/10/2018 3:40:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/09/18
    Texas' agriculture commissioner says he will back a Confederate group's latest attempt to sell specialty license plates, because "there's no profit in hiding our history." The Sons of Confederate Veterans' Texas chapter proposed a license plate in March that features a rebel soldier carrying a Texas regiment's special flag at a Civil War battle, the Dallas Morning News reported. The specialty tag won't include the Confederate battle flag. Commissioner Sid Miller wrote a letter of support in March that said the Department of Agriculture would sponsor the plate. On Monday, he said he sees nothing wrong with the group's push...