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Did Ivanka REALLY Tell Her Dad to “Cut Bait” With Kavanaugh?

This only fuels the fire of the #FAKENEWS accusations if it is not true. Also, who still uses the term “cut bait? All “news” publications since last Friday have been aflutter with all things Brett Kavanaugh and the fate of his Supreme Court nomination after Dianne Feinstein revealed she had been sitting on a troubling letter for over a month. The intrigue and suspense really ratcheted up when it was announced on Sunday that it ...
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Beto O’Rourke leads Ted Cruz by 2 among likely voters in U.S. Senate race, new poll finds

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Marjorie Kamys Cotera:O'Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, leads Republican incumbent Ted Cruz by 2 percentage points among likely voters, according to an Ipsos online poll released Wednesday in conjunction with Reuters and the University of Virginia. O’Rourke has been closing the gap over the last several months, but this is the first poll that puts him ahead of Cruz ...
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As solicitor general, Kyle Hawkins will lead Texas fights against the federal government

Kyle Hawkins, Texas' new solicitor general, at his Austin office on September 14, 2018. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune A top position in the Texas attorney general’s office changed hands this month, and with it went a row of bobbleheads. Sitting on the north windowsill in state solicitor general's office is a small army of conservative “jurists of the year,” named by the Texas Review of Law & Politics. The group includes some ...
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Analysis: Neal Dikeman’s voters could decide which Texan serves in the U.S. Senate

Neal Dikeman is the Libertarian candidate for governor of Texas. Facebook campaign page Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Libertarians and other third-party candidates have never won state elections in Texas and rarely make a meaningful difference in election results, with one big exception: As spoilers. If recent indications of a close U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, and U.S. Rep ...
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Ted Cruz at center of U.S. Supreme Court storm

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON — Just two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz seemed to be having fun. An old friend, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, testified before Cruz and other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was on the cusp of locking down for conservatives what was once ...
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Republican Pete Flores on track for upset in race for Democratic-friendly Uresti seat

Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left), a Democrat, and Republican Peter Flores are running for state Senate District 19. Bob Daemmrich: Gallego/Campaign website Republican Pete Flores was narrowly beating Democrat Pete Gallego on Tuesday night in the special election runoff for Senate District 19 as he pursued a major upset in the Democratic-friendly district. With over 80 percent of precincts reporting, Flores was leading Gallego by 2 percentage points in the race to replace convicted ...
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Dianne Feinstein Is Not Sure Christine Ford Is Telling the Truth, So Why Is She Doing This?

screengrab from https://twitter.com/elliosch/status/1042174479256969224 A little earlier today, California Senator and possible Chicom agent of influence Dianne Feinstein was commenting on the way she has managed to turn the confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh into something halfway between a goat-rope and a county fair. She had the most amazing comment: Feinstein's "I can't say everything is truthful" quote is accurate. Just ran on Fox. pic.twitter.com/MEkrRgG8oV — Elliott Schwartz (@elliosch) September 18, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Speaking to Fox ...
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A Texas prison guard has been charged in an assault connected to an inmate's death

An inmate died nearly two weeks after he was allegedly assaulted by a prison guard. Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune A Texas prison guard has been charged in the aggravated assault of an inmate who has since died, according to the state prison department’s investigatory branch. Correctional officer D’Andre Glasper allegedly assaulted Gary Ryan, 58, at the Estelle Unit in Huntsville on Aug. 30, who suffered from brain injuries and died nearly two weeks ...
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Ted Cruz leads Beto O'Rourke 54 to 45, new poll says

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), is challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O'Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leads his Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke by 9 percentage points among likely voters, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University. Released Tuesday, the survey found Cruz with 54 percent support and O'Rourke, an El Paso congressman, with 45 percent. Only 1 percent of those polled were undecided. "The ...
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Christine Ford May Not Show Up For Monday’s Hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa holds the gavel close while listening to testimony by Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla on Puerto Rico’s fiscal problems, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Puerto Rico and its debt crisis takes center stage in Congress as its governor testifies before a Senate panel about the U.S. commonwealth’s financial woes and the demands of creditors.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) At least that’s the ...
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Report says gentrification threatens to displace Austin's low-income residents, communities of color

Garden Street in east Austin sits in one of several neighborhoods that University of Texas at Austin professors identified as being vulnerable to gentrification displacing existing residents. Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune Revitalized neighborhoods surrounding Austin’s urban core provide affluent residents more housing options closer to downtown, increase developers’ profits and fetch city hall additional property tax revenue. But all that infill redevelopment is also pushing the city’s low-income residents, who are often people ...
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Faced with a teacher shortage, West Texas school district may be latest to go virtual

The Ector County school board will consider a proposal Tuesday on whether or not to fund "virtual teachers" in as many as 69 class sections. Courtesy Proximity Learning Faced with a drastic shortage of teachers, one West Texas school district may join a small but growing group of Texas communities settling for hiring some only available via screens. The Ector County school board, which oversees Odessa and its western suburbs, will consider a proposal Tuesday ...
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