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Vice Magazine Writer’s Despicable Attack on Justice Kavanaugh Reaches A New Low

  Vice Magazine published an article about the life and death of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a sex worker who was found guilty of killing seven clients between 1989 and 1990. She claimed she had shot these men in self-defense. After spending ten years on death row, Wuornos died by lethal injection in 2002. She has become a cult hero to some, including rap star Cardi B, who featured her photograph on a single she ...
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A Woman Packing a Glock Confronts Beto Over His ‘Evil’ Confiscation Plan: ‘Hell No, You’re Not!’ (Video)

[Screenshot from Jon Murray via Twitter, https://twitter.com/JonMurray/status/1174843068891033600]   I can’t imagine anything sillier than the idea that taking guns away from people who obey the law — that is to say, making sure only criminals have that firepower — could possibly result in improved safety. It’s not just short-sightedness; it’s a complete lack of the most basic consideration of the particulars, in my view. But apparently, not everybody agrees with me. Listen to that group ...
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Trump administration reaches deal to send asylum seekers to El Salvador

A member of the gang response unit known as the FIRT, Fuerzas de Intervencion Rapida al Territorio, in Soyapango, El Salvador. Martin do Nascimento for The Texas Tribune The Trump administration has reached an accord that could allow the United States to turn away asylum seekers at the U.S. border and send them to El Salvador to seek refuge, pushing migrants into one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The deal between the ...
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Two people died in the wake of tropical storm Imelda, others left stranded and trapped

A police vehicle is partially submerged as Tropical Depression Imelda causes widespread flooding near Beaumont on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. USA TODAY NETWORK Two deaths are linked to Tropical Storm Imelda, which flooded the Houston area Thursday and left hundreds stranded and in need of rescue, officials say. Thursday's downpour reached up to 30 inches in some areas, said a National Weather Service representative, and drew comparison to Hurricane Harvey, which dumped more than 50 ...
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This migrant mother and her child couldn't wait for their asylum court date anymore. They drowned trying to enter the U.S.

Idalia Yamileth Herrera Hernandez and her 21-month-old son, Iker Gael Cordova Herrera, died while attempting to cross the Rio Grande into Texas. Social media A Honduran mother and her 21-month-old son died near Del Rio earlier this month after trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson confirmed Friday. According to CNN, Idalia Yamileth Herrera Hernandez had recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her son, Iker Gael Cordova ...
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Ted Cruz Humorously Zings Politifact With Nixon Gif After They ‘Fact Check’ His Claim They Are Owned by DNC

Senator Ted Cruz speaks at the George H.W. Bush Commemorative Center in Midland, Texas for a campaign stop Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Cruz is on his bus tour campaigning before the mid-term elections. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP) In the aftermath of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s “Hell yes” comments at last Thursday’s Democratic debate on the issue of his gun confiscation plan, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took Politifact to task on the Twitter ...
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Analysis: Texas gun laws might not change, but the conversation is evolving

Guns at McBride's Gun Inc. Callie Ricmond for The Texas Tribune Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. It seems safe to say that neither the Texas Legislature nor the Republican Party is going to follow Beto O’Rourke’s call for a mandatory buyback of assault weapons. Actually, it seems safe to say lots of Texas Democrats are just as unlikely to sign up. But it’s also ...
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Texas raises sentencing for hit-and-run car accidents to equivalent of DWI manslaughter

Philip Wood, a former UT track runner, was killed in Austin in 2014 by a driver who left the scene of the accident. Courtesy of the University of Texas Athletics Three years after his son's death, David Wood saw the driver accused of hitting his son on the highway in 2014 and leaving the scene finally receive a guilty verdict — but the punishment wasn't what he, or the prosecutors handling the case, had hoped ...
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Think You’ve Heard the Stupidest Thing Ever? I Disagree. Witness the Woke’s New Condemnation of Ikea

    So there you are, thinking you’ve heard of the stupidest thing possible. But then I swoop in with this. Do you appreciate affordable, well-designed furniture? Are you a fan of modern, minimalist decor? Do you hanker for a hunka Ikea? Well, your favorite Swedish slinger of Lingonberry soda is in trouble. In fact, its worse than you may imagine. The assembly-required home goods haven recently had the nerve to…**Trigger Warning**…serve peas. Yes — ...
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In fight over agriculture funding, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela calls GOP Texan "a racist Christian pretender"

From left, U.S Reps. Mike Conaway and Filemon Vela. | by Marjorie Kamys Cotera and Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune Marjorie Kamys Cotera and Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON - Members of the Texas congressional delegation achieved a new level of acrimony on Thursday, as Democratic U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela accused his fellow Texan and Republican colleague U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway of being "a racist Christian pretender." The issue at hand was ...
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Tropical Storm Imelda brings flooding, disaster declaration to southeast Texas

Flooding caused by Tropical Depression Imelda in downtown Beaumont on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters Flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda on Thursday left hundreds of people trapped in their homes and cars; led to water rescues, a hospital evacuation and power outages; and closed entire school districts, according to officials and local media. The flooding in southeast Texas is drawing comparisons to Hurricane Harvey, which dumped more than 50 inches of ...
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Zing: Sen. Joe Manchin Channels Charlton Heston in Fiery Response to Beto’s Gun Confiscation Plan

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks at a roundtable on the opioid epidemic at Cabell-Huntington Health Center in Huntington, WVa., Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Most high-profile Democrats who have criticized Beto O’Rourke’s gun confiscation plan have done so from the perspective that they believe it’ll hurt the party in years to come, and that it’s undoable. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), however, is a different kind of Democrat with a different kind of perspective ...
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