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It Gets Worse: FOP Chief Asks DOJ for Smollett Case Probe Over Michelle Obama Aide’s Interference

    On March 15th, Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham sent a letter to the Justice Department requesting a federal probe into Cook County’s state attorney. The union chief alleged that Kim Foxx interfered in the investigation of disgraced Empire actor Jussie Smollett. According to Kevin, Kim acted inappropriately by attempting to convince Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to turn over the case to the FBI. She eventually removed herself entirely. As reported ...
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Endometriosis awareness month

March is endometriosis month. Nearly one in 10 women experiences endometriosis during her reproductive years. Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus is found outside the uterus, normally in the pelvic cavity. One of the biggest symptoms is pelvic pain. One third to one half of women with endometriosis may also become infertile. If your menstrual cramps are severe month after month, then you should speak with your health care provider about ...
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Analysis: Texas lawmakers will obviously need a special session, right? Only if they screw things up.

Texas House members hold a press conference to announce their school finance bill on Mar. 5, 2019. Emree Weaver / The Texas Tribune Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. The hallway gossip and speculation in the Texas Capitol is about whether it will take a special session to accomplish anything on school finance, property taxes, teacher pay raises — all the big stuff. The conventional ...
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These naturalized citizens belong on the Texas voter rolls. A state review could have kicked them off.

Hear from naturalized citizens whose voter eligibility was questioned as part of the state’s flawed review of the voter rolls. [ Read more ] Source: Texas Tribune Blue Left News ...
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LIE: MSNBC Suggests No One Is Trying to Take Our Guns. Here’s Their Correction.

Alessandra Mondolfi holds a sign against AR-15 weapons as she yells, “No More” during a protest against guns on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, is charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) In true leftist fashion, the Democrats have been utilizing the New Zealand shooting as ...
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Texas officials say it would cost $1 billion to cool prisons – but they’ve grossly overestimated AC costs before

Telford prison in New Boston, Texas. Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has put a hefty $1 billion price tag on the proposed installation of air conditioning in all of its uncooled prisons. But some lawmakers eyed the cost with skepticism Thursday as the department has a history of greatly overestimating cooling costs. The estimate was provided to state lawmakers ahead of a hearing on a long-shot bill that ...
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The Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico has come to El Paso

The border fence between El Paso and Juarez on Feb. 10, 2019. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune El PASO — Some asylum-seeking migrants here will be sent back to Mexico soon under an expanded policy that requires refugees to wait on the other side of the Rio Grande until their hearings before an American immigration judge. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that the Migration Protection Protocols, also known as “remain in Mexico,” ...
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Tribcast: Dan Patrick's stance on medical cannabis, Castro's struggles, O'Rourke's first week

Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune (Audio unavailable. Click here to listen on texastribune.org.) On this week’s TribCast, Aman talks to Alex, Aliyya and Ross about the mood in the Texas Capitol halfway through the session, why Dan Patrick has some pot advocates feeling paranoid and how the two Texans running for president are doing – and yes, there are still two. Read related Tribune coverage Tribcast: Beto O’Rourke is in. What now? TribCast: College admissions ...
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Shelter-in-place order lifted in Deer Park after benzene levels decline

A thick layer of smoke from a fire burning at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park hangs in the air above the downtown skyline of Houston, Texas, U.S., March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Tens of thousands of people east of Houston were told to stay indoors for hours Thursday after benzene and other volatile organic compounds were found in the air within the city limits of Deer Park. The order came one day after ...
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Hands off My Chicken: HuffPo and Think Progress Still Don’t Want You Eating at Chick-fil-A

People walk past a new Chick-fil-A restaurant, Thurs., Oct. 1, 2015 in NY. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) One thing you can say about the activist left, regardless of what you might think about their warped priorities: They don’t give up. It’s been seven years since their calls to boycott Chick-fil-A started over the restaurant’s stance on gay marriage, and despite the gross ineffectiveness of the campaign, liberals are still at it. Progressive LGBTQ activists were quick ...
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Point of Order: Texas and the sexes

(Audio unavailable. Click here to listen on texastribune.org.) In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to House members Mary Gonzalez, Sarah Davis and Toni Rose about gender, politics and public policy in a state where the population is majority female but elected officials are overwhelmingly male. Read related Tribune coverage With major policy differences emerging, state leaders continue to project unity Texas lawmakers have tried to end daylight ...
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On some big issues this year, Texas lawmakers are going against the polls

Lawmakers form a scrum on the Texas House floor during a debate over gun legislation in 2015. Bob Daemmrich Politicians are often said to be chasing the polls, but sometimes they run the other way. According to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, at least two issues popular with a majority of Republican and Democratic voters — requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave and the implementation of “red flag” laws that would allow ...
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