Tag Archives: Texas

TEXAS: Cruz Challenger Closes Gap In New Poll

The Hill reports: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) holds a narrow lead over Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), a poll released Wednesday showed. A Quinnipiac University Poll, conducted April 12-17, deemed the race too close to call. Cruz leads O’Rourke, by 3 percentage points — 47-44 — which falls within the poll’s margin of error of 3.6 percentage points. Support ...

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Melania To “Pay Respects” At Barbara Bush’s Funeral

CNN reports: First lady Melania Trump will attend the funeral for Barbara Bush in Texas on Saturday. “Mrs. Trump plans to pay her respects at the funeral on Saturday,” her communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN. Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a first lady who elevated the cause of literacy, died Tuesday. She was 92. The ...

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BREAKING: Barbara Bush Dies At 92

ABC News reports: Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas. She was 92. “A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92,” reads a statement from the office of former President George H.W. ...

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Barbara Bush Enters End-Of-Life Palliative Care

NBC News reports: Former first lady Barbara Bush will not seek additional medical treatment after a series of recent hospitalizations, a family spokesman said Sunday. In a statement, the spokesman said Bush, 92, would instead focus on “comfort care” after consulting with doctors and family members. It wasn’t immediately clear what Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, ...

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TEXAS: Former GOP Rep. Steve “Bengazi” Stockman Convicted Of 23 Felonies, Faces Decades In Prison

The Texas Tribune reports: Steve Stockman, a Republican former congressman from Texas, has been convicted of defrauding two conservative mega-donors and funneling their $1.25 million into personal and campaign expenses as part of what prosecutors have described as a “white collar crime spree.” A jury in federal court in Houston ruled Thursday afternoon that Stockman is guilty of all but ...

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Former State Official Rewarded With Federal Judiciary Nomination After Refusing To Sue Trump University

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports: President Donald Trump nominated David S. Morales to fill a federal judge vacancy for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi. In 2016 Morales’ role in then-Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Office gained attention. Morales said in a statement that year that he decided not to pursue a $5.4 million lawsuit against Trump and Trump ...

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TEXAS: Cruz Challenger Reports Huge Donations

The Texas Tribune reports: U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, raised over $6.7 million for his U.S. Senate bid in the first quarter of 2018, according to his campaign, a staggering number that poses a new category of threat to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. The haul is easily O’Rourke’s biggest fundraising quarter yet, more than double his next-closest total for ...

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HOUSTON: Feds Indict Megachurch Pastor For Selling Millions In Worthless Chinese Bonds To Elderly Investors

Put on your shocked faces: A Houston megachurch pastor and longtime spiritual adviser to President George W. Bush was indicted in federal court Thursday on claims that he sold more than $1 million in worthless Chinese bonds to vulnerable and elderly investors, some of whom lost their life savings to the alleged scheme. A federal grand jury in Shreveport, La., ...

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Austin Police Chief Reverses: Bomber Was A Terrorist

The Washington Post reports: In the days since police cornered the suspected Austin bomber last week, authorities faced intense criticism from some quarters for the way they described the man who paralyzed their city with fear. Interim Austin Police Chief ­Brian Manley called the 23-year-old suspect, Mark Anthony Conditt, a “challenged young man” frustrated about troubles in his personal life.  ...

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Texas Pastor Sentenced To 99 Years For Starving Child To Death Because He Was Possessed By Demons

The Dallas News reports: Aracely Meza cradles the limp body of a 2-year-old boy, praying for God to bring the starved toddler back to life. The moment was captured on videos that a Dallas County jury watched this week before finding the Balch Springs pastor guilty Friday of felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. The 52-year-old will ...

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Austin Bomber Belonged To Christian Survivalist Group

The Independent reports: The Austin bomber was involved in a teenage Christian “survivalist” group that discussed weapons and dangerous chemicals, according to a childhood friend. Mark Anthony Conditt reportedly took part in a conservative outdoors club called Righteous Invasion of Truth (RIOT), in which home-schooled young people studied the Bible and were taught gun skills. Conditt attended RIOT events with ...

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Austin Bomber Left 25-Minute Video Confession, Motive Still Unknown, Debate Rages Over “Terrorist” Label

The Austin Statesman reports: Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt left behind a 25-minute video confession recorded on his phone, which authorities found with him after he killed himself with an explosive device early Wednesday, interim Police Chief Brian Manley said in a news conference Wednesday evening. Manley said the recording – which officials believe was made between 9 and ...

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Feds Name Austin Bomber: Mark Anthony Conditt

Heavy.com reports: The suspect in five bombings that left two people dead and five others injured in Austin, Texas, has died after a confrontation with police in Round Rock, authorities said Wednesday morning. He has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, NBC News reports, citing two federal law enforcement sources. Conditt, a 24-year-old white male, was identified as the serial ...

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Austin Bomber Kills Himself As SWAT Team Closes In

NBC News report: The suspect in a spate of bombings that terrorized residents of Austin, Texas, died early Wednesday after detonating an explosive inside his vehicle as a SWAT team tried to apprehend him on the side of a highway, officials said. Authorities had tracked the suspect — a 24-year-old white man — to a hotel in Round Rock, a ...

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Austin-Bound Package Explodes At FedEx Facility

CBS News reports: The San Antonio Texas Fire Department says a package bomb bound for Austin has exploded at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas, hurting 1 person, a FedEx employee who apparently suffered a non-life-threatening “percussion-type” injury from the blast. The FBI and ATF are at the scene. An FBI agent told CBS “it’s more than possible” that ...

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AUSTIN: Fourth Package Bomb In A Month Injures Two

NBC News reports: Police told residents of a neighborhood in southwest Austin to stay at home until 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) Monday after the fourth explosion in less than a month hit Texas’ capital, injuring two men. In a late-night news conference on Sunday, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley raised the possibility that a tripwire triggered the device in ...

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TEXAS: Austin On Alert After Fatal Package Bombings

CBS News reports: Police in Austin say “similarities” between three package explosions in Texas’ capital city this month, two fatal, lead them to believe the incidents are related. The latest fatal incident, reported Monday morning, killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded a woman, Austin police chief Brian Manley said. The boy died at the scene and the woman in her ...

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Ted Cruz Warns That The Rage-Filled “Extreme Left” Will Turn Out In Historic Numbers For The 2018 Midterms

“If conservatives are complacent — we know that the left is going to show up. The extreme left, they’re angry. They’re filled with rage, they hate the president. And mark my words, we are going to see historic turnout from the extreme left in November, which means if conservatives stay home, we have the potential, we could lose both houses ...

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TEXAS: Pastor At Ex-Gay Torture Church Busted For Patronizing Prostitutes, Sheriff’s Deputy Also Nabbed

The Waco Herald-Tribune reports: A pastor resigned from a local church that has taken a vocal role in preventing human trafficking. The resignation came amid a prostitution investigation in December, and the pastor turned himself in to law enforcement on a prostitution charge today. Edward Ignacio Espinosa, 41, was arrested on a Class B misdemeanor prostitution charge after he paid ...

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Father & Son Church Staffers Charged With Child Rape, Pastor At Same Church Charged With Rape In 2011

NBC News Dallas reports: A father and son, both on the staff of a North Texas Baptist Church, have each been accused of sexual assault of a child, Mesquite police say. Steven Aaron Winn, 33, of Crandall, and his father, Larry Allen Winn, 65, of Dallas, are both employed at the Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite. The elder Winn ...

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