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Power to the people – could a citizens’ assembly solve the Brexit crisis?

They led to radical change in Ireland’s view on abortion and spurred Texas to get behind wind power. Could a group of ordinary people do for Brexit what Theresa May can’t?In the summer of 1978, George Bishop and a team of researchers in Cincinnati, Ohio, conducted a poll on some of the big political topics of the day. One question went as follows: “Some people say that the 1975 Public Affairs Act should be repealed. Do you agree or disagree with this idea?” It turned out that 16% did agree, and ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Obama, UK News, Ireland, Theresa May, Brexit, Public Affairs, Cincinnati Ohio, George Bishop


Brace Yourself: Waves Of 2020 Announcements Expected Soon

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months of speculation and secrecy, the 2020 presidential primary season is about to explode. With several Democrats already in the race, a half dozen more are locking down final travel, staffing and strategy to launch White House bids in the coming weeks. While plans may change, the announcements are expected to come in waves, the first featuring a group of ambitious Senate Democrats including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris and Ne...
Tags: New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Obama, California, Washington, Senate, White House, New York City, Los Angeles, Joe Biden, Ap, Cnn, Hillary Clinton, New Hampshire


Trump Mindful Of Optics As He Decides Which Trips To Take During Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vacation jaunts and hobnobbing with global elites at a Swiss ski resort are out for President Donald Trump. Visits with troops and farmers are OK. Like some of his recent predecessors, Trump is carefully picking and choosing where he’ll travel during the partial government shutdown. He visited with U.S. troops stationed at a military base in western Iraq the day after Christmas and flew to the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Texas last week to try to buttress his argument for...
Tags: Japan, Florida, Texas, News, Maryland, Obama, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Boston, Iraq, Southeast Asia, Barack Obama, Ap, Ronald Reagan


Trump equates illegal immigrants with paedophiles in attempt to justify need for border wall

Donald Trump has claimed that thousands of illegal immigrants who have sexually abused children are currently in prisons in Texas, upping his rhetoric as he seeks to justify funding for his border wall. Mr Trump was quoting John Jones of the Texas Department for Public Safety (DPS). Late last week, Mr Jones appeared at an immigration roundtable at the White House and said that more than 4,000 have been incarcerated for sexual assault in the last seven years.
Tags: Texas, News, White House, Donald Trump, Jones, Trump, John Jones, Texas Department for Public Safety DPS Late


Julián Castro launches presidential bid with speech in Texas

Obama housing secretary would be first Hispanic American nominee if he beats Democratic field likely to number 20 or moreJulián Castro, the federal housing secretary under Barack Obama, announced his presidential bid on Saturday with an address in his home city of San Antonio, Texas, where he served for five years as mayor. Related: Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020 Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Obama, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, San Antonio, Castro, San Antonio Texas, Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, US elections 2020


Julian Castro Announces 2020 Presidential Run

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Assailing President Donald Trump for “a crisis of leadership,” former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joined the 2020 presidential race Saturday as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates, while anticipation grows around bigger names still considering a White House run. Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, made immigration a centerpiece of his announcement in his home...
Tags: Texas, News, Maryland, Congress, California, Mexico, White House, Massachusetts, Barack Obama, Ap, Hillary Clinton, Hawaii, Nevada, Donald Trump, San Antonio, Castro


GOP rejected Obama’s executive reach but accepts Trump’s

By LISA MASCARO | AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama stunned Republicans when he bypassed Congress and — relying on what he called his pen and his phone — used executive powers to enact his agenda, including protecting millions of young immigrants from deportation. Now, with President Donald Trump proposing an even more dramatic end-run around Congress to build his promised border wall with Mexico, many Republicans are uneasily cheering him on. The potential use o...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Immigration, Alabama, Barack Obama, Georgia, Sport, Austin


Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro announces presidential run

By PAUL J. WEBER | Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Assailing President Donald Trump for “a crisis of leadership,” former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joined the 2020 presidential race Saturday as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates, while anticipation grows around bigger names still considering a White House run. Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, put immigration and the record-lo...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Texas, News, Maryland, Obama, Congress, California, Mexico, White House, Massachusetts, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Hawaii


Julián Castro launches presidential bid with San Antonio speech

Obama housing secretary would be first Hispanic American nominee if he beats Democratic field likely to number 20 or moreJulián Castro, the federal housing secretary under Barack Obama, announced his presidential bid on Saturday with an address in his home city of San Antonio, Texas, where he served for five years as mayor. Related: Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020 Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Obama, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, San Antonio, Castro, San Antonio Texas, Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, US elections 2020


Trump Says He’s In The WH ‘Waiting’ For Dems On 22nd Day Of Longest Shutdown

President Donald Trump pivoted back to expressing his shutdown woes Saturday morning after going on a Twitter tirade over a reported FBI investigation on him in the days following former FBI Director James Comey’s firing. Trump tweeted that he’s in the White House “waiting” for Democrats to come back to Washington D.C. to end the shutdown — which he claims they could “solve” in “15 minutes.” Democrats should come back to Washington and work to end the Shutdown, while at the same time ending the...
Tags: Texas, News, Washington, White House, Fbi, Donald Trump, James Comey, Trump, Donald J Trump, Livewire, Summer Concepcion


Trump Says He’s In The WH ‘Waiting’ For Dems On 21st Day Of Longest Shutdown

President Donald Trump pivoted back to expressing his shutdown woes Saturday morning after going on a Twitter tirade over a reported FBI investigation on him in the days following former FBI Director James Comey’s firing. Trump tweeted that he’s in the White House “waiting” for Democrats to come back to Washington D.C. to end the shutdown — which he claims they could “solve” in “15 minutes.” Democrats should come back to Washington and work to end the Shutdown, while at the same time ending the...
Tags: Texas, News, Washington, White House, Fbi, Donald Trump, James Comey, Trump, Donald J Trump, Livewire, Summer Concepcion


Julián Castro set to launch presidential bid with San Antonio speech

Obama housing secretary would be first Hispanic American nominee if he beats Democratic field likely to number 20 or moreJulián Castro, the federal housing secretary under Barack Obama, is expected to announce his presidential bid on Saturday with an address in his home city of San Antonio, Texas, where he served for five years as mayor. Related: Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020 Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Obama, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, San Antonio, Castro, San Antonio Texas, Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, US elections 2020


Bill Allowing Post-Shutdown Federal Employee Back Pay Heads To Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to pay for his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall as pressure mounts to end the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government and deprived hundreds of thousands of workers of their salaries. Some 800,000 federal employees, more than half still on the job, were due to miss their first paycheck Friday under a stoppage that neared a record for the longest government shutdown. With the closu...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Ap, House, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Puerto Rico, Trump, Calif


Trump Eyes Disaster Money, Army Corps Of Engineers Budget To Pay For Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas and more than a dozen other states to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall as he weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress. The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to comb through its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds that Congress earmarke...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Washington, White House, Ap, Idaho, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Puerto Rico, Trump, Army Corps, Simpson, California Florida, Congress The White House, Appropriations Committee


Gov’t Workers To Miss First Paychecks Friday As Shutdown Nears Record Length

The effects of the government shutdown are about to get a lot more real. Roughly 800,000 government workers will miss their first paychecks on Friday if the partial government shutdown continues, as expected, into its 21st day. One day longer, and the shutdown will become the longest in U.S. history on Saturday. Furloughed workers from a variety of agencies won’t get their checks. TSA agents, Coast Guard members and other workers deemed essential who’ve been working through the shutdown won’t ...
Tags: Texas, News, Mexico, Senate, White House, House, Tsa, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Trump, Coast Guard, AFGE, Cameron Joseph, American Federation of Government Employees, Chuck Schumer D NY, Department of Housing Urban Development


As Trump visits border, Texas landowners prepare wall fight

By NOMAAN MERCHANT HIDALGO, Texas — As President Donald Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall , landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way. The federal government has started surveying land along the border in Texas and announced plans to start construction next month. Rather than surrender their land, some property owners are digging in, vowing to reject buyout offers and preparing to ...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Mexico, White House, Immigration, Uncategorized, Sport, Dhs, Soccer, Democrats, Homeland Security, Catholic, CBP, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security


Trump Says He Never Meant Mexico Would ‘Write Out a Check’ for Border Wall

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claims he never said during the 2016 presidential campaign that Mexico would “write out a check” to directly pay for a border wall. Ahead of a visit to the border in Texas on Thursday, Trump said, “During the campaign, I would say Mexico’s going to pay for it. Obviously, I […]
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Washington, Mexico, Donald Trump, Trump, Border Wall, Trump Says He Never Meant Mexico


Trump repeats threat to call national emergency as he heads to border

Texas visit – which Trump is reportedly unenthusiastic about – comes as rift with Democrats over shutdown hardensDonald Trump has reiterated his threat to declare a national emergency if Congress does not meet his demand for billions of dollars to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border as part of a deal to end the partial government shutdown.As he left the White House on Thursday for a visit to the Texas border, Trump told reporters he would prefer to work with Congress on a deal to end the...
Tags: Texas, Congress, White House, US, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, House Of Representatives, US immigration, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration


President Trump Says It Will Be ‘Very Surprising’ If He Doesn’t Declare Emergency to Build the Wall

The President heads to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas today
Tags: Texas, News, Mexico, White House, Immigration, Uncategorized, Trump, Onetime


Texas Border Landowners Vow To Reject Buyouts For Trump’s Wall

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — As President Donald Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way. The federal government has started surveying land along the border in Texas and announced plans to start construction next month. Rather than surrender their land, some property owners are digging in, vowing to reject buyout offers and preparing to fight the adm...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Mexico, White House, Dhs, Democrats, Homeland Security, Catholic, CBP, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Gulf of Mexico, Trump, Border Protection, Fred


Donald Trump's sweet treats fail to convince Democrats as wall meeting ends in acrimony

Donald Trump was on Thursday heading to the border with Mexico to step up pressure on funding for the wall after his latest efforts to end the government shutdown ended in further acrimony. Mr Trump handed out sweets to leading Democrats as he sought their support for the wall in a meeting in the White House on Wednesday night, but the president allegedly flew into a "tantrum", slamming the table and walking out when opposition leaders refused his demands. Mr Trump tweeted shortly after that the...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Mexico, White House, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Nancy, Trump, Mike Pence, Donald J Trump, Pence, Schumer, Rio Grande Valley, McAllen


Texas landowners dig in to fight Trump’s border wall

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — As President Donald Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way. The federal government has started surveying land along the border in Texas […]
Tags: Texas, News, White House, Nation, Donald Trump, Trump, HIDALGO Texas AP, Eloisa Cavazos


Top Texas conservative in Washington ahead of Trump speech

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A top Texas conservative has been called away from his duties overseeing the opening of the state’s legislative session for a meeting at the White House. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick headed Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Texas and his trip to Washington comes as the president prepares to address the nation […]
Tags: Texas, News, Washington, White House, Ap, Nation, Donald Trump, Trump, Austin Texas, Dan Patrick, Nation & World Politics


Argument preview: Requiring notice and comment under the Medicare statute

The intricacies of the Medicare program will be on display at the Supreme Court next week, in a case challenging a major Department of Health and Human Services payment determination issued without notice-and-comment procedures. The case has administrative law mavens tuned in as well, as it may have broader implications for the still unresolved but critical question of when agencies in general may act without such procedures. Medicare, the massive federal health insurance program for the elder...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Barack Obama, Cms, United States, Medicare, Department Of Homeland Security, APA, HHS, D C Circuit, Department of Health and Human Services, Kavanaugh, Sebelius


Detectives investigate 2nd death at West Hollywood apartment of Democratic donor Ed Buck

WEST HOLLYWOOD — A man was found dead early Monday at the West Hollywood apartment of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck, where another man was found dead of what authorities deemed a drug overdose in 2017. Deputies from the sheriff’s West Hollywood station responded about 1:05 a.m. to the 1200 block of Laurel Avenue regarding a person not breathing. The caller performed CPR and called 911, and Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene, according to Deputy...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, The Times, Lgbtq, Local News, Public Safety, West Hollywood, Ed Buck, Los Angeles County, Moore, Buck


Perez Has ‘Hardest Job In Politics’ As Tough Democratic Primary Takes Shape

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is at the center of the biggest test his party has faced in recent history. The party has rebounded from its disastrous 2016 performance with key midterm victories , but now stares at a long and potentially divisive presidential primary fight that could include dozens of candidates. The DNC is rehabilitating from years of neglect and infighting and lags its Republican counterpart in fundraising and data capabilities — key elem...
Tags: New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Obama, Washington, Boston, New York City, West Virginia, Barack Obama, Dnc, Ap, House, Andrew Cuomo, Ellison, Bernie Sanders


House Dems Move To Save Obamacare Against Ruling Striking It Down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Democratic-controlled House has moved toward defending former President Barack Obama’s health care law against a federal court ruling that the statute is unconstitutional, part of the party’s effort to use the issue to embarrass Republicans. The House has filed papers seeking to intervene in the case, Democrats announced Friday, which by itself is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the litigation. The House action’s greatest impact is likely to be political. The...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Washington, Barack Obama, Ap, House, House Of Representatives, New Orleans, Nancy Pelosi, Justice Department, Trump, Calif, 5th U S Circuit Court of Appeals, June Trump, American House


Poll: Nearly Half Of Americans See Immigration As Top Issue Of 2019

As much of the U.S. government remains shut down over President Donald Trump’s insistence on funding for his border wall, nearly half of Americans identify immigration as a top issue for the government to work on this year. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted shortly before the shutdown began finds that both Republicans and Democrats are far more likely to include immigration in their list of top issues facing the country this year compared with a year ag...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Senate, White House, America, Cnn, Democrats, Gop, Iowa, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, Central America, Parks, Trump, Youngstown


After swearing in, LA-area Rep. Brad Sherman tries again to impeach President Trump

That didn’t take long: On day 1 of the new Congress, San Fernando Valley Rep. Brad Sherman joined a Texas colleague Thursday to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump. It’s actually a re-introduction of the articles that Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, and Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, first submitted July 12, 2017, charging that Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors by trying to halt the investigation into his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russian officials. The difference is t...
Tags: Texas, Nbc, Justice, Congress, La, Senate, White House, San Francisco, Sport, Fbi, Green, Soccer, House, Bill Clinton, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi


House Dems’ New Majority Faces Cold Opening With Lingering Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government reopened from the partial shutdown. As the Congress gavels in for the 116th session the early votes will be the usual ones — establishing the House rules and electing the House speaker, presumably California Democrat Nancy Pelosi. But the new majority will quickly pivot Thursday to a pair of bills to fund the parts o...
Tags: New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Congress, Colorado, California, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Ap, House, Paul ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Republican



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