The Obama administration is releasing inside the United States some immigrants who have crossed illegally into the country amid a surge in traffic across the Mexican border in southern Texas. But how many remains a mystery because the government won’t disclose the number.
The Homeland Security Department started flying immigrants to Arizona from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas last month after the number of immigrants, including more than 48,000 children traveling on their own, overwhelmed the Border Patrol there. Continue reading
The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called “reparative therapy” on minors. A push to include the new anti-gay language survived a key vote late Thursday in Fort Worth at the Texas Republican Convention where, across the street, tea party star U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz fired up attendees at a rally to defend marriage as between a man and a woman. Continue reading
On Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol released both a critical report on the use of force by its agents along the Mexican border and a revised use of force policy handbook prohibiting excessive force. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: Continuing foreign policy push, Obama goes to West Point More questions than answers on Afghanistan The first incumbent loses this cycle – oldest member of Congress White House feels there’s a chance for immigration to … Continue reading
GREENVILLE, Texas — Nationally, many Tea Party-backed candidates have been losing primary elections. But in Texas, Tea Party candidates are doing well. One big Tea Party organization has joined with other conservative groups. Their goal: becoming the dominant voice in Texas Republican politics. They recently urged North Texas voters to “retire” more sitting Republicans during the May 27 runoff election. Continue reading
Texas voters head to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on a several races that were left undecided in the primary election March 4, and one of the most heated run-off battles will be over the Republican slot for lieutenant governor, one of the most powerful positions in Texas. Incumbent David Dewhurst is being challenged by state Sen. Dan Patrick, who has the backing of the tea party — but you wouldn’t know that from a mysterious political mailer sent to voters this week. Continue reading
Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has been one of the most powerful figures in Texas since 2002, but he could be ousted Tuesday by GOP voters who appear ready to steer the state even further to the right by backing tea party favorites over establishment candidates. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say. Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, says a new report obtained by The Associated Press.
The report found regulatory gaps in environmental and worker protections and urged broad changes to U.S. safety rules. President Barack Obama pledged to stiffen enforcement following the explosion on April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. Continue reading
The midterm election primary season kicks off in earnest Tuesday with elections in North Carolina, Ohio, and Indiana. Get this: There are 13 states with primaries in May. It’s always nice when instead of just talking about races, you get results. The overarching question for May — does the Tea Party still have the juice? Continue reading
A botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate Tuesday night has renewed attention among opponents of the death penalty on the source of the drugs used to carry out the procedure. Continue reading