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Cruz holds nine-point lead in new poll of likely TX voters
(Lubbock KJTV (FOX) 34 © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452230205)

Senator Cruz has a 54-45 percent lead among likely voters over Rep. Beto O'Rourke in the race for Cruz's Senate seat according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll. This is the first Quinnipiac Poll among likely voters in the race. Among likely voters, 93 percent say their mind is made up. This includes 94 percent of Cruz backers and 92 percent of O'Rourke backers. Among women in the poll, 50 pe
 


 

Cruz opens up 9 point lead over Oâ€(tm)Rourke, poll finds
(Austin American-Statesman © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452231728)

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has a 9-percentage point lead over challenger U.S. Rep. Beto ORourke, D-El Paso, according to a poll of likely voters released Tuesday. A Quinnipiac University Poll in August of registered voters not likely voters had Cruz, seeking a second term, holding an apparent 6-point lead. In May, another Quinnipiac poll of registered voters had Cruz topping ORourke by 11 poi
 


 

Sen. Cruz campaign sends mailers marked 'Summons Enclosed'
(Houston KPRC (NBC) 2 © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452229352)

HOUSTON - Sen. Ted Cruzs campaign is responding to criticism after sending letters seeking campaign donations that look like court summons. KPRC2 received multiple complaints from viewers in Harris County. Residents in Travis County have also received the letters.
 


 

Sen. Cruz: 'BBQ will be illegal' if Rep. Beto O'Rourke wins Texas Senate race
(KTRK 13 News © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 03:14:33 (Article ID 1452254234)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Locked in a tight re-election battle, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is casting the race for a U.S. Senate race in stark terms over one of Texas' most sacred foods: barbecue. According to the Austin-American Statesman , Cruz was referencing recent protests at one of his campaign events over the weekend by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) when he claimed that Demo
 


 

Senior HUD official attempts to clarify controversial social posts
(El Paso KVIA (ABC) 7 © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452228893)

(CNN) - A senior official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development attempted on Monday and Tuesday to clarify controversial social media posts about news coverage of Hurricane Florence and the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Lynne Patton, HUDs regional administrator for New York and New Jersey, on Sunday shared a meme on her verified Instagram pa
 


 

State needs to revamp school finance
(Alvin Sun-Advertiser © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 03:14:33 (Article ID 1452254841)

A few weeks ago, the Alvin ISD school board voted unanimously to ask voters to approve a bond package worth more than $480 million.   The money is desperately needed to pay for new schools that must be built to handle the escalating influx of new students to the district.  When I learned about the bond proposal, I had two thoughts. First, I was kind of impressed with the idea that the distri
 


 

Ted Cruz leads Beto ORourke 54 to 45, new poll says
(San Angelo Standard Times © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452228287)

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leads his Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke by 9 percentage points among likely voters, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University. Released Tuesday, the survey found Cruz with 54 percent support and O'Rourke, an El Paso congressman, with 45 percent. Only 1 percent of those polled were undecided.  "The Texas U.S. Senate race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Congress
 


 

Texas Democrats need big turnout to win
(El Paso KVIA (ABC) 7 © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452228891)

(CNN) - Its become an old clich that elections come down to turnout. While that may be exaggerated in most places, its definitely not in Texas. Democrats need voters who dont traditionally vote to cast a ballot this year in order to to win, and its not clear that they will in 2018. This could cost Democrats on both the Senate and House sides. A new Quinnipiac University poll of the Texas Senate r
 


 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

Allies plan U.N. meeting to work around Trump Palestinian aid cut-off
(Washington Times © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452266715)

A group of European and Middle Eastern allies of the United States announced plans to meet on the sidelines of next weeks U.N. General Assembly gathering in New York to discuss how to make up the shortfalls after the Trump administration cut off all funding for aid to Palestinian refugees. The State Department announced Aug. 31 that it was ending all U.S. payments to the U.N. Relief and Works Age
 


 

AP Explains: Mueller's legal actions not overlooked by Trump
(Washington Times © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452266717)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Robert Mueller has been busy. In just the last two weeks, the special counsel has secured the cooperation of President Donald Trumps former campaign chairman, dispensed with the case of the campaign aide who triggered the Russia probe and signaled hes squeezed all the information he needs out of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. All that activity has not gone unno
 


 

Brett Kavanaughs friend Mark Judge declines to testify about alleged sexual assault
(USA Today © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452267062)

More: What we know about Mark Judge "In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident," Judge said in his statement to the committee. "Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter. More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes.""I have no information to offer the Committee and I do not wish to speak pub
 


 

Criminal regimes against the rest of us
(Washington Times © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 03:14:33 (Article ID 1452246746)

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Imagine you live in a nice, quiet town and aim to keep it that way. You own a business. Your customers are friendly. Your vendors are honest. People respect one another. They abide by the rules. Then, one day, criminals move into the neighborhood. Do you welcome the thugs, thieves and murderers, conduct business with them and attempt to integrate them into your village? I suspe
 


 

Despite severe staffing cuts, IRS enforcement operations bring in more revenue
(USA Today © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452267192)

MOREWASHINGTON Despite seeing its workforce cut by nearly one-fourth in recent years, the amount taken in by the Internal Revenue Services enforcement operations has increased steadily, a new report shows.Enforcement revenue increased by $2.6 billion to $56.9 billion in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the annual report statistical snapshot of the IRS by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax
 


 

Donald Trump erodes Social Security and Medicare solvency while blaming Democrats
(USA Today © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 04:44:50 (Article ID 1452279115)

Trump says Democrats want to destroy Social Security and Medicare (they don't) and he's making them stronger (he isn't). They've weakened on his watch. Some of President Donald Trump’s lies fall into what I call the “yeah, right” category. Like saying he doesn’t have time to watch TV, or how, as a candidate, he said he'd be too busy working to play golf. Yeah, right. Others are cringeworthy and de
 


 

Feds plan funding boost to fight assaults on Native women
(Washington Times © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452266734)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it grants tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women, a top official said. In an interview, the Justice Departments third-highest ranking official told The Associated Press that officials are seeking, in part, to address the issue wit
 


 

Florence aftermath: 35 dead; flooding leaves North Carolina residents seeking food, water
(USA Today © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452267054)

MOREProsperous, vibrant Wilmington opened distribution centers for food, water and tarps Tuesday as officials in the North Carolina city struggled to feed a population cut off by the historic floods of once-mighty Hurricane Florence.The Cape Fear River, normally a tourist attraction and economic boon, has brought the city of 120,000 to its knees. Residents who didn't flee before Florence hit last
 


 

Ford wants her Kavanaugh claim investigated before hearing
(Washington Times © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452266742)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a SenateJudiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said in a letter to the panel. The lawyers wrote that Ford, who is now a college professor in California, wants to cooperate with the committee. But in the day
 


 

Hillary Clinton: Trump 'left unchecked' in midterms could do lasting damage
(CNN.com © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452267276)

Washington (CNN)Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that if there isn't a "very big rejection" of President Donald Trump's "authoritarian tendencies" in the midterm elections, she's worried about what an unchecked Trump could do to the government.Clinton told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show" that she is worried about those tendencies.The "authoritarian
 


 

Kavanaugh accuser's friend says she has told him she needs more than one exit from her bedroom
(CNN.com © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452267275)

Washington (CNN)A longtime friend of Christine Blasey Ford -- the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault -- tells CNN that Ford has previously said she needs "more than one exit door in her bedroom to prevent her from being trapped." Jim Gensheimer, who has known Ford for eight years, said Tuesday in a statement to CNN that she has always been "an honest, truthful a
 


 

Kavanaugh's accuser and the curious George Soros links
(Washington Times © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452266652)

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Look at whats going on with Judge Brett Kavanaughs confirmation proceedings for the Supreme Court, and the fingerprints of George Soros are all over it. First there was a report from June in the Daily Caller that found a new political advocacy group that vowed to put $5 million behind an effort to stop Kavanaughs confirmation has significant ties to the liberal financier Soros
 


 

Kavanaugh's accuser made her move -- now Republicans have to choose
(CNN.com © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 03:14:33 (Article ID 1452249009)

In a major twist to his confirmation saga, attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, said their client was not prepared to testify in a public hearing offered by Republicans unless the FBI first investigates her allegations. Kavanaugh has categorically rejected the claims. Ford's decision, conveyed in a letter
 


 

Lawsuit over suicide after political scandal ends for some
(Washington Times © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452266757)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed some defendants, but not others, from a civil rights lawsuit filed by relatives of a Mississippi man after he killed himself following a bitterly-fought U.S. Senate race. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday ruled Mark Mayfields widow and sons cant sue the Butler Snow law firm and its chairman, or Madison Police Chief Gene Waldro
 


 

Mattis dismissive of news reports of tension with Trump
(Washington Times © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452266831)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday dismissed recent news reports that tensions between him and President Donald Trump point to his exit soon. Asked by a reporter whether such reports should be taken seriously, he replied, No. I wouldnt take it seriously at all. Its like most of those kind of things in this town that he said are fanned by baseless rumor. Somebody cooks up a
 


 

President Trump says he feels terribly for Brett Kavanaugh
(USA Today © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452267194)

MOREWASHINGTON  President Donald Trump said Tuesday he feels "terribly" for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and blamed "obstructionist" Democrats for using allegations of sexual assault to delay his confirmation.  "This is not a man who deserves this," Trump said of his nominee during a press conference. Trump said he has not spoken with Kavanaugh about Christine Blasey Ford's accusation tha
 


 

Republicans insist on strict timetable to hear out Kavanaughs accuser: Monday is her opportunity
(USA Today © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452267191)

MOREWASHINGTON Senate Republicans insisted Tuesday on a truncated process and timetable for determining whether a 36-year-old claim of sexual assault should derail Brett Kavanaughs march to the Supreme Court.Refusing to consider Democrats demands for an FBI investigation or an expanded public hearing with additional witnesses, Republican leaders said California professor Christine Blasey Ford sho
 


 

Senate backs bill to avert shutdown, boost military spending
(Washington Times © 09/19/2018)
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Indexed 2018-09-19 05:17:20 (Article ID 1452266800)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December. The measure includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and boosts military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest pay raise in nine years. The bill also approves
 


 

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