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Beto O'Rourke to take part in MSNBC town hall at University of...
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457877520)

HOUSTON - The race for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas continues to receive more national attention as Election Day is exactly a week away. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz ( R) and Democrat Rep. Beto ORourke of El Pasoare not wasting any time and pressing on the campaign trail in an effort to earn votes.
 


 

In GOP strongholds, Texas Democrats running liberal campaigns have raised eye-popping sums
(Texas Tribune © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 03:14:51 (Article ID 1457908149)

Standing before a packed crowd at the Austin City Limits Music Festival earlier this month, Julie Oliver delivered an impassioned speech highlighting her support for marijuana legalization and universal health care. "Are we going to be a country where a teacher dies because she cannot afford her flu medication or are we going to guarantee universal health care for everybody – rich, poor, young,
 


 

Lawmaker: Texas Capitol offices evacuated due to package
(El Paso KDBC (CBS) 4 © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457878079)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas state lawmaker says his office and others nearby in the state Capitol were evacuated "due to a suspicious package." Republican Rep. Matt Schaefer of Tyler tweeted Tuesday that the Department of Public Safety evacuated his staff "along with other offices in the vicinity" inside the sprawling Capitol building in downtown Austin. Schaefer concluded with: "If phones ar
 


 

Lawmaker: Texas Capitol offices evacuated due to package
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457877825)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas state lawmaker says his office and others nearby in the state Capitol were evacuated "due to a suspicious package." Republican Rep. Matt Schaefer of Tyler tweeted Tuesday that the Department of Public Safety evacuated his staff "along with other offices in the vicinity" inside the sprawling Capitol building in downtown Austin. Schaefer concluded with: "If phones ar
 


 

Lawyers for state Sen. Charles Schwertner say forensic review proves explicit texts didn't come from his phone<
(Gilmer Mirror © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457874444)

Lawyers for state Sen. Charles Schwertner say forensic review proves explicit texts didn't come from his phone By Shannon Najmabadi, The Texas Tribune Oct. 29, 2018 "Lawyers for state Sen. Charles Schwertner say forensic review proves explicit texts didn't come from his phone" was first published by The Te
 


 

Lopez ready to serve with unbiased duty
(Wichita Falls Times Record News © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 03:14:51 (Article ID 1457910580)

Buy Photo Texas Senate 30th District Democratic candidate Kevin Lopez (Photo: CHRISTOPHER WALKER/TIMES RECORD NEWS) Buy Photo Democratic candidate Kevin Lopez is about kitchen table issues. He said he is running to help people in state Senate District 30 have an opportunity to succeed, provide food for their families and put clothes on their kids’ backs. Lopez said he doesn’t want to
 


 

New poll: Ted Cruz leads Beto O'Rourke 51% to 46%
(El Paso KVIA (ABC) 7 © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457877854)

TEXAS TRIBUNE - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leads El Paso Democrat Beto ORourke by 5 percentage points, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University. The poll, released Monday with just over a week left before Election Day, found that 51 percent of likely voters favor Cruz and 46 favor ORourke, with just 3 percent undecided. Early voting in Texas is well underway, with numbers at historic
 


 

O'Rourke: Trump stoking nation's worst pre-election impulses
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457876084)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke suggested Tuesday night that President Donald Trump floated the idea of using an executive order to end birthright U.S. citizenship to sway next week's midterm elections, saying the White House wants to play on the country's "worst impulses." A three-term congressman from El Paso, O'Rourke is challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz
 


 

Rep. Dennis Bonnen announces heâ€(tm)ll run for House Speaker
(Houston Chronicle © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457878110)

Representative Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, discusses issues with Representative Poncho Nevarez(left) , D-Eagle Pass, as property tax legislation is considered on the floor of the House at the Texas Capitol on May 18, 2017. less Representative Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, discusses issues with Representative Poncho Nevarez(left) , D-Eagle Pass, as property tax legislation
 


 

Representative Matt Schaeferâ€(tm)s office evacuated in Austin due to “suspicious package”
(Waco KXXV (ABC) 25 © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457877057)

By KLTV Digital Media Staff AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) - At least part of the State Capitol in Austin, including Texas Representative Matt Schaefer’s office has been evacuated. Watch a live update on East Texas Now with Rep. Matt Schaefer. According to a Facebook post from Schaefer, the Texas Department of Public Safety has evacuated Schaefer’s staff from his office in the Capitol Exten
 


 

Sen. Cruz stopping in Bryan on Friday as part of statewide tour
(Bryan-College Station Eagle © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 03:14:51 (Article ID 1457911950)

Sen. Ted Cruz will be in Bryan at the Brazos County Expo on Friday night as part of his #CruzToVictory Get Out The Vote Bus Tour. The stop, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., is part of Sen. Cruz's statewide tour leading up to Election Day on Nov. 6. He is locked in a race with Rep. Beto Rourke as he seeks a second term in the U.S. Senate. Cruz's other Friday stops will be in Garland at 12:30 p.m. and in
 


 

Sen. Ted Cruz rally draws over 700, fills TAMIU Student Center Ballroom to capacity
(Laredo Morning Times © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457875482)

Sen. Ted Cruz visited Laredo for the first time in a couple of years on Monday for a campaign rally at TAMIU and over 700 Laredoans, according to Cruz's team, came out in support, wearing their fervor on their sleeves. A crowd of all ages filled the university's Student Center Ballroom to capacity. A supporter near the stage shook a copy of Cruz's book; oth
 


 

Several offices evacuated at Texas Capitol due to “suspicious package”
(Laredo Morning Times © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457875570)

AUSTIN Several offices at the Texas Capitol were evacuated Tuesday after a suspicious package was sent to a state representative, but law enforcement officials found no viable threat. Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, said the package was addressed to his office. Nevárez was in Eagle Pass on Tuesday afternoon, but he said his chief of staff a
 


 

State agenda OK'd with division over police pension
(Galveston Daily News © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 03:14:51 (Article ID 1457899509)

After delaying for a month, the Galveston City Council passed a legislative agenda that removed a previously drafted statement calling for a new structure for the police pension board makeup. Passage Thursday of the city’s priorities in the upcoming Texas legislative session comes as discussions to reform the ailing pension for Galveston police officers have stalled. The city council app
 


 

Ted Cruz leads Beto O'Rourke 51 to 46, Quinnipiac poll finds
(Harlingen Valley Morning Star © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457877964)

Trailing in polls, O'Rourke lays into Cruz in Texas debate U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, left, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, take part in a debate for the Texas U.S. Senate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in San Antonio. (Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News via AP, Pool) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leads El Paso Democrat Beto O'Rourke by 5
 


 

Texas Capitol offices evacuated due to suspicious package
(Wichita Falls KFDX (NBC) 3 © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457876621)

AUSTIN (KXAN) - A state representative says his staff and surrounding offices in the Texas State Capitol building have been evacuated due to a suspicious package. Texas Department of Public Safety said the evacuation was limited to two hallways in the Capitol extension. State Rep. Matt Schaefer tweeted about the evacuation at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday. Schaefer, R-Tyler, has his offices located in the s
 


 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

2018 election could yield Congress that will be a check on Trump
(MSNBC © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 03:14:51 (Article ID 1457900693)

Rachel Maddow notes that Congressional Republicans have made it abundantly clear in the first two years of the Donald Trump administration that they are not interested in serving in their role as a check on presidential power, but the 2018 election offers American voters a chance to change that. Oct. 31, 2018 Read More
 


 

After a week of violence across America, hope battles hate at our national memorials
(USA Today © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457889156)

Flowers at 9/11 Memorial in New York are place in honor of the victims of the victims of the attack in Pittsburgh.(Photo: Jason Armesto, USA TODAY )The memorial in lower Manhattan, like the other sites, is a pilgrimage destination for what sociologist Robert Bellah called the American civil religion, one based on fundamental values (like freedom of expression) and foundational documents (like the
 


 

Alleged New York City subway bomber goes on trial
(Washington Times © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 03:14:51 (Article ID 1457848071)

NEW YORK (AP) - A prosecutor and a defense attorney agreed Tuesday that a Bangladeshi immigrant detonated a pipe bomb last year in a crowded subway corridor near Times Square, but they asked a federal jury to choose between conflicting accounts of why he did it - either as an act of terror or one of personal desperation. In opening statements at the trial of Akayed Ullah, prosecutor Rebekah Donal
 


 

An election lesson not learned
(Washington Times © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457917952)

ANALYSIS/OPINION: On Sept. 10, 2016, at a fund raiser in New York, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton infamously called half of Donald Trumps supporters a basket of deplorables. Im sure you remember the moment. In a very real sense, Hillary lost the election that day. The Trump campaign seized the opportunity. Mr. Trump had been behind in the polls but had started to make up ground. He need
 


 

Back to the future: A week before Election Day, Trump targets birthright citizenship, inflaming both sides
(USA Today © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457889165)

MOREWASHINGTON  For Donald Trump, it's back to the future.As a tumultuous midterm election heads into its final week, President Trump said he plans to sign an executive order banning birthright citizenship for the babies of non-citizens, a controversial act that many legal experts say would violate the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.  The executive order would guarantee a court fight over the
 


 

Birthright citizenship: Trump claims only the US grants it, he's wrong
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457917987)

(CNN)US President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to end birthright citizenship -- the process by which babies born in the country automatically become citizens -- by executive order, while claiming the US was the only nation around the world to grant such rights. Though Trump says his legal counsel has assured him his plan is possible, lawmakers on both the left and right immediately pushed back again
 


 

Donald Trump blames news media again, but hes (accidentally) right about fake news
(USA Today © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457889158)

Sign up for Today's Talker newsletter hereDespite what you may hear on some talk-radio and cable-news shows, there is no evidence it's being funded by Democrats or George Soros. There's no evidence that any of the migrants are carrying diseases. There are no known criminals in the crowd.Shepherd Smith, a Fox News anchor, said Monday of the caravan, "There is no invasion. No one's coming to get you
 


 

Election Day: The next national holiday?
(Washington Times © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 03:14:51 (Article ID 1457848061)

Imagine that Election Day became the next big holiday. Hallmark Cards Inc. would probably like the idea, along with retailers, restaurants and jittery Americans who appear eager to celebrate assorted observances and festivals. Majorities in both parties favor the idea of making Election Day a national holiday, though Democrats are more likely than Republicans to favor this, says a new Pew Researc
 


 

Heres what 27 bellwether races say about a possible Democratic blue wave
(USA Today © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457888806)

Republican Martha McSally, left, who is vying for a U.S. Senate seat for Arizona against Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, speaks in Phoenix with the Arizona Republic editorial board and reporters as Sinema looks on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.(Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)Senate (open): The race between Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and GOP Rep. Martha McSally for the seat held by Republican U.S. Sen. J
 


 

Kuster, Negron clash over immigration, gun control
(Washington Times © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457917875)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and her Republican challenger, Steve Negron, sparred Tuesday over gun control, immigration and abortion in their latest debate and seemed to only agree completely on two things - their love of the Boston Red Sox and New Hampshires four seasons. Kuster, seeking a fourth term in the 2nd Congressional District, and Negron, a state lawmaker from
 


 

Midterm elections 2018: Fox News appearances gave GOPs Ron DeSantis a leg up in bid to become Florida governor
(USA Today © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457889163)

Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks during a debate Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Jacksonville.(Photo: John Raoux/Associated Press)Now, Im not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist. Im simply saying the racists believe he is a racist, Gillum said in the last gubernatorial debate.DeSantis pushes back strongly when confronted with such claims. During the last debate, after being asked about statement
 


 

O'Rourke gets 2nd national TV town hall in Senate race
(Washington Times © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 03:14:51 (Article ID 1457848069)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Senate hopeful Beto ORourke is appearing on an MSNBC town hall, the second time in less than two weeks that a candidate seen as a rising Democratic star gets to make a nationally televised case for ousting Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. Tuesdays event from Houston comes as ORourke shattered Senate campaign fundraising records, including raising $38-plus million for the
 


 

Paul Ryan disagrees with Trumps call to end birthright citizenship, says it would be unconstitutional
(USA Today © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457889161)

MOREWASHINGTON House Speaker Paul Ryan said President Donald Trump's call to end "birthright citizenship" was "obviously" not possible based on the Constitution."You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order," the Wisconsin Republican said in a Lexington, Kentucky, radio interview Tuesday. "We didnt like it when Obama tried changing immigration laws via executive action, and obvio
 


 

Robert Mueller asks FBI to review alleged sexual harassment hoax, his spokesman says
(USA Today © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457888807)

MORE WASHINGTON A scheme in which women were allegedly offered money to falsely implicate Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller in sexual misconduct has been referred to the FBI for review, Mueller's spokesman said Tuesday.The hoax surfaced more than a week ago when a number of journalists were contacted via email by a person who reported receiving a telephone call from an individual
 


 

Spirit Lake Sioux tribe sues North Dakota over voting rules
(Washington Times © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457917927)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe on Tuesday sued the state of North Dakota over its voting identification requirements, part of a larger effort to ensure American Indians can vote in next weeks election in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a similar lawsuit filed by another tribe. To cast a ballot, voters in North Dakota need identification with a provable street address
 


 

Trump stokes pre-election fear of immigrants to drive voters
(Boston.com © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 06:27:39 (Article ID 1457934500)

WASHINGTON (AP) Thousands of U.S. troops to stop an invasion of migrants. Tent cities for asylum seekers. An end to the Constitutions guarantee of birthright citizenship.With his eyes squarely on next Tuesdays elections, President Donald Trump is rushing out hardline immigration declarations, promises and actions as he tries to mobilize supporters to retain Republican control of Congress. His ow
 


 

Vice President Mike Pence says Trumps plan to curb birthright citizenship may be constitutional
(USA Today © 10/31/2018)
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Indexed 2018-10-31 05:18:39 (Article ID 1457889164)

MOREWASHINGTON  Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday backed the intent of his boss to test whether the president can unilaterally stop the United States from granting citizenship to anybody born on U.S. soil.Pence said it's not clear whether the constitutional amendment that created "birthright citizenship" applies to people who are in the country illegally."We all know what the 14th Amendment say
 


 

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