John Cornyn

Automakers Rebuke Trump’s Nafta Stance in Call for More Free Trade

Instead of threatening to pull out of Nafta, the Trump administration should be courting new trade partners to boost U.S. jobs and exports, the head …

Business

Fact Checker from The Washington Post

<b>Our updated tally of President Trump’s false/misleading claims: 1,628 claims in 298 days</b><p>As regular readers know, the president has a tendency to repeat himself — often. But for some reason, our year-long project analyzing, categorizing and tracking every false or misleading claim by President Trump …

Donald Trump

Trump's showdown with Beijing has been delayed, not deflected

Donald Trump lavished praise on Xi Jinping during a recent visit to China and boasted of sealing $US250 billion ($330 billion) in deals, but nobody …

China

Trump’s Negligence Is Still Hurting Puerto Rico, So Hundreds Marched to Demand Action

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 19, 2017<p>Today (Sunday), hundreds of marchers walked through Washington, D.C. and gathered at the Lincoln …

Puerto Rico

The Senate Republican tax bill does not look good for the working class at all

The US Senate’s new tax bill will mean lower incomes on average for the working class, especially after temporary breaks expire in 2025, according to a new analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP):<p>Scoring the senate bill is tricky because it not only cut taxes, but also …

Social Justice

The gun control legislation even Republicans like

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy introduced a bill aimed to make it harder for individuals to purchase guns, and it's quickly gaining support from …

U.S. Politics

Grinnell anti-gun violence activists hope to meet with their neighbor: the NRA president

"Deep in America’s heartland," says a page on the National Rifle Association website, "there’s a thriving business with small-town roots stretching …

Gun Control

Texas gets $5 billion grant for...

Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that the state would be getting the grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Ben Carson

Gov. Abbott: White House disaster aid...

Speaking at a Texas Capitol news conference Friday, Abbott said the request "does not live up to what the president wants to achieve" even though it …

Greg Abbott

Trump Disaster Assistance Request Draws Bipartisan Criticism

A White House request for $44 billion in disaster aid came under intense criticism from Republicans and Democrats, making it likely Congress will …

Business

Gov. Greg Abbott calls for Roy Moore to drop out of Alabama Senate race

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that Judge Roy Moore should drop out of the Alabama Senate race.<p>Abbott spoke about Moore briefly at the Capitol …

Equality

Even Republicans slammed Trump’s hurricane relief plan as “wholly inadequate” – VICE News

The Trump administration asked Congress Friday for just $44 billion dollars in hurricane relief for victims of Harvey, Irma, and Maria — a lot less money than officials say they need to rebuild.<p>And they’re not happy. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who’d asked for Congress to pony up $61 …

U.S. Virgin Islands

More money needed in emergency aid requests for hurricane recovery relief

Will the once glowing reports of quick action from President Trump and the federal government fall by the wayside as the latest emergency aid request …

Conservative View

Axios China

Good morning and welcome to the second issue of the Axios China weekly newsletter. There will be no newsletter next Friday as we will be sleeping off …

China

Jerry apologizes, Toyota saves parade, Abbott talks Moore: Your Friday evening news roundup

<i>Good evening. Here are some stories you may have missed today.</i><p>Do you want to get this roundup via email? Sign up for our newsletters here.<p>Cowboys …

Dallas

Talking Points: Did you see what they said?

"Is my <b>sanity</b> worth it?" <i>— Laura Thomas, an Austin resident who decided to downsize from a home to an apartment in a different neighborhood instead of</i> …

Opinion

The tax bill Republicans may come to regret

As expected, the House version of tax reform passed with few defections. Even embattled Northern Virginia Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock, whose well-to-do constituents would be hurt by the limit on the home mortgage deduction and repeal of the state and local income- and sales-tax deduction, …

Opinion

Trump faults Democrats for not being involved in tax reform bill

President Donald Trump on Friday accused Democrats of refusing to cooperate with Republicans on an overhaul of the tax code, suggesting that the minority party might like the legislation better if it worked with the GOP to include some of its own ideas in the bill.<p>“If Democrats were not such …

Politics

The GOP claim that half of the people paying the Obamacare penalty make less than $25,000

<i>“One of the things I hope we do as part of this tax process is repeal the tax on poor Americans. Right now, about half of the people that pay the penalty under the individual mandate are people who make $25,000 or less”</i> <b><br>— Sen. John Cornyn, remarks during a GOP news conference, Nov. 14, 2017</b><p>On Nov. …

U.S. Politics

New Gun Bill Urges Everyone to Obey the Other Gun Bills

The proposal is a response to the Air Force's failure to report Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Kelley's assault conviction to the NICS, which would …

Gun Control

DACA negotiations slow as Trump demands more than Democrats will give

Bipartisan negotiations over protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation have stalled over demands from President Trump and Republican lawmakers that any new law also include tougher measures on legal and illegal immigration.<p>The legislative impasse persists more than two months after Trump …

Immigration

2, 4, 6, 8, Where Can Cheerleaders Pontificate?

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000′s <i>Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe</i> that it was unconstitutional for a small Texas school district to allow students to say pre-game prayers over the public address system at football games, public schools usually have been quick to put the …

Religion

Silicon Valley's Chinese Backers Are Under Threat in Congress

In recent years, Silicon Valley startups have increasingly attracted foreign investment, much of it from China. The jolt of capital has made it …

Silicon Valley

Special cybersecurity for Cornyn's website, emphasis on special

We work in a world of computers so we understand when a glitch tosses a website into panic mode. Apparently, one of those little gremlins found its …

Opinion

Bipartisan gun bill, high school hazing, marketing scammers: Your Friday morning news roundup

Good morning. Here is a look at the top headlines as we start the day.<p>Weather: Morning clouds, then partly cloudy, windy and warmer. High: 82 …

Texas

The GOP’s Roy Moore nightmare just got worse. It could infect the battle for the Senate.

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>Even as a new round of stories alleging inappropriate conduct have just landed with a thud on Roy Moore, Senate GOP leaders are floating yet another scheme to deal with this problem: postponing the election. But in an interview with an Alabama news outlet, the governor of the state …

Opinion

Here are the Republicans still sticking with Roy Moore

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sean Hannity gave Roy Moore an ultimatum.<p>The Fox News host, among the GOP Senate hopeful's most prominent supporters in the media, began to distance himself from Moore on Tuesday night when he gave the candidate 24 hours to explain his inconsistencies in his defense against the …

Politics

Can Sessions actually run for his old Senate seat?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A growing group of Republicans want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be the party's choice in the Alabama Senate race, but ethics experts say Sessions either would have to have to leave the Department of Justice or continually disavow campaigns to put him in the seat if he wants …

Government

Gorsuch takes victory lap at Federalist dinner

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch mocked the conservative Federalist Society’s critics along with his own detractors during a speech to the group’s annual conference in Washington on Thursday.<p>Speaking in a cavernous hall just blocks from the high court, Gorsuch poked fun at those who’ve painted …

Politics

Gun background database may finally get a boost

Given the nation’s deep political divisions, it’s rare to see a public consensus emerge on hot-button controversies. It’s what makes results like …

Gun Control