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    Texas Republicans have sued law firm Sidley Austin and threatened to have its attorneys disbarred because they allegedly paid for staff to travel for abortions after Roe v. Wade was overturned.  In a letter that was posted on Twitter, the Republicans demanded that the law firm 'act accordingly' and preserve all of its internal communications with staff to be examined in court.  Sidley Austin is a global law firm, headquartered in New York, but which has offices in Dallas and Houston in Texas.  When Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court in June, the state of Texas had already imposed its controversial Heartbeat Bill, which banned abortions after the stage a gestational heartbeat can be detected - something that normally occurs at around six weeks.  The letter to the law firm was dated July 7. It accused Sidley Austin of breaking the law by reimbursing staff for their abortion-related travel expenses. The letter does not say how many people the company is supposed to have reimbursed The 11 Texas Republicans who signed the letter include...
    Arizona Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05) sent a letter Friday to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the Department of Health and Human & Human Safety (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, demanding they cease transporting illegal immigrant minors across state lines to receive abortions. “The Biden Administration is now savagely transporting alien minors in federal custody to receive abortions,” Biggs said in a press release. “This outrageous use of federal resources to transport minors across state lines for abortions or otherwise providing or facilitating abortions in DHS or HHS custody is a heinous act and must be stopped.” Biggs’s letter, which 21 other House Republicans cosigned, including Arizona Representative Debbie Lesko (R-AZ-04), briefly outlines a report from Reuters, which states that “Biden officials are exploring ways to provide abortion access for women and girls in U.S. immigration custody in states with bans,” according to an anonymous tip given to Reuters The article outlines that calls to a national abortion assistance hotline flooded in from Texas after the landmark Roe v. Wade overturn by the Supreme Court. The calls...
    A mile-long procession of 52 buses carrying the belongings of various gun victims is traveling to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) home and office in Texas. The bus brigade with 4,368 empty seats represents the number of children killed by gun violence in the United States this year. Some of the belongings include the checkered Vans of 15-year-old Gracie Muehlberger, who was killed at her Santa Clarita, California, high school in 2019; Sandy Hook shooting victim Chase Kowalski's kindergarten graduation card; and 2018 Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver's LeBron James Miami Heat jersey. Oliver's father, Manuel, organized the procession and has titled this demonstration the "NRA Children’s Museum." STARBUCKS BARISTAS TO RECEIVE ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING Looks like a caravan of dozens of school buses labeled 'NRA Children's Museum' is headed to @tedcruz's house. pic.twitter.com/uRjA5k4O4T— aziz gilani (@TexasVC) July 14, 2022 Oliver also plans to hand-deliver a letter written by his son five years before he died to the Texas senator. “I am writing this letter to talk to you about how were going to solve...
    A group of 133 Republicans in Congress are questioning Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' 'suitability for office' as they double down on claims that he is 'dismantling the security' of the southern border. 'Your actions have willingly endangered American citizens, undermined the rule of law and our nation's sovereignty,' reads the letter, led by Border Security Caucus co-chair Brian Babin of Texas and Republican Study Committee Chair Jim Bank of Indiana. 'Your failure to secure the border and enforce the laws passed by Congress raise grave questions about your suitability for office,' the letter to Mayorkas continues. Republicans are writing to the DHS head as the southern border crisis escalates with a two-decade high number of encounters in March 2022 and the impending end to pandemic-era migration deportation policy of Title 42. Signers of the letter include the top three ranking Republicans – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is leading a delegation to the southern border on Monday, as well as Republican Whip Steve Scalise and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik. 'We write to address your actions to...
    The mayor of one of the largest border cities in Texas sent a letter to President Joe Biden, asking him to reconsider keeping the Title 42 policies set to end on May 23. The request by the Texas politician comes as the U.S. sees a rise in the coronavirus BA.2 variant. This week, McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos sent a letter to Biden stating that the end of Title 42 would have a dramatic effect on his city. “Although our community is giving, well prepared and proactive, no amount of preparation will allow for a local government such as the City of McAllen to respond to the dramatic rise in undocumented migration that is anticipated,” Villalobos wrote. Villalobos is the same politician who published a video warning of the exponential increase in illegal migration that would affect his community once Title 42 was removed. Title 42 was implemented in March 2020 as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, and while conditions have improved, the virus continues to pose a threat with new data showing a spike in infections due to...
    On Friday, March 11 in Texas, Travis County District Judge Amy Clark Meachum issued an injunction temporarily blocking a directive from Gov. Greg Abbott that calls for child abuse investigations of adults who promote gender-affirming care for transgender children. And Meachum isn’t the only one who has problems with the Republican governor’s directive: 65 companies, CNN reports, have signed an open letter condemning it. Those companies, according to CNN reporter Joe Sutton, include heavyweights like Apple, Microsoft, PayPal, Yahoo, Johnson & Johnson, Ikea, Capitol One, Macy’s and LinkedIn. The open letter, which found the companies joining forces with the Human Rights Campaign and is being published in a newspaper ad, reads, “Our companies do business, create jobs, and serve customers in Texas. We are committed to building inclusive environments where our employees can thrive inside and outside of the workplace. For years, we have stood to ensure LGBTQ+ people — our employees, customers and their families — are safe and welcomed in the communities where we do business.” The letter continues, “The recent attempt to criminalize a parent for helping...
    (CNN Business)A number of high-powered global businesses called on Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) to abandon the state's anti-LGBTQ+ initiatives. Sixty-five companies including Apple (AAPL), Capital One (COF), Google, Ikea, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), LinkedIn, Macy's (M), Microsoft (MSFT), PayPal (PYPL), and Yahoo signed the open letter. "Discrimination is bad for business" the headline read in an advertisement in Friday's The Dallas Morning News newspaper. The letter was done in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)."Our companies do business, create jobs, and serve customers in Texas. We are committed to building inclusive environments where our employees can thrive inside and outside of the workplace," the letter said. "For years we have stood to ensure LGBTQ+ people — our employees, customers, and their families — are safe and welcomed in the communities where we do business.""The recent attempt to criminalize a parent for helping their transgender child access medically necessary, age-appropriate healthcare in the state of Texas goes against the values of our companies," the letter said. "This policy creates fear for employees and their families, especially those with transgender...
    Sixty-five businesses joined forces in a Friday letter to public leaders, namely Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, discouraging current efforts to curb gender transition procedures on children, which they say are "anti-LGBTQ+." "Discrimination is bad for business," the letter read. "The recent attempt to criminalize a parent for helping their transgender child access medically necessary, age-appropriate healthcare in the state of Texas goes against the values of our companies." Of the companies, seven are headquartered in Texas, namely advertising agencies Bottle Rocket and GSD&M, Gearbox Entertainment, Neiman Marcus, dating website MatchGroup, the SXSW Center, and recreational vehicle dealer Taxa Outdoors. The Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce also signed the letter. DISNEY DENOUNCES FLORIDA'S SEX EDUCATION BILL "Our companies do business, create jobs and serve customers in Texas," the letter read. "For years we have stood to ensure LGBTQ+ people — our employees, customers, and their families — are safe and welcomed in the communities where we do business." "At Pinterest we value individual perspectives and life experiences," the social media platform tweeted Friday. "That...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered his state's child welfare agency to investigate reports of 'gender-transitioning procedures' among the Lone Star State's children as potential child abuse.  Abbott issued the order in a letter on Tuesday to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, saying that procedures for transgender youth such as hormone therapy constitute child abuse. The directive came just one day after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who like Abbott, is also a Republican, issued an opinion finding that such procedures are child abuse under existing Texas law. The Biden administration responded furiously to the Texas order, with a White House spokesperson calling it needless and dangerous.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered his state's child welfare agency to investigate reports of 'gender-transitioning procedures' as child abuse Abbott issued the order in a letter on Tuesday to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 'Conservative officials in Texas and other states across the country should stop inserting themselves into health care decisions that create needless tension between pediatricians and their patients,' White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary...
      Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) joined Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in sending a letter to President Biden rebuking the administration’s negotiations for a new Iran nuclear deal. In the letter, the senators state the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) requires the president to submit any Iran deal to Congress – and they will block implementation of any deal not submitted, according to a press release by Cruz’s office. I sent a letter to Joe Biden, joined by 32 of my Republican colleagues, saying very simply: The President is required to submit any Iran deal to Congress and we will block implementation of any deal not submitted. pic.twitter.com/1AgDtCB3yZ — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 8, 2022 “We write to call attention to a range of obligations that your administration is statutorily mandated to fulfill in relation to Congressional oversight over any such agreement, and to ensure that your officials know we are committed to providing availability, assistance, and resources so you can fully meet these mandates,” the letter begins. “We also write to emphasize...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland and DHS Sec. Alejanadro Mayorkas 50 members of the Texas House of Representatives are urging the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security open an “immediate” investigation into Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, citing likely violations of federal and state laws and the scheme’s targeting of Black and Latino asylum-seekers, among a number of issues. A number of Texas National Guard members tied to the scheme have tragically died in recent months. “Under the vast umbrella of civil rights violations resulting from the execution of Operation Lone Star are a series of due process transgressions which warrant immediate review,” lawmakers write. “From its inception, Operation Lone Star has suffered from Constitutional deficiencies that upend our federal system of government,” lawmakers tell Attorney General Merrick Garland and DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas, noting the right-wing governor “has unilaterally set this state immigration policy and created a system of state immigration enforcement to be carried out by various state agencies.” Just this month, a state district judge threw out charges against one asylum-seeker swept up under trespassing charges, ruling the state’s arrest usurped federal...
    (CNN)Millions of people are digging out from a massive winter storm that caused widespread power outages, road closures, and thousands of flight cancellations yesterday -- and we could see more of the same later this week.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusCovid-19 cases are on the rise in the US due to the Omicron variant, but experts say it is still too early to determine if we're approaching the endemic phase of the virus. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 1 in 5 Americans have been infected with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, with just over 680,000 daily cases reported yesterday. Soaring infection rates are leading some people to seek a fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine to increase their antibodies, but early studies show it still might not be enough to protect against breakthrough infections caused by the Omicron variant. Separately, China says tickets for...
    Democrat Matthew Dowd dropped out of his doomed race for Texas Lt. Governor by penning a love letter to himself. In the annals of self-regard, of casting yourself as the brave and selfless hero of your own story, Matthew Dowd manages to make Jake Tapper (D-CNN) look humble. Important news. I am ending my campaign for Lt. Governor of Texas. Now that the race is emerging in a more diverse way, I have made the decision from a place of integrity to step back. see attached release. pic.twitter.com/SOl8ZJJFnz — Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 7, 2021 “Important news,” the former ABC News commentator tweets (without telling is who might find it important). “I am ending my campaign for Lt. Governor of Texas. Now that the race is emerging in a more diverse way, I have made the decision from a place of integrity to step back.” I have made the decision from a place of integrity. A place of integrity. Integrity? This is the same guy, who announced his run for office just two years after calling for “white male...
    The Texas Freedom Caucus called on the state’s independent school districts to exit the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in a Monday letter. The Freedom Caucus previously urged the TASB to leave the National School Boards Association (NSBA) after it sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to use the FBI, Patriot Act and other law enforcement groups to target parents. The TX Association of School Boards refuses to leave the National School Boards Association after they pressured the FBI to target concerned parents as domestic terrorists. This is unacceptable! Join us in demanding action. Read our open letter to ISDs below.#txlege @tasbnews pic.twitter.com/38uMbUVy2p — Texas Freedom Caucus (@TxFreedomCaucus) November 22, 2021 Monday’s letter, written by Texas Republicans, says the TASB denied any involvement in creating the infamous NSBA letter to Biden. But new documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the TASB knew the NSBA was colluding with the White House while writing the letter urging a law enforcement crackdown on concerned parents protesting school board policies, the letter stated. “While...
    Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottJudge knocks down Abbott's ban on mask mandates in Texas schools Texas principal forced to resign amid critical race theory controversy Greg Abbott knocks Austin over COVID-19 restrictions for Veterans Day parade MORE (R) has ordered the state’s education agency to investigate if pornography is available in school libraries, and to refer any instances “for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.” Abbott, in a Wednesday letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, directed him to “investigate any criminal activity in our public schools involving the availability of pornography.” Texas is one of several states around the country where parents and elected officials have been pushing back against books that deal with race, LGBT issues and subjects of sexual abuse. Abbott previously directed the Texas Education Agency, the State Board of Education and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to start writing up statewide standards that will help stop pornographic content "and other obscene content in Texas public schools," according to the letter. Abbott did not name any specific books he found inappropriate. Last week, the governor said...
    Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is directing officials to look for pornography in public schools and inform law enforcement if such material is found in a push for “more immediate action … to protect Texas students” while state standards are being developed, he said in a Wednesday letter to Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “I am directing the Texas Education Agency to investigate any criminal activity in our public schools involving the availability of pornography,” he wrote. “During this investigation, I ask the agency to refer any instance of pornography being provided to minors under the age of 18 for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.” In a Monday letter, the governor called on the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Texas State Board of Education (TSBE) “to immediately develop statewide standards to prevent the presence of pornography and other obscene content in Texas public schools, including in school libraries.” Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbot called for a criminal investigation into pornographic books following his calls earlier in the week...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) — Governor Greg Abbott has sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) directing it to investigate any criminal activity in public schools involving the availability of “pornographic material that serves no educational purpose”. Last week Abbot sent a similar letter to the Texas Association of School Boards regarding preventing student access to inappropriate content in school libraries. The association responded by reminding the Governor that it had no regulatory authority over school districts. All this was around the same time CBS 11 News reported that a book with sexually explicit images and themes — “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe — was found in a Keller Independent School District school library. READ MORE: U.S. Department Of Labor Launches Initiative To Combat Workplace RetaliationIn his letter Wednesday Abbott also directed the TEA to report any instance of pornography being provided to minors under the age of 18 for prosecution “to the fullest extent of the law”. The memo comes after Abbott recently ordered that several agencies develop statewide standards to “ensure no child is exposed to...
    Gov. Greg Abbott said “pornographic images and substance” don’t belong in schools, according to a Monday letter he wrote to the Texas Association of School Boards. Some of the books on a list compiled by Texas House Rep. Matt Krause included “Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas In America,” by Ibram X Kendi, which purports that “racist thought is alive and well in America – more sophisticated and more insidious than ever” and “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness” by Anastasia Higginbotham, which The New York Times describes as “An honest explanation about how power and privilege factor into the lives of white children, at the expense of other groups, and how they can help seek justice.” Abbott warned about a growing number of parents who are increasingly alarmed by the books and other “extremely inappropriate” content found in the public school education system, in a letter addressed to Dan Troxell, executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). “These parents are rightfully angry,” Abbott wrote. He said parents have the right to...
    Montinique Monroe/Getty Images The governor of Texas wants public school libraries to remove inappropriate books, claiming kids are being exposed to “pornographic images” and other “obscene material.” Greg Abbott sent a letter to the head of the Texas Association of School Boards saying there are “extremely inappropriate” books in public school libraries. He does not list any examples, but says he’s heard from parents who are “increasingly alarmed” about these books. “Parents have the right to shield their children from obscene content used in schools their children attend. They are right that Texas public schools should not provide or promote pornographic or obscene material to students,” he wrote. “Collectively, your organization’s members have an obligation,” Abbott continued, “to determine the extent to which such materials exist or are used in our schools and to remove any such content.” Texas State Rep. Matt Krause recently launched an investigation on books in schools dealing with issues like racism or sexuality. He put out a list of 850 books he wanted to question schools on. That list includes books about Black Lives Matter...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Gov. Greg Abbott put some pressure on the Texas Association of School Boards Monday, Nov. 1 regarding preventing student access to inappropriate content in school libraries, including pornographic images. In a letter to Executive Director Dan Troxell, Gov. Abbott explained he wants the association to ensure no child is exposed to that kind of content in a Texas public school. In the letter, Gov. Abbott did not give a specific example of a book or school where this has happened, but last week, CBS 11 reported on a book with sexually explicit images and themes found in a Keller ISD school library. The school district said that book shouldn’t have been there is is reviewing its process about how it goes about approving books. RELATED: School Libraries Under New Scrutiny As Texas Lawmaker Questions Kids’ Access To Books On Race, Sexuality Gov. Abbott said in his letter, “A growing number of parents of Texas students are becoming increasingly alarmed about some of the books and other content found in public school libraries that are extremely inappropriate...
    (CNN)The NAACP sent an open letter to five players' unions on Thursday, urging their athletes not to sign with teams in Texas."Over the past few months, legislators in Texas have passed archaic policies, disguised as laws, that directly violate privacy rights and a woman's freedom to choose, restrict access to free and fair elections for Black and Brown voters, and increase the risk of contracting coronavirus," the two-page letter signed by NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson and NAACP Texas President Gary Bledsoe reads.The letter was addressed to the NFL Players Association, the Women's National Basketball Players Association, the National Basketball Players Association , the MLB Players Association and the NHL Players Association and goes on to add: "If you are a woman, avoid Texas. If you are Black, avoid Texas. If you want to lower your chances of dying from coronavirus, avoid Texas." On Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbot signed into law a new congressional map that is expected to bolster the GOP's majority in the quickly diversifying state. The new map consolidates the power of White voters and...
    San Antonio, Texas (CNN)A Texas Republican lawmaker has launched an inquiry to identify books at public school libraries and classrooms on the subjects of race or sex that might "make students feel discomfort."State Rep. Matt Krause, a Republican who is chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, sent a letter on Monday notifying the Texas Education Agency about the investigation and asking a number of school districts to report which books in a list of hundreds of titles are owned by schools and how much money they spent acquiring those titles. The books listed by Krause are fiction and nonfiction titles that address a wide range of topics including race and racism, sex, gender identity, reproductive rights as well as Latino, Black and Native American history, according to a copy of the list obtained by the Texas Tribune. The inquiry comes as Texas continues to be at the center of a debate over how race and history are taught in school. After months of legislative efforts to ban critical race theory in classrooms, a state law went into...
    The NAACP is urging athletes to boycott Texas teams due to the state's restrictive abortion and voting laws. An open letter from the civil rights organization calls on players to "consider not only their influential platforms as professional athletes, but as parents and role models for our children and those in their personal lives." PUBLIC INVITED TO WATCH JOINT SERVICE FLYOVER AND FULL HONORS PROCESSION FOR CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER "As we watch an incomprehensible assault on basic human rights unfold in Texas, we are simultaneously witnessing a threat to constitutional guarantees for women, children and marginalized communities," the letter reads. "Over the past few months, legislators in Texas have passed archaic policies, disguised as laws, that directly violate privacy rights and a woman's freedom to choose, restrict access to free and fair elections for Black and brown voters , and increase the risk of contracting coronavirus," the letter continues. "If you are a woman, avoid Texas. If you are Black, avoid Texas. If you want to lower your chances...
    Michelle Obama to Guest on ‘Black-ish’ in Final Season Chipmaker GlobalFoundries Falls in Stock Market Debut The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) issued a letter Thursday to all major players' associations calling for athletes in free agency to avoid signing with teams that are in Texas in response to the state's recently enacted voting laws and new restrictions to women's reproductive freedoms.  © Aaron E. Martinez, American-Statesman Texas Governor Greg Abbott holds a briefing at the Texas State Capitol in July. "In response to the most recent attacks on voting rights and reproductive care, the Association sent an open letter to the National Players' Leagues, urging free agents to reconsider moving their families to a state that is not safe for anyone," said the NAACP in a press release. The two-page letter was sent to the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB and NHL Players' Associations signed by NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson and NAACP Texas President Gary Bledsoe. The letter directly addressed Gov. Greg Abbott (R). From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A state legislative committee is investigating what books are available to students in schools across Texas. School districts this week received a letter from Fort Worth State Representative Matt Krause, a candidate for Texas Attorney General, which included a list of more than 800 book titles. The letter, sent by Krause in his capacity as chair of the House General Investigating Committee, announces he’s launching an inquiry into “Texas school district content.” READ MORE: Book With Sexually Explicit Images And Themes Found In Keller ISD School LibraryIt asks districts to report back which of the books named on his list they possess, how many copies, on which campuses they’re located, and how much the district spent to obtain them. It also asks districts to identify any other books they may have that touch on the topics of human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, AIDS, sexually explicit images, or material that “might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex”. “You’re like creating a hit list of...
    The chairman of a Texas state House committee tasked with conducting investigations is launching a probe into books that school librarians keep on their shelves in the wake of a measure the legislature passed earlier this year to bar teaching of critical race theory in public schools. In a letter to the Texas Education Agency and unnamed school superintendents, state Rep. Matt Krause (R) asked school leaders to identify the number of copies of hundreds of specific books they have sitting on library shelves, and how much money the districts paid to purchase those books. Krause cited five Texas school districts that have recently removed some books from their libraries or classrooms after objections from parents and students. Krause asked the districts to provide information about books that deal with sexuality, sexually transmitted disease, AIDS and HIV and “material that might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex.” The specific books Krause is looking for, attached in a 16-page list first reported by the Texas Tribune, date back...
                        A group of Republican governors announced on Sunday that they will travel to Mission, Texas to hold a press conference on the ongoing border crisis. Specifically, the press conference, at the U.S. Southern border, will take place on Wednesday and seemingly highlight the large increase in illegal immigration. Repeatedly, Abbott and other governors have slammed President Joe Biden for his lack of action, which opponents argue have allowed the crisis to continue. According to a press release from Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office, the Texas governor will be joined by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Idaho Governor Brad Little, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. Previously, the group of Republican leaders issued a letter to President Joe Biden, demanding a visit to discuss measures to curb the crisis. “Despite the lack of federal action to reverse the crisis, many states have...
    FIRST ON FOX: A group of Republican Texas congressmen is pushing Governor Greg Abbott to defy President Biden’s newly-announced vaccine mandates.Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, penned a letter with nine of his Texas delegation colleagues to the Lone Star State governor calling on Abbott to "take all steps necessary" to block Biden’s vaccine mandate. Abbott signed an executive order into law  Aug. 25 prohibiting vaccine mandates in Texas and has pledged to push back on Biden's new actions. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has also pledged to sue the Biden administration over the mandates. BIDEN ‘DISAPPOINTED’ IN GOP GOVERNORS WHO PLAN TO RESIST VACCINE MANDATE: ‘HAVE AT IT’ "We encourage you to utilize all powers vested in you as Governor of Texas and all tools at your disposal to ensure that the federal government does not penalize, arrest, fine, coerce, or otherwise harm any Texan – or shut down any Texas business from operating – due to these COVID-19-related mandates," the lawmakers wrote in the letter exclusively obtained by Fox News. "Specifically, Texas DPS and all other law enforcement entities or...
    Right-wing Gov. Greg Abbott and that guy at a southern border stunt earlier this summer. Dozens of facilities in Texas where the federal government holds unaccompanied children until they can be safely placed with a sponsor will be forced to operate without state licenses beginning within hours, under an executive order issued by right-wing Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year. In a letter calling on him to revoke the order, 70 child welfare organizations said his despicable proclamation stands to put thousands of kids “at risk of harm.” “The 70 organizations signed onto the letter believe that every child should be cared for in a way that preserves their health, safety, and dignity—no matter who they are or where they come from,” First Focus on Children said in a statement received by Daily Kos. The organization said that the state accounts for roughly half of all beds for these already vulnerable children. “The organizations are speaking out now against the Texas proclamation and will continue to speak up any time lawmakers promote policies that threaten to harm children.” Abbott had initially sought to completely shut down these facilities,...
    Rice University on Thursday announced that it will be switching to online classes for at least the first two weeks of school amid a higher number of COVID-19 cases. Rice’s provost, Reginald DesRoches, said in a letter to students that classes would start on Aug. 25 and remain virtual through at least Sept. 3. “By that time, we will have reassessed our instruction and other mitigation policies. It remains our intention to return to fully in-person instruction this semester,” DesRoches said. The dean of undergraduates wrote a letter to students saying that the university was responding to a higher number of COVID-19 cases that had been detected on campus and in the Houston area. “I’ll be blunt: the level of breakthrough cases (positive tests among vaccinated persons) is much higher than anticipated,” Undergraduate Dean Bridget Gorman said in her letter.  “And while it’s important to recognize that we can expect illness to be much milder among the fully vaccinated, it has become clear that as a campus community we need to take steps to further assess and recalibrate how we will manage...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Face masks rules for more North Texas school districts could be on the way, after Fort Worth ISD announced its own mask requirement. Dozens of school districts reached out to Cook Children’s Health System on Wednesday for a letter from 125 doctors that was originally sent to Fort Worth ISD. READ MORE: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Signs Order Requiring Masks Inside Schools, Businesses Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner used the letter Tuesday evening to back up his call to ignore Gov. Greg Abbott’s order and require everyone to wear masks inside schools. As of Wednesday, more than two dozen districts asked for the letter and the number of doctors who signed the letter jumped to 165. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: Manage Your Monthly Checks With These IRS Tools The letter makes recommendations of universal masking for students and staff, minimize contacts for each student and encourage eligible students to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “After reflecting on the data that was provided in that letter, data from Fort Worth, Texas, from Fort Worth ISD...
    A senator from Kansas called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the alleged role that ESPN may have played in the University of Texas’ (UT) and the University of Oklahoma’s (OU) decision to move from the Big 12 Conference to the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday raising concerns about ESPN’s role in UT’s and OU’s conference shift out of the Big 12. Marshall noted that the schools were invited by the SEC to join after announcing that they "do not intend to renew their contract with the Big 12 conference," and highlighted the "less apparent" allegations that ESPN "is encouraging and working to ensure this move occurs." WHAT LEAVING THE BIG 12 FOR THE SEC WOULD REALLY MEAN FOR OKLAHOMA, TEXAS The Kansas senator pointed to news reports that illustrated the Big 12 had evidence of manipulation by ESPN and commented that Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby "even sent a cease-and-desist letter" to the network accusing them of trying to poach teams for the SEC. Additionally,...
    Kansas Sen. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallAdvancing T-cell testing can help parents can make informed decisions on COVID vaccinations House GOP leaders say vaccine works but shouldn't be mandated Rand Paul introducing measure to repeal public transportation mask mandates MORE (R) has asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday to investigate sports network ESPN’s role in University of Texas-Austin and University of Oklahoma’s move to the Southeastern Conference (SEC).  In the letter, which was addressed to U.S. Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandThe job of shielding journalists is not finished Bad week in Trumpland signals hope for American democracy Threats of violence spark fear of election worker exodus MORE, Marshall cited reports that the sports network had recently acquired "100% of the television rights to all SEC games from CBS." “I write today to ask that the DOJ investigate ESPN’s role in the potential destruction of the Big XII Conference and if any anti-competitive or illegal behavior occurred relating to manipulating the conference change or ESPN’s contractual television rights,” Marshall said.  The senator goes on to reference other news articles that "suggest...
    A Texas Democrat border county judge is inviting President Joe Biden to visit the border and “witness first-hand the challenges being created by current policy.”  On Friday afternoon, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez sent a letter to President Biden inviting him to the region and expressing a need for “immediate and decisive action” in dealing with the ongoing surge in immigration. In his letter, Judge Cortez asked for federal manpower and resources claiming that while he is sympathetic to the plight of “asylum-seekers,” the government needs to address their needs in a safe manner without putting at risk the well-being of his community. In Texas, a county judge is the chief executive officer for the county’s government. The letter comes after a week of controversy began when La Joya Police Department issued a health alert after discovering a group of COVID-19 positive migrants eating at a Whataburger and not staying in quarantine. As Breitbart Texas reported, the migrants told police that they had been released by U.S. Border Patrol after testing positive for COVID-19. That group and several other migrants...
    (CNN)Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday threatened legal action over Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order targeting migrants and urged the governor to immediately rescind it. Read the letter here:
    U.S. Senate approves union lawyers to NLRB, giving Democrats control Roads, broadband and bridges: Heres whats in the infrastructure agreement The inclusion of Oklahoma and Texas into the SEC is becoming more of a formality with every passing day. The Texas A&M Board of Regents officially announced their approval of the league's expansion on Wednesday night. That approval comes a week after A&M athletic director Ross Bjork said the Aggies wanted to be the only school in the conference from Texas and a day before all 14 SEC presidents are set to meet to potentially vote to add OU and UT.  "The board concluded that this expansion would enhance the long-term value of the SEC to student athletes and all of the institutions they represent — including Texas A&M," a letter from the board said. "Therefore the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Board directs Texas A&M president M. Katherine Banks to vote in favor of extending formal invitations to the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas to join the conference in 2025 when the SEC...
    More On: immigration 50K illegals released into US — and only a fraction bother to report to officials Wife of Uber driver killed in LI crash doesn’t know how to tell kids their dad is dead A blight future ahead? Optimism about direction of the US has plummeted Dems’ #AbolishICE wing is winning Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, ​warning of an “imminent threat of disaster” at the border, ordered the National Guard to assist other Lone Star state law enforcement officials with arresting immigrants illegally crossing into the US. ​ “To respond to this disaster and secure the rule of law at our Southern border, more manpower is needed — in addition to the troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and soldiers from the Texas National Guard I have already deployed there — and DPS needs help in arresting those who are violating state law,” Abbott said in a letter ​sent Tuesday ​to Major Gen. Tracy Norris of the Texas Military Department.  I​n the letter, Abbott said the “surge of individuals unlawfully crossing the Texas-Mexico border poses an ongoing...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Texas, lawmakers’ calls are growing louder for students to be required to wear face masks as they return to in-person learning in just a few weeks. In a letter penned by Democratic state Rep. Vikki Goodwin of Austin, lawmakers urged Gov. Greg Abbott to reconsider his executive order that bans mask requirements in public schools, saying they want schools to have more say on masks. Parents are anxious about Delta variant. They want schools to take precautions – mask mandates & virtual learning options. These options arent available due to Gov. Abbotts orders. I sent this letter asking for reconsideration. It was signed by 31 of my colleagues. #txlege pic.twitter.com/vNdFfXYzeZ — Rep. Vikki Goodwin (@VikkiGoodwinTX) July 24, 2021 The petition was signed by 31 members of the Texas House. The lawmakers cited that children under 12 cannot get the vaccine, which puts students at a high risk of infection. “Putting them all in one building without masks is foolish,” the letter stated. The House members...
    A bookstore owner in Texas shared a letter on social media from an anonymous customer who claimed that COVID-19 mask requirements like the business' will lead to a new form of "Jim Crow." The anonymous customer, who identified herself as a librarian from Austin, wrote a letter to the owner of the Painted Porch bookstore in Bastrop, Texas expressing her disappointment of leaving the bookstore due to their mask requirement. "I seek to support local businesses, especially bookstores, because they seem like a dying breed," the letter reads. "However, I can no longer tolerate the theater that is ‘the mask.’" TEXAS BAR OWNER BANS CUSTOMERS FROM WEARING CORONAVIRUS MASKS INSIDE The librarian wrote argued that COVID-19 is "being used as a political tool to divide and polarize people, family and communities." "The general population of benevolent, kind hearted and caring people is being purposely manipulated in order to destabilize society, shutter local economies and small businesses such as your own, eliminate access to broad and sweeping ranges of legitimate information, and to upend life as we know it," she continued....
                      by Eric Lendrum  Over a dozen Republican members of the House of Representatives have publicly called on Joe Biden to take a cognitive test, in order to determine whether or not he is truly mentally capable of being President of the United States, the New York Post reports. The group of Republicans is led by Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), who represents Texas’s 13th district and previously served as Physician to the President under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. On Thursday, the letter sent to Biden by the group claims that the test is necessary “so the American people know the full mental and intellectual health of their President.” “They deserve to know that he can perform the duties of Head of State and Commander in Chief,” the letter continues. “They deserve full transparency on the mental capabilities of their highest elected leader.” Appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, Jackson further explained his motivations for leading the charge on this demand, saying that “After this most recent embarrassing performance overseas, I...
                        Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is sending members of various law enforcement agencies throughout the state to Texas and Arizona to help combat the crisis at the Southern border. “Governors Abbott and Ducey recently sent out a call for help to every state in the nation, needing additional law enforcement manpower and other resources to aid with border security. I’m proud to announce today that the state of Florida is answering the call. Florida has your back,” DeSantis said of his decision. Last week, the two border-state governors wrote an open letter to other states asking for additional assistance in attempting to curb the dramatic increase in border crossings. “Texas and Arizona have stepped up to secure the border in the federal government’s absence, and now the Emergency Management Assistance Compact gives your State a chance to stand strong with us,” the letter pleaded. Florida is the first state to respond to the request. In explaining his reasoning, DeSantis argued, “America’s border security crisis impacts every state and every...
    Arizona Gov Doug Ducey and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott want other states to send police officers to aid their law enforcement agencies and federal immigration officials in policing the nation’s southern border. In a letter from both governors, Ducey and Abbott wrote the surge in immigration from Mexico and Central American states is at a “crisis” level and they need more bodies to aid in patrolling. “Texas and Arizona have stepped up to secure the border in the federal government’s absence, and now the Emergency Management Assistance Compact gives your State a chance to stand strong with us,” the letter read. Ducey has criticized President Joe Biden for creating a crisis-level surge in immigration at the border. The White House has yet to release a statement in reaction to the letter. The two border-state governors have collaborated on this matter in the past. Abbott and Ducey wrote in an April op-ed that Biden’s soft stance on immigration has U.S. Border Patrol overwhelmed. “The president and Vice President Harris campaigned on a platform of relaxed border security,” the two wrote. “These actions have...
    The governors of Texas and Arizona are calling on their counterparts in other states to send law enforcement to the border to help stem the crisis at the southern border that has overwhelmed officials and border states. "On behalf of Texas and Arizona, we respectfully but urgently request that you send all available law-enforcement resources to the border in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity," Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona wrote in a letter to their fellow governors this week. MIGRANT CHILDREN'S FLIGHTS PROMPT IOWA, TENNESSEE GOVERNORS TO DEMAND ANSWERS FROM BIDEN ADMINISTRATION Both the federal government and border states have been dealing with a surge in migration to the border, with more than 180,000 migrants encountered in May alone -- including more than 10,000 unaccompanied children. Texas and Arizona have seen a number of facilities built, opened or refashioned to house the migrants coming across the border -- including the use of hotels by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Officials have complained that migrants are often let loose into communities and able to...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  The Biden administration threatened to sue Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott if the state follows through with plans to stop working with the federal government to detain migrant minors, according to a letter from federal officials Monday. Abbott issued a disaster declaration on May 31 that ordered all facilities operating on federal contracts to house migrants who entered the country illegally to close. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Abbott’s declaration illegally discriminates against the federal government’s 52 state-licensed facilities operating in Texas to house unaccompanied migrant minors. “The May 31 Proclamation discriminates against the Federal government by targeting the licenses held only by those entities providing shelter to ‘unlawful immigrants or other individuals not lawfully present in the United States under a contract with the federal government,’” according to HHS. HHS asked Abbott to notify the agency by Friday if the state plans to enforce the disaster proclamation and whether they would grant an exception to allow the facilities to operate at the same standards as other non-governmental...
    Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX-21) sent a letter on Wednesday to Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and two influential state legislators encouraging them to pass election integrity legislation currently under consideration in the Texas State Legislature that includes several specific safeguards. Breitbart News obtained an exclusive preview of the letter in which Roy states: As you consider measures to protect the integrity of Texas elections, please know you have many friends in Congress who will support you, and please know how important it is for Texas to lead that fight as we watch states around the country taking steps to strengthen their election laws. As we have seen the momentum building for election security laws, it has been greeted by many “leaders,” woke corporations, and “voter suppression” mobs with efforts to stop these common-sense reforms. These efforts have spanned from misinformation campaigns, to corporate boycotts, and big business decisions to relocate sports games to new states. Texas should not fall idle to any of these attempts aimed at mischaracterizing and attacking election security. Despite the spread of...
    Savannah Rychcik April 19, 2021 0 Comments A group of House Republicans are calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to reschedule President Joe Biden’s address to Congress. In a letter to Pelosi, the lawmakers note Biden’s address is scheduled during the week when only the Senate is in session and when the House is scheduled to stand in recess. They acknowledged it has been reported only a small number of members of Congress will be invited to attend. “In our nation’s history, it is unprecedented to convene a joint session of Congress such as this without extending an invitation to all members of Congress. As you know, the House Chamber and House Gallery can accommodate about 950 individuals,” they wrote. The lawmakers continued, “We understand the need to prioritize the safety of members and believe strongly that with the right precautions and social distancing measures a space designed to accommodate almost 1,000 individuals can operate at about 50 percent capacity to safely accommodate all members of the House and Senate who attend.” The letter was signed by...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris Friday demanding the Biden administration shut down a child migrant housing facility, following accusations of child abuse. In the letter, Abbott included a memo by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that outlined examples of child abuse and neglect. TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT BLAMES BIDEN AS ALLEGATIONS EMERGE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AT CHILD MIGRANT FACILITY "The State of Texas previously warned about overcrowded conditions at these facilities, and now those conditions have led to allegations of child abuse and neglect," Abbott said in the letter. "Our repeated warnings and questions have gone ignored by President Biden, yourself, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas." "In your role as Border Czar, you have a duty to these children and the American people to act immediately," he added. The Biden administration has said it will not shut down the San Antonio facility, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there was "no basis" for Abbott's demands, despite allegations of sexual assault. The Department of Health and...
    New bodycam footage shows the moments leading up to George Floyd's death in May. DailyMail.com Students at a Texas high school had to act as jurors in Derek Chauvin's trial for a class project. The project has sparked outrage among parents, who wrote a letter complaining to the school. The students, aged 14-15 years old, watched the graphic video of George Floyd's death at the police's hands. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Students at a Texas high school were given a class assignment that involved them acting as jurors during the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, for which they had to watch the graphic video of George Floyd's death. A freshman teacher at Cedar Hill High School in Dallas, who has not been named, did not seek parental consent for the assignment and reportedly told students not to discuss what they had witnessed during the trial for at least six weeks, Newsweek reported.  But parents soon got wind of the project, prompting them to write an outraged letter to Cedar Hill Independent School District administrators last...
    Jack Davis, The Western Journal March 31, 2021 0 Comments Noting that President Joe Biden has made Vice President Kamala Harris his “Border Czar,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote a letter to Harris on Tuesday to demand that action be taken to end the “humanitarian crisis” at the border and save children from human traffickers. “Now that President Biden has named you Border Czar in charge of the administration’s response, I want to express to you the threats and challenges caused by this administration’s open border policies,” Abbott wrote. “These policies embolden and enrich cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers who continue to ramp up their criminal operations,” he said. “In many cases these criminals lure unaccompanied minors into inhumane conditions and expose them to abuse and terror.” “Given your new role as the administration’s Border Czar, I urge you to visit the border to see the crisis for yourself, and I implore the Biden administration to take swift action to secure the border, crack down on human trafficking, and prevent more children from being trafficked and abused,” the governor...
    Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to newly appointed border czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, urging her to take action in the face of the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Abbott calls on the Biden-Harris administration to allow Texas DPS to interview minors being held at the federal facilities in search of information about the rampant human trafficking and crimes at the border. “I want to express to you the threats and challenges caused by this administration’s open border policies. These policies embolden and enrich cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers who continue to ramp up their criminal operations,” Abbott wrote to Harris on Tuesday.  Since the beginning of the year, more than 11,000 unaccompanied minors have been stopped at the Texas border and there are over 18,000 immigrant minors in the government’s care, according to Abbott. The surge in numbers throughout March has led to overcrowded, inhumane conditions in the federal minor facilities, Abbott wrote in the letter.  “Given your new role as the administration’s Border Czar, I urge you to visit the border to see the...
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