Make El Chapo pay for a border wall? Don’t count on it

U.S. 02/14/19, 16:38

After El Chapo's conviction in a drug-trafficking trial that included florid testimony of jewel-encrusted guns, a fleet of cash-laden jets and a personal zoo with roaming big cats, some Americans have floated an idea they see as poetic justice: Why not take some of the Mexican drug lord's billions in ...

Trump reacts to Ted Cruz’s proposal to make El Chapo pay for border wall

Politics 02/14/19, 04:26

President Donald Trump reacted to Cruz’s proposal on Wednesday by calling it “an interesting” suggestion. President Trump on Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) suggestion that assets seized from Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin El Chapo could pay for the border wall: "It's always interesting, anything Ted does is interesting. That's certainly an interesting ...

Oprah offers big stage for Beto O’Rourke’s reemergence

Texas 02/05/19, 00:37

Beto O'Rourke's weeks of near-silence are coming to an end on a massive stage, as he sits down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey.The appearance Tuesday on "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square" will test the former Texas congressman's charisma ahead of a possible presidential campaign.O'Rourke dazzled Democrats last year ...

Colorado senator rips Cruz’s ‘crocodile tears’ over shutdown

Politics 01/24/19, 19:17

Signs of strain from the 34-day partial government shutdown are emerging on the Senate floor. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado tore into Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Thursday after Cruz backed a GOP bill to pay Coast Guard members but not reopen the government. The normally mild-mannered Bennet erupted ...

Harmony Korine’s latest, Beto O’Rourke doc to debut at SXSW

Texas 01/16/19, 15:01

Harmony Korine's "The Beach Bum," Olivia Wilde's directorial debut and a documentary on the breakout campaign of Texas politician Beto O'Rourke will premiere at the annual South by Southwest Film Festival.The Austin, Texas-based festival announced the lineup to its 26th edition Wednesday after previously revealing that Jordan Peele's "Us" will ...

Texas tests whether GOP losses soften hard-right Statehouse

Texas 01/06/19, 12:32

Lawmakers in Texas say a new legislative session will test whether Republicans' rocky 2018 will soften one of the most hard-right statehouses in the country.Republicans are still firmly in power as the Texas Legislature returns to work Tuesday. Some lawmakers say GOP losses in November's midterm election have curbed the ...

No timeline: O’Rourke not rushing 2020 decision despite buzz

Texas 12/18/18, 00:33

If the deep field of potential Democratic presidential contenders is on pins and needles as Beto O'Rourke decides his next move, it could be a long wait.The outgoing Texas congressman's team says he has no timeline or roadmap for deciding if he'd like to parlay a surprisingly close loss to ...

Too old to run? Biden wrestles with age as he eyes 2020 run

Politics 12/14/18, 17:12

As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president. The discussions suggest Biden is aware that his age may be ...

Julian Castro says Beto’s future no factor in 2020 decision

Texas 11/16/18, 12:58

Julian Castro says whether he runs in 2020 won't be influenced by whether Texas' other big Democrat, Beto O'Rourke, also makes a bid for the White House.Castro said Friday he hasn't talked to O'Rourke about what's next after losing a surprisingly close U.S. Senate challenge to Republican Ted Cruz.Castro was ...

27-year-old Houston immigrant elected county leader in upset

Texas 11/07/18, 14:56

A 27-year-old Houston woman who emigrated to the U.S. in 2005 has been elected the top executive of the nation's third-largest county.Democrat Lina Hidalgo's win in Texas makes the Colombia native the first Latina county judge in Harris County. She is also one of youngest big-county leaders in the U.S.Her ...

Cruz returning to Senate, but O’Rourke’s future less clear

Texas 11/07/18, 03:37

Republican Ted Cruz is returning to the Senate, scuffed by a surprisingly close race but still President Donald Trump's take-no-prisoners defender on the hard right in Texas.His own White House ambitions remain intact, too.What's next for Rep. Beto O'Rourke is less clear. His loss deflated supercharged Democrats across the U.S. ...

O’Rourke drops f-bomb on live TV during concession to Cruz

Texas 11/07/18, 01:38

Rep. Beto O'Rourke didn't go quietly to defeat.Thanking his campaign supporters for their spirited challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz, he said on live television Tuesday: "All of you, showing the country how you do this. I'm so f---ing proud of you guys."Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for ...

Update: Polls open across Texas on busy Election Day

Texas 11/06/18, 10:10

The Latest on Election Day in Texas (all times local): FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2018, file photo, Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic candidate for the 23rd District seat in West Texas, poses for a photo in San Antonio, Texas. Jones, an Air Force veteran, faces incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. ...

Ted Cruz hopes to secure 2nd term vs. rising star O’Rourke

Texas 11/06/18, 01:57

Beto O'Rourke has already used his once-longshot Texas Senate run to become a national Democratic phenomenon and trigger whispers that he could be a 2020 White House contender. Could it be enough to upset — or even stay close to — incumbent Ted Cruz in a state as deeply conservative as ...

Cruz-O’Rourke hogs the attention, but Texas ballot is loaded

Texas 11/05/18, 23:36

The U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke has grabbed most of the attention, but Texas has a full slate of candidates on the midterm ballot.FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2016 file photo, Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd talks with a supporter at ...

Cruz urges GOP to Vote to counter Dem turnout

Texas 11/05/18, 15:51

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz acknowledged he expects there to be high voter turnout among Democrats who support his rival, Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Cruz urged supporters to counter that turnout by voting and encouraging others to do the same. (Nov. 5) Source: The Associated Press

Texas turnout high as Cruz, O’Rourke end close Senate race

Texas 11/05/18, 11:33

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke are working their way home at the end of one of the most closely watched races of the 2018 midterms.Cruz's last rally Monday is set near his hometown of Houston. O'Rourke is heading to El Paso to finish an underdog campaign ...

Win or lose, Cruz and O’Rourke may remain political forces

Texas 11/04/18, 12:29

Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke probably have bright political futures, perhaps even plausible White House aspirations, regardless of which one wins their high-profile Texas Senate race. Around Labor Day, when polls showed onetime punk rocker O'Rourke closing in on flipping a Senate seat in the country's largest Republican-dominated state, ...

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