10:56 am CST - April 29, 2016

Posted under Quotes

Obama White House Appears to Back Trump’s Idea for Taller Fence

Trump, Donald for President4Secret Service: “Current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era.”

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has become fairly well known for an affection for building walls. And, his proposal has always been opposed by the Obama Administration, as well as other liberals and Democrats. But apparently, not this time.

The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is, in fact, the case,” said Secret Service official Tom Dougherty in a briefing to federal officials earlier this year, according to the copy of an agency report obtained by the Washington-based NBC News 4 I-Team.

(The fence) is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances. And we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence,” Daugherty said in the briefing, which comes on the heels of an increasing number of people White House5attempting to breach the security barrier that encircles the nation’s Executive Mansion.

After a recent spike in attempts to climb the fence protecting the White House from unauthorized entry, the U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the current security fence by 5 feet, and add a new concrete foundation to reduce the risk of fence-jumpers.

— WATCH VIDEO COVERAGE HERE.    Continue Reading.



May 03, 2016

The Scoop

CMS Approves Temporary Extension of Texas’ Medicaid 1115 Waiver

Brady: This short term extension allows more than 300 local health care providers to continue to offer quality healthcare to our neediest populations in Texas

kevin-bradyTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The Woodlands, TX — Today, Congressman Kevin Brady released the following statement on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ decision to grant a 15-month temporary extension of Texas’ Medicaid 1115 waiver. Read More

May 03, 2016

The Scoop

Congressman Joe Barton to Visit Children’s Health Dallas

joe-barton3Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, who introduced the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015 (ACE Kids Act), will host a discussion forum around children’s health issues affecting medically complex patients. Barton will give an update on the ACE Kids Act, a proposal to improve how care is delivered to America’s children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid, and representatives from Children’s Health will share insights into how this legislation would improve the lives of patients seen at Children’s Health every day. Speakers include: Read More

May 03, 2016

The Scoop

Newt, Christie Open to Trump VP Spot

Newsmax.com 

Newt-gingrich-portraitgov.chris.christiIn a sign of growing acceptance that Donald Trump is their likely presidential nominee, several Republicans said they would join him on the ticket, most prominently former House speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, The New York Times reports. Read More

May 03, 2016

The Scoop

Sessions Votes for School Choice and Increased Opportunities for DC Children

Pete-Sessions0514Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after the House passed legislation that would reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act. Specifically, it authorizes $60 million in annual funding for education in the District of Columbia and gives scholarships to low-income students: Read More

May 03, 2016

The Scoop

Babin:  American Energy Will Help Create a Better Tomorrow

By Congressman Brian Babin

brian-babinFor the past several years, the state of Texas has led the nation in job creation, setting the standard for how American ingenuity, limited government and hard work lead to a healthier and stronger economy. On April 27th, I joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to highlight the importance of a joint effort being led by chemical manufacturers and labor leaders that seeks to ensure the American workforce is properly trained to meet the growing demand of manufacturing jobs. Read More

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May 03, 2016

On The Record

Lt. Governor Patrick Announces Joint Interim Committee Appointments

dan.patrick.2Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN,Texas —  Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointment of five senators to the Joint Interim Committee to Study the Issue of Advertising Public Notices and five senators to the Joint Interim Committee to Study the Development of a Cruise Industry. Read More

May 03, 2016

On The Record

Commissioner Bush Announces Save Texas History Program Fundraising Campaign

Campaign raises awareness and funds for historic document preservation

geo-p-bushTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN,Texas — Commissioner George P. Bush today announced the beginning of a month-long Save Texas History program campaign to help raise awareness and funds for historic document preservation. Read More

May 03, 2016

On The Record

A.G. Paxton Challenges DraftKings’s Lawsuit & Venue

ken.paxton1Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN,Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a response to DraftKings’s lawsuit that seeks to test the legality of paid daily fantasy sports in Texas. The attorney general’s filing contends that DraftKings’s lawsuit, filed in Dallas County civil court, improperly challenges the attorney general’s opinion issued in response to a legislative inquiry regarding the legality of online gaming. Read More

May 03, 2016

On The Record

State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.4 Billion in April

Glenn.Hagar3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN,Texas — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue in April totaled $2.38 billion, up 3 percent compared to April 2015.

“Growth in sales tax revenue was led by remittances from the retail trade and construction sectors,” Hegar said. “As expected, receipts from oil and gas-related sectors continued to fall due to the ongoing decline in drilling activity.” Read More

May 03, 2016

On The Record

Ryan Downton Endorses Dr. Dawn Buckingham for Texas State Senate

dawn.buckinghamTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Lakeway – The Dr. Dawn Buckingham for Texas State Senate Campaign released today that Ryan Downton has endorsed Dr. Dawn Buckingham for Texas State Senate. Read More

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11:41 am CST - May 03, 2016

Posted under Opinion

Why is America Emboldening Iran?

By Armstrong Williams

armstrong.williamsYou would think that when one country openly calls for the destruction of another country, the latter would not help the former achieve its malevolent goal.

So why, when Iranians chant “Death to America!” in the streets, and proudly proclaim their hatred of the Western world, would the United States do anything to aid Iran in acquiring a nuclear weapon – a weapon that would be used to threaten our nation and our allies? Continue Reading.

11:40 am CST - May 03, 2016

Posted under Opinion

20 Quotes From Ancient Greek Philosophers That Liberals Still Don’t Understand

By John Hawkins

john-hawkinsTwo thousand years ago, there may not have been liberals as we think of them today, but some of the dumb ideas that underpin the whole ideology were floating around. Fortunately, in Greece some of the greatest minds in human history were there to set people straight. There are an awful lot of liberals who could benefit from reading these more than 2,000 year-old words of wisdom. Continue Reading.

11:38 am CST - May 03, 2016

Posted under Opinion

‘Make America Mexico Again’: Why Americans Are Fed Up With Illegals

By Todd Starnes

todd-starnesThere is something a bit unsettling about watching violent, foul-mouthed protesters waving the Mexican flag on American soil.

Over the weekend, Hispanic children lined the streets in Fort Wayne, Indiana – hurling filthy insults at Donald Trump supporters.  Continue Reading.

11:36 am CST - May 03, 2016

Posted under Cartoons