9:29 am CST - December 17, 2014

Posted under Quotes

Cong. Michael McCaul Talks: Border Security & Amnesty Response Plans

“I know the president says the ‘War on Terror’ is over, and that everything’s hunky-dory … but the fact of texas Insider - McCaul, Cong. Michael 12-15-14athe matter is that it’s never been greater.”

AUSTIN, Texas ( Texas Insider Report) –

As Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Texas Cong. Michael McCaul receives the same Security Briefings as the President of the United States.

Following President Obama’s recent Executive Order on amnesty,  Cong. McCaul sat down with Insider’s Jim Cardle  earlier this week to talk about his immediate Border Security concerns, possible Homeland Security threats, and what response plans Congressional Republicans will soon try to advance to reverse or hold at bay President Obama’s amnesty decree.

As chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, I will use every tool at my texas Insider - McCaul, Cong. Michael 12-15-14b4disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions from being implemented,” Cong. McCaul tells Texas Insider.

–  Don’t miss our fast-moving discussion with Cong. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House of Representatives’ powerful Homeland Security Committee.     Continue Reading.

December 19, 2014

The Scoop

CRUZ: Appeasing Enemies Makes America Less Safe, World More Dangerous

With CNN’s Wolf Blitzer regarding U.S.-Cuba relations

ted-cruz0813WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer regarding the release of Alan Gross and the President’s announcement to change U.S. policy with Cuba, specifically plans to lift the United States’ economic embargo on the communist nation. View the full video here.   Read More

December 19, 2014

The Scoop

Last Congressional Race Finalized: GOP Holds Largest House Majority Since 1929-1930

It’s Official: Republicans control 56% of State Legislative seats, (the highest number since 1920), and 31 of 50 Governorships

hotair.com3By Noah Rothman

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – On Wednesday, the Associated Press called the last outstanding race for Congress in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional u.s. capitol-congressdistrict. With Republican Martha McSally’s victory, the 2014 midterm elections have officially concluded, and at the start of the 114th Congress in January Republicans will enjoy their largest House of Representatives majority since before the 1930’s Depression and the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt with 247 members.   Read More

December 18, 2014

The Scoop

ObamaCare Enrollees Who Auto-Renew May Face Rate Increases

Crucial Health Care Deadline approaches

daniel.garzaWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – Millions of people who enrolled under the new health care law last year are scheduled to be automatically renewed in the 2nd year – leading to rate increases for a significant number of them. This is one feature of a poorly designed health care law that does not respond to consumer preferences, and instead delivers holder-obama3jrate increases and fewer choices to all too many,” said Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative. Read More

December 18, 2014

The Scoop

Texas Oil & Gas UPDATE: While Peaks & Valleys Not New, New York Bans Fracturing

Pennsylvania communities along New York border greet news with delight.

Alex Mills Texas Alliance of Energy Producers3cBy Alex Mills

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) It’s official: The good people of New York will be paying an arm and a leg for electricity this winterAnd although State & Federal Regulators have repeatedly said that in the 60 years the industry has been fracturing Gov. Andrew Cuomo3dwells, there’s never been a case of groundwater pollution because of fracing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced earlier this week it will prohibit hydraulic fracturing statewide.   Read More

December 18, 2014

The Scoop

CONG. Olson Talks STEM with TX-22 Kids

pete-olsonTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas (SUGAR LAND, TX) – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) recently hosted a session of the 22nd District’s Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC). The CYAC is a select group of high school students that meet with Congressman Olson to discuss various issues. This session focused on STEM, or the Science, Technology, Engineering &Math fields. Read More

Recent Headlines

The Scoop

Rubio: Obama ‘Worst Negotiator’ in Cuban Prisoner Swap

Boehner, GOP: Obama’s Cuba Deal a “Mindless Concession”

Second Arkansas Man Arrested in Cattle Theft Case

2009 Ft. Hood Victims Eligible for Purple Hearts

Sheriff Babeu: Immigration Order Will Defer 20M Deportations

December 19, 2014

On The Record

BRADY: Stopping Executive Amnesty & Setting Up the Fight

kevin-bradyWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – December was a very busy, but very productive month in DC. Even during a ‘Lame Duck’ Congress, there are important measures that must be passed, setting us up for next year. And I admit — with the Republicans taking control of the Senate next year, I’m very excited about what we’re going to be able to accomplish. But first, a quick roundup of December’s activities.   Read More

December 18, 2014

On The Record

RODRIGUEZ: Property Taxes & Public Education Initiatives

HB 506 targets 57 ISDs which are fast growth

eddie-rodriguezTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –  State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin,) announced he has filed his first batch of bills for the 84th Legislative Session that begins in January, focusing on property tax and public education policy initiatives. Read More

December 18, 2014

On The Record

20 GOP Senators Vote for Amnesty, Conservatives Lament


By Barbara Hollingsworth

Obama-McConnell-BoehnerWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) –What this has done is formally lance the boil: There is now clear separation between true conservatives who uphold their oath to the Constitution, and liberal Republicans who ‘Gruber’ their constituents,” said Brent Bozell (right,) president of the Media Research Center. There is a growing backlash against 20 Senate Republicans who less than a month ago L.BrentBozellIIIstated publicly that  resident Obama’s Executive Amnesty was unconstitutional, only to turn around and vote in favor of funding it last week, conservative leaders say.    Read More

December 18, 2014

On The Record

YCT Releases Agenda, 84th Legislative Session Priorities

yctTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Today, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) unveiled its legislative agenda and priorities for the upcoming session.

“We have high hopes for the 84th Legislative Session,” said YCT State Chairman Jeff Morris. Read More

December 16, 2014

On The Record

Your Online Privacy: An Issue that Transcends Party Affiliation & Can Overcome Gridlock

White House silent on personal privacy, property debate

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Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Here’s an interesting question. What do Jimmy Kimmel, the Death Star, Major League Baseball and home brewing all have in cyber-NSA-internet-security-snowden5ecommon? The White House has responded to public petitions dealing with each of these subject matters. What’s not on this list? Well…   Read More

Recent Headlines

On The Record

Many Latinos Left Behind in Improving Economy

No Time to Wait on School Finance

FLYNN: Texas Legislators Demand D.C. Pay Tab for Border Security Costs

Gov. Perry Announces January 6 Special Election for Three Districts

More States Join Fight Against Obama’’s Executive Action on Immigration

9:18 am CST - December 18, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Democrats’ Wasteful Torture Report

By Dr. Ben Carson

dr.benjamin.carsonThe recent release of a Senate report commissioned by Democrats regarding torture of terrorism suspects in order to obtain vital information was a waste of $40 million of taxpayer money.

It already had been documented extensively that three suspects were waterboarded and that sleep deprivation and other such techniques were used to extract vital information from terrorists. Though the report says otherwise, that information played a part in the apprehension or annihilation of many upper-echelon terrorist leaders, Continue Reading.

9:16 am CST - December 18, 2014

Posted under Opinion

The Rules of War Need Updating

By Cal Thomas

cal-thomasThe attack on a cafe in Sydney, Australia, by a self-described Islamic cleric with a long police record, left two hostages dead, along with the cleric, one Man Haron Monis. He was an Iranian refugee who enjoyed the hospitality and protection of the Australian government.

That incident, which was televised worldwide, was quickly eclipsed by the murder of 145 people at an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Many of the dead were children. Continue Reading.

9:13 am CST - December 18, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Should Profiling Be Banned?

By Walter E. Williams

walter-williamsLast week, the Obama administration announced new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement. Before deciding whether this is good or bad policy, we might try to develop a description/definition of racial profiling or any other kind of profiling.

A good definition of profiling in general is the use of an easily observed physical characteristic as a guess for some other, difficult-to-observe characteristic. The reason people profile is that information is costly and they seek methods to economize on information costs. One way to do that is through profiling. Continue Reading.

9:11 am CST - December 18, 2014

Posted under Cartoons