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 16, 2014

The Scoop

2009 Ft. Hood Victims Eligible for Purple Hearts

Senate Approves Cornyn Measure

cornyn1214Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Fort Hood has long been a source of pride for all Texans, and though long overdue, this is welcome news for the wounded, the families of the fallen, and the entire community who continue to heal from this unspeakable tragedy,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) after the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Authorization Bill, including a provision based on legislation he authored making victims of the November 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood eligible to receive the Purple Heart. Read More

December 16, 2014

The Scoop

Sheriff Babeu: Immigration Order Will Defer 20M Deportations

By Cathy Burke

paul.babeuAs many as 20 million undocumented immigrants will qualify for President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation action, says Paul Babeu, sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona.

The number would be an alarming increase from the estimated 5 million initially expected to qualify under the executive action.  Read More

December 16, 2014

The Scoop

Why the Purple Heart Matters for Fort Hood Terror Victims

Obama Administration’s label of ‘workplace violence’ denied benefits for heroes

ted-cruz0813WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released a video in support of the 2009 Fort Hood terror victims, who will now be eligible to receive the Purple Heart and associated benefits thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Cruz in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act heading to the President’s desk. Read More

December 16, 2014

The Scoop

Jeb Bush is Formally Exploring 2016 White House Bid

By Seth McLaughlin – The Washington Times 

Jeb Bush is exploring a 2016 presidential bid.

jeb.bush1214The former Florida governor said in a post on Facebook Tuesday that over the Thanksgiving holiday there was a lot of discussion about the future of the nation. Read More

December 16, 2014

The Scoop

Schwertner Files Bill to Expand Texas’ Mental Health Workforce

SB 239 would create loan repayment program for mental health professionals who treat underserved patients.

charles.schwertnerTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas — “Texas needs a mental health workforce capable of meeting the growing needs of our growing state,” said Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) earlier today, as he filed legislation to help expand the ranks of Texas’ mental health professionals and improve access to mental health servicesRead More

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The Scoop

What 2014 Means (Politically) for 2016

$1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Passes House After Pleas From Obama, GOP Leaders

Sessions: House Passes Government Funding Bill

Smith Statement on Omnibus Appropriations Bill

House Slashes IRS & EPA Funding, Fully Funds Troops During Wartime

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

December 16, 2014

On The Record

Many Latinos Left Behind in Improving Economy

Curbs on Spending May Be Helping 

daniel.garzaTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The Hispanic unemployment rate remains significantly higher than the nation as a whole, and even more Latinos are being forced into part-time work – or worse, staying unemployed even longer. Among all workers, wage gains are uneven, with low-income workers seeing little improvement,” said Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, following Friday’s unemployment report. Read More

December 16, 2014

On The Record

No Time to Wait on School Finance

By State Sen. Kirk Watson

kirk.watson3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Everybody — everybody — knows our school finance system is broken. But there’s a lack of political will to do anything about it until the Texas Supreme Court rules in a sweeping lawsuit brought by two-thirds of the school districts. Oddly, there’s even a lack of will to begin discussing the problems. Read More

December 16, 2014

On The Record

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

Texas has spent $559 million since January, 2013

Capitol.LegisTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “I have been on the border numerous times, have personally observed what goes on, and know what it takes for our men and women to secure the border,” said State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van), as Texas lawmakers called on Washington, DC to reimburse the state for costs related to the federal government’s failure to secure the border.

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December 16, 2014

On The Record

Gov. Perry Announces January 6 Special Election for Three Districts

leticia.tim.mikeTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry today set Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the special election date to fill three legislative seats that are being vacated: Senate District 26 (Sen. Leticia van de Putte), House District 17 (Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt) and House District 123 (Rep. Mike Villarreal). Read More

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On The Record

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

Sen. Creighton, Rep. Leach File “2nd Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Act”

TSCRA Prepares for 84th Texas Legislative Session

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Please Stop Tearing Our Elephant Apart!

10:33 am CST - December 16, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Tortured Reasoning

By Thomas Sowell |

thomas-sowellCritics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture.” But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: “Compared to what alternative?”

If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City — set to go off today — and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when? Would you pause to look up the definition of “torture”? Would you even care what the definition of “torture” was, when the alternative was seeing millions of innocent people murdered? Continue Reading.

10:31 am CST - December 16, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Government Ineptitude, CIA-Style

By Mona Charen

monacharenAnyone skeptical about entrusting ambitious tasks to the government was not stunned by the dismal rollout of the Affordable Care Act. It featured technical snafus, cost overruns and false advertising (“If you like your plan, you’ll be able to keep it.”). Things got so bad that President Barack Obama apologized and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned. Continue Reading.

10:29 am CST - December 16, 2014

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Hacking Sony? It’s Near Treason

By Debra J. Saunders

debra-saundersThe intelligence was obtained illegally. The hackers presented a threat to workers and their families. Foreign operatives likely were behind the document theft. Any news organizations that report this ill-gotten information are, if not un-American, surely “morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable.”

Are those the words of intelligence talking heads railing against National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden? Continue Reading.

10:27 am CST - December 16, 2014

Posted under Cartoons