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Five years ago, the thought of $55-a-barrel oil would have given Piotr Galitzine heartburn. Now it’s keeping one of his steel-pipe shops in Houston open 24/7 and fueling a flurry of orders. It’s stoking business for National Oilwell Varco Inc. too, with the oilfield-equipment...
WikiLeaks has published what it claims is the largest ever release of confidential documents on the CIA. It includes more than 8,000 documents as part of ‘Vault 7’, a series of leaks on the agency, which have allegedly emerged from the CIA's Center For Cyber Intelligence in...
Image courtesy of Getty Images Top Republicans said Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from federal investigations of whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election amid revelations that he met with the Russian ambassador to the...
Image courtesy of Getty Images Nobody projects confidence like President Donald Trump, who won while promising to take America in a bold new direction by almost sheer force of will. More than a month after taking office, though, no one seems to know exactly what direction he...
After eight years attacking the Affordable Care Act, Congressional Republicans are facing a tough reality: ending this landmark law means millions of Americans will lose health coverage. My Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate are committed to protecting Americans’...
Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Bill McRaven lashed out at President Donald Trump's label of the media as "the enemy of the American people," saying "this sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime," the Austin-American-Statesman reported. McRaven, former...
Immigration activists unfurled a sign that read "Refugees Welcome" from the observation deck of the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday. The 20-foot by 3-foot red and white banner was hung near the statue's base soon after the Department of Homeland Security announced a host of...
A Dallas jury sentenced a neurosurgeon to life in prison after they heard from over a dozen patient who testified Christopher Duntsch seriously maimed them while they were under his knife. Duntsch, who practiced medicine at various hospitals in Dallas and Collin counties, was...
Texans’ expectations for how good a president Donald Trump could be have soared since his election, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday. The result was driven by Texas Republicans’ unabashed enthusiasm for the new president. In the poll’s...