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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...
Austin City Council members approved giving $200,000 in emergency city funding on Thursday to provide legal help to immigrants, after an emotionally charged debate in which two council members fought back tears. The money, proposed by Council Member Greg Casar, adds to the city’...
As many as 240 protesters are marching from Austin City Hall toward the Texas Capitol to show their solidarity with the area’s immigrant community. Spectators on Thursday lined Congress Avenue in downtown, cheering the passing throngs. The only trouble at the peaceful...
Fired by one American commander-in-chief for insubordination, Michael Flynn has now delivered his resignation to another. President Donald Trump had been weighing the fate of his national security adviser, a hard-charging, feather-ruffling retired lieutenant general who just...