News archive from 6 August 2018

Top 2020 Democrats missing in Iowa but working backchannel

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair opens this week, complete with its signature deep-fried Oreos and prize hog judging. Country star Reba McEntire will be on the grandstand, but another type of celebrity will be missing: marquee names eyeing...

Chron, 00:56 in Politics

Insurance companies approach Trump health plans cautiously

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says insurers are "going wild" about his new health care options and "millions and millions" of people will be signing up. But insurance companies say it will take time to design new plans...

Chron, 00:56 in Politics

Trump appears to change story on meeting with Russian lawyer

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to have changed his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel's investigation, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect...

Chron, 00:56 in Politics

Testimony by 'right-hand man' critical in Manafort trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The most critical moment in the financialcd fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will likely arrive this week with the testimony of his "right-hand man" — the person defense attorneys blame for...

Chron, 01:48 in Politics

Houston City Council to schedule ballot measures this week

Houston City Council on Wednesday will consider scheduling elections on two ballot measures, but one is likely to spur some debate, as Mayor Sylvester Turner has given the council two options from which to choose. Houston firefighters gathered tens of...

Chron, 09:06 in Politics

Michelle Obama announces week of action to sign up voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote. The former first lady, a co-chairwoman of a nonpartisan organization to...

Chron, 09:38 in Politics

Majority of Harris County voters will support $2.5 billion flood bond, UH study finds

A majority of Harris County voters say they will support a $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond at the polls later this month, according to University of Houston research released Monday. Sixty-two percent of residents who said they are certain to...

Chron, 10:23 in Politics

Abbott 'looking for new set of wheels': A motorcycle

AUSTIN --  Gov. Greg Abbott as an Easy Rider? On Sunday, the incumbent Republican, never known for being a cultural edge-surfer or for looking like Peter Fonda, suggested in a tweet that he was exploring getting a motorcycle. "I'm looking for...

Chron, 10:34 in Politics

Lupe Valdez's latest endorsement: Elizabeth Warren

AUSTIN -- Longshot Democratic gubernatorial challenger Lupe Valdez, pushing hard to close her double-digit gap in polls behind incumbent Republican Greg Abbott, has a new national endorsement: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Warren, a...

Chron, 12:31 in Politics

NY Mag: 'O’Rourke has never been closer to catching the Zodiac Killer'

Social media was abuzz this weekend after an article in New York Magazine revived a time-honored joke about Sen. Ted Cruz. "Beto O'Rourke has never been closer to catching the Zodiac Killer," read the article's opening line reacting to news...

Chron, 12:31 in Politics

Senate lawmakers back Patrick, uninterested in ‘red flag’ gun restrictions

AUSTIN — In the wake of this year's school shooting at a Santa Fe High School, the Texas Senate signaled Monday its disinterest in expanding the state’s so-called "red flag" law that calls for removing guns from domestic violence suspects...

Chron, 13:59 in Politics

Where Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke will be this week in Texas

With Congress on hiatus for the week, both U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic rival U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke are hitting the road in Texas as their campaigns heat up. Cruz spent much of Saturday in Austin for campaign events and is headed to San...

Chron, 14:24 in Politics

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