News archive from 7 August 2018

Harris County releases $2.5B flood bond project list, two days before voting begins

The Harris County Flood Control District on Monday released its complete list of projects that would be funded by the county's $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond proposal, two days before early voting on the measure begins. The 237 projects...

Chron, 19:55 in Politics
 

Trump shadow looms over elections in Ohio, Kansas

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump's preferred congressional candidate — and his chief legislative achievement — are about to be tested in battleground Ohio in the season's final high-stakes special election. The midsummer affair comes as...

Chron, 02:10 in Politics
 

WHAT TO WATCH: Primaries test GOP, Democratic identities

Democrats hope to grab a House seat that Republicans have held for decades. A tweet from President Donald Trump could tip a GOP gubernatorial primary in Kansas. Democrats continue to decide how far to the left the party should move. And critical...

Chron, 02:10 in Politics
 

Star witness against Manafort admits embezzling from him

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — One day after coming face-to-face in federal court with his longtime boss, Rick Gates returns to the witness stand as the government's star witness in the financial fraud trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign...

Chron, 02:10 in Politics
 

Once-eased US economic sanctions against Iran back in effect

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first set of U.S. sanctions against Iran that had been eased under the landmark nuclear accord went back into effect early Tuesday under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, targeting financial transactions that...

Chron, 02:10 in Politics
 

Washington Democrats hope to win US House seat for 1st time

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As the Democratic party eyes making gains in Congress, the Washington state primary contest getting the most attention in Tuesday's election is an open U.S. House seat Democrats hope to capture for the first time since the...

Chron, 02:40 in Politics
 

Houston bike sharing program poised for another big expansion

Houston City Council this week will consider another expansion to the Houston BCycle, in a move that would grow the bike share program from 66 to 97 stations and from 430 to 767 bikes. The $300,000 expansion, which would be paid for with federal grant...

Chron, 07:21 in Politics
 

RNC site's link for Maryland GOP's Twitter delivered porn

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — For half a year, the Republican National Committee's website directed seekers of the Maryland Republican Party's Twitter to a porn account. The RNC removed the porn link from GOP.com on Monday after The Capital newspaper raised...

Chron, 10:21 in Politics
 

Gov. Abbott proposes tougher no-bail rules for violent crime suspects

AUSTIN — Citing official lapses in the 2017 killing of a state trooper in East Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday proposed stricter requirements for releasing violent-crime defendants from jail, especially those who assault police officers. In recent...

Chron, 12:31 in Politics
 

Gov. Greg Abbott deletes tweet with fake Winston Churchill quote

Gov. Greg Abbott deleted a tweet with a fake Winston Churchill quote on Tuesday. Abbot shared an image of the British wartime leader with the quote, "The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists." "Some insights are...

Chron, 13:42 in Politics
 

Ted Cruz asks Trump to campaign for him in Texas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has asked President Donald Trump to come to Texas to campaign for him. During a campaign stop in Seguin late Monday, Cruz said he has reached out to his former rival for the White House to help him with his re-election effort...

Chron, 14:48 in Politics
 

Ivanka Trump to promote workforce development in Illinois

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump plans to promote worker training in Illinois this week. She will participate in a round-table discussion Wednesday at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, her second recent visit to the region. White House...

Chron, 14:48 in Politics
 

Ted Cruz defends payday lending during San Antonio stop

Pressed by members of San Antonio’s black community to help fight payday lenders who abuse their community with high-interest loans, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz instead cautioned them about getting too aggressive against those businesses. Cruz acknowledged...

Chron, 15:18 in Politics
 

White House undergoes renovations with Trump in New Jersey

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the Oval Office is undergoing "needed renovations" while President Donald Trump is in New Jersey, but a list of repair projects doesn't include the president's primary workspace. According to the list...

Chron, 16:28 in Politics
 

The Latest: Trump endorsement matters to some GOP voters

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a tight congressional race in Ohio that could provide clues about the Democrats' chances of retaking the House in November (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Some Republican voters in Kansas say President Donald...

Chron, 18:21 in Politics
 

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