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Illegal Aliens Busted in Cloned Border Patrol Vehicle

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol

Human smugglers carrying 12 illegal aliens were captured north of Laredo in a cloned U.S. Border Patrol vehicle.

The incident happened on Interstate 35 at mile marker 65 near the town of Cotulla. That would be located nearly seventy miles into Texas. A border patrol agent became suspicious of the cloned vehicle while he was following it, Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza told …….. read more here.

by BOB PRICE

Planned Parenthood still receiving Medicaid funds months after Texas announced cutoff

(Photo by Tamir Kalifa | The Texas Tribune)

The organization is still receiving federal and state funds, and the state officials who called for a cutoff have fallen silent on why the funding continues.

Almost two months after Texas Republican leaders announced they would kick Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid, it hasn’t happened.

The organization is still receiving federal and state funds to provide health care for about 13,500 low-income women a year, and the state officials who called for a cutoff, including Gov. Greg Abbott, have fallen silent on why the funding continues.

But the state’s hesitance to pull the trigger reflects a recent pattern in its dealings with an ……… read more here

BY THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

‘BE _________!’ Texas VA censors veteran’s ‘overly religious’ Christmas decorations

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For the second time this season, the Veterans Administration has marginalized the religious beliefs of its workers.

Vietnam veteran Ethel Holloway has been hanging secular Christmas decorations in the 1C unit of the Audie Murphy VA hospital in San Antonio for 33 years she says, and paid for them with her own money.

They included Santa and his sleigh with the words “Merry Christmas,” as well as the words “be merry.”

Last Friday, she says she was ……… read more here. 

BY OLAF EKBERG

Gov. Abbott Makes Bad Choice for Texas Comm. of Education

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As a conservative, I appreciate Gov. Greg Abbott for the many courageous positions he has taken for Texas; but he really missed it on this one!

 

I cannot think of very many people whom Gov. Greg Abbott could have appointed who would have been a worse choice than Mike Morath as Texas Commissioner of Education. (12.14.15 — Press release- “Gov. Abbott Appoints Mike Morath As Texas Education Commissioner —http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/21773 )

 

Mike Morath is supporting almost everything bad in education – the same ……. read more here. 

by Donna Garner Education Policy Commentator EducationViews.org

The Dam Called Trouble

Photos and video by Nathan Hunsinger | Staff Photographer

The Army Corps of Engineers will need millions of dollars to repair the Lewisville Lake Dam, one of the nation’s most dangerous. A breach could put 431,000 people in harm’s way.

3 Texas cities have heaviest taxpayer burdens in US

BRIDGE INTO THE ABYSS: Houston’s gleaming skyline contrasts with a city mired in debt.

With billions of dollars in “hidden debt,” three Texas cities have among the heaviest taxpayer burdens in the United States.

Dallas, Houston and San Antonio owe a combined $23 billion, according to Truth in Accounting, a think tank that rated government finances in the country’s biggest cities.

The debt far surpasses the cities’ official figures, which TIA called outdated and incomplete. The Chicago-based group said municipalities move large chunks of debt off their books to meet balanced-budget requirements.

“This hidden debt is a ….. read more here. 

By Kenric Ward

In wake of armed protests at local mosques, Dallas pastors, rabbis and imams join forces

(Vernon Bryant/Staff photographer)

Following an armed protest at the Islamic Center of Irving last month, a peace rally took place offering a much different message.

 

The armed protesters who convened outside the Islamic Center of Irving in November are planning a repeat protest Saturday, this time at a mosque in Richardson. And it may not be the last staged by the rifle-toting Bureau on American Islamic Relations.

In response, a newly formed task force consisting of Dallas-area religious leaders has released a …… read more here.

2 men get life terms in Brian Terry’s 2010 death

Two men convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of a Border Patrol agent whose death brought to light a bungled federal gun-tracking operation have been sentenced to ………. read more here

Written By Associated Press

Answering Questions: States vs Feds on Syrian Refugees

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With the mainstream media consistently reporting that Governors are planning to block the President’s Syrian refugee resettlement plans, two main camps have emerged in recent days. Unsurprisingly, they’re both missing the most important point.

On the one hand, there are people who say that states can’t do anything about the President’s plan. On the other hand are people who say that states not only can do something about it, but must.

There are other variations of these two, and even a mix of them. But all of them have missed something essential. What states “can” and “can’t” do might not even matter. And that’s how the “father of the ……… read more here.

tenthamendmentcenter.com

 

How are Syrians getting to the border?

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LAREDO, TX – A wave of terrorist attacks abroad and here at home are sparking a new worldwide fear: how will we know if some immigrants, particularly Syrian refugees, are connected to terrorism?

News 4 traveled to what many are calling the new front line: our border with Mexico. Two Syrian families recently ……… read more here. 

By EMILY BAUCUM News 4 San Antonio