Tag: Texas

Black Church Bamboozled Into Hosting Blue Lives MAGA Rally Complete With Confederate Flags, Trump Signs

Screenshot: Facebook/Friendship Baptist Church Parishioners at a Texas church were shocked to discover their parking lot filled with crimson-necked, pickup-truck-driving, Confederate flag-waving MAGA cyclists who had hoodwinked the house of worship into hosting a Blue Lives Matter rally on Communion Sunday. Advertisement Friendship-West Baptist Church (no relation to Kanye) in Dallas is not just a […]

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‘Like a Horror Movie’: A Small Texas Border Hospital Battles the Coronavirus

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas — A tense rescue scene has been unfolding for weeks outside a small rural hospital on the Mexican border that has been the first line of defense against one of the most voracious coronavirus outbreaks in the country. Nearly every day, a crew at Starr County Memorial Hospital prepares a patient […]

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Inside the Project Veritas Plan to Steal the Election

The purpose of Diamond Dog, as one source close to the organization put it, is “literally to get Trump reelected.” Last year, Project Veritas’s donor development team solicited big-ticket funders with a pitch deck—frequently tailored to a given patron’s pet ideological grievances and personal hang-ups—offering tantalizing details about the group’s undercover operations for the 2020 […]

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City Staff Working on Houston’s Climate Plan Are Being Paid by BP

In Houston, 94 percent of passenger trips are taken in cars. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Houston’s promise to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 comes with a huge catch—the city is working directly with BP, one of the world’s most polluting oil and gas companies.  In fact, BP will be paying […]

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Can You Get Coronavirus in Your Butt? Well, Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas-Sized Asshole, Just Got It

Texas Rep. Louie GohmertPhoto: Matt McClain (Getty Images) Rep. Louie Gohmert, who can only be described as a Texas-sized asshole who has famously refused to wear a mask, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Advertisement According to Politico, Gohmert was supposed to fly to Texas on Wednesday with his homie President Quakenhaus von Shitbag, but […]

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A Weekend of Unrest as Violence Erupts at Protests Across the Country

Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) At this point, it’s common knowledge that protests against police brutality and systemic racism are ongoing across the country, with no sign that they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Over the past weekend across multiple states, peaceful protests turned violent, with one resulting in a person’s death. Advertisement Portland In […]

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Hurricane’s Choice for Texans: Shelter From the Virus or the Storm

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Bartt Howe’s boat was his refuge from the pandemic. Battling diabetes and H.I.V., he knew that catching the coronavirus as well could kill him, so he had been living alone on the docked boat for three months. Then Hurricane Hanna began to slam the Texas coast on Saturday, forcing Mr. Howe to […]

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Garrett Foster Brought His Gun to Austin Protests. Then He Was Shot Dead.

AUSTIN, Texas — It was not unusual for Garrett Foster to be at a protest against police brutality on a Saturday night. And it was not out of character for him to be armed as he marched. Mr. Foster was carrying an AK-47 rifle as he joined a Black Lives Matter demonstration blocks from the […]

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Man Shot and Killed at Black Lives Matter Protest in Austin, Witnesses Say the Suspect Tried to Drive Them Down

Screenshot: via video from Hiram Gilberto Garcia Police in Austin, Texas have a suspect in custody in the shooting death of a man during a Black Lives Matter protest in the city yesterday. Advertisement Garrett Foster was killed after he approached a vehicle that witnesses say sped towards a crowd of walking demonstrators in downtown […]

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Three Storms Churn Across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Three separate storms — two in the Atlantic Ocean and one in the Pacific — prompted a series of weather warnings and watches on Friday for some islands in the Caribbean and parts of the United States. Tropical Storm Gonzalo continued moving toward the Windward Islands in the Caribbean on Friday afternoon, the National Hurricane […]

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Study Links Gas Flares to Preterm Births, With Hispanic Women at High Risk

Across the United States, gas flares light the night skies over oil and gas fields — visible symbols of the country’s energy boom. They also emit greenhouse gases, making them symbols of climate change that many environmental groups would like to see snuffed out. Now, a new study points to another problem: Pregnant women who […]

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Tropical Storm Gonzalo Expected to Become 2020’s First Atlantic Hurricane

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to strengthen into the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season as early as Thursday, forecasters said. The system, which became a tropical storm on Wednesday, was over the central Atlantic and moving west at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph at 11 a.m. on Thursday, according […]

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Red vs. Red in Texas, With Republicans Battling One Another After Mask Order

DALLAS — Texas Republicans have long sparred with one another, with feisty internal disputes in recent years over gun rights, bathroom bills and other culture-war issues. But since the spring, as the coronavirus began to take hold across the state, it has been an all-out battle of red versus red. This month, Republican groups in […]

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China Says U.S. Ordered it to Close Houston Consulate in 72 Hours

The United States ordered China to close its diplomatic consulate in Houston, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday, dealing another blow to the rapidly deteriorating relations between the two countries. In the hours after the Trump administration notified the Chinese of its decision, smoke was seen billowing from a courtyard inside the consulate as […]

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A More Liberal Supreme Court? Not When It Comes to Voting Rights

For the fourth time since April, the Supreme Court this week made it harder for Americans to vote. The ruling, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in dissent, was part of “a trend of condoning disfranchisement.” The court’s rulings — in cases from Alabama, Florida, Texas and Wisconsin — provide a contrast to an image of the […]

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Newsom Order Would Keep Most California Schools Online

LOS ANGELES — Responding to soaring coronavirus infections and growing concern from teachers, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced new rules on Friday that would force many of the state’s districts to teach remotely when school starts next month. More than 80 percent of the state’s population lives in counties that would currently not quality […]

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UT Will Close Campus if a Student—But Not an Employee—Dies From COVID

Even as the United States continues to break its own single-day coronavirus records, with more than 75,600 new cases confirmed on Thursday, plenty of colleges still plan on bringing students back to campus for the fall semester. One such school is the University of Texas at Austin, the seventh largest university in the country, with […]

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Ronny Jackson, Ex-White House Doctor, Wins Texas House Runoff

Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, the former White House physician with no political experience who ran a campaign based on his close relationship with President Trump, won a Republican runoff election for a House seat in Texas on Tuesday night, effectively stamping his ticket to Congress next year. Dr. Jackson’s victory in the 13th Congressional District […]

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The Women Fighting Domestic Violence During the Coronavirus

Within the first few weeks of states’ going into lockdown, reports began flooding in from domestic violence hotline centers throughout the country: They were seeing spikes in calls. But as sheltering-in-place dragged on, the calls for help dropped off. To those familiar with the dynamics of intimate-partner violence, this was not a good thing. ImageCarmen […]

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What It’s Been Like to Vote in 2020 So Far

Over the past five months, people have waited in all sorts of lines to vote: some bent around stuccoed store corners, some curving through city parks, others spaced six feet apart. On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, Texas and Maine went to the polls in primary and runoff contests for one of the final election days […]

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Trump Says, ‘So Are White People,’ When Asked About Black Americans Killed by Police: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePresident Trump at the White House on Monday.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times Trump discounts the fact that police kill Black Americans at a higher rate than white people. President Trump on Tuesday rejected the notion that Black Americans suffer disproportionately from police brutality, saying in an interview that will […]

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Automakers Are Making Cars, but Virus Surge Puts That at Risk

Automakers are back to building cars and trucks at full speed — at least for now. But as coronavirus cases rise across much of the country, it may become difficult for the companies to keep at it. This week, General Motors will lay off a third shift of workers — about 1,250 people — at […]

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America’s Bars Are Shutting Down Again and Owners Aren’t Happy

After experiencing a huge surge in coronavirus cases, states across the U.S. are being forced to roll back their reopening plans. And bar owners are not happy. Most recently, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the shutting of all bars and indoor operations of businesses such as restaurants, movie theaters, and more, after a month of allowing […]

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Throw the Bums Out

While our federal government’s catastrophic and ongoing failure to prepare for or mitigate the pandemic rightfully earns most of the blame for the explosion of cases, an exclusive focus on the federal response obscures the total extent of our national failure. Our federalist system may deny governors all the resources the federal government can marshal, […]

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Biden vs. Trump 2020 Live Updates: Trump Talks Up Tuberville as Alabama Votes

Here’s what you need to know: ImageJeff Sessions had lunch at a Cracker Barrel in Mobile, Ala., on Monday as he made his final pitch to voters. Credit…September Dawn Bottoms/The New York Times Alabama voters are choosing between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville. MOBILE, Ala. — Republicans in Alabama will cast their votes today in the […]

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What Time Do Polls Close in Alabama, Maine and Texas?

Three states with vastly different electoral profiles are holding primary elections on Tuesday: Alabama, Maine and Texas. The marquee contests include a Republican primary for Senate in Alabama in which President Trump is pursuing a personal vendetta; a Democratic primary for Senate in Maine whose winner will take on the only Republican from New England […]

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Why We’re Losing the Battle With Covid-19

Listen to This Article Audio Recording by Audm To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. In the early days of May, Umair Shah, director of the public-health department in Harris County, Texas, was feeling hopeful. It looked as if his county might succeed in […]

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Coronavirus Surge Is Killing America’s Small Businesses

On the last Friday of June, after Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said that bars across the state would have to shut down a second time because coronavirus cases were skyrocketing, Mick Larkin decided he had had enough. No matter that Mr. Larkin, an owner of a karaoke club in Wichita Falls, Texas, had just […]

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2 Police Officers Are Shot and Killed in McAllen, Texas

Two police officers were fatally shot on Saturday by a man who later killed himself after they responded to a domestic disturbance call in McAllen, Texas, the authorities said. Chief Victor Rodriguez of the McAllen Police Department identified the officers as Edelmiro Garza, 45, and Ismael Chavez, 39. “These are entirely very difficult, difficult moments,” […]

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