FBI calls Texas synagogue hostage crisis a ‘hate crime’

Law enforcement personnel investigate the hostage incident at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on January 15. File Photo by Ralph Lauer/EPA-EFE Jan. 22 (UPI) — The FBI has declared last week’s hostage crisis at a Texas synagogue a “hate crime” and “an act of terrorism” despite initially believing the attacker didn’t specifically target…

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Democrat Beto O’Rourke Slams Biden On Immigration After Launching Texas Governor Run

Topline Beto O’Rourke, a former Democratic senatorial and presidential candidate who launched a bid for governor of Texas on Monday, publicly broke with President Joe Biden just hours after starting his campaign, telling a local TV station Biden isn’t doing enough to secure the southern border. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) speaks at a…

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Biden administration urges Supreme Court to suspend Texas abortion law

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday asked the Supreme Court to intervene and suspend a Texas law that has banned most abortions there.The Justice Department filed an emergency appeal that asks the justices to put the Texas law on hold and to eventually declare it unconstitutional. The move, while expected, sets the stage for another battle…

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Texas man charged with threatening prominent doctor over her Covid vaccine advocacy

A Texas man was charged in federal court with threatening a prominent health policy professional over her Covid-19 vaccination advocacy, ethnic background and gender, authorities said Tuesday.The Justice Department said the man, Scott Eli Harris, 51, of Aubrey, was arrested following Tuesday’s unsealing of a grand jury indictment that contained a single allegation.It says he…

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A Doctor Who Defied Texas’ Abortion Law Is Sued, Launching A Legality Test Of The Ban

Demonstrators in Austin protest on Sept. 1 against the Texas law that blocks abortions about six weeks into gestation. Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP hide caption toggle caption Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP Demonstrators in Austin protest on Sept. 1 against the Texas law that blocks abortions about six weeks into gestation. Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman…

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HHS Announces Actions in Response to Texas Law Banning Abortions After 6 Weeks

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced several actions Friday aimed at protecting reproductive rights in Texas following passage of a bill that outlaws all abortions in the state after 6 weeks’ gestation. “Every American deserves access to health care no matter where they live – including access to safe and…

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Texas Abortion Ban Goes Too Far For Even Some Republicans: ‘A Little Bit Extreme’

Topline Several Republicans including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) criticized Texas’ near-total ban on abortion Sunday because of its provision empowering private citizens to sue those who aid and abet abortions—potentially signaling the legal tactic could face resistance from within the GOP as more states plan to copy Texas’ law. Maryland…

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GoDaddy Is Booting A Site That Sought Anonymous Tips About Texas Abortions

A screen capture of the website established by Texas Right to Life encouraging members of the public to submit “anonymous tips” about violators of the state’s new restrictive abortion law. prolifewhistleblower.com hide caption toggle caption prolifewhistleblower.com A screen capture of the website established by Texas Right to Life encouraging members of the public to submit…

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New Mexico braces for influx after Supreme Court allows Texas abortion restrictions

Italia Aranda, who works as an abortion care counselor at the Mariposa Fund in New Mexico, expects to be putting in even longer hours now that a restrictive anti-abortion law has gone into effect in neighboring Texas.She’ll be far from the only one.Across New Mexico — where there are few restrictions on abortion — providers,…

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Texas Republican leader dies of COVID-19 five days after anti-vaccination post

A Texas Republican leader who was hospitalized with COVID-19 died Wednesday, just days after he shared a post on social media questioning the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine.The Galveston County Republican Party said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that Scott Apley, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee and Dickinson City Council, had died.While the…

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Texas Senate passes bill that removes requirement to teach Ku Klux Klan as ‘morally wrong’

The Texas Senate has voted to pass a bill that would remove a requirement for public school teachers to teach that the Ku Klux Klan is “morally wrong.”The agenda item was included in some two dozen curriculum requirements that were dropped in Senate Bill 3, which the Republican-dominated Senate passed 18-4 last Friday.The bill addresses…

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