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Debate Night in Texas – Houston Public Media
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Debate Night in Texas – Houston Public Media

Former Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, left, and Gov. Greg Abbott. We’re back for our fifth anniversary season! This week on Party Politics, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the latest brinksmanship legislation in the U.S. Congress, Lizzo’s opportunity to play a flute once owned by James Madison, and the debate between Beto O’Rourke and Gov. Greg Abbott, among other stories. NATIONAL TOPICS Government funded, at least for now Lizzo plays James Madison's flute   TEXAS TOPICS Paxton runs from process server Former Republican RRC Sarah Stronger endorses Democrat No quorum in Harris County Lt. Governor candidates on TV McConaughey floats presidential run   DEEP Debate night in Texas   You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts (or wherever ...
Liz Cheney: “If [Donald Trump] is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican.”
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Liz Cheney: “If [Donald Trump] is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican.”

Rep. Liz Cheney — a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump — has signaled that she may leave the GOP, saying, "If [Trump] is the nominee, I won't be a Republican.""I certainly will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump isn't anywhere close to the Oval Office," the Wyoming Republican told Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at the paper's festival on Saturday.Cheney also said Saturday that she would be willing to stump for Democrats, the first time she has said so explicitly. The comments were made in response to a question about Wyoming gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, a supporter of Trump's false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. "I am going to do everything I can to make sure that Kari Lake is not elected," Cheney said, to wh...
The politics of ageism: Some are concerned about candidates’ ages, but others say it’s just another form of bias
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The politics of ageism: Some are concerned about candidates’ ages, but others say it’s just another form of bias

During the second Presidential debate of 1984, in response to the question of whether he was too old to be president, the 73-year-old incumbent, Ronald Reagan, deflected the question by good-naturedly teasing his 56-year-old Democratic opponent, Walter Mondale. “I will not make age an issue of this campaign,” Reagan says. “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Of course, Reagan was well aware of the reservations a number of people had about someone his age continuing to hold such a demanding job. Playing on those concerns by flipping them gave his quip extra punch. ““The reality is that the racial, ethnic and gender makeup ...
Biden in London: Queen Elizabeth II was ‘decent, honorable and all about service’
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Biden in London: Queen Elizabeth II was ‘decent, honorable and all about service’

The President on Sunday said the Queen was "the same in person as her image -- decent, honorable and all about service." "We've had an opportunity to meet with an awful lot of consequential people. But I can say that the ones who stand out in your mind are those whose relationship and interaction with you are consistent with their reputation," Biden said after signing a condolence book Sunday evening. Biden, who has often spoken out his own losses, also expressed condolences to the Royal Family and the entire United Kingdom, saying, "It's a loss that leaves a giant hole, and sometimes you'll think you'll never overcome it. But as I've told the King, she's going to be with him every step of the way." Biden said the Queen reminded him of his late mother because of her mannerisms, saying, "Sh...
Justice Department asks appeals court to revive its criminal probe into classified Mar-a-Lago docs
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Justice Department asks appeals court to revive its criminal probe into classified Mar-a-Lago docs

In its request with the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals, the Justice Department said the lower court's move to block criminal investigations from reviewing the seized documents marked as classified would cause irreparable harm, writing that the "criminal investigation is itself essential to the government's effort to identify and mitigate potential national-security risks.""The court's order hamstrings that investigation and places the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) under a Damoclean threat of contempt should the court later disagree with how investigators disaggregated their previously integrated criminal-investigative and national-security activities," the Justice Department wrote.The Justice Department is also asking the appeals court to exclude the documents marked as classified ...
Indiana law banning most abortions takes effect
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Indiana law banning most abortions takes effect

The law was passed over the summer during a special session, when Indiana became the first state to pass a restrictive abortion law after the court's decision.The law provides exceptions to save the woman's life, prevent any serious health risk to the woman, and for lethal fetal anomalies, up to 20 weeks post-fertilization. It also allows exceptions for some abortions if the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest during the first 10 weeks post-fertilization. Under the law, abortion clinics are no longer state-licensed facilities and cannot provide abortions. The law now requires that all abortions be performed in a licensed hospital, or an ambulatory outpatient surgical center majority owned by a licensed hospital. Abortion providers who violate the law are subject to a criminal penalty ...
Primary Season Ends With Pro-Trump Nominees Giving Hope to Democrats | Politics
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Primary Season Ends With Pro-Trump Nominees Giving Hope to Democrats | Politics

It was a tight race that wasn't called until late Wednesday morning, and when the final results were in, Republican Don Bolduc was joyously celebrating his win in the New Hampshire primary for a Senate seat.Democrats were celebrating his win as well. With control of the Senate at risk of flipping to the Republicans, Democrats were nervously eying the seat of sitting Sen. Maggie Hassan, whom Bolduc will face in November. Hassan eked out a victory in 2016 by a 1,017 vote margin and this year – a midterm election where the party in power typically loses seats – was shaping up as an even tougher battle.But the primary win by Bolduc, a 2020 election-denier whom New Hampshire's GOP governor, Chris Sununu, called "kind of a conspiracy-theorist type candidate" when refusing to endorse Bolduc in th...
CBS News poll: Big majority favor maximum age limits for elected officials
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CBS News poll: Big majority favor maximum age limits for elected officials

We live in an era of stark political division, but there's at least one aspect of politics both sides agree on: a maximum age limit for elected officials. Most feel that after a certain age they should not be permitted to hold office.There isn't just agreement across political lines, but across demographic groups, like age, too. Young and old, including seniors, favor maximum age limits for elected officials. And far more Americans believe additional young people in elected office would be a positive for U.S. politics than a negative.  So what should that age be? When offered a list of ages, Age 70 is the top answer chosen. This is older than the current average...
Tuvalu promises to ‘stand firm’ with Taiwan amid Pacific rivalry | Politics News
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Tuvalu promises to ‘stand firm’ with Taiwan amid Pacific rivalry | Politics News

The tiny nation is one of four in the Pacific that still maintains formal ties with Taiwan.The leader of the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has promised to “stand firm” on its ties with Taiwan, as China expands its influence in the region. Speaking at a welcome ceremony in Taipei hosted by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano said “decent and common values” had always been an added strength to their bond. Tuvalu has maintained diplomatic relations with Taipei for more than 40 years. With a population of about 10,000, Tuvalu is one of 14 countries to retain full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, a self-ruled democracy that Beijing claims as its own, and one of four in the Pacific where China has been stepping up efforts to win support. “Through tumultuous t...
Biden taps Clinton campaign manager Podesta to implement climate spending in landmark law
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Biden taps Clinton campaign manager Podesta to implement climate spending in landmark law

Podesta will be tasked with implementing the climate measures in Democrats' historic climate legislation, the Inflation Reduction Act, which Biden signed in August. He will also "chair the President's National Climate Task Force in support of this effort," the White House said in a statement."We are fortunate that John Podesta will lead our continued innovation and implementation," Biden said in a statement. "His deep roots in climate and clean energy policy and his experience at senior levels of government mean we can truly hit the ground running to take advantage of the massive clean energy opportunity in front of us."Podesta also previously served as a top climate adviser to former President Barack Obama and was integrally involved in the administration's executive actions on climate an...