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Past articles by Tom:

How judicial appointments in Texas will work — or not — under a Democratic president and two GOP senators

WASHINGTON – A potential showdown looms over Texas appointments after the White House tapped Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Dallas Democrat, to lead a... → Read More

Ted Cruz argues that a former president can face trial for impeachment, but says that Donald Trump shouldn’t

WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is arguing that a former president can be impeached and then tried in the Senate, despite voting twice in recent weeks –... → Read More

Cornyn calls 2nd impeachment against Trump ‘awfully vindictive,’ blames Capitol attack on lax security

WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday ripped the impeachment of former President Donald Trump over the Capitol riot, calling the proceedings... → Read More

Ted Cruz places hold on Biden Commerce pick Gina Raimondo as Texan pushes back on Democrat’s Cabinet

WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has put a hold on President Joe Biden’s pick for Commerce secretary – Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo – spotlighting the... → Read More

As Dems threaten to expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees, Texas GOPer signals future payback

WASHINGTON — As Democrats threaten to remove a freshman Republican congresswoman from her committee assignments over her violent, conspiracy-laden rhetoric, ... → Read More

‘Divorce is not an option’: U.S., Mexico reset relations in post-Trump era, even as AMLO pokes at Biden

WASHINGTON – Only days into President Joe Biden’s White House tenure, leaders in Mexico and the U.S. are looking to reset a relationship that’s not only... → Read More

Four Texas Democrats in Congress criticize Biden’s halt on new oil and gas drilling permits on federal lands

WASHINGTON — Four Texas Democrats in Congress on Wednesday urged President Joe Biden to rescind his moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands... → Read More

‘Solemn duty’: San Antonio Rep. Joaquin Castro to help manage Trump’s second impeachment trial

WASHINGTON — Dressed in a dark suit and sporting a black face mask, San Antonio Rep. Joaquin Castro on Monday evening joined eight of his House colleagues... → Read More

Some Texas lawmakers switch views on rules as Biden, like Trump, taps recently retired general to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON — Over the last four years, two recently retired generals have been nominated by incoming presidents to serve as defense secretary, requiring... → Read More

Arlington Rep. Ron Wright, who’s been battling lung cancer, tests positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON – Arlington Rep. Ron Wright on Thursday announced that he’s tested positive for COVID-19, making him the third member of Texas’ congressional... → Read More

Amid Texas Democrats’ jubilation, Biden’s call for unity earns skepticism from many Texas Republicans

WASHINGTON — Less than an hour after President Joe Biden was sworn into office on Wednesday, Texas Sen. John Cornyn chimed in with his first public comment... → Read More

Some Texas companies rethink political giving after Capitol riot, with some singling out Electoral College objectors

WASHINGTON — Many major Texas companies are reevaluating their political action committees’ campaign giving in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S.... → Read More

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Trump: ‘We’re in a worse place today than we were before he came in’

WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who once reportedly called President Donald Trump a “moron” behind closed doors, is now disparaging –... → Read More

Some Texas Republicans criticize new rule requiring lawmakers to pass metal detectors to enter U.S. House

WASHINGTON — Multiple Texas Republicans in Congress are expressing outrage over a new House rule – enacted in the wake of last week’s deadly attack on the... → Read More

House poised to impeach Trump for inciting riot at Capitol

WASHINGTON – One week after a deadly riot at the Capitol, House members who were forced to seek refuge from their own constituents prepared Wednesday to... → Read More

House poised to pass resolution urging Pence to invoke 25th Amendment, as Dems speed toward impeaching Trump

WASHINGTON – The House is poised on Tuesday evening to pass a searing resolution that urges Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to expel... → Read More

Dallas-based AT&T suspends PAC contributions to GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden’s Electoral College victory

WASHINGTON – Dallas-based AT&T is suspending contributions from its high-dollar political action committee to the members of Congress – all Republicans, ... → Read More

All 13 Texas Democrats in Congress signal support for impeaching Trump over Capitol insurrection

WASHINGTON – All 13 Texas Democrats in Congress have now signaled some level of support for impeaching President Donald Trump after a mob marched on the... → Read More

Some Texas Democrats in Congress demand Trump’s immediate removal by 25th Amendment or impeachment

WASHINGTON — A growing number of Texas Democrats in Congress are seeking President Donald Trump’s immediate removal in the waning days of his White House... → Read More

Former President George W. Bush calls ‘insurrection at the Capitol’ a ‘sickening and heartbreaking sight’

WASHINGTON – Former President George W. Bush on Wednesday called the “insurrection at the Capitol” a “sickening and heartbreaking sight,” saying “this is... → Read More