The special legislative session. Here’s what to expect.
When we last left the Legislature it seemed everyone was in a foul temper.
With less than two weeks to go in the regular 140-day session, the dozen most conservative members of the House, known as the Freedom Caucus, blocked House approval of must-pass “Sunset” legislation to keep the Texas State Medical Board and four other agencies operating past Sept. 1. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, seized the opportunity, taking the Sunset bill hostage and refusing to release it until the House passed transgender bathroom and property tax rollback legislation that met his approval.
House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, called Patrick’s ultimatum “regrettable” and didn’t budge.
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Congress expands Russia investigation to include Trump's personal attorney
By Brian Ross Matthew Mosk
One of President Donald Trump’s closest confidants, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, has now become a focus of the expanding congressional investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 campaign.
Cohen confirmed to ABC News that House and Senate investigators have asked him “to provide information and testimony” about any contacts he had with people connected to the Russian government, but he said he has turned down the invitation.
“I declined the invitation to participate, as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered,” Cohen told ABC News in an email Tuesday.
What Actually Cause the 2008 Financial Melt Down
Everyone remembers the financial collapse of Wall Street and most of the large banks and security firms in 2008. But very few of the average citizenry know how, why or even who actually caused it. For years 'as far back as 1956, through lobbyist and a senators and congressmen, largely Republican congressmen and senators, who were actively courted by banks, with the goal of repealing the checks and balances, which some call useless regulations, which were intended to protect the citizens of our country. The regulations protected us from dangerous and predatory bank practices which led directly to the financial collapse of 2008! Because these rules and regulations were not in place directly contributed to the destruction and loss of the finances of thousands of American Citizens and brought our country to its knees!
It has been said that knowledge is power. Well, what is so amazing is the same folks who brought you the Wall Street and Big Bank melt-down in 2008 are now in the Whitehouse and control Congress and are talking about repealing all these safe-guards put in place after 2008 designed to contol the preditory and unethical practices of big banking!