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'Greg Abbott has failed the people of Texas': Best O'Rourke launches bid for governor

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'Greg Abbott has failed the people of Texas': Best O'Rourke launches bid for governor

'Greg Abbott has failed the people of Texas': Best O'Rourke launches bid for governor

Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has launched his campaign to unseat Texas Gov.

Greg Abbott in 2022.


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The Oscar-winner has decided against challenging incumbent Greg Abbott in 2022 despite polls suggesting he would win.

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This Day in History: The Southern US Border Is Established

This Day in History: , The Southern US Border Is Established. December 30, 1853. The treaty, known as the Gadsden Purchase, was signed in Mexico City. Named after the U.S. Minister to Mexico, James Gadsden, the treaty settled the dispute over the location of the Mexican border west of El Paso, Texas. For the price of $15 million — later reduced to $10 million — it established the final boundaries of the southern United States. 30,000 square miles of what is now New Mexico and Arizona was included in the purchase. The land was deemed to be a highly strategic location for the construction of the southern transcontinental railroad. Eight years later, in 1861, the Southern Pacific branch of the Central Pacific Railroad was established

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US reports first Omicron death, an unvaccinated man from Texas: US media report | Oneindia News

On Monday, the US reported its first death related to the Omicron Covid-19 variant. The Harris County health department said that the man who was from Texas was unvaccinated. #OmicronCases #OmicronDeath #US

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US Schools Increase Security After Anonymous Threats Go Viral on TikTok [Video]

US Schools Increase Security After Anonymous Threats Go Viral on TikTok

US Schools Increase Security, After Anonymous Threats , Go Viral on TikTok. On December 17, school districts across the United States took action in response to vague, anonymous shooting and bomb threats made on TikTok. . On December 17, school districts across the United States took action in response to vague, anonymous shooting and bomb threats made on TikTok. . 'USA Today' reports that officials say the threats are not considered credible. . Schools in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York and Pennsylvania have reportedly increased security and their police presence. . Schools in California, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas have closed for the day. . In a message to parents, school administrators in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois, said, , “We are writing to inform you and not alarm you.". We have been made aware of a nationwide viral TikTok trend about ‘school shooting and bomb threats for every school in the USA even elementary’ on Friday, December 17, Oak Part and River Forest school administrators, via 'USA Today'. In a statement on Twitter, TikTok said that it had found no evidence of the threats on the platform. . We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok, TikTok statement, via 'USA Today'. We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok, TikTok statement, via 'USA Today'. The anonymous threats come shortly after a deadly school shooting in Michigan, as well as various copycat threats. . 'USA Today' reports that platforms like TikTok are usually exempt from liability for the material users post on their networks.

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Travis Scott Says He Didn’t Know About Astroworld Injuries During Concert [Video]

Travis Scott Says He Didn’t Know About Astroworld Injuries During Concert

Travis Scott Says He Didn’t Know About , Astroworld Injuries During Concert. Travis Scott Says He Didn’t Know About , Astroworld Injuries During Concert. Scott was recently interviewed by Charlamagne tha God regarding the tragedy in which 10 people died at his Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, in November. Scott was recently interviewed by Charlamagne tha God regarding the tragedy in which 10 people died at his Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, in November. Scott was recently interviewed by Charlamagne tha God regarding the tragedy in which 10 people died at his Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, in November. The nearly hour-long interview was posted to YouTube on Dec. 9. Scott said that he wasn't initially aware of the extent of the injuries that had occurred because his visibility from the stage was limited. Scott said that he wasn't initially aware of the extent of the injuries that had occurred because his visibility from the stage was limited. "People pass out, things happen at concerts, but something like that," he said in disbelief . Scott also said he did help anyone he saw in distress. Anytime I could see anything like that, I did. I stopped it a couple times to just make sure everybody was OK, Travis Scott, via interview with Charlamagne tha God. According to Scott, he "didn't know the exact details until minutes before the press conference" that was held afterward. This night was just like a regular show, it felt like to me, as far as the energy. People didn't show up there just to be harmful. People just showed up to have a good time and something unfortunate happened and we just need to figure out what that was, Travis Scott, via interview with Charlamagne tha God. This night was just like a regular show, it felt like to me, as far as the energy. People didn't show up there just to be harmful. People just showed up to have a good time and something unfortunate happened and we just need to figure out what that was, Travis Scott, via interview with Charlamagne tha God. CNN reports over 140 lawsuits have since been filed on behalf of Astroworld concertgoers.

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Oil Industry Execs Claim Rapid Transition to Clean Energy Has Dire Consequences [Video]

Oil Industry Execs Claim Rapid Transition to Clean Energy Has Dire Consequences

Oil Industry Execs Claim , Rapid Transition to Clean Energy , Has Dire Consequences. 'The Guardian' reports that oil industry leaders have blamed the rapid transition to clean energy for recent market volatility. . At an industry gathering in Houston, the world's largest oil companies claimed a poorly-managed transition could lead to , “insecurity, rampant inflation and social unrest.”. Saudi Aramco, the largest global oil producer, ExxonMobil and Chevron all reportedly called the current shift toward clean energy , "deeply flawed.". Amin Nasser, Saudi Aramco's CEO, told the World Petroleum Congress in Houston, Texas, that a rapid shift to cleaner fuels could lead to uncontrolled inflation. . I understand that publicly admitting that oil and gas will play an essential and significant role during the transition and beyond will be hard for some. , Amin Nasser, Saudi Aramco's CEO, via 'The Guardian'. But admitting this reality will be far easier than dealing with energy insecurity, rampant inflation and social unrest as the prices become intolerably high, and seeing net-zero commitments by countries start to unravel, Amin Nasser, Saudi Aramco's CEO, via 'The Guardian'. The world is facing an ever more chaotic energy transition centered on highly unrealistic scenarios and assumptions about the future of energy, Amin Nasser, Saudi Aramco's CEO, via 'The Guardian'. 'The Guardian' reports that Saudi Aramco has the highest carbon dioxide emissions of any company, producing almost 60 million tons of CO2 emissions between the 1960s and 2017. . Chevron reportedly comes in second with over 43 million tons of CO2 produced over the same period. . Chevron CEO Mike Wirth told the industry conference that oil continues , "to play a central role in meeting the world’s energy needs, and we play an essential role in delivering them in a lower carbon way. Our products make the world run.”. Chevron CEO Mike Wirth told the industry conference that oil continues , "to play a central role in meeting the world’s energy needs, and we play an essential role in delivering them in a lower carbon way. Our products make the world run.”

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Biden, Obama and Others Pay Respects to Late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Biden, Obama and Others Pay Respects, to Late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The death of the former Democratic senator from Nevada was announced late on the night of Dec. 29. . He was 82 and had been battling pancreatic cancer for years. President Joe Biden referred to Reid as one of the all-time great U.S. senators. If Harry said he would do something, he did it. If he gave you his word, you could bank on it. That's how he got things done for the good of the country for decades, President Joe Biden, Statement, via Fox News. A boxer, he never gave up a fight—whether in politics or even against cancer, President Joe Biden, Statement, via Fox News. Harry looked at the challenges of the world and believed it was within our capacity to do good, to do right, and to do our part of perfecting the Union we all love, President Joe Biden, Statement, via Fox News. Former President Obama released a letter he had written to Reid when his health took a turn. You were a great leader in the Senate, and early on you were more generous to me than I had any right to expect, Former President Barack Obama, Released Letter, via Fox News. I wouldn’t have been president had it not been for your encouragement and support, and I wouldn’t have got most of what I got done without your skill and determination, Former President Barack Obama, Released Letter, via Fox News. Former President Bill Clinton described Reid as "one of the most effective Senate leaders our country has ever known.". He was a canny and tough negotiator who was never afraid to make an unpopular decision if it meant getting something done that was right for the country, Former President Bill Clinton, Statement, via Fox News. [I] will always be grateful for the opportunities I had to work with him as president, Former President Bill Clinton, Statement, via Fox News. Current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that Reid was "one of the most amazing individuals I've ever met.". [Reid] came from humble origins, but he never forgot where he came from and used those boxing instincts to fearlessly fight those who were hurting the poor and the middle class, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader, Statement, via Fox News

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Donald Trump Says He Received a COVID-19 Booster Shot

Donald Trump Says He Received , a COVID-19 Booster Shot. The former president shared his vaccination status while speaking with Bill O'Reilly during a "History Tour" event. 'The New York Times' reports that only about 60% of Republicans are vaccinated against COVID-19 compared to about 90% of Democrats. Many in the crowd booed upon hearing that Trump had received a booster, . but he discouraged the critics while praising his administration's role in getting the vaccines to the public. but he discouraged the critics while praising his administration's role in getting the vaccines to the public. I think this would have been the Spanish Flu of 1917 ... This was going to ravage the country, far beyond what it is right now. Take credit for it, Donald Trump, via Politico. While still in opposition to vaccine mandates, Trump advised the crowd against "playing right into their hands" by doubting vaccine efficacy and safety. . What we've done is historic. Don't let them take it away, Donald Trump, via Politico. Currently, all adults age 18 and older are encouraged by the CDC to receive a booster shot

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White House Officials Criticize Manchin for Withdrawing Support for Build Back Better Plan

White House Officials Criticize , Manchin for Withdrawing Support, for Build Back Better Plan. White House Officials Criticize , Manchin for Withdrawing Support, for Build Back Better Plan. CBS News reports officials at the White House are displeased with the recent actions of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. CBS News reports officials at the White House are displeased with the recent actions of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Manchin, a Democrat, withdrew his support for the Biden Administration's Build Back Better Act. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Manchin, a Democrat, withdrew his support for the Biden Administration's Build Back Better Act. I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. , Joe Manchin, Senator West Virginia, via CBS News. I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. , Joe Manchin, Senator West Virginia, via CBS News. Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Manchin's comments contradict what he had said to President Biden in recent discussions. Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Manchin's comments contradict what he had said to President Biden in recent discussions. Senator Manchin's comments... are at odds with his discussions this week with the President.., Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. Senator Manchin's comments... are at odds with his discussions this week with the President.., Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. According to Psaki, Manchin proposed an outline of a plan on December 14th, which "was the same size and scope as the President's framework, and covered many of the same priorities.". According to Psaki, Manchin proposed an outline of a plan on December 14th, which "was the same size and scope as the President's framework, and covered many of the same priorities.". Officials reportedly "believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all.". Officials reportedly "believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all.". Before disavowing his support, Psaki says Manchin had "promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground.". Before disavowing his support, Psaki says Manchin had "promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground.". However grim the outlook, Psaki says Democrats must continue to support the Biden agenda. The fight for Build Back Better is too important to give up. , Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. The fight for Build Back Better is too important to give up. , Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News

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New Poll Suggests Difficult Road Ahead for Biden and Democrats

New Poll Suggests , Difficult Road Ahead, for Biden and Democrats. NPR News reports a recent poll suggests Americans are beginning to lose faith in President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. NPR News reports a recent poll suggests Americans are beginning to lose faith in President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. According to the latest NPR/Marist poll, Americans are unpleased with the Biden administration's work thus far. According to the latest NPR/Marist poll, Americans are unpleased with the Biden administration's work thus far. By and large, citizens of the United States aren't optimistic about the country's future. By and large, citizens of the United States aren't optimistic about the country's future. Currently the majority in the House and Senate, Democrats face tough odds in retaining seats in the 2022 midterm elections. Currently the majority in the House and Senate, Democrats face tough odds in retaining seats in the 2022 midterm elections. They [Democrats] don't have a unified message for what they're doing, and that does not bode well for the party. , Barbara Carvahlo, director of Marist Poll, via NPR News. They [Democrats] don't have a unified message for what they're doing, and that does not bode well for the party. , Barbara Carvahlo, director of Marist Poll, via NPR News. Though some Democrats have lauded Biden's agenda as "transformative," many Americans don't see it that way. 4 out of 5 surveyed in the poll who had received the administration's one-time stimulus payment of $1,400 said it helped only a little. 4 out of 5 surveyed in the poll who had received the administration's one-time stimulus payment of $1,400 said it helped only a little. Many Americans don't give Biden credit for the stimulus payment at all. Only 17% of those surveyed believed the president was mostly responsible for the direct payments. It's an issue of the messaging out of the White House. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It's an issue of the messaging out of the White House. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It doesn't look like he's leading the charge even though it's his bill. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It doesn't look like he's leading the charge even though it's his bill. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion

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US Senate Votes To , Block Biden’s Vaccine Mandate. The Biden administration's proposed mandate seeks to make certain private employers require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subjected to regular testing. The Biden administration's proposed mandate seeks to make certain private employers require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subjected to regular testing. Those who don't comply risk losing their jobs. On Dec. 8, the Senate voted 52-48 to overturn that mandate. All of the Senate Republicans were in favor, joined by two Democrats, Joe Manchin and Jon Tester. All of the Senate Republicans were in favor, joined by two Democrats, Joe Manchin and Jon Tester. All of the Senate Republicans were in favor, joined by two Democrats, Joe Manchin and Jon Tester. Getting vaccinated should be a decision between an individual and his or her doctor. It shouldn't be up to any politician, especially in a mandate coming down from that highest authority, the president, Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., via statement. Still, it is unlikely that the House would get on board with such a measure, . and the Biden administration has said that the president would veto the bill if it made its way to him. Several lawsuits have already been filed regarding the mandate. Last month, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the mandate raises "serious constitutional concerns" and ordered the Biden administration to stop its implementation. On Dec. 7, a Georgia district court judge halted the requirement that federal contractors must be inoculated by Jan. 4. Last month, a federal judge blocked the mandate for health care workers in 10 states. NPR reports that White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the mandate will be "vigorously defend[ed]" against legal challenges.

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