Vowing to break “decades of political stalemate,” President Donald Trump told Congress and the nation on Tuesday night that despite bitter political standoffs during his administration – including a five week partial government shutdown which blocked paychecks last month 800,000 federal workers – he’s ready to pursue legislative accomplishments which are not defined by party.“The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican Agenda or a Democrat Agenda. It is the agenda of the American People,” the President told a Joint Session of Congress on Capitol Hill. Hours after reportedly ridiculing Democratic leaders in a lunch with network television anchors – and earlier in the day on Twitter – the President repeated his appeal of his first State of the Union, for more bipartisan cooperation. “We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of … [Read more...] about Text of President Trump’s State of the Union Address
As we await tonight’s State of the Union Address, it’s a good time to address my own personal State of the Union – as I still get a lot of questions from listeners and readers about whether my voice is making any comeback – almost three after it mysteriously went haywire, knocking me off the radio. Looking back in my story files, three years ago today, I was on the campaign trail in New Hampshire covering an event for then-candidate Donald Trump, as he tried to bounce back from a second place finish in Iowa just a few days before. At that time, there was nothing wrong with my voice, nothing amiss with my health. But about eight weeks later, that would all change, and to this day – my many doctors still aren’t able to tell me what went wrong, or how it can be fixed. In 2018, I flew down to Atlanta to visit Dr. Hyder Jinnah at the Emory Brain Health Center, where we looked at a variety of treatment options. TV cameras went along with me over a … [Read more...] about My own State of the Union – still looking for voice answers
As the White House and Democrats in Congress remained at odds over President Donald Trump’s demand for money to build his border wall, hundreds of thousands of federal employees are facing the prospect of missing a paycheck at the end of next week, as the impact of a lack of a funding deal will cause financial pain to more than just people who work around the Washington, D.C. metro area. “Even if we go back to work on Wednesday, the soonest we’d see a paycheck is the first week of February,” one Commerce Department worker told me. “A long time from now.” Asked at a Rose Garden news conference on Friday what plans he had to help federal workers – if an extended shutdown developed – the President turned the conversation back to his goal of getting at least $5.6 billion for his border wall. “This does really have a higher purpose than next week’s pay, and the people that won’t get next week’s pay, or the following … [Read more...] about Partial shutdown impact spreads far from Washington, D.C.
Election 2018 is finally here, as months and months of partisan battling will unfold in front of the nation on Tuesday evening. When should you start looking for meaningful returns? What races should you be watching? What states are important, and when? This viewer’s guide will give you thumbnails on what seats might flip in the House and Senate, what time you should look for results, and as you will notice – some story lines will be repeated again and again in the race for control of Congress.First, let’s start with the basics: Republicans cannot lose more than 22 seats in the House. If Democrats have a net gain of 23 or more, they take charge of the House in January 2019. In the Senate, Republicans can lose one seat, and keep control in a 50-50 split. Democrats need a net gain of two seats to take over the Senate in 2019.What time should you eat? What time should you park yourself in front of the TV, radio or … [Read more...] about VIEWER’S GUIDE – An hour-by-hour preview of Election Night 2018
Sure it still feels like summer, but fall football season is here.OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Margo Price, Hayes Carll at ACL Live. A double-shot of A-list Americana acts from Nashville and Austin, respectively, this concert is a fundraiser for the Hill Country Conservancy, a nonprofit that seeks to protect the natural outdoor spaces in Central Texas as well as the area’s working farms and ranches. Price was a highlight of Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic this summer, and Carll has been lighting up the Saxon Pub lately with his “Enough Rope” live-streamed shows. $40-$60. 9 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B. RELATED: Our 2018 interview with Margo PriceJimmie Vaughan performs with the UT Longhorn Band in 2015. Saturday: Longhorn City Limits with Jimmie Vaughan, Nightowls at LBJ Library Lawn. Here’s the best new addition to University of Texas football pre-game rituals in a long time: free concerts by some of the city’s top … [Read more...] about Weekend music picks: Free Longhorn City Limits shows kick off Saturday