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    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday sought to clarify a remark by President Joe Biden suggesting leaders in states including Texas and Mississippi were engaged in “neanderthal thinking” when it came to Covid-19. “Does the president have any second thoughts about the language that he used yesterday?” a reporter asked Psaki at the daily White House briefing. “And how does comparing someone to a neanderthal convince someone to change course and get on board with your public health message?” “The behavior of a neanderthal, just to be clear, the behavior of,” Psaki replied. “The president — what everybody saw yesterday was a reflection of his frustration and exasperation, which I think many American people have, that for almost a year now, people across the country have sacrificed, at many times they haven’t had information they need from the federal government, they haven’t had access to a greater understanding of...
    By Paul J. Webber | Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Four board leaders of Texas’ embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week. All of the board directors stepping down, including Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol. The board members acknowledged “concerns about out-of-state board leadership” in a letter to grid members and the state’s Public Utility Commission, which oversees ERCOT. “Our hearts go out to all Texans who have had to go without electricity, heat, and water during frigid temperatures and continue to face the tragic consequences of this emergency,” the letter read. The other...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Four board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week.All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol.SEE ALSO: Gov. Greg Abbott calls on ERCOT leadership to resign during one-on-one interviewREAD: Public notice to the Public Utlity Commission
    By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week. All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, business, weather, Texas
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four board leaders of Texas’ embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week. All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Board leaders of Texas’ power grid operator resign after outrage over 4 million customers losing electricity in freeze. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Former Representative Beto O’Rourke had harsh words for Republican leadership in his home state as Texas deals with a catastrophic arctic blast that has left millions without power and 24 reported deaths so far. Appearing Thursday morning on MSNBC, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski  asked her guest how he assesses the job done by Governor Greg Abbott and also the Texas leaders in Washington, “specifically Ted Cruz.” Images of Senator Cruz allegedly dipping his freezing state to a Cancun resort have sparked predictable outrage. The 2020 presidential hopeful cited comments made by Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle had to say about governance earlier in the show, saying it “really struck a chord.” Then he laid into his Republican counterparts in his home state. “In Texas, you have an example of what happens when a state is governed by those who do not believe in government, to begin with,” O’Rourke noted. “The Republican...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — A two-block long mural dedicated to George Floyd was unveiled over the weekend. The dedication is along a street that passes in front of Floyd’s alma mater, Jack Yates High School, in Houston. “We come to celebrate the life and legacy of our hometown hero, Mr. George Floyd,” Carl Davis, chairman for the Houston Society for Change, said during the dedication ceremony over the weekend. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died in May after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 8 minutes, as Floyd pleaded he couldn’t breathe. The mural in his honor was commissioned by Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, the Houston Society for Change, and 88 C.H.U.M.P., a non-profit social activism organization that was created by Floyd’s football teammates. The number 88 was Floyd’s number when he played football at the high school, Davis said. Davis called Floyd’s life a...
    SAN ANTONIO – Election Day may be over, but there are still some questions left unanswered and ballots that need to be counted in certain states. Leaders from both state political parties joined us Sunday on Leading SA to reflect on the Texas elections and react to Joe Biden being named the president-elect. Retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Allen West, the chair of the Texas GOP, said although Election Day is technically over, some states are still counting the votes, and may even undergo ballot recounts. “You still have some states that are counting. You still have to have a canvassing of the votes and up the ballots and then you still have to have a certification. So I think that we still have some more of that process to go on. And as the president’s statement did say, that there are going to be triggered mandatory recounts,” Allen West...
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    President Donald Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s seat, as announced on Saturday. This comes after Justice Ginsberg’s death just last week. Judge Barrett is on the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and is a devout Roman Catholic, according to a report from the Associated Press. At just 48, if Barrett takes Ginsberg’s seat, she will be the youngest justice and her tenure can last for decades, AP reports. RELATED: WATCH: President Trump nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court Several Texas legislators are backing President Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Barrett for the position. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is among the legislators in support of Trump’s decision and he said Judge Barrett would make an “outstanding Supreme Court justice.” “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a remarkable individual who will make an outstanding Supreme Court Justice. Her...
    Texas A&M’s five Yell Leaders ran into an almost empty Kyle Field as Friday night crept into Saturday morning for their Midnight Yell. It’s a tradition almost 90 years old, normally held in front of more than 25,000 people before every football game. No fans were allowed this year because of the coronavirus, leaving the Yell Leaders to perform only to the school’s band, their voices echoing in the cavernous space. “It was a little eerie, but I think it went well,” head Yell Leader Keller Cox said through his mask moments after it ended. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Texas A&M doesn’t have cheerleaders, but instead a group of five male Yell Leaders. The esteemed unit of three seniors and two juniors are elected by the student body and are ambassadors for the university. They started the lighthearted event in 1931. It includes fables mocking the...
    By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M’s five Yell Leaders ran into an almost empty Kyle Field as Friday night crept into Saturday morning for their Midnight Yell. It’s a tradition almost 90 years old, normally held in front of more than 25,000 people before every football game. No fans were allowed this year because of the coronavirus, leaving the Yell Leaders to perform only to the school’s band, their voices echoing in the cavernous space. “It was a little eerie, but I think it went well,” head Yell Leader Keller Cox said through his mask moments after it ended. Texas A&M doesn’t have cheerleaders, but instead a group of five male Yell Leaders. The esteemed unit of three seniors and two juniors are elected by the student body and are ambassadors for the university. They started the lighthearted event in 1931. It includes...
    SAN ANTONIO – As news broke of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, political leaders and the general public were quick to take to social media voicing their condolences and honoring the life and legacy of an icon of the women’s liberation movement. Ginsburg, 87, died from complications related to metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to the Associated Press. Ginsburg served as the high court’s second-ever female justice and was instrumental throughout the women’s liberation movement. Democrats and Republicans in Texas shared both their sympathies and opinions on appointing a successor. U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, D-TX, released the following statement on the passing of Ginsburg: “This is a painful loss of a defender of our most fundamental liberties at a time when our very democracy is increasingly imperiled by Donald Trump and his enablers. The best tribute to our beloved RBG is to replace a President who shares...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Following Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall’s announced resignation last Tuesday, some Latino leaders in the city want the next chief to be Latino. Rene Martinez said, “We’ve never had a Latino Chief of Police in Dallas.” Martinez, who was a co-chair of Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s Task Force on Safer Communities, and Diana Flores, Chair of the Dallas County Community College District Board of Trustees, are speaking out now, not in their official capacities, but as two long-time LULAC leaders in Dallas. They both say the time has come for a Latino to command DPD, a chief who’s also experienced in policing. Martinez said, “Someone that can deal with data, someone’s a crime fighter. So the fact that I’m advocating and I think Diana is also, that it ought to be someone that’s a Latino and bilingual, bicultural is going to be a skillset that we need...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – Leaders across Texas are reacting to and reflecting on the legacy of civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis after he died Friday at the age of 80. His legacy includes organizing the March on Washington in 1963, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave is famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He served as a congressman for more than 30 years. Various leaders throughout Texas released statements on his passing and how he helped bring change. Sen. Ted Cruz “Heidi and I join men and women across the globe in grieving the loss of the great John Lewis. In my first year in the Senate, I had the privilege of traveling with John and much of the Congressional Black Caucus to Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Johannesburg. “During the trip, John regaled us with stories of being alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As one of the original...
    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich tore into Texas Gov. Greg Abbott  (R) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) Wednesday over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying “they’re all cowards and they’re all afraid.” Popovich spoke with reporters during a video call while wearing a shirt that read: “Vote — Your Life Depends On It.” “We have a lieutenant governor who decided he doesn’t want to listen to [Anthony] Fauci and those people any more,” Popovich said before adding sarcastically, “That makes a lot of sense. How safe can that be? The messaging is ridiculous.” Patrick earlier this month lambasted Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, over the doctor’s assessment of the recent surge in Texas coronavirus cases, saying he would no longer listen to him. "He has been wrong every time, on every issue,” Patrick said. “I don’t need his advice anymore. We’ll listen to a lot...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Leaders in major areas of Texas are calling on the governor to empower local governments to order residents to stay home as the state’s continued surge in coronavirus cases tests hospital capacity. Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that he wants Gov. Greg Abbott to return control of his city to the local government as its hospitals face a potential crisis. “If we don’t change the trajectory, then I am within two weeks of having our hospitals overrun,” Adler, a Democrat said. “And in our ICUs, I could be 10 days away from that.” Texas reported it’s highest daily increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases with 8,258 Saturday, and hospitalizations from the virus have continued to climb. The Fourth of July weekend has also seen some defiance of Abbott’s orders closing bars and requiring people to wear face coverings in public in much...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Leaders in two of Texas' biggest cities are calling on the governor to empower local governments to order residents to stay home as the state's continued surge in coronavirus cases tests hospital capacity. Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNN’s "State of the Union" Sunday that he wants Gov. Gregg Abbott, a Republican, to return control of his city to the local government as its hospitals face a potential crisis. “If we don’t change the trajectory, then I am within two weeks of having our hospitals overrun,” Adler, a Democrat said. “And in our ICUs, I could be 10 days away from that.” Texas reported it's highest daily increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday, and hospitalizations from the disease caused by the coronavirus have continued to climb. The Fourth of July weekend has also seen some defiance of Abbott's orders...
    DALLAS – Leaders in two of Texas' biggest cities are calling on the governor to empower local governments to order residents to stay home as the state's continued surge in coronavirus cases tests hospital capacity. Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNN’s "State of the Union" Sunday that he wants Gov. Gregg Abbott, a Republican, to return control of his city to the local government as its hospitals face a potential crisis. “If we don’t change the trajectory, then I am within two weeks of having our hospitals overrun,” Adler, a Democrat said. “And in our ICUs, I could be 10 days away from that.” Texas reported it's highest daily increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday, and hospitalizations from the disease caused by the coronavirus have continued to climb. The Fourth of July weekend has also seen some defiance of Abbott's orders closing bars and requiring people to...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio and Bexar County announced a new record of COVID-19 cases in a single day, according to city leaders. An additional 1,334 cases of the virus were reported, totaling 14,212 COVID-19 cases in the community. Two more deaths were also announced by city leaders, and the death toll is now at 117. San Antonio hospitals are still filling up fast as COVID-19 cases are continuing to surge in the area. Hospitalizations are seeing a rapid increase in COVID-19 patients, and there are currently 1,089 patients in the hospital, according to city leaders. There are 345 patients in the ICU and 192 patients on ventilators. With these current numbers, San Antonio hospitals now have 14% of staffed beds available and some nurses from other towns have arrived to help in the COVID-19 response. The rapid spread of the disease has led to new local...
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