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Congress OKs banning local Internet taxes

WASHINGTON — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.


Clinton, Sanders clash in debate

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters.

Blog to host GOP debate Monday

We Denton Do It, a community blog, will host a debate at 8 p.m. Monday featuring Republican candidates running for the Texas House District 64 seat.

Denton County sees increase in number of registered voters

The number of registered voters in Denton County has increased by nearly 10,000 since last November’s election, according to election officials.

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe: Follow along on money trail

You need look no further than the latest finance reports to know elections mean business in Denton County.The latest reports show how candidates have fattened their campaign war chests for the March 1...

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Denton GOP to host annual dinner

The Denton County Republican Party will have its annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport, 2334 International Parkway at D/FW Airport. This year’s speakers will be former ambassador John Bolton, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Jane Nelson.


Sheriff’s race in full swing

The Denton County sheriff’s race between incumbent Will Travis and challenger Tracy Murphree is heating up. Both men are planting yard signs, speaking to community groups and lining up endorsements.

Five file for Crownover’s District 64 seat

Five people are vying to fill Myra Crownover’s spot in the Texas House of Representatives, including two Democratic Party contenders.

Hang-ups stymie council ethics talks

Talks over ethics reform didn’t get off on the best foot for the Denton City Council on Monday. Members were deeply divided whether they should spend time on new rules for city staff and elected and appointed officials.

Sayre announces run for county GOP chair

Kelly Sayre announced Tuesday he plans to run for the chairmanship of the Denton County Republican Party in the 2016 primary elections. He is looking to replace Dianne Edmondson, who recently announced she will not be seeking re-election.

Filings continue for primary races

Several candidates have filed to run in the 2016 primary elections in Denton County, according to a list of filings on the Texas secretary of state’s website.

Carson: Pyramids in Egypt built by biblical figure Joseph

MIAMI — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday stood by his belief that Egypt’s great pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain — not as tombs for pharaohs.

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Abbott seeking state law against ‘sanctuary cities’

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday embraced cracking down on local governments that ban police from asking about a person’s immigration status, after previously saying little about contentious “sanctuary city” policies since taking office.


Ryan prepares to ascend to speaker; mess awaits

WASHINGTON — The honeymoon might be over before it even begins for House Speaker-in-waiting Paul Ryan when he is elevated to the top job this coming week.


Some fret it soon may be too late for Bush

WASHINGTON — For months, Jeb Bush’s campaign insisted it was too early.


GOP, Dems going in different directions

WASHINGTON — After a pivotal week, the presidential race has become a tale of two parties on sharply different trajectories: Hillary Rodham Clinton has tightened her grip on the Democratic nomination while Republican concern is reaching new heights. Some officials are even considering what could turn into a GOP civil war to stop Donald Trump — with no fallback option.


Clinton seeks to close book on Benghazi

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton strove to close the book on the worst episode of her tenure as secretary of state Thursday, battling hours of Republican questions in a hearing that grew contentious but revealed little new about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Ryan joins speaker race

WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Ryan formally declared his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday evening, pledging in a letter to GOP colleagues, “We have an opportunity to turn the page.”

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Planned Parenthood clinics get subpoenas

AUSTIN — Health investigators served subpoenas requesting hundreds of pages of patient and staff records at Planned Parenthood clinics across Texas on Thursday, as officials move to halt Medicaid funding to the organization that has been repeatedly targeted by the state’s top conservatives.


Webb exits Democratic race

WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said Tuesday he is dropping out of the Democratic race for president and is considering his options about how he might “remain as a voice” in the campaign.


Ivanka: Trump’s daughter, muse, deal-maker

WASHINGTON — Six-year-old Ivanka Trump was furious: She’d gotten a Barbie for Christmas while her two brothers got Legos and an Erector Set.

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Democrats willing to embrace Obama’s legacy

WASHINGTON — If the recent Republican presidential debates have revealed hobbling breaks in the party, the Democrats’ first political X-ray showed a couple of hairline fractures.

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Benghazi investigator: Clinton showdown is about facts

WASHINGTON — Rep. Trey Gowdy is a man under fierce pressure as he leads a congressional Benghazi investigation that’s dismissed by Democrats as partisan and even questioned by some fellow Republicans.

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Cold war between Bush and Rubio heating up

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are on course for a collision.

Paul under pressure to focus on Senate seat

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A defiant Rand Paul is brushing off weak fundraising and weaker poll numbers as would-be donors and home state Republicans push him to abandon an uphill presidential bid to focus on his Senate re-election.


Biden’s team leans in on potential run

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden is sending out an unmistakable “forget-me-not” plea for 2016, brushing past signs of a Hillary Rodham Clinton resurgence with fresh and direct suggestions he could be on the verge of entering the presidential race.


Clinton says she won’t ‘be silenced’ on gun violence

SAN ANTONIO — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday she will “not be silenced” about gun violence, renewing her debate-night tangle with rival Bernie Sanders on what could be a bellwether issue for Democratic primary voters.

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Attorney: Hastert to plead guilty

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert intends to plead guilty in a hush-money case linked to allegations of sexual misconduct, a defense attorney said Thursday, a move that could ensure that any secrets from his days as a high school wrestling coach are never revealed in public.

Plain Language: Proposition 1

Seven propositions are on the Nov. 3 ballot to amend the Texas Constitution. Through Monday, we’ll bring you one proposition each day in both its official form and in a plain language explanation.

Plain Language: Proposition 2

Seven propositions are on the Nov. 3 ballot to amend the Texas Constitution. Through Monday, we are bringing you one proposition each day in both its official form and in a plain language explanation.

Plain language: Proposition 3

Seven propositions are on the Nov. 3 ballot to amend the Texas Constitution. Through Monday, we are bringing you one proposition each day in both its official form and in a plain language explanation.

Plain Language: Proposition 4

Seven propositions are on the Nov. 3 ballot to amend the Texas Constitution. Through Monday, we are bringing you one proposition each day in both its official form and in a plain language explanation.

Early voting soon to begin

A state constitutional amendment election will be next month, but Denton County residents can get informed and cast their votes on the propositions starting next week.

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Boehner staying in his role with nothing to lose

WASHINGTON — Speaker John Boehner wants out. He really does.


Divided House Republicans see savior in Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON — Endlessly divided, House Republicans pleaded with Rep. Paul Ryan on Friday to rescue them from their damaging leadership vacuum. But the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee showed little appetite for the prestigious yet thankless job of speaker of the House.


McCarthy exits speaker race

WASHINGTON — With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos.


Clinton, Sanders start to draw distinctions

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is beginning to draw contrasts with her chief Democratic rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as they approach their first presidential primary debate next week.

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Carly Fiorina makes Planned Parenthood into a centerpiece

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has spent the last two weeks repeating an erroneous description of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists. That seems bound to continue as she makes her opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign.

Obama refuses new temporary spending bills

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday he won’t sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one expires Dec. 11, insisting that congressional Republicans and Democrats work out a long-term budget deal with the White House.


Sanders rakes in big money

WASHINGTON — For someone who rails almost daily against big money in politics, Bernie Sanders has suddenly become pretty good at getting it.


McCarthy tries to lock up top House job

WASHINGTON — Stunned and divided, House Republicans sought a way forward Tuesday as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged to bring them together after Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation.

Planned Parenthood chief rebuts videos

WASHINGTON — The head of Planned Parenthood defended the women’s health organization Tuesday before a Republican-run Congress bent on slashing its federal funding, telling lawmakers that accusations against her group fed by stealthily recorded videos are “offensive and categorically untrue.”

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Can anyone tame GOP House rabble-rousers?

WASHINGTON — The gulf between tea party conservatives and establishment Republicans has grown so wide that it just swallowed up the speaker of the House and may threaten the entire Republican Party and Congress itself.


Boehner to step down

WASHINGTON — Plunging Congress into deeper turmoil, House Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced his resignation Friday, shutting down a tea party drive to depose the nation’s highest-ranking Republican but opening up fresh troubles for the GOP.

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John Boehner was moved by his job

WASHINGTON — The “regular guy with a big job” has seemed at the center of palace intrigue forever, a man to shake things up in the old days, to be plotted against on and off ever since.


Obama’s personal ties with Xi yield mixed policy results

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has invested more time building personal ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping than with most other world leaders. But as Xi arrived in Washington late Thursday for a grand state visit, it’s clear that Obama’s overtures have produced decidedly mixed results.