Obama tries to negotiate historic climate pact

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is trying to negotiate a legacy-making climate change pact this coming week in Paris with one hand tied behind his back. Congress can’t even agree whether global warming is real.


Many see two sides to Carson

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson’s Gifted Hands memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it. So when Carson showed up in town to sign copies of his new book, King-Baker dragged the giggly 13-year-old along to the bookstore so they could both meet him.

Trump called out for appearing to mock disability

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and make fun of him.

Suing feds costs Texas $5 million

AUSTIN — Texas has spent more than $5 million suing the federal government under President Barack Obama as new challenges over same-sex marriage and environmental regulations add to the taxpayer tab.


Opponents slam Trump’s call for Muslim registry

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential rivals rushed Friday to condemn Donald Trump’s support for a government database to track Muslims in the United States, drawing a sharp distinction with the Republican front-runner on a proposal also deemed unconstitutional by legal experts.


House votes to curb Syrian refugees, snubbing veto threat

WASHINGTON — Responding swiftly to the terror in Paris, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to erect high hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees coming to American shores, dividing the president’s own party as lawmakers reflected the anxiety of voters back home.

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.


Clinton pushes higher education, immigration reform

DALLAS — She made supporters wait more than an hour, but Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped in Dallas on Tuesday to rally voters against Republicans on immigration, wage inequality and higher education.

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Republicans rush to shut borders

WASHINGTON — Republicans urged an immediate closure of America’s borders to Syrian refugees Tuesday, drawing angry denunciations from President Barack Obama and other Democrats and igniting an emotional debate about U.S. values in the wake of the deadly Paris terror attacks.

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Democrats see Rubio, Kasich as main 2016 threats

WASHINGTON — Bring on Donald Trump, and Ben Carson, too.


After attacks, Democrats debate terrorism and economy

DES MOINES, Iowa — With the country still reeling from deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Hillary Rodham Clinton cast herself as America’s strongest leader in a scary world, even as she found herself forced to defend her own role during the rise of the Islamic State militants.

GOP candidates criticize Obama, Clinton after Paris attacks

ORLANDO, Fla. — Several Republican candidates for president on Saturday accused President Barack Obama and his former secretary of state, Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, of failing in the fight against Islamic State militants as the terrorist attacks in Paris became a focal point of the nomination race.


Iowa supporters shrug off Trump’s outburst

AMES, Iowa — Iowa supporters’ response to Donald Trump’s 95-minute eruption? An “ugh” and a shrug.


Clinton builds big lead for party’s nomination

WASHINGTON — There’s little doubt which candidate the Democratic Party establishment supports for president. It’s not even close.

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Rubio, Cruz try to change immigration stances

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential rivals Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are backpedaling furiously as they try to outmaneuver each other on immigration.


Bush, Carson steady in debate

MILWAUKEE — Republicans Jeb Bush and Ben Carson sought to steady their presidential campaigns in Tuesday night’s GOP debate, with Bush taking advantage of a policy-focused contest to detail positions on the economy and immigration while Carson swatted away mounting questions about the veracity of his celebrated biography.


Now a front-runner, Carson faces scrutiny

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Ben Carson rose to top the Republican ranks of White House hopefuls as the wise outsider — a candidate without any experience in office, but one who offers a compelling personal narrative, speaks openly of his deep Christian faith and issues calm-but-tough indictments of the nation’s leaders.

In Keystone snub, Obama tries to lock in his climate legacy

WASHINGTON — For years, President Barack Obama chided Republicans and Democrats alike for treating the Keystone XL pipeline as a signal of whether the U.S. would seriously fight global warming.


Obama quashes Keystone XL

WASHINGTON — Ending a seven-year political saga, President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal at the center of his environmental legacy.


Carson defiant about West Point account

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A defiant Ben Carson on Friday rejected the idea his past descriptions of receiving a scholarship offer to attend West Point were inaccurate, and called questions about the veracity of the story irrelevant to his campaign for president.

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Elder Bush’s book blasts Cheney, Rumsfeld

WASHINGTON — Former President George H. W. Bush has finally revealed what he really thinks of his son’s presidency, faulting George W. Bush for setting an abrasive tone on the world stage and failing to rein in hawkish Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense chief Donald Rumsfeld.

Netanyahu appointment casts cloud over U.S. visit

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s newly appointed spokesman on Thursday apologized for a series of insulting comments about U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, days before his boss heads to Washington on a fence-mending mission.

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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Debate spotlights GOP insurgents vs. mainstream

BOULDER, Colo. — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio fought for control of the Republican’s establishment wing in Wednesday night’s third GOP debate, as insurgent outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson defended the seriousness of their White House bids, underscoring the volatile two-track fight for the party’s presidential nomination.


Carson says he doesn’t ‘buy the PC stuff’

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — On the eve of his party’s third debate, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson promised not to curb his penchant for using extreme examples to prove his points, such as equating abortion with slavery and comparing Islamic State fighters to patriots of the American Revolution.


Congress leaders, Obama unite behind deal

WASHINGTON — Striving to end a cycle of crisis, congressional leaders and the White House united Tuesday behind an ambitious budget and debt deal aimed at restoring a semblance of order to Capitol Hill and ending the threat of government shutdowns and defaults until well after a new president takes office.

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.