Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has been indicted by a grand jury on Saturday.
The indictments were handed down on Tuesday and will be unsealed Monday morning. Paxton, a Republican faces felony charges: two counts of first-degree securities fraud and a third-degree charge of failing to register with the state securities board.
He joins fellow Republican and Presidential hopeful Governor Rick Perry in being indicted recently in the state of Texas.
AUSTIN- Special Prosecutors will ask a Texas grand jury to indict the state's attorney general on first-degree felony charges for securities law violations, one of the special prosecutors said on Thursday.
A spokesman for the Attorney General Ken Paxon, a Republican who came to office earlier this year with strong Tea Party support, was not immediately available for comment.
A first-degree felony conviction in Texas can result in a 5 to 99 years in prison.
BROOKLYN, MI- Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is now one of 30 race tacks to join NASCAR in telling fans to keep their Confederate flags at home and away from their speedway.
On June 23 in the aftermath of the Charleston, SC. shootings, NASCAR reaffirmed its stance against flying Confederate flags at any official NASCAR events.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France told the Associated Press he personally finds the Confederate Stars and Bars offensive and he will be extremely aggressive in barring it from all NASCAR events and races.
MIS will host the Pure Michigan 400 on August 16.
WASHINGTON- If small campaign donations are any indication which way the majority of voters are leaning it's the haul that the Clinton campaign is raking in.
Since just mid-April the Clinton campaign has raised more that $45 million, with the vast majority of those coming from those donating $100 or less.
While Clinton's campaign on Wednesday touted its success with hundreds-of-thousands of small-dollar donors, the leading democrat in the 216 race for the White House also pulled large cash donors who are giving her the maximum allowed by law.
"Many people doubted whether we could build an organization powered by so many grassroots supporters," campaign manager Robby Mook wrote in his email to supporters. "Todays announcement proves them all wrong."
With her husband Bill Clinton's connections Clinton is expected to pull in more than several hundred million more on top of what she alone will bring in on her campaign trail.
WASHINGTON- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush believes that the next president will need to privatize Social Security, he said at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Tuesday- acknowledging that his brother attempted to do so and failed. He said if elected it will be in his top ten promises to keep.
Bush also said along with privatizing Social Security he would also push to raise the retirement age to receive Social Security benefits, a common position among Republicans.
Republicans argue that Democrats' refusal to change the program will lead to bankruptcy. Democrats say privatization would kill the program and leave the elderly Americans at the mercy of the stock market.
Bush also said that Social Security shouldn't be called an "entitlement." "I've learned that in town hall meetings," he said. "It's a supplement retirement system that's not actuarially sound, how about that. Medicare is something else that we should be taking a closer look at as well. I think we should start considering much higher copays for all medical treatment." Bush added.
BOSTON- One month after being dumped by his major radio station in Boston, the conservative talking has a new Boston home. The bad news is, the station only boasts a 0.6 rating, and trails four non-commercial stations in the area, and becomes yet another big-city, cellar-dwelling outpost that Limbaugh is "forcd" to call home.
The station, WKOX, is the type of "bottom-rung" affiliate that Limbaugh refused to associate with during his halcyon days as the king of talk radio. But those days are forever dwindling as the Boston fall from grace has previously played out for Limbaugh in places like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston and Indianapolis. In each instance, Limbaugh has had to settle for an also-ran outlet with miniscule ratings.
Limbaugh's ongoing major market woes can be traced to his 2012 on-air meltdown over Sandra Fluke, where he castigated and insulted the graduate student for three days on his program calling her a "*lut" and suggesting she posts videos of herself having sex on the internet.
The astonishing Limbaugh rants sparked a unprecedented advertiser exodus never seen before, which means selling his show has become a major problem for affiliate stations that pay a hefty fee for the right to carry his program. The Wall Street Journal has reported that those advertisers are loosing millions in revenue that still have a contract with his EIB network.
The still-unfolding repercussions? Many key stations want out of their Limbaugh deals. And when those deals are up, nobody else is stepping forward to ink new contracts with Rush.
CHICAGO (AP) Federal prosecutors announced bank-related charges against the former Speaker Of The House Dennis Hastert on Thursday, accusing the 73-year-old Illinois Republican of drawing over $952,000 in cash in a way that evaded the requirements that banks report cash transactions over $10,000. He's also accused of lying to FBI agents. Each count of the indictment carries a penalty of 5 years in a federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
From 2010 to 2014, Hastert withdrew a total of $1.7 million in cash from various bank accounts and provided it to a person identified only as individual A, according to the federal indictment.
In December of last year, "Hastert falsely stated that he was keeping the cash" when questioned by the FBI, the prosecutor's statement states.
As Speaker, Hastert pushed President George W. Bush's legislative agenda leading up to the Iraq War, helping pass a massive tax cut and expanding Medicare prescription drug coverage and higher copays.
He retired in 2007 after serving eight years as speaker, making him the longest-serving Republican House Speaker.
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The incoming owners of 1510 WMEX-AM said they will pass on having Rush Limbaugh and instead plan to go instead with a new programing lineup meant to bring more humor and local coverage to conservative radio in Boston.
It's a surprise move by a station that radio industry analysts pegged as the presumptive landing spot for Limbaugh's nationally syndicated show after his distributor, Premiere Networks, and 680 WRKO said last week it had failed to reach an extension. The conservative icon has been on Boston radio since 1991.
"He's been offered to us four times, and we've said no," said Mary Remmer, co-owner of Daly XXL Communications. "He's just not worth it."
"Being a conservative today does not mean you have to be old and stodgy," she said. "The young conservatives here in Boston are actually turned off by Rush's radio rhetoric." Remmer added.
No matter how many GOP candidates enter the 2016 presidential sweepstakes, it will be a very steep uphill climb for any Republican to win the White House. That's not simply because Democratic voters outpace Republicans by at least a four-point edge, according to Gallup. It's because the GOP is actually dying-- literally-- according to an analysis published in Politico.
It seems at least 2.75 million Republican voters will be dead by the time the 2016 election rolls around, Daniel J. McGraw claims in what he calls his "back-of-the-napkin" math. By comparison, roughly 2.3 million Obama supporters will have died by the time the 2016 election. McGraw is right, of course, that Republicans tend to be much older than Democrats, and the surge of millennials (about 78 million) tends to vote Democrat. They're young, energetic, tilt way left on social issues like gay marriage and believe that women are underrepresented in the boardroom as well as the Congress, Senate and White House. Couple that with the fact that minorities, especially Latino's are the fastest growing population with more than a million of them reaching the voting age each month who tend to vote Democrat and you can see the Republicans demise.
In the end, regardless of whop is nominated by the GOP, the election will rest on the 43 percent of Americans who identify themselves as independents. Including independents, Democrats had a three-point edge as of last year. But if McGraw is right, that edge will most certainly double by November of 2016.
Glenn Beck has admitted more than once on his popular radio show that he got it wrong about going to war with Iraq and that the liberals had gotten it right all along.
"[Liberals] said that we shouldn't invade Iraq and force freedom on people," Beck said at the start of his radio show. "Let me lead with my mistakes. You were right. Liberals, you were right, we shouldn't have invaded Iraq, we really shouldn't have."
"From the very beginning, the majority of the people on the left were aginst going into Iraq," Beck said. "I wasn't."
The talk show host explained that when a possible invasion of Iraq was being discussed, he believed Saddam Hussein was backing terror against the United States and that according to the Bush administration something had to be done.
"In spite of the things I felt and listen to at the time when we went into war, liberals said, 'We shouldn't get involved, we shouldn't nation-build' and [that] there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free, nor was there any indication that they would be greeting us in the streets as liberators," Beck said.
'Going into Iraq was one of the most biggest blunders that the Bush administration ever did and it plundered our nation of it riches and cost us many young American lives all for absolutely nothing.'