Senators warm to immigration deal as shutdown solution

The Hill,
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Lawmakers are opening the door to reviving deeply polarizing immigration negotiations as they search for a way out of the partial government shutdown, which hit the two-week mark on Friday.

An agreement to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws has eluded Congress for years, underscoring the difficult path awaiting lawmakers and the White House if they decide to broaden the divisive border wall fight.

But with President Trump and congressional Democrats at a stalemate with no signs of reaching an agreement to reopen roughly 25 percent of the government, making immigration reform part of the negotiations is gaining traction among senators on both sides of the aisle who are eager for a way out of the shutdown.

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It’s Been 20 Years

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For those of you who were not here in Parker County 20 years ago, you may not know about the horrendous incident that destroyed four families.  A driver in a drunken stupor, crashed his pickup into a car in which four young ladies were riding.  All four were killed.

The following is an account from one who remembers


It’s been 20 years since this horrible night happened and I still think of these girls. I knew Lacey the best out of the girls and she even kicked my butt playing basketball a few times to be honest. I remember how she was always so nice and seemed to be smiling often.

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Electromagnetic Pulse Would Devastate Our Power Grid. Here Are 3 Steps We Must Take Now.

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The Air Force released its 2018 Electromagnetic Defense Task Force report last week, which concluded that an electromagnetic pulse—generated either by a nuclear weapon or solar flare—could cripple systems that rely on the electromagnetic spectrum.

The report echoes a recent Heritage Foundation assessment that warns the United States is ill-prepared for such an event.

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Army is testing rifles that fire as powerfully as a tank

American Military News, , December 14, 2018

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By 2020, the Army plans to start using new 6.8mm rifles that are said to be “better than any weapon on earth today, by far.”

Army Chief of Staff. Gen. Mark Milley said the new assault rifle “will tear through any body armor with the pressure of a battle tank, strike from unprecedented ranges, and withstand the rigors of weather, terrain and soldier use,” Fox News reported.

The Army claims that the 6.8mm rifle will be a huge upgrade to the outdated M16 and M4 weapons in terms of capabilities.

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Bad Numbers

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What to know: Misleading statistics continue to dominate the school finance debate. They’re wrong, and they’re not helping move Texas forward, as just the latest example shows.

“According to the state’s recent budget projections, public schools are expected to see $55.4 billion in funding for the 2019 fiscal year, up from $44 billion in 2010. However, Texas is spending less per student by about 6.3 percent,” the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.

“Property owners will also end up shelling out more for schools. The local share of school revenue — the part funded by property taxes — will go up to 55.5 percent, while the state’s share will drop to 35 percent. Federal money fills in the gaps.”

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A $4 BILLION Dollar Electricity Tax May be Coming to You on December 7

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) is holding an open meeting on Friday, December 7 at which the commissioners might make changes to a pricing rule that would impose an electricity “tax” on Texas consumers as high as $4 billion a year.

Electricity generators and wind industry representatives asked the PUC in October to adopt the electricity tax because they claim aren’t making enough money.

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Climate Scientist Says Global Warming Not Among the ‘Real Problems’ Behind California Wildfires

A firefighter keeps watching the wildfire burning near a freeway in Simi Valley, California, on Nov. 12. (Photo: Chine Nouvelle/SIPA/Newscom)

Despite what Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown and environmentalists say, man-made global warming is not a big factor in the wildfires raging across California, according to a veteran climate scientist.

University of Washington climate scientist Cliff Mass, no skeptic of global warming, said blaming California’s deadliest wildfire on a changing climate “has little grounding in fact or science.”

“Global warming is a profoundly serious threat to mankind, but it has little impact [on] the Camp Fire and many of the coastal California fires of the past few years,” Mass wrote on his blog Tuesday.

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The Return of the $4 Billion Electricity Tax

TPPF, By Bill Peacock|November 16, 2018
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Most people don’t like to compete.

Athletes sometimes doctor their equipment to gain an edge in winning their games. Politicians gerrymander their districts rather than compete with their opponents for votes.

In the case of businesses, many of them go to the government get more profits from taxpayers than they could by competing for consumers. This is happening in the Texas electricity market today.

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ABOLISHING the “Robin Hood” School Property Tax

TPPF, Updated August 2018 by Kara Belew Emily Sass Vance Ginn, Ph.D. Bill Peacock
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Federal renewable energy subsidies reduce reliability, hinder the market

By Cutter González|November 2, 2018   
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The coming year could be a watershed moment for energy policy in the United States. The infamous Production Tax Credit (PTC), a federal subsidy for renewable energy, is set to expire, marking a potential step toward more reliable energy, a freer market and a change in the energy production landscape for the better — should we allow it.

The PTC is a $24-per-megawatt-hour credit based on production rather than demand. That means those who produce renewable energy can receive the credit regardless of whether or not that electricity is actually needed. The incentive is so immense that at peak hours of output, wind producers can actually pay retail electric providers, the companies that deliver the energy to homes and businesses, to take their product.

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