Politics http://kut.org en Perry Will Tap Campaign Account to Pay Attorneys http://kut.org/post/perry-will-tap-campaign-account-pay-attorneys <p class="p1" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Rick Perry</a>, who has been using taxpayer dollars to pay his defense lawyers, will tap campaign funds from now on to compensate the attorneys who are fighting his felony indictments, his spokesman said Wednesday night.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:19:20 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 11063 at http://kut.org Perry Will Tap Campaign Account to Pay Attorneys Ferguson Update: Holder Writes Op-Ed; City Calls For Nighttime Calm http://kut.org/post/ferguson-update-holder-writes-op-ed-city-calls-nighttime-calm Attorney General Eric Holder has made a pledge to Ferguson, Mo., where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9.<p>"Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent," he wrote in <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/a-message-to-the-people-of-ferguson/article_ea8b7358-67a3-5187-af8c-169567f27a0d.html">an op-ed for the St. Louis Dispatch</a>. He added, "Long after the events of Aug. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:49:04 +0000 Dana Farrington 11051 at http://kut.org Ferguson Update: Holder Writes Op-Ed; City Calls For Nighttime Calm U.S. Authenticates Video Of Militants Beheading American Journalist http://kut.org/post/video-purports-show-beheading-us-journalist-militants <strong>This post was updated at 2:25 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A video that was released online Tuesday in which the extremist group the Islamic State claimed to behead American journalist James Foley is authentic, according to U.S. intelligence analysts. Foley was abducted in Syria in 2012.<p>The video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday afternoon and later removed; since then, it has resurfaced elsewhere online. The images show Foley kneeling next to a masked militant and reciting comments against the U.S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:40:04 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 11050 at http://kut.org U.S. Authenticates Video Of Militants Beheading American Journalist Perry Compares Indictment to IRS Scandal http://kut.org/post/perry-compares-indictment-irs-scandal <p>The indictment of Governor Rick Perry on charges of abuse of power and coercion follows a general pattern in the U.S. of the “rule of law not being followed,” Perry said this morning <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZQJUbbG1AA&amp;feature=youtu.be">on Fox News Sunday</a>, adding it’s partly the result of a “government out of control.”</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:21:08 +0000 Nathan Bernier 11032 at http://kut.org Perry Compares Indictment to IRS Scandal Demystifying Legal Language Around Perry Indictment http://kut.org/post/demystifying-legal-language-around-perry-indictment <p>Texas Governor Rick Perry is facing accusations he broke the law two times when he threatened to veto state funding for a unit of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office that investigates public corruption. The story includes a lot of legal terminology, so here’s a decoder.</p><p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:43:46 +0000 Nathan Bernier 11031 at http://kut.org Demystifying Legal Language Around Perry Indictment Governor Perry Blasts Indictment as “Farce” http://kut.org/post/governor-perry-blasts-indictment-farce <p>Texas Governor Rick Perry firmly rejected criminal charges connected to his 2013 veto of state funding for a public corruption unit in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, labeling the prosecution a “farce” and promising to defend himself vigorously.</p><p>“I cannot and I will not allow this to happen,” Perry said at a brief news conference at the State Capitol this afternoon.</p><p>“I intend to fight against those who would erode our state’s constitution and laws purely for political purposes, and I intend to win,” he said. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:56:04 +0000 Nathan Bernier 11030 at http://kut.org Governor Perry Blasts Indictment as “Farce” What's Behind Those Abuse-Of-Power Charges Against Perry? http://kut.org/post/whats-behind-those-abuse-power-charges-against-perry Texas Gov. Rick Perry, considered a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/15/340727667/texas-gov-rick-perry-indicted-on-abuse-of-power-charges">indicted on felony abuse-of-power charges</a> late Friday in connection with his veto of funding for state public corruption prosecutors.<p>The case, which has been bubbling for months, is complicated. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:09:31 +0000 Scott Neuman 11027 at http://kut.org What's Behind Those Abuse-Of-Power Charges Against Perry? TIMELINE: Governor Rick Perry's Felony Indictment http://kut.org/post/timeline-governor-rick-perrys-felony-indictment <p>For the first time in nearly a century, the Texas governor is <a href="http://kut.org/post/governor-rick-perry-indicted-two-felony-charges">facing felony charges</a>.</p><p>Rick Perry has been <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/236934485/Texas-Gov-Rick-Perry-grand-jury-indictment">indicted </a>by a Travis County grand jury for abuse of office and coercion. The charges mean the sitting governor will be booked and arraigned (with fingerprints and a mugshot); they carry possible jail sentences up to 109 years.</p><p>At the heart of the charges is whether or not Perry abused his power by threatening to veto $7.5 million in state funding for the Travis County District Attorney's Public Integrity Unit.</p><p>How did we get here? We've collected KUT's coverage of this story up until this point to bring you up to date. It begins with the arrest of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary&nbsp;Lehmberg&nbsp;last year.</p><p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 01:31:33 +0000 Terrence Henry 11026 at http://kut.org TIMELINE: Governor Rick Perry's Felony Indictment Governor Rick Perry Indicted on Two Felony Charges http://kut.org/post/governor-rick-perry-indicted-two-felony-charges <p><em>Editor's note: We are continuing to update this post with reaction and developments in this story.</em></p><p>A Travis County grand jury has indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry on <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1275641/rick-perry-indictment.pdf">two felony charges </a>related to his 2013 veto of funding for the county's Public Integrity Unit.</p><p>He's charged with abuse of official capacity (a first-degree felony) and coercion&nbsp;of a public servant (a third-degree felony). The two felony charges are the first against a Texas governor in nearly a century, and carry possible sentences of up to 99 and 10 years respectively.&nbsp;</p><p>Since he's been charged with a felony, the governor will be booked and arraigned. The date for that is likely to be set Monday. The charges could lead to a trial.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The special prosecutor behind the case, Michael </span>McCrum<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, said he interviewed over 40 people and reviewed hundreds of documents and dozens of cases to make his case before the Grand Jury. "I looked at the law and I looked at the facts," </span>McCrum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Governor Perry's office responded to the charges with a statement that "t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution." They maintain the governor acted within the law and power of his office.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:36:28 +0000 KUT Staff 11025 at http://kut.org Governor Rick Perry Indicted on Two Felony Charges National Guard, DPS Border Deployments Cost Texas Up to $18 Million a Month http://kut.org/post/national-guard-dps-border-deployments-cost-texas-18-million-month <p>Sending additional state police and National Guard troops to the border will cost Texas between <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1273837-lbb-budget-overview.html#document/p31/a171790">$17 million and $18 million dollars a month</a>. That's according to<a href="http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Documents/Publications/Presentation/1700_SFC_Budget_Overview.pdf"> a presentation</a> Tuesday by top officials with the <a href="http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/">Legislative Budget Board</a> (LBB), who told state lawmakers they will have to find a way to keep paying for it.&nbsp;</p><p>About one-third of that cost is for salaries, travel and other expenses of Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers sent to the border as part of "Operation Strong Safety II." &nbsp;Close to two-thirds of the $18 million will cover salary, meals, lodging and other costs of deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:31:34 +0000 Nathan Bernier 11002 at http://kut.org National Guard, DPS Border Deployments Cost Texas Up to $18 Million a Month Davis' Edgy TV Ad: Effective Or Risky? http://kut.org/post/davis-edgy-tv-ad-effective-or-risky Both major candidates for governor have launched statewide television commercials in the past week. &#160;<a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/madrina/">Republican Greg Abbott’s second TV ad </a>is in Spanish and English and features his Hispanic mother-in-law. But it’s Democrat Wendy Davis’ first statewide ad that’s grabbing attention.<p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:52:10 +0000 Shelley Kofler 11000 at http://kut.org Davis' Edgy TV Ad: Effective Or Risky? Obama: Iraq Must Have Legitimate Government To Combat Insurgency http://kut.org/post/obama-iraq-must-have-legitimate-government-combat-insurgency <em><strong>Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>President Obama says that the U.S. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/09/339082607/u-s-aid-drops-airstrikes-continue-in-iraq">will continue to provide Iraq with humanitarian and military assistance</a>, but he ruled out ground troops and reiterated administration calls for Iraq to form a "legitimate" government in order to face the threat from Islamic militants.<p>Speaking to reporters in the South Lawn of the White House, he also acknowledged that U.S. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 19:47:14 +0000 Scott Neuman 10988 at http://kut.org Obama: Iraq Must Have Legitimate Government To Combat Insurgency Perry And Cruz Do The Presidential Candidacy Dance http://kut.org/post/perry-and-cruz-do-presidential-candidacy-dance It's the presidential race no one is talking about. Two Texas political stars are testing the waters for a run in 2016 — without mentioning it, of course.<p>Potential Republican candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry spoke Friday at the annual meeting sponsored by the conservative website RedState, and both danced around the candidacy question.<p>Three years ago, at RedState's South Carolina get-together, Perry announced his 2012 presidential bid. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 14:17:11 +0000 Lauren Silverman 10987 at http://kut.org Perry And Cruz Do The Presidential Candidacy Dance State Abortion Laws Face A New Round Of Legal Challenges http://kut.org/post/state-abortion-laws-face-new-round-legal-challenges Even if you're trying, it's tough to keep score of what's happening with various lawsuits challenging some state abortion laws.<p>States led by anti-abortion governors and legislatures have been passing a broad array of measures over the past few years aimed at making the procedure more difficult for women to obtain.<p>About two dozen states enacted 70 such measures in 2013, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:37:08 +0000 10979 at http://kut.org State Abortion Laws Face A New Round Of Legal Challenges U.S. Military Strikes Sunni Extremist Fighters In Iraq http://kut.org/post/pentagon-says-us-aircraft-strikes-sunni-militant-artillery-iraq <h6><strong>(This post was last updated at 8:44 p.m. ET.)</strong></h6><p>The U.S. military conducted several strikes against Sunni extremist militants near Irbil in Iraq Friday, in what the White House calls a limited engagement.<p>"Military officials say unmanned aircraft struck a terrorist mortar position," NPR's Tamara Keith reports, "and then when the fighters returned, they were attacked as well. Later, four FA-18 aircraft struck an ISIS convoy and another mortar position using eight laser-guided bombs."<p>"White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says U.S. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:25:35 +0000 10978 at http://kut.org U.S. Military Strikes Sunni Extremist Fighters In Iraq Ebola Outbreak Is A Global Health Emergency, WHO Says http://kut.org/post/ebola-outbreak-global-health-emergency-who-says The Ebola outbreak in West Africa won't be stopped until front-line health workers get more support, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said Friday at a news conference in Geneva.<p>After a unanimous vote by a committee of public health and risk management experts, the WHO decided to <a href="http://who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2014/ebola-20140808/en/">declare</a> the outbreak an international public health emergency.<p>The outbreak is an international issue, Chan said. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:15:57 +0000 10976 at http://kut.org Ebola Outbreak Is A Global Health Emergency, WHO Says Russia Gives Edward Snowden 3-Year Residence Permit http://kut.org/post/russia-gives-edward-snowden-three-year-residence-permit Russia is allowing former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to remain in the country for at least three more years.<p>Speaking to reporters in Moscow on Thursday, attorney Anatoly Kucherena said Snowden's application had been approved Aug. 1.<p>If you remember, Snowden has been in exile for a little more than a year. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:16:45 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10969 at http://kut.org Russia Gives Edward Snowden 3-Year Residence Permit As Truce Takes Effect, Israel Withdraws Troops From Gaza http://kut.org/post/truce-takes-effect-israel-withdraws-troops-gaza After nearly a month of fighting, a negotiated, three-day peace has taken hold in Gaza.<p>As NPR's Emily Harris reports, Israel has also ordered all of its troops out of Gaza. But this may not mean the end of the current conflict, because the Israel Defense Forces said its troops would maintain a defensive position and respond to any attacks.<p>Case in point: By morning just before the truce started, Emily said she heard rocket fire out of Gaza. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:12:05 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10946 at http://kut.org As Truce Takes Effect, Israel Withdraws Troops From Gaza The Texas Border has Relaunched Rick Perry's Presidential Plans http://kut.org/post/texas-border-has-relaunched-rick-perrys-presidential-plans <p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a beating during his 2012 presidential campaign for what many Tea Party activists considered a soft stance on immigration.</p><p>But as Gov. Perry has battled President Obama over <a href="http://kut.org/post/who-are-kids-migrant-crisis">the increase of unaccompanied minors</a> crossing the border, his poll numbers for a possible 2016 run are on the rise.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161643660&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:10:56 +0000 Ben Philpott 10932 at http://kut.org The Texas Border has Relaunched Rick Perry's Presidential Plans Africa's Leaders Aim To Change Perception Of The Continent http://kut.org/post/africas-leaders-aim-change-perception-continent Africa rarely gets a break — in the news headlines, anyway. But as the spread of the deadly Ebola virus continues to dominate the news cycle, there's a very different story about Africa that threatens to be forgotten.<p>One way to start that story is with the nearly $1 billion worth of deals to be announced this week between the United States and Africa, at a historic U.S. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:06:45 +0000 Gregory Warner 10942 at http://kut.org Africa's Leaders Aim To Change Perception Of The Continent