Tea Party Vs. Business Establishment? Hensarling Leads Bid to Kill Export-Import Bank

Jun 9, 2015
The Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — About two years ago, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling — a Dallas Republican and Phil Gramm protégé pegged by some as an ascending GOP star — set his sights on a relatively obscure federal agency that is beloved by national business leaders and is important to Texas’ economy. 

The Export-Import Bank of the United States should die, Hensarling says. And since becoming chairman of the House Financial Services Committee in 2013, Hensarling has been in a position to try to make that happen. The bank's charter expires June 30, and unless Congress reauthorizes it, the institution created by former President Franklin Roosevelt 81 years ago will be on track for a phase-out.  

Mexico Loosening Rules for Armed U.S. Agents

Jun 9, 2015
Jennifer Whitney / The Texas Tribune

After decades of forbidding foreign law enforcement officers from carrying weapons on Mexican soil, the Mexican government is on the verge of allowing U.S. agents to carry guns in places where they help speed the flow of goods between the two countries. 

Texas lawmakers are celebrating the move as a significant step toward increasing trade, and say Mexico is also expected to draw up new rules allowing security personnel for visiting dignitaries to obtain permits to carry weapons. 

In August, the Mexican and United States governments are expected to finalize details of a permitting process that will allow U.S. immigration and customs agents to carry arms while working in foreign trade zones, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said Monday.

DALLAS — A man has died after being taken into police custody in Dallas.

A news release from the Dallas Police Department says officers responded to a major disturbance call Monday night in the Buckner Terrace neighborhood of Pleasant Grove, where police say a man was exhibiting erratic behavior.

According to police, preliminary information indicates the man had entered a parked vehicle belonging to someone else. Police say they told the man to get out of the car. He briefly opened the door and was removed by officers. A struggle ensued and additional officers were called. Police say one officer used his Taser on the man, who began to show signs of distress.

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AUSTIN — Some residents in Texas and Tennessee are musing over what to do with streets named “Bruce Jenner” after the Olympic champion revealed last week that her new name is Caitlyn Jenner.

South Austin and El Paso in Texas both have streets named Bruce Jenner Lane.

There is also a Bruce Jenner Drive in Clarksville, Tennessee.

KVUE-TV reports residents of southern Austin’s Olympic Heights neighborhood said people have been taking pictures of the sign and asking if its name will change.

In Austin, at least half of the residents on the street must approve the change along with the City Council.

The Austin American Statesman reports the Olympic Heights Homeowners Association said in a statement that it is not pursuing a change, but would not be opposed to it. 

Grace Garces Bordallo / AP

HAGATNA, Guam  — There were no flowers. There was no music.

The onlookers witnessing Guam's first wedding of a gay couple were mostly members of the media.

“It’s my privilege to officiate at this. Do you take each other to share your lives, to promise to take good care of one another for as long as you live?” Public Health Director James Gillan asked.