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Political Roundup: Another day, another impeachment

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security approves articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over how he’s handled border policy.

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Early Wednesday morning, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security voted, along party lines, to approve two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The committee charges Mayorkas with "willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law" in enforcing border policy, and with "breach of public trust." The vote came after more than ten hours of debate over whether Mayorkas committed any "high crimes and misdemeanors," the standard for impeachment.

In defending his work, Mayorkas told the committee in a letter Tuesday that it's up to Congress to provide the Biden administration the tools and legal authority to address issues at the border.

In the audio above, we discuss this and other developments in local, state, and national politics in our regular Wednesday political roundup. Joining us today: Elizabeth Simas, an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston, and Brandon Rottinghaus, co-host of Party Politics and a professor of political science at UH.

We also discuss the ongoing showdown between the state of Texas and the Biden administration over border policy, former Pres. Donald Trump's endorsement of David Covey in his primary challenge to Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, and other races in these weeks ahead of the March 5 primary.

And we seek clarity from Simas and Rottinghaus over dubious political conspiracy theories clogging up social media feeds, over the relationship between musician Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. (Kelce and the Chiefs will face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl a week from Sunday).

NOTE: You can also catch Brandon Rottinghaus on Houston Public Media's Party Politics program, Friday nights on News 88.7 and TV 8, or wherever you get your podcasts.