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Barney Frank Discusses Coming Out in Congress and a Life in Politics

Posted on · Barney Frank spent 32 years in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Massachusetts’s 4th District. His legacy includes the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, reforming the financial industry. And, in 1987, the Democrat was the first member of Congress to come out as gay. He's written a memoir about his political life and his struggles as politician […]

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What Issues from the State of the Union Could Affect Houstonians the Most?

Posted on · President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He covered a wide range of issues, many of which are especially relevant to Houston and Texas. As a new, Republican-controlled Congress looked on, the President reiterated veto threats should Congress “put the security of families at risk by taking away their health […]

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Is Immigration Reform More or Less Likely to Happen with a New Congress?

Posted on · Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach. We discuss whether, amid the changing winds of politics in Washington, it’s more […]

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What Are the Implications for Houston & Texas in State of the Union Address?

Posted on · The President addressed a number of issues in his State of the Union address, which have implications for Houston and Texas. The general tenor of his speech also has implications for the Lone Star state. Prominent Texas officials including Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz have vociferously opposed much of the President’s agenda. Amid […]

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Local Reaction to State of the Union, ERCOT, & Art of Bartending: Houston Matters for Wed., Jan. 29, 2014

Posted on · President Obama addressed a number of issues in his State of the Union address that have implications for Houston and Texas. The general tenor of his speech also has implications for the Lone Star State. Prominent Texas officials including Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz have vociferously opposed much of the President’s agenda. Cruz […]

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Role of Conventions in Houston’s Economy

Posted on · The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau says Houston will host about two dozen major conventions this year – the most in five years. Officials estimate these conventions will bring some $430 million dollars into Houston’s economy. But there are some conventions Houston has been unable to snag. The city recently lost a bid to […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 10, 2013

Posted on · U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning lawmakers that unless Congress raises the debt ceiling by next Thursday, he cannot promise any payments to anyone, including social security recipients and U.S. bondholders. What was once seen by many as a rubber stamp vote in Congress has become a line in the sand for some Tea […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 2, 2013

Posted on · U.S. Senator and Houstonian Ted Cruz has been at the center of the squabbling in Congress that’s led to the partial shutdown of the federal government. On the Senate floor and in the media, he’s led the charge to defund the Affordable Care Act by any means necessary, including calling to tie such action to […]

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Lawmakers From Texas Still Like Pork

Posted on · Republicans and Democrats are both pledging to put the federal government on a diet to cut the deficit. But when it comes to pork, they have the same big appetite. This year's first budget bill in Congress comes with 85-hundred home state projects, also known as pork-barrel spending. As Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington, Texas lawmakers proudly stand by their earmarks.