Friday, March 1, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Trump and Biden Visit the Border

Donald Trump and President Biden came to the Texas border Thursday, with Biden touring Brownsville and Trump visiting Eagle Pass— ‘ground zero’ of the ongoing border crisis. 

Both visits occurred against a backdrop of heightened immigration concerns, with record numbers of illegal immigrants flowing into the U.S.

Trump focused on holding the Biden administration responsible for the surge in illegal immigration and advocated for ‘America First’ policies. 

In contrast, Biden’s visit centered on shifting blame to Republicans for deliberately blocking bipartisan border security legislation, which included aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

Article Icon 1 Judge Temporarily Blocks Texas Law

A federal judge temporarily blocked a Texas law that would have empowered local police to arrest illegal immigrants, creating a legal conflict with federal immigration authority.

U.S. District Judge David Ezra said the law will likely be found unconstitutional, saying immigration enforcement is a federal prerogative. The law is currently on hold while the case works through the courts.

Texas appealed the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, potentially leading to a review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Supporters lauded the court’s ruling, while critics demanded more accountability for people breaking the law.

Article Icon 1 John Cornyn Seeks to Replace McConnell

Texas Sen. John Cornyn declared his candidacy to lead the US Senate Republican Conference following Sen. Mitch McConnell’s decision to resign from the leadership post in November.

The leadership race will mainly involve private discussions among senators over the next few months, culminating in November’s elections. Cornyn served as McConnell’s No. 2 five years ago.

Cornyn was the first to throw his hat into the ring, but others are expected to join the race. Potential candidates include South Dakota Sen. John Thune and Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso.

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Around Texas

➤ Canadian: The Smokehouse Creek wildfire has grown to be the largest in state history, covering 1 million acres. One death has been confirmed as firefighters continue efforts to contain the blaze. (Video)

➤ Fort Worth: The city opened the new Sid Richardson Agricultural Hub, a facility designed to distribute fresh produce to 500,000 individuals in 13 counties across North Texas. (Video)

College Station: A Marine One helicopter became the newest addition to Texas A&M’s George H.W. Bush Presidential Library. The 72-foot-long aircraft, weighing just under 5 tons, was hoisted on the library grounds. (Video)

➤ Paris: A new 50,000-square-foot Amazon distribution facility is coming to Paris, representing a $430M investment into the city. It’s expected to bring in 1,300 new jobs. (Video)

➤ Houston: The world’s largest rodeo, now in its fourth day, played host to a wild brawl this week while a country band kept playing and an onlooker provided play-by-play of the sprawling fight. (Video)

➤ San Antonio College has become the nation’s first educational institution to offer a full-service mortuary on campus. Students pursuing a degree in mortuary sciences can get hands-on training from practicing morticians. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ The Dallas Stars have acquired Chris Tanev from the Calgary Flames. Stars GM Jim Nill said Tanev has some visa issues to clear up and may not debut until Tuesday in San Jose. (More)

➤ Houston: Local celebrity “Mattress Mack” says he bet $1 million on the Houston Cougars to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Mack uses the big bets to promote his local furniture company. (More)

 Texas A&M’s basketball team lost to South Carolina 68-70 after the Gamecocks scored a dramatic last-second layup to keep the game from going into overtime. (See Video)

The Business Of Texas

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said that New York City needs to start following Texas in becoming more business-friendly. He specifically cited Texas’ lighter regulations and lack of an income tax. (More)

➤ Cedar Park’s Firefly Aerospace is expanding the Rocket Ranch manufacturing facility to build the new Antares 330 rocket for Northrop Grumman. The rocket is planned for launch in 2025. (Video)

➤ Dallas: Kodiak Robotics has partnered with the Martin-Brower Co. to begin transporting refrigerated fast-food products in Kodiak’s autonomous, self-driving trucks between Oklahoma City and Dallas. (More)

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Et Cetera

➤ Glen Rose: Africa’s smallest and deadliest wildcat is making a comeback in Texas. The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center sanctuary has added 13 black-footed cats, each about four pounds of deadly cuteness. (Photos)

➤ Round Rock: Raven Eastwood has traded the rodeo ring for competitive jousting. A former high school rodeo rider, Eastwood now puts on 70 pounds of armor when he competes on a galloping horse and arms himself with a lance. (Video)

➤ Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are warning of a new invasion of mystery snails. The large Chinese Mystery Snails, typically used in aquariums, have been found in Texan waterways, where they can clog pipes. (Photos)

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The Polling Station

 Which Texas ranch would you like to visit?

  1. The 6666
  2. Brewster
  3. King
  4. W.T. Waggoner
  5. Longfellow
  6. Other

Thursday’s Results:

Which Texan phrase is your favorite?

  1. “Fixin’ to”: 31.6%
  2. “Bless your heart”: 20.2%
  3. “Howdy, y’all”: 18.8%
  4. “All hat, no cattle”: 14.6%
  5. Other: 7.5%
  6. “Down yonder”: 7.3%
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