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Refugees push each other as they wait for tents as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 6, 2016 in Bab al-Salama, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing.

Texas to Obama: Certify that Refugees Do ‘Not Pose a Security Threat’

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission put the Obama Administration on notice with regard to requirements that must be met before Syrian refugees are resettled in the Lone Star State. This includes the prerequisite that the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement certify that “each refugee does not pose a security threat” to people of Texas.

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Texas AG OK’s Prayer in Court Over Atheist Group’s Objections

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued an opinion stating it does not violate the Establishment Clause to open a court session with the statement “God save the State of Texas and this Honorable Court” or to open court with a prayer, or have a volunteer chaplain program to facilitate those prayers. An atheist group from Wisconsin had complained about the practice.

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CPS Twice Investigated Texas Mom Who Drowned Her Children, Hid Bodies

HOUSTON, Texas — The Houston mother who drowned her two children and then hid the bodies under a neighbor’s house appeared in court on Wednesday. Her attorney says she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and severe depression in 2012. In April 2014, Child Protective Services (CPS) asked a judge to release the children to the mother and the court signed off on the order.

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Texas Leads Legal Coalition Against Obama Transgender Bathroom Rules for Schools

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is fighting the Obama Administration’s executive dictate that Texas schools must let transgender students, or those who identify with the other sex on a given day, to use the bathroom of the opposite sex. Paxton went to court on Friday and led a 13-state coalition and argued for a preliminary injunction to stop the federal government overreach.

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NY Officer Names K-9 After Five Assassinated Dallas Officers

A law enforcement officer with the Suffolk County Police Department in New York has named a police K-9 after the five police officers who were assassinated in Dallas. The officers were murdered, and seven other officers were wounded, during a Black Lives Matter protest in July.

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State Bar Dismisses Same-Sex Marriage Complaint Against Texas AG

The State Bar of Texas has dismissed a grievance complaint against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his AG opinion interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Democrat lawyer Steve Fischer led the effort and solicited others on Facebook to join him. A grievance filed by a gay former Democrat state legislator and current Democratic Party of Texas staffer has also not resulted in disciplinary action.

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Twin Peaks Biker Hearing Puts Waco District Attorney on Hotseat

Lawyers for three of the bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, filed legal documents to have the district attorney recused from their criminal cases. On Monday, a hearing on their motions put the McClennan County District Attorney on the hotseat. D.A. Abel Reyna, the police chief, and other law enforcement officials, were all placed on the stand to testify during the hearing.

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Armed Protest Planned After Texas County Targets Open Carry Activist

HOUSTON, Texas — Texas gun rights activists are converging on the Waller County, Texas, courthouse to protest what they are calling the “tyrannical” actions of the district attorney there. The D.A. sued the founder of Texas Carry, a gun rights organization that sent notices to 76 government entities complaining that officials are violating the law by excluding licensed to carry (LTC) holders. The Second Amendment activists will be engaging in an “open carry protest.”

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Green Party’s Jill Stein: DNC ‘Sneaky and Underhanded’ Toward Bernie Sanders

Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein told journalists gathered after the Green Party convention, “The DNC is kind-of accusing Russia of being underhanded and sneaky, in order to cover-up the DNC’s underhanded and sneaky behavior towards the Sanders’ campaign.” Her vice presidential running mate, Ajamu Baraka blamed the press for running with the story.

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Green Party National Convention to Offer ‘Plan B’ for Disaffected Dems

HOUSTON, Texas — Green Party candidates and delegates are arriving in Texas for their 2016 Presidential Nominating Convention with the theme – “Houston, We Have A Solution: Vote Green 2016.” Both the Green Party and their presumptive presidential nominee Jill Stein, are appealing to angry Bernie Sanders supporters, and “Never Hillary” voters, to vote Green as their “Plan B.”