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Saturday, July 31, 2021

81st Texas Legislative Session… plus 1

If at first you don’t succeed, try another legislative session

The beat goes on…

With the exception of a few scattered bills here and there Texas lawmakers couldn’t do “diddly” during the regular 81st Legislative Session. After publicly “hemming and hawing” for a few days of posturing after the session, Gov. Rick Perry today finally stated that he will be calling for a not-so-special Special Legislative session. It will result in a cost of more than $2 million of our nearly extinct tax dollars.

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Obama stimulus plan: Deja vu all over again

President Barack Obama is promising some exciting coming attractions for his stimulus plan. But it turns out they’re just summer reruns.

Obama promised Monday to ramp up spending from the $787 billion stimulus fund and create or save 600,000 jobs by the end of the summer. It was an effort to shift the focus away from persistently rising unemployment and beat back criticism that the money isn’t flowing quickly enough.

Those promises aren’t new.

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Democrats considering tax on health benefits

Despite a less-than-rousing reaction from the Obama administration, House Democrats are considering a new tax on employer-provided health benefits to help pay for expanding coverage to the uninsured.

Several officials also said an outline of emerging legislation envisions a requirement for all individuals to purchase affordable coverage, with an unspecified penalty for those who refuse and a waiver for those who cannot cover the cost.

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First Gitmo detainee in U.S. for trial

U.S. authorities have brought the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to the United States, flying him into New York to face trial for bombing U.S. embassies, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

The department said Ahmed Ghailani arrived in the early morning hours Tuesday. U.S. Marshals took custody of Ghailani from his military jailers and brought him to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Ghailani is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal court later Tuesday.

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Court to judges: Avoid appearance of bias

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that elected judges must step aside from cases when large campaign contributions from interested parties create the appearance of bias.

By a 5-4 vote in a case from West Virginia, the court said that a judge who remained involved in a lawsuit filed against the company of the most generous supporter of his election deprived the other side of the constitutional right to a fair hearing.

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Supremes slap freeze on Chrysler deal

Italian auto maker Fiat has vowed to stick with plans to forge an alliance with distressed US group Chrysler after a US Supreme Court decision put a temporary freeze on the transaction.

"Fiat is committed (to a tie-up with Chrysler) even after June 15," a Fiat spokesman told AFP. The company is entitled to pull out of the deal after that date if Chrysler’s recovery plan has not been fully approved.

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