<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas State Political News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:26:57 -0600Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:26:57 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Donald Trump's Transition to the Presidency]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:32:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-624646258.jpg

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<![CDATA[Biden Emotional at Cancer Funding Bill Partly Named for Son]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:34:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16341007670452.jpg

A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden, NBC News reported. 

The overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the measure, one of the last for the president and the 114th Congress, whose leaders hope to adjourn by week's end after a two-year session that has seen them clash frequently with the president. 

The bill envisions providing $6.3 billion over the next decade, including $1.8 billion for cancer research. Obama had placed Biden in charge of a "moonshot" to find ways to cure and treat the disease, which killed his son Beau, 46, last year. 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sought approval for renaming a portion of the bill after Beau Biden. The Senate agreed, and lawmakers of both parties applauded and lined up to share quiet words and pats on the shoulder with the vice president, who sat teary-eyed in the presiding officer's chair of the chamber where he served as senator for 36 years. A clerk handed Biden a tissue.



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<![CDATA[Al Gore Has 'Extremely Interesting Conversation' With Trump]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:57:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16340594702500.jpg

Former Vice President Al Gore met Monday with president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. Gore described the interaction as “an extremely interesting conversation,” NBC News reports.

Gore didn’t say exactly what he and Trump discussed during the meeting. He also met with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who reportedly wants to make climate change a priority. The former vice president has an influential voice in the fight against human-caused climate change.

Before his electoral victory, Donald Trump called climate change a hoax “created by and for the Chinese.” Since then, he’s said he has an “open mind” about humans' effect on the climate.



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<![CDATA[North Texas Lawmakers File Gun Legislation]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:08:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+capitol+building1.jpg

Open carry and campus carry were among the most heated battles in the last legislative session, but Texans can now carry openly with a license and public universities must allow guns on campus, though schools can create gun free zones.

Now, Texas lawmakers are again submitting bills on both sides of the issues for the upcoming session.

State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, has already proposed two pieces of legislation. One bill calls for public universities to be able to opt out of campus carry completely.

He is also working to limit open carry as well. Anchia has proposed a bill that says cities with more than 750,000 people can pass an ordinance prohibiting open carry.

Plus, Anchia is trying again with a bill that has failed in the past. The proposal requires the seller of a gun in a person-to-person sale to get a background check on the buyer.

Meanwhile, State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Hurst, is again trying with a gun bill that didn't get passed in the last session. His bill says Texans who are legally permitted to carry handguns would not need a license.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics - December 4, 2016]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:53:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/120416+3shot+Matt+Krause.jpg Gromer Jeffers of The Dallas Morning News and NBC 5's Kristi Nelson talk with State Rep. Matt Krause about a possible ban on sanctuary communities in Texas. And Dallas mayor pro tem Erik Wilson talks about what he'll ask 5 finalists for Dallas city manager.]]> <![CDATA[FW Mayor Price To Attend Trump Inauguration]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:09:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/betsy-price-lsp.jpg

Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price will be among those to see Donald J. Trump sworn-in as the next President of the United States in person.

Fort Worth City Council spokesperson Cheraya Pena-Quiones confirmed to NBC DFW that Mayor Price was already planning to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayor's meeting in Washington, D.C.

Pena-Quinoes said Mayor Price will stay in town for the inauguration on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Donald J. Trump is expected to take the oath of office as President at noon on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building.

Mayor Price is a Republican, elected to be the Tarrant County Tax Assessor in 2000. She was elected as Fort Worth's mayor in 2011.



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<![CDATA[Sarah Palin Warns of ‘Crony Capitalism’ After Trump Deal ]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:22:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/el-factor-palin.jpg

An unexpected dissenting voice came out Friday against a Trump administration brokered deal to keep a Carrier plant in Indiana and save around 1,000 jobs, NBC News reported.

Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in an op-ed for the Young Conservatives website called the deal, which was reportedly negotiated by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, an example of government intervention that could lead to "crony capitalism."

"Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember?" Palin wrote. "Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail."



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<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:18:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpg
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<![CDATA[Trump Names Panel of Executives to Advise on Private Sector]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:22:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-cancela-reunion-con-The-New-York-Times.jpg

The CEOs of General Motors, Disney and Wal-Mart are among those who will have Donald Trump's ear during his presidency.

They are all part of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of CEOs, business executives and thinkers announced Friday who are to regularly meet with Trump to discuss the best ways to create jobs.

The group will be led by the chairman and CEO of investment group Blackstone, Stephen A. Schwarzman. The Trump transition team said in a statement that it believes the forum will help the president-elect better understand how government policy affects the private sector.

“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” Trump said in a statement. “My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America.”

President-elect Trump is not the first to create a team of this sort. President Obama created a similar group in his first term, the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which provided non-partisan advice on job creation and the economy. Unlike Trump's group, it included union leaders.

Other members of Trump's forum include:
Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors
Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Chase & Co
Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company 
Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group 
Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing
Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM
Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY
Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric
Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit



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<![CDATA[Trump Starts Victory Tour At Indiana Factory ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:05:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_trump161201_1500x845.jpg President-elect Donald Trump starts his victory tour at a Carrier plant in Indiana on Dec. 1, 2016, celebrating Carrier's decision to keep a thousand jobs slated for Mexico within the United States. ]]> <![CDATA[Sarah Palin Interested in Trump Administration Job: Sources]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:51:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SarahPalin-AP_322537202252.jpg

Sarah Palin has been in touch with Trump transition officials about a role with the incoming administration, according to sources close to the former Alaska governor. While there is no confirmation what specific position she might be interested in, her son-in-law has dropped a hint, NBC News reported.

Dakota Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient married to Palin's daughter Bristol, posted his appeal on Facebook, including a video that makes a glossy pitch for Palin as an advocate for America's veterans. 

"Governor Palin has relayed to the Trump transition team her offer to continue helping the next President either in the public or private sector," a Palin adviser said.

However, Trump transition officials declined to comment on what position, if any, for which Palin might be considered.



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<![CDATA[Analysis: Why Trump's Reliance on Debunked Theories Raises Concern]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:08:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump50.jpg

During his run for the White House, Donald Trump stirred up controversy with frequent, unsubstantiated attacks directed toward various groups and individuals, from his political rivals to foreign governments to news outlets.

Now, as NBC News reports, some are raising concerns about Trump's information sources and whether the president-elect will act on false or flawed reports. 

For instance, Trump's recent claim that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with "millions" of illegal voters was a baseless theory popularized primarily by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars. 

Many argue that being able to discern credibility in news reports is a crucial skill for a president, and they argue that a seeming inability, or disinclination, to separate fact from fiction could pose serious threats to national security.



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<![CDATA[Trump to Kick Off 'Thank You Tour' Thursday: Source]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:58:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16314285768609.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump is set to embark on a tour to thank supporters who carried him to the White House. 

A source in the Trump camp confirmed to NBC News Tuesday that Trump's "Thank You Tour" is set to begin on Thursday with a rally in Cincinnati.

During the campaign, Trump's rallies often drew thousands of people and were often broadcast live. Trump won Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida, states won by President Obama in 2008 and 2012.  

George Gigicos, Trump’s director of advance, told reporters on Nov. 17 that Trump's may visit "swing states we flipped over" after the election, Bloomberg reported. 

Gigicos corrected reporters who called it a "victory tour," according to Bloomberg. “‘Thank you tour,’ Gigicos said. "It’s not a ‘victory tour.'"



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