<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas State Political News]]>Copyright 2017http://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-usThu, 23 Feb 2017 20:36:35 -0600Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:36:35 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Texas Lt. Gov. Discusses Bathroom Guidelines, School Choice]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:27:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dan+patrick+022317.jpg

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed the Trump administration's decision to reverse guidelines regarding bathroom access for transgender students in a wide-ranging interview Thursday with NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine.

Patrick has been speaking out in favor of the Texas Privacy Act, known as Senate Bill 6. The bill says students must use the bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificate. The same would go for Texas public buildings.

"We will establish a policy in the Senate that will say schools cannot have a policy that dictates boys and girls should use the same bathrooms and showers and locker rooms," Patrick said.

Patrick says he first discussed the issue with President Donald Trump last summer when Trump was campaigning for president.

"That is what the president told me last summer, when we first talked about this issue. It is a state's issue," Patrick said.

Members of the LGBTQ and business communities have raised concerns over Senate Bill 6, pointing to the state of North Carolina, which passed a so-called "bathroom bill" last year. NBC News cites a Charlotte Chamber of Commerce report, which said the state suffered a $285 million economic blow. Several businesses canceled expansions in the state, the NBA pulled its All-Star Game from Charlotte and several NCAA tournaments were canceled after the governor of North Carolina signed it into law.

Patrick responded to the business community's concerns.

The most they can find – the most they can find – if they extrapolate the numbers, is $75 to $200 million out of a half-trillion dollar economy, and they'll make those dollars up," Patrick said.

He added, "Do you put a price tag on your values? I mean, where do you stop? And, secondly, that was the first-time hit that events were canceled where dates could not be made up. This year, they will fill those dates."

The lieutenant governor also said he is once again pushing for a school choice bill in the Senate. This bill would offer education savings accounts for families to help pay for private school.

"We have a lot of great schools. Most of them are good, but we have some bad ones. You, as a parent, or anyone watching, should not be handcuffed to a bad school because that is the ZIP code you live in," Patrick said.

When asked about parents who are concerned the education savings account wouldn't cover all of the expenses and worry about money being taken out of public schools, Patrick said the bill would allocate dollars depending on the family's need.

"You will either get 60 percent, 70 percent, 80 percent, or 90 percent that your child gets in public school, depending on your need and if there is a disability," he said.

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<![CDATA[Conservative Political Action Conference Underway]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:28:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17054707562907.jpg

What a difference a year makes. One year after skipping CPAC, President Trump and his administration have taken over the annual event. Andrew Siff reports.

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<![CDATA[Trump Calls Deportation Attempts a 'Military Operation']]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:16:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/US_Mexico_DEPORTATIONS_Full-148788551930000001.jpg

 U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said there will not be a military operation or mass deportations of immigrants, despite President Donald Trump calling deportation attempts a "military operation" earlier in the day.

<![CDATA[Sessions: US to Continue Use of Privately Run Prisons ]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:58:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17010580743939-session.jpg

Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government's continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private prison companies rose at the news.

Sessions issued a memo replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time.

That memo, which followed a harshly critical government audit of privately run prisons, directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its reliance on contract facilities. Yates, in her announcement, said private facilities have more safety and security problems than government-run ones and were less necessary given declines in the overall federal prison population.

But Sessions, in his memo, said Yates' directive went against longstanding Justice Department policy and practice and "impaired the Bureau's ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system." He said he was directing the BOP to "return to its previous approach."

The federal prison population — now just under 190,000 — has been dropping due in part to changes in federal sentencing policies over the last few years. Private prisons now hold about 21,000 inmates in 12 facilities, a fraction of the total BOP population, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Yet the federal prison population may increase again given Sessions' commitment to aggressive enforcement of drug and immigration laws, and his focus on combating violent crime.

The latest memo — issued just two weeks after Sessions was sworn in as attorney general — could be part of a more expansive rollback of criminal justice policies enacted by the Obama administration Justice Department, including directives against seeking mandatory minimum punishments for nonviolent drug offenders.

The private prison industry has been a major contributor to Republican political campaigns, particularly in recent years.

As a candidate, President Donald Trump said he supported the use of private prisons, and the shares of the major companies — including Geo Group and CoreCivic Co., formerly Corrections Corporation of America — jumped after the election amid anticipation that the incoming administration would again turn to them.

"I do think we can do a lot of privatizations and private prisons. It seems to work a lot better," Trump told MSNBC in March.

The federal government started to rely on private prisons in the late 1990s because of overcrowding. Many of the federal prison inmates in private facilities are foreign nationals who are being held on immigration offenses. The Yates policy did not extend to prisons used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which hold tens of thousands of immigrants awaiting deportation.

Immigration and human rights advocates have long complained about conditions in privately run prisons. An inspector general audit from last August said problems at private prisons in recent years included property damage, injuries and the death of a corrections officer.

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<![CDATA[White Nationalist Richard Spencer Kicked Out of CPAC]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:13:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/richardspencerfeuerherdII.jpg

Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who popularized the term "alt-right," was kicked out of the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday after holding an impromptu press conference in a hallway where the gathering is being held. 

"He is not welcome here," a spokesman for CPAC told NBC News.

Spencer said he was initially given credentials to attend the conference, but they were taken from him after he spoke to reporters in the hallway of the Maryland convention center. 

Spencer has espoused racist and anti-Semitic views, and reiterated those thoughts in a brief interview with NBC as he was leaving CPAC.

He told NBC race plays a major role in identity and that he believes whites are becoming a persecuted minority in the United States. 

Spencer also said he thinks CPAC attendees and younger conservatives would rather hear what he has to say, than listen to establishment Republicans. 

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<![CDATA[Jury Problems Delay John Wiley Price Bribery Trial]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:56:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/john-wiley-price-court-022317.jpg

Jury problems are causing delays at the onset of the John Wiley Price bribery trial Thursday.

Opening statements planned for Thursday are now scheduled for Monday.

A juror who went to the hospital since selection was completed Tuesday was replaced Thursday morning with an alternate. Judge Barbara Lynn postponed Friday's planned court session because of another juror's family issues.

Thursday the jury did hear the 107-page indictment read in court. The reading took four hours between morning and afternoon sessions.

The indictment accuses Price and his top assistant, Daphne Fain, of a scheme that paid Price almost $1 million in bribes over a 10 year period.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers will each get two hours to make their opening remarks. The defense asked to speak on the same day as prosecutors so the opening statements did not start with what was left of the court session Thursday.

Price was indicted on bribery and income tax evasion charges nearly three years ago. Price was reelected to the Dallas County Commissioners Court in 2016 by voters who supported him despite the accusations.

The trial is expected last about four months. Court records show around 200 witness could be called with thousands of pieces of evidence for the jury.

Three alternates are still hearing the case along with 12 jurors in case additional replacements are required. But the judge has never made it clear which people are actual jurors and which are possible replacements. Of the 15 people sitting in the jury box, six are white women, two are black women, two are black men men, two are white men, one is a Hispanic woman, one is a Hispanic man and one is an Asian woman.  

Price and Fain formally pleaded 'not guilty' in front of the jury Thursday after the indictment was read.

Defendant Kathy Nealy is accused of paying most of the alleged bribes which she received from companies with pending county business.  Nealy is to be tried separately at a later date.

Two people also charged in the case have pleaded guilty and are expected to testify for the government.

Click here for the latest from NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff who is tweeting live from the trial.

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<![CDATA[Treasury Secretary: Expect Tax Overhaul by August]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:21:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/632094848-Steve-Mnuchin-Senate-Hearing.jpg

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says he would like to see "very significant" tax reform passed before Congress’ August recess, CNBC reported.

In his first television interview since assuming office, Mnuchin told CNBC Thursday that he’s been working closely with leadership in the House and the Senate to get the ball rolling.

Mnuchin said the administration is mostly focused on a middle income tax cut — a pledge that President Donald Trump ran his campaign on. Trump has promised to release a tax plan in the coming weeks.

Mnuchin added that simplification for business is another focus of the administration’s, and said that he’s focused on canceling out any tax cuts for the wealthy with closed loopholes. He said the administration's tax plan should be judged by the economic growth it could create, rather than by the how much tax revenue drops.

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<![CDATA[Host of Documents Still Missing From White House Website]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:12:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/whitehouseatnightfeuerherd.jpg

Public-facing documents scrubbed from the White House's website shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated — including White House visitors' logs, waivers of ethics regulations and a host of other records — still haven't been replaced, fueling advocates' concerns about the new administration's transparency, NBC News reported.

During the first week of February, 31 databases — reporting legally mandated White House payroll reports to Congress, budget documents, White House visitor records and public response documents — were removed from the White House Open Data portal, the platform created to disclose information about 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and its operations.

The previous presence of the documents was confirmed through publicly available archived versions. Some of the data, preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration, are also available on the White House website of former President Barack Obama.

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<![CDATA[What's Ahead for John Wiley Price Trial]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:03:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jwp-into-court-kk.jpg

Criminal defense attorney Chris Lewis discusses the makeup of the jury in the John Wiley Price corruption trial.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Is CPAC's Conquering Hero, but Tensions Remain]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:33:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_907826241278.jpg

President Donald Trump is expected to be the headliner at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week in Maryland, where a slew of top White House officials will also appear, NBC News reported.

Trump is set to address the crowd on Friday at the annual showcase, run by the American Conservative Union. Vice President Mike Pence will speak on Thursday, with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Seve Bannon participating in a panel discussion. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is also on the list of speakers.

This is an opportunity for another victory lap for Trump, who has had a rocky relationship with the conservative showcase. An estimated 9,000-10,000 people are expected to attend, according to a CPAC spokesman.

Trump enjoys strong approval ratings among Republicans, but the difficult lead-up to the event this year is a reminder that the conservative movement is still divided over the president and his ideas.

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<![CDATA[New Questions About Plan to Crackdown on Illegal Immigration]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:06:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/border+wall+construction.jpg

New questions are being raised about the Trump administration’s plan to crackdown on illegal immigration.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed Tuesday it is working on a plan to send people who have crosses the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, back to Mexico, even if they are not from Mexico.

In a memo this week, the department announced sweeping plans to crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

Part of the president’s plan calls for sending people caught illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico back to Mexico.

This is a part of a longstanding provision but obscure provision.

Homeland security says these undocumented immigrants would have to wait in Mexico until their deportation proceedings are finalized.

Typically, undocumented Mexican-nationals are sent immediately back over the border.

People from countries other than Mexico are jailed in the U.S. during their deportation proceedings.

North Texas non-profit RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, helps provide legal help to migrants.

Associate attorney Oscar Mendoza says this change would make it more difficult to help people in need.

“I think it's going to present an obstacle for representatives like me to be able to represent these people and defend their rights," said Mendoza.

Currently, Mexico has a system in place to ensure people sent to Mexico are in fact Mexican nationals.

Mendoza says the Mexican government could potentially make the process of accepting migrants more difficult or slower.

Mexico’s Ambassador to the U.S. says the policy is concerning for its government .

The memo does not include details on how or if the U.S. can force the Mexican government to allow foreigners to wait in that country while their status in the U.S. is decided.

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<![CDATA[Trump Admin Lift Fed Guidelines on Transgender Bathroom Use]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:23:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Politics160222_MP4-148779938212700001.jpg

The Trump administration lifted federal guidelines for bathroom use that allowed transgendered students to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity enacted during President Barack Obama's era on Wednesday, in a stark reversal of President Donald Trump's stance on the issue as a presidential candidate. Trump had supported use of facilities based on chosen gender identity as a candidate. 

<![CDATA[Lawmakers Pressed on Trump Policies at Town Halls]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:22:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/643547066-Grassley-town-hall-raucus-crowd.jpg

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley was greeted at a town hall Tuesday in Iowa with a shouted question about "impeachment" as voters there and at other events across the country pressed lawmakers about the moves and goals of President Donald Trump's administration, NBC News reported.

"I am so unsettled. It feels like we have a juvenile running our country," Doug Thompson, a Democrat and farmer from Kanawha, told Grassley at an event in Garner. Grassley outlined the process but didn't give his opinion.

In Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back at around 1,000 anti-Trump protesters who showed up outside his event, telling a crowd of business leaders inside that "winners make policy and the losers go home."

And in Maquoketa, Iowa, members of a crowd booed and chanted "do your job!" at Republican Sen. Joni Ernst near the end of a roundtable, NBC affiliate WHO of Des Moines reported.

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<![CDATA[Department of Homeland Security to Prioritize Deportations]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:17:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/que-es-ice-thumbnail.jpg

The second month of Donald Trump's presidency began with the release of new memos from the Department of Homeland Security outlining its plan to prioritize deportations.

"This is consistent with everything the president has talked about," said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. "All this does is layout the exact procedures to make sure that sub group of people who pose a threat to our nation because of a conviction or violation of public safety or have a criminal record are adjudicated first and foremost. That's it, plain and simple."

When asked if the goal was mass deportations, Spicer responded, "No."

"The message from the White House and from the DHS is that those people who are in this country and pose a threat to public safety or have committed a crime will be the first to go and we'll be aggressively making sure that that occurs," he added. "That is what the priority is."

But that doesn't mean people living in the U.S. illegally get a free pass.

The administration points out there are laws on the books and they intend to enforce them.

"Remember everybody who is here illegally is subject to removal at any time. That is consistent with every country, not just ours. If you are in this country in an illegal manner, obviously there's a provision that could ensure that you could be removed," Spicer said.

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<![CDATA[Jury Selection Complete in John Wiley Price Bribery Trial]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:56:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jwp-into-court-kk.jpg

Jury selection is complete in the long-awaited bribery trial of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

Trial proceedings will resume Thursday morning with opening statements in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn.

The trial began Tuesday morning with a pool of 70 prospective jurors. When asked if they had heard about the case, about half of the potential jurors raised their hands.

"Nothing you have read has anything to do with this case," Lynn said. "This case will be decided in this room."

The judge warned potential jurors the trial could last until June.

"That's very, very difficult for a large percentage of the population to serve on a jury like that," said former U.S. Attorney Matthew Orwig, who is not involved with the Price trial.

Orwig said prospective jurors with some knowledge of the case must be able to exclude bias and limit their decision to evidence heard in the courtroom. He said an impartial panel in Dallas is possible despite heavy publicity about the case.

"You do have the concern of a fair jury," he said. "At the same time, people have the right to be tried by a jury of their peers."

Price is accused of taking nearly $1 million in bribes for his influence in Dallas County business. The investigation first became public with raids on his home and office in 2011. He was indicted in 2014. He is also charged with income tax evasion.

"If you get a good jury, you have that much more of an indication that you have strong odds to win the case," said defense attorney Victor Vital, who is also not participating in the Price trial. "The job of the skillful lawyer is to unearth those people who have proclivities or inclinations against their positions or clients."

Both Vital and Orwig represented clients involved in the public corruption trial of Dallas City Council Member Don Hill in 2009. That trial lasted three months. Hill was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

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<![CDATA[Voters Demand More Town Hall Meetings with Congressmen]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:50:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/US+Capitol+Building+GettyImages-613950622.jpg

Some Texas voters are upset they are not getting face-to-face meetings with lawmakers while Congress is in recess and the lawmakers are in their home districts.

There were about 30 people standing outside of the office of U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Denton, demanding a town hall meeting Tuesday.

"We are taxpayers. We should all be heard," said Bill Featherstone, of Flower Mound.

Many in the group were concerned about the future of health care. Burgess is chairing a subcommittee that is working on a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

"Last May I had a heart attack, and after it was all said and done, the bills were over $200,000. That's a lot of money for a middle-class family. If we didn't have our ACA insurance, that would have wiped out a good percentage of our retirement savings," said Kim Higgins, of Flower Mound.

NBC 5 reached out to Burgess about the protest. He released a statement, saying, "I have held multiple town halls every year since joining Congress. They have always been a part of my communications strategy with my constituents. I do plan on holding an in-person town hall meeting soon and I am working to identify a date and a location in which it can be conducted. Of paramount concern to me is the safety of all that attend such a function."

A spokesperson also tells NBC 5 that Burgess has met with some of the protesters.

Protesters also planned to be at an event where U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, is speaking Tuesday night. Sessions told NBC 5 in a statement, "During each District Work Period I travel around the 32nd Congressional District and meet with constituents, visit local businesses, talk to community and business leaders, and participate in a variety of events. I always enjoy meeting with constituents when I am home and I look forward to providing them with a legislative update at my Town Hall meeting on March 18."

We reached out to the remaining North Texas delegation, to see if they had planned town halls for this recess period, and asked if they normally schedule them this time of the year.

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Forth Worth, said, in a statement, "I am hosting my next Coffee with your Congressman this Friday at Tia Dora's in Dallas from 7:30-9 a.m. That's an opportunity for residents to stop and chat with me on their way to work on how I can better represent them in Congress. I also vary my 'mobile town hall' events such as Congress on Your Commute, where I ride DART or the 'T' in Fort Worth and talk with residents on their way to or from work, Coffee with Your Congressman, and Congress on Your Corner, where I chat with residents at a local grocery store. I also host my signature "Town Halls" during the month of August during the longer District Work Period."

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, says they are in the process of scheduling a telephone town hall that will take place in the next few weeks.

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Mesquite, says they typically hold multiple town halls a year and they are working on the schedule now.

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ellis County, says, "Congressman Barton will be hosting town hall meetings in April. Throughout his time in Congress he has hosted in-person meetings each April and August. This week he has a full schedule of constituent meetings."

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Fort Worth, says, "Congressman Williams is back in the district, and he has been meeting with his constituents throughout the week."

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<![CDATA[South Dallas Supporters Stand By John Wiley Price]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:50:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/john+wiley+price+022117.jpg

In the courtroom, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is a defendant. In the south Dallas community he represents, Price is a hero.

"He's a people's person. We like him. He's the man downtown, and I think he needs to stay downtown," said Mae Kessee, a Price supporter having lunch at South Dallas Cafe on Tuesday, the first day of jury selection in Price's trial.

"He needs to stay in downtown Dallas. Not in the downtown jail," Kessee said.

Dallas Examiner publisher Mollie Finch Belt has known Price for more than 30 years. The newspaper focuses on the city's African American community.

"He has always been outspoken. He's the voice of the African American community. If you want somebody to get in a room, tell you the truth, tell you what's happening, then John would do it," said Belt. "You know why they call him the man downtown? They call him that because any time something was wrong, the black community could always call on John and he would try to straighten it out."

Belt is a friend of Price's and said they don't talk about the trial.

"If you interview a lot of people on the street, they don't think he's done anything wrong. The perception is he's done so many good things for the black community," said Belt.

Belt added Price was influential in convincing Dallas television stations to hire African American journalists. She said it was one of Price's biggest accomplishments.

"I've personally witnessed Commissioner Price out on the front lines trying to represent the interests of black folks," said supporter Darrell Lyons. "Commissioner Price will fight for anyone he believes in. I don't think he's perfect, but I don't think any of us are. He's saying he's innocent. We live in a society that says you're innocent until proven guilty."

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<![CDATA[Trump Condemns Racism, Anti-Semitism]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:22:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Immigration0221_MP4-148771155634700001.jpg

President Donald Trump spoke out against racism and anti-Semitism Tuesday following a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Trump’s comments followed 10 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country and the vandalization of more than 170 Jewish graves in a Missouri cemetery on Monday.   

The president’s concessions, however, were called inadequate by some Jewish advocacy groups. Critics have previously focused on the new administration’s failure to mention Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day and its silence on anti-Semitic attacks across the country, which increased from 13 to 28 in New York when compared to the same period in 2016. Pressure for the White House to condemn anti-Semitism rose further on Thursday, when the president interrupted a reporter from an Orthodox Jewish magazine asking about bomb threats made against Jewish centers recently.

<![CDATA[John Wiley Price Bribery Trial Begins]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:31:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jwp-courthouse.gif

The trial of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price began Tuesday morning after numerous delays spanning more than a year.

Price is accused of receiving nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for his influence in Dallas County business over a period of many years.

He has pleaded not guilty to bribery and tax fraud charges.

Court records show the prosecution has 150 witnesses and 2,000 pieces of evidence. Defense lawyers for Price list 40 witnesses and 629 exhibits.

In 2011, the FBI raided Price's home and offices, and then in 2014, Price was indicted.

The indictment alleges a scheme between Price and Kathy Nealy, a political consultant and lobbyist, claiming Price gave Nealy's clients a strategic advantage in landing contracts.

In exchange for Price's vote, the indictment said, "Nealy provided a stream of financial benefits to price in the form of money, cars, and land, totaling approximately $950,000."

Price, a controversial figure in Dallas County politics, continues to have some voter support.

After the indictment, Price was reelected to the Dallas County Commissioners Court in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Trump Picks McMaster as National Security Adviser]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:36:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-mcmaster-annoucement-148762365967200001.jpg

President Donald Trump announces Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his pick for national security adviser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 20, 2017.

<![CDATA[Emails Show Kushner's Stricter Approach on Ethics Than Trump]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:25:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg

The Trump administration has struggled with ethics vetting for Cabinet nominees and faced criticism for the president's decision to remain invested in his business empire. When Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, prepared to enter the White House, however, the administration sought to do it by the book.

That is the picture established by new emails, obtained by MSNBC, showing how Kushner's lawyers worked on a divestment plan to avoid conflicts by conferring with the Office of Government Ethics.

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"The process was good here," said Norm Eisen, an ethics expert who is suing the Trump administration, saying the emails show Kushner and his wife divested themselves from any holdings that presented conflicts.

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"Although the Trump transition team apparently was not particularly cooperative with the Office of Government Ethics," said Kathleen Clark, an ethics expert at Washington University Law School, "Kushner and his lawyers seem to have taken a different approach."

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