As technology evolves, so does transportation. From the days of the horse and buggy and later steam engines, all the way to the hybrid cars of today, our modes of transportation have become faster, more efficient, and safer. Houstonians have seen our highways grow in numbers and expand in width, yet we still face traffic and long commutes. We’ve poured concrete and money into our highways and ignored other means of transportation, like our railway system. Americans continue to travel on trains that use the same technology that our grandparents did. It’s time to change that.

It’s time for high-speed rail in Texas. The “bullet train” — the proposed train between Dallas and Houston — will provide a fast, safe and reliable means of transportation between the state’s two largest metro areas. The train has garnered its share of supporters and critics along its route, but its impact on Houston will be significant.

For Houston, this high-speed rail will relieve congestion along Interstate 45.

Since Russia’s seizure of Crimea in early 2014, American and European efforts to resolve the standoff in Ukraine and reverse Russian aggression have failed. Despite talks, sanctions, and repeated ceasefire agreements, Russian backed separatists, and even Russian troops, continue to instigate violence in eastern Ukraine. Today, the conflict is in danger of being forgotten by the West. All too many underestimate the severe ramifications of allowing Moscow to violate the territorial integrity of yet another one of its neighbors. With circumstances unchanged, it is time to intensify U.S. efforts to alter Russian President Vladimir Putin’s calculus in Ukraine.

Like many Eastern European countries that were once Soviet satellite states, Ukraine has steadily aspired to become more integrated with the West. Ukrainians, fedup with decades of corruption and economic stagnation, made this clear during the “Euromaidan” Revolution of February 2014. It is no coincidence that a month after Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, was re
During the fanfare of last month’s Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, the world watched with enthusiasm as athletes from the two Koreas marched together in a rare display of unity. The occasion was undoubtedly a welcome reprieve from the intense standoff that has risked millions of lives. But within this moment of goodwill, it is difficult to separate a hopeful vision from the stark realty of the regime’s ambition.

Although Kim Jong-un also wants a unified peninsula like the one that adorned the Korean team’s flag, he demands that it only exist under his rule. This must never happen.

Little Kim’s desire to dominate the Korean peninsula and his hatred of the United States are inherited from his grandfather, Kim Il-sung. Nearly 70 years ago, Grandpa Kim, founding leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, invaded the newly founded Republic of Korea. The Korean peninsula, much like in Europe, had been divided along Cold War lines following Japan’s surrender and the end of World War II.

It is vital that we strike Iran’s proxies before they mature into new Hezbollahs.It is vital that we strike Iran’s proxies before they mature into new Hezbollahs.

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When US President Donald Trump announced his new Iran strategy last month, I, like many of my colleagues, was pleased to hear that countering the Islamic Republic’s regional activity and support for terrorist proxies would be a core focus.

In particular, I was delighted that a proposal I introduced in 2015, to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for terrorism sanctions through Executive Order 13224, was finally being implemented. Targeting the IRGC with comprehensive sanctions is a welcome step toward reversing years of Iran’s regional expansionism. However, there is still much to be done. Iran’s network of terror is well entrenched throughout the Middle East, and uprooting its influence will require a broad effort that targets every instrument of Tehran’s malign activity. We in Congress are eager to contribute to this effort.
Last year, Jerry’s Artarama Art Supplies in West Palm Beach, Florida was sued for a toilet paper dispenser that was not situated at the correct height. In 2016, a popular Colorado restaurant was forced to close its doors after a person from Florida sued the restaurant for its incorrect positioning of urinals in the men’s restroom. Another suit alleged the pool of an Atlanta hotel lacked a pool lift, but the hotel’s pool was permanently closed and covered; the plaintiff had never visited the property.
These serial plaintiffs shake down business owners who are forced to either settle or go to court. In many cases, the plaintiffs issue demand letters that threaten to bring a lawsuit for an ADA violation unless the business pays them to drop the lawsuit. These letters frequently fail to inform the business owner exactly what the alleged violation is. So, the business chooses to pay the ransom and put the potential lawsuit behind them. Small “Mom and Pop” business simply cannot afford costly attorneys, so they settle. This leaves the alleged violation unfixed and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) abused.
Those who meet Asia Graves today are typically struck by her self-assuredness and strength. Nothing in her demeanor or speech hints at the darkness and trauma of her past. The only noticeable clue is the deep scar on her cheek, one that was gouged into her face with a potato peeler by her human trafficker.

When Asia was 16, she was lured into the dark underworld of human trafficking. Her traffickers beat her, branded her and forced her to have sex with countless strangers for money. What shocked Asia though wasn’t necessarily the greed and violence of her traffickers, but the seemingly endless number of buyers who would willingly pay to abuse and degrade her.
Cracks are forming in the iron grip of the Iranian regime. The latest wave of protests sweeping Iran demonstrates yet again that dictatorial regimes are inherently doomed because they lack the enduring consent of the people they rule.

Yet just as our forefathers required foreign assistance to finally shed the chains of tyranny, we too must stand with the Iranian people as they defy their oppressors. Utilizing our economic, political, and technological might, rather than armed intervention, the United States should rectify past inaction and amplify the voices of Iranians.
It’s no secret that our tax system is outdated, overly complicated, and full of loopholes, and anyone in Washington can tell you that tax reform – especially bipartisan tax reform – isn’t easy. But we – a progressive Democrat from Delaware and a conservative Republican from Texas - believe that we can work together on common sense tax reforms, and we’ve found an unlikely place to start: the energy sector.

Almost everyone agrees that the United States needs to increase domestic energy production, and a number of Democrats and Republicans alike have argued for an “all of the above” energy strategy. Unfortunately, our broken tax system is getting in the way, but we have an idea to fix that: we can level the tax playing field for domestic energy projects, from fossil fuels to the latest clean energy technologies, with the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, which we introduced this week along with our bipartisan colleagues, Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), as well as members of both parties representing a diverse set of districts and states from across the country.

For three decades, the federal government has supported certain energy industries and projects with an innovative provision in the tax code that allows energy companies to form something called a ma
North Korea’s recent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile is a game changer. Only last month, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Congress that the despotic nation was the “most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security.” Kim Jong-un’s new missile launch confirms Secretary Mattis’s assessment. Perhaps even more concerning is the potential for North Korea to compound the threat by transferring this dangerous technology to another rogue regime, namely its longtime ally Iran.

Tehran checks every box for being a global menace, just like its friends in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Both are state sponsors of terror, have clear nuclear ambitions, and directly threaten U.S. interests and those of our allies with ballistic missiles. Iran looks to North Korea to support and enable its nuclear ambitions. For years, experts have suspected North Korea as being the key supporter behind Iran’s missile and nuclear programs. Today, many of the missiles Iran would use to target American forces in the Middle East are copies of North Korean designs.

North Korean engineers are in Ira