Rep. Michael McCaul draws critics in bid to run Homeland Security under Trump

Congressman Michael McCaul visits the Texas Capitol for meetings with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on border security on Feb. 18, 2015.
Congressman Michael McCaul visits the Texas Capitol for meetings with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on border security on Feb. 18, 2015.

Some hardline illegal immigration opponents are increasingly arguing U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul does not have a strong enough record on the issue to run the Department of Homeland Security for President-elect Donald Trump.

Texas Child Protective Services funding gets final OK — with restrictions

Henry "Hank" Whitman, new head of the Dept. of Family and Protective Services, greets visitors to the House Committee on Human Services July 12, 2016 prior to his testimony on his vision for reform at the agency.
Henry "Hank" Whitman, new head of the Dept. of Family and Protective Services, greets visitors to the House Committee on Human Services July 12, 2016 prior to his testimony on his vision for reform at the agency.

A board of lawmakers has given final approval for $150 million in funding to help pull the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services out of its crisis mode — but there are strings attached. 

Lawmakers on board with emergency funding for child protection

New DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman, a former Texas Ranger, testifies July 12, 2016 to the House Committee on Human Services about his plans to reform the agency, including having the regional commissioners reapply for their jobs.
New DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman, a former Texas Ranger, testifies July 12, 2016 to the House Committee on Human Services about his plans to reform the agency, including having the regional commissioners reapply for their jobs.

If the Legislative Budget Board signs off, $150 million in emergency funds may be headed to the embattled Department of Family and Protective Services.

A&M president proclaims "complete support" for football coach Kevin Sumlin

Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith interviews Texas A&M President Michael Young during a Tribune event on Dec. 1, 2016.
Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith interviews Texas A&M President Michael Young during a Tribune event on Dec. 1, 2016.

Texas A&M University President Michael Young said football coach Kevin Sumlin had "by far the best record of any coach who has moved a team from a less-challenging conference to a more-challenging conference."

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