Hillary Clinton’s leading super PAC Priority USA has reserved around $91 million to go toward television advertising that will begin next month and last through the entirety of the election, the Associated Press reports. The ads, many of which will cast Republican rival Donald Trump in a negative light, will test his proven ability to thrive when targeted with attack ads.
Ahead of this Saturday’s vote, the Austin Police Department released numbers that show the city hasn’t seen a major drop in the number of drunk driving-related incidents since ride-hailing services began in Austin, contradicting statistics released by Uber and Lyft showing the opposite, the American-Statesman’s Nolan Hicks reports.
The extent of the damage caused by the Fort McMurray still ongoing wildfires is captured in these images compiled by BBC. The fire has ravaged around 328.2 sq miles and required the city’s almost 90,000 residents be evacuated earlier this week.
Despite being an “omnipresent dictator”only one of Kim Jong Il’s public statements was ever recorded, as he rarely gave public speeches. His son Kim Jong Un, however, is expected to give a speech during this weekend’s formalization of his leadership at North Korea’s first party congress held in nearly 40 years, NPR reports.
Tweet. A major South Austin highway project could be delayed by one endangered bird’s song. Austin biologists reported hearing the golden-cheeked warbler in the proposed area in April, a finding that could require habitat protection, the American-Statesman’s Asher Price reports.
He turns from the podium. He hugs his wife. He turns to embrace his father, and in doing so, first accidentally punches said wife. Then he elbows her in the face. When U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ended his bid for the presidency Tuesday, he didn’t just end a campaign. He ended a streak of Internet meme gold.
Breaking news alerts gradually gave way to GIFs of Heidi Cruz’s facial distress.That pugilistic moment competed for Twitter timeline space with serious news analysis of Cruz dropping out of the Republican race. It was fitting that the senator’s campaign would eke out one more viral moment as the Grim Reaper came.
Cruz’s stunted road to the White House was pockmarked with buzzed-about awkwardness and almost as many attempts to counteract it with pre-fab memes. Which were, for better or worse, just as awkward.
A brief highlight reel of Cruz’s most viral moments:
And that’s not even touching on some of the former candidate’s jarring interactions with others, the subject of much online conversation — daughter Caroline fleeing from his embrace on the trail; college roommate Craig Mazin continually roasting him on Twitter; former U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner referring to him as “Lucifer in the flesh”; and a spidery and flailing hand-clasp with Carly Fiorina, his Hail Mary pass of a running mate.
Donald Trump may have soundly defeated Cruz in the political world. But online, the race for dominance was far closer, at least until last week.
In a Thursday episode of “Morning Edition,” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told NPR that he plans to stay in the race until the final primary and believes that his decision will be good for the party because it increases “the level of political activity.” Sanders also admitted that his path toward winning the nomination was “narrow.”
North Korea will hold its first party congress in nearly 40 years when the country’s elite political figures meet in Pyongyang Thursday, at which time Kim Jong-un is expected to announce the country’s nuclear weapon capabilities, Vice reports.
Both former president George H.W. Bush and son George W. Bush have confirmed that they do not plan on endorsing Donald Trump as the Republican nominee in the presidential race, The Texas Tribune reports. George W. Bush has endorsed the Republican nominee during each of the last five elections.
Who can you expect to see at this year’s 15th anniversary of the Austin City Limits Music Festival? The lineup was released early this morning and includes headliners Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem. Check out the full list here.
The “Today I Learned” portion of entertainment and news site Reddit has a few interesting and bizarre facts about Austin that you may or may not be better off knowing. Flip through the gallery here. You just might learn something.
Last night’s news that, following Donald Trump’s sweep in the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz would drop out of the 2016 presidential race and Trump will most likely clinch the Republican nomination, might have you wondering exactly where Trump went right and Cruz wrong. Politico takes a close look at the failings in Cruz’s campaign, and the Hill has a timeline guiding you through the moves that landed Trump the leading spot in the GOP race.
All of Canadian city Fort McMurray’s 80,000 residents were forced to evacuate last night due to a raging, unchecked wildfire that was expected to worsen with Wednesday’s hot, dry forecast, Reuters reports. The fire in the oil sands town was estimated to have consumed around 6,540 acres.
Toying around on Instagram earned one 10-year-old his age in thousand of dollars after he discovered and reported a flaw in the app that allowed users to delete any comment, including those made by other users, the Washington Post reports. Facebook has paid some $4.3 million to other researchers who have reported similar failings.
Voter turnout for Austin’s Proposition 1 could wind up surpassing 20 percent of Travis County’s registered voters, or around three times what the last May municipal elections garnered, the American-Statesman’s Ben Wear reports. Early voting closed Tuesday ahead of the May 7 election day.
Lane and ramp configurations on North MoPac will change Tuesday night in a move that is expected to affect Wednesday morning rush-hour traffic, the American-Statesman’s Katie Urbaszewski reports. The same number of lanes will remain open.
The complaints about Austin’s cost of living are well-known, but according to a new list released by gobankingrates.com, it could be a lot worse.
The money management site compiled a list measuring the 50 most populous cities in America, and then checked to see how much money it would take to live comfortably in each of them.
The list cross-checks the population with the average median household income, and then uses the 50-30-20 budget rule (50 percent for essentials, 30 percent for discretionary spending and 20 percent for savings) to see if the average median income can sustain that city’s cost of living.
According to this method, Austin has a median household income of $55,216 but only $53,225 is required to live comfortably, according to the 50-30-20 rule. By that formula, if you’re an Austin resident making more than $55,000, you’ll have a little over $1,000 left to spend at the end of every year.
Other Texas cities didn’t fare so well. Houstonians, with a population of 2,239,558 and an average median household income of $45,728, actually need to make $60,795 a year to live comfortably in the Space City. Dallas residents need a yearly income of $55,651 to live comfortably in a city of 1,281,047, but the average resident only makes $43,359.
“Four more please,” Taylor Kitsch tells the barkeep after finishing off a beer in his new ad for Lyft. At that rate “Friday Night Lights” bad boy Tim Riggins has every reason to find a safe ride home, and he doesn’t miss a beat in letting you know what it’ll be.
“You see ride-sharing is a lot like me; it’s beautiful,” Kitsch tells the camera. “It makes going out in Austin fun and safe again.” Under the dim and familiar lights of Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, he proceeds to casually open a folder on his phone labeled “Ridesharing” and request a Lyft.
“Prop 1 is a vote people are going to talk about for years to come. So vote for Prop 1,” Kitsch says before hopping in a car and directing his driver, “To Dillon.” Kitsch also spent some time on UT’s West Mall earlier this week posing for pictures with fans in front of a “Vote for Prop 1” backdrop.
According to analysis by FiveThirtyEight there are three possible outcomes in tonight’s Indiana GOP primary: Donald Trump, polling at 46 percent, wins the state and accordingly, probably the nomination; as was originally projected, Ted Cruz takes the culturally conservative state, proving the Trump train can be stopped (or at least slowed); an ambiguous result would both show Trump has not won over the majority of the Republican party, while simultaneously fueling Trump momentum stories. Read more about what’s expected tonight here.
As the American-Statesman’s Ben Wear reports, a Ridesharing Works for Austin ad claiming “One-third of fingerprinted Austin taxi and chauffeur drivers failed Uber’s tough background check process,” doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Of the 53 drivers who applied to work for Uber and failed the background check, only 19 had been convicted of “serious crimes.”
For those who were concerned, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has said that President Barack Obama was not offended by comedian Larry Wilmore’s use of the “n-word” during his White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech Saturday, the Washington Post reports. Earnest said Obama “appreciated the spirit of Mr. Wilmore’s expressions on Saturday night.”
You no longer have to be in Texas to get a sweet Tiff’s Treats delivery. The fast-growing business has announced its plans for an Atlanta location to debut this June, the American-Statesman’s Gary Dinges reports.
What’s a little extra ice cost? If one Illinois woman is successful in her lawsuit against coffee giant Starbucks, about $5 million, Time reports. Stacy Pincus has brought a lawsuit against the chain claiming it purposefully underfills cold beverages and deceives customers about the amount of ice and liquid they’re receiving.
When his efforts to bring Austin City Council’s attention to major failings in code enforcement weren’t enough, retired firefighter Dale Flatt decided to try something new. As the American-Statesman’s Andra Lim reports, Flatt has filed code complaints against council members and their noncompliant property to try to get his “foot in the door so I can go talk.”
Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright revealed to BBC that he has access to blocks of bitcoins thought to be created by the founder of the digital currency, who has gone by the name Satoshi Nakamoto, as proof that he is its creator. Reuters reports that not everyone is convinced. The Economist, which was denied further proof of Wright’s claims, says it”may never be possible to establish beyond reasonable doubt who really created bitcoin.”
She’s made her decision, but Harvard is going to have to wait. President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia, who was 10 years old when the family first moved into the White House, announced plans to attend Harvard in 2017 after taking a gap year, Slate reports.
Austin is kicking off the month of May in unseasonable fashion. According to the American-Statesman’s Robert Villalpando’s forecast, scattered showers are possible throughout Monday and will be accompanied by below-average temperatures, with an evening low of 53 degrees.