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April Ryan on Omarosa’s drama: ‘I have no vendetta — I am a reporter who is covering the beat’

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Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks April Ryan hit back on Thursday at claims she has a “personal vendetta” against ousted White House aide — and former contestant on Season 1 of “The Apprentice” — Omarosa Manigault.

Manigault was fired in a dramatic scene at the White House on Tuesday night, but has since claimed that reports of her “shouting profanities” and setting off the alarms in the White House residence are false and attributed them to Ryan, who she said has a personal grudge against her.

“Well I’ve been doing this for 20 years at the White House, been in the business for 30,” Ryan said on CNN Thursday morning, “and I’ve been covering any and all things presidential because that’s what a White House correspondent does, listens to sources inside the White House and outside of the White House.”

“One thing is for sure,” she said, “be it Republican or Democrat, some may not have liked what I reported, but I’ve never had anyone say there’s been a personal vendetta. I’ve heard Republicans say I’m fair and I’ve heard Democrats say I’m fair. I’m doing my job.”

Ryan went on to point out that multiple media outlets including the Washington Post have corroborated her reporting about Manigault’s firing.

“I’m continuing to hear information from all sides, credible sources,” she said. “And I’m not the only one. I may have broken the story, but CBS, ABC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, I’m not the only one.”

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“I have no vendetta,” Ryan said plainly. “I’m a reporter who is covering the beat.”

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A number of Democrats running for president are kind of weird about food

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The New York Times has posted a series of short videos of the Democratic candidates for president answering important questions, like what they propose to do about our broken health care system and just how crooked Donald Trump is. Because campaign coverage demands candidates be allowed “human” (debatable!) moments, the Times also asked the participating candidates about their go-to comfort foods on the campaign trail.

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Texas gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident last year

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The gap between Texas’ Hispanic and white populations continued to narrow last year when the state gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident.

With Hispanics expected to become the largest population group in Texas as soon as 2022, new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed the Hispanic population climbed to nearly 11.4 million — an annual gain of 214,736 through July 2018 and an increase of 1.9 million since 2010.

The white population, meanwhile, grew by just 24,075 last year. Texas still has a bigger white population — up to 11.9 million last year — but it has only grown by roughly 484,000 since 2010. The white population’s growth has been so sluggish this decade that it barely surpassed total growth among Asian Texans, who make up a tiny share of the total population, in the same time period.

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Ken Paxton’s criminal trial has been pending for nearly four years: Here’s a timeline of his legal drama

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Since his criminal indictment in July 2015, the Texas attorney general has seen delay after delay in his case, including a side dispute over prosecutor pay that has derailed the prosecution for well over a year.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been under a legal cloud for years, awaiting trial on felony securities fraud charges. But since his criminal indictment in July 2015, Paxton has seen delay after delay in his case, including a side dispute over prosecutor pay that has derailed the prosecution for well over a year. With the charges dogging him, he narrowly won reelection in 2018.

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