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Today is Texas Independence Day. Texas Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2nd, 1836. This event marked Texas’ independence from Mexico where 60 delegates from all over Texas signed the declaration. Sam Houston Day is also observed on March 2nd, marking the birthday of the man who led the Texans to victory over Mexican troops at the battle of San Jacinto.
North Korea launched two short ranged missiles today between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. According to the Washington Post, the missile launches were reactions from North Korea’s dislike of South Korea and the United State’s annual military exercises. North Korea calls the military exercise a “dress rehearsal’ for an invasion.
Some Texas Legislators are pushing to raise the age of defendants from 17 to 18. Jason Wang and Johnny Truong were part of a gang that held a suburban Dallas homeowner at gunpoint until they were eventually caught. Wang was 15 at that time and Truong was 17. According to the Dallas Morning News, Wang had the opportunity to receive therapy and not a criminal record while Truong was consider an adult and was sent to prison. Texas currently considers a 17 year old to be an adult if the individual is encounter in a criminal act.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu struck a peaceable tone today, reaffirming the U.S. that the Israeli relationship remains strong and the two nations will weather this current disagreement. According to CNN, House Speaker John Boehner invited Nethanyahu to speak to Congress without notifying the White House and Nethanyahu is expected to use tomorrow’s speech to lay out emerging contours of a deal with Iran and to warn Congress against accepting a bad deal. Top White House officials warned the way it’s been handled has damaged ties between the the Obama and Nethanyahu. Although Nethanyahu’s upcoming speech is not intended to disrespect Obama, Obama has declined to meet with Nethanyahu during his visit and will not be attending the speech.