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Voter Apathy

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Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE


This ‘Daily Show’ Segment Reveals the Absurd Misconceptions Behind U.S. Anti-Immigration Sentiment

Who knew immigrating to America came with free computers and health care?

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE


Sermon Subpoenas

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This Voter’s Story Will Make You Angry at Texas

Eric Kennie, 45, has never left his hometown of Austin, Texas, and he was raised to do “the right thing” and vote. But Texas won’t let him. Spoiler alert: He’s black.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE


Wendy Davis Talks Politics, Education, Women’s Rights and More With Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

The Texas gubernatorial hopeful, who rose to fame after her nearly 13-hour filibuster in the Senate of the Lone Star State, stopped by “The Daily Show” to share her views on conservatism in Texas and her ideas on the lopsidedness of voter ID laws.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



School Closures, Capitol Hill Hearing Follow News of Second Ebola-Infected Nurse

As of Thursday, two nurses—Amber Joy Vinson, 29, and Nina Pham, 26—who treated the first Ebola patient in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, had tested positive for the virus, and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was catching heat on Capitol Hill.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Nurse Union Accuses Texas Hospital of Sloppy, Dangerous Handling of Ebola Threat

The biggest union of registered nurses in the country says it has spoken with workers at the hospital in Dallas where a man died of Ebola and two nurses have been infected, and it reports a level of carelessness that boggles the mind.

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Second Texas Hospital Worker Tests Positive for Ebola

Just days after it was confirmed that a 26-year-old nurse at a Dallas hospital had been infected with Ebola after caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan, another health care worker at the same hospital has tested positive.

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Hospital Worker Infected With Ebola

A Texas health care worker who provided care to the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. has tested positive for the deadly virus.

Posted on Oct 12, 2014 READ MORE



Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go.

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Ebola: CDC Director Sees Progress From Dallas to Africa

While Spain attends to the first case of Ebola transmission outside of Africa since the crisis began, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, expresses cautious optimism.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE


‘We Have to Cut Off All Contact With Places With Ebola,’ Starting With Texas

Ebola is in America, news you couldn’t have missed even if you tried thanks to the media scare spreading across the nation.

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CDC: First Person to Test Positive for Ebola in U.S. Is in Dallas

Ebola has officially come to the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is attempting to contain Americans’ anxieties along with the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Only Texas Would Ban Books During Banned Books Week

You have to hand it to the Lone Star State. It’s got chutzpah.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



Searching for ‘Famous Men’ in Alabama: Mike Davis on His Favorite Banned Book

When I first witnessed a blood-red Alabama sunset, I thought of the Gudger and Ricketts families, their backs bent under the heavy bags of cotton, looking at this biblical ending to their long day of toil. The urge to re-read Agee was overwhelming.

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Federal Judge Keeps Texas’ Remaining Abortion Clinics Open

District Judge Lee Yeakel rejected part of Texas’ anti-abortion law Friday, in effect preventing the closure of more than half the state’s remaining clinics.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE


Perry

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Gov. Rick Perry to Turn Himself In

As of Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the first occupant of his office to be indicted in nearly a century, and as of Tuesday, the Lone Star State’s top executive was ready to turn himself in to the local authorities as he stands accused of abusing his power.

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Rick Perry Campaigns Behind Bars

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Perry Indicted

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Grand Jury Indicts Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Abuse of Power Charges

The Texas governor’s presidential aspirations may take a back seat to his legal troubles. Rick Perry stands formally accused of two felonies related to his attempt to force the state capital’s district attorney, a Democrat, to resign.

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Welcoming the Stranger: Refuge for the Refugees

A long and dangerous journey brings teenage Central American refugees to a community health center in South Los Angeles where pediatricians, psychologists and social workers treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE


Border Crisis

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Gridlock on Capitol Hill Over Immigration Plan Surprises Precisely No One

So there’s this plan circulating in Congress, hatched by Senate Democrats, that would call for some $2.7 billion to attempt to deal with one pressing aspect of the immigration quandary: what to do about the growing ranks of migrant children crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Think it’ll fly?

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Rick Perry Says He’ll Send National Guard to Secure Border

The Texas governor says he is calling up 1,000 troops to help police the border with Mexico.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send U.S. Troops to an Iraq That Won’t Defend Itself?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions—and Always Complains

Listening to Republicans in Washington (and Texas and Arizona) scream about the “crisis” of migrant children arriving from Central America on our southern border, it is puzzling to realize they don’t actually want to do anything to solve the problem.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE


Texas Toon

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Rick Perry Called ‘West Coast Metrosexual’ for Taking Off His Cowboy Boots

Apparently Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking a beating from his state’s answer to the fashionista, in the form of land commissioner and fellow Republican Jerry Patterson.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Mass Migrant Grave Found in Texas

Scientists have spent days unearthing a mass grave containing the remains of unidentified migrants uncovered in Falfurrias, Texas.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



99 Years in Jail for a Marijuana Bake Sale? (Video)

Jacob Lavoro, 19, could see just under a century behind bars for baking and selling pot brownies.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism

He may have driven over state lines in a Tesla, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry again demonstrated that he is clearly living in another era—one that a vast swath of the country has already left behind—during a speech in San Francisco on Wednesday night at the Commonwealth Club of California.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE


Texas Lt. Gov. Race

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Texas Halts Execution of Robert James Campbell at Eleventh Hour

A court in Texas halted an execution Tuesday with just hours to spare of a convicted murderer who had appealed on grounds he suffered intellectual disabilities.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Residents of New Mexico Suffer Under Unregulated Housing Market

In a chilling report on “New Mexico’s Badlands,” writer Joseph Sorrentino sketches life in the “colonias” of Pajarito Mesa, a desert area 10 miles from Albuquerque and home to 1,200 to 1,500 people struggling against real estate predation and an absence of basic services.

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Bird Watching

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Oil Spill

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Texas Death Row Inmate: ‘Slavery’ Endures in Jails Around America

In what he says may be his “final statement on Earth,” Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper offers a plainly devastating take on the American judicial system and on Texas’ bizarre law of parties, which allows the state to execute him even though he didn’t commit murder.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Deep in the Dark Heart of Texas

Greg Abbott, a former judge and three-term attorney general of the great state of Texas, is expected to be the state’s next governor. His official biography puts him on the side of God, the American way and children of all ages.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


Gay Marriage

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Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Texans Will Have to Wait for Gay Marriage

Federal Judge Orlando L. Garcia threw out Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, writing, “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.” But gay Texans will have to remain patient for now.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



For Exxon Mobil CEO, Fracking’s Fine, Just Not In His Backyard

The contentious practice of hydraulic fracturing—commonly referred to as “fracking,” thus offering opponents a handy resemblance to a popular expletive—isn’t something Exxon Mobil’s head honcho, Rex Tillerson, has opposed.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



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The GOP, Race and Ted Nugent: If You Won’t Denounce Nazi Insults, What Does That Say About You?

Musician Ted Nugent called President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE



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This Texas District Attorney Candidate Says Family Violence Is ‘Overrated’

As the top law enforcement officer (should he win) in Harris County, Texas, one would hope Lloyd Oliver would prosecute domestic violence with all due zeal, but the Democratic candidate told The Texas Observer the crime is “so, so overrated” and equated abuse to a tap on the hand.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE


Ted Nugent

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Is American Higher Education Truly the Envy of the World?

A new study suggests U.S. colleges still have a lot of growing to do before they can be considered the best; the Texas judge who ruled on the teenage drunk driver’s “affluenza” has decided not to give him any jail time for the deadly crash; meanwhile, pedestrians may be evolving to survive in a car-plagued world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart, Nathan Lane and More Ask Sean Hannity to Stay in New York

The Fox News host is feeling so unwelcome in his home state of New York due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s comments about extreme-right Republicans that he’s decided to leave. But “The Daily Show” won’t let such a valuable taxpayer simply slip away.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE


Big Shoes

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Is Texas Spending $82 Million to Teach Creationism in Charter Schools?

Texas is violating the Constitution’s First Amendment to teach a myth as fact in publicly funded schools, a Slate writer asserts.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Women as Incubators: How a Texas Law Is Keeping a Brain-Dead Patient Alive to ‘Save’ Fetus

A week after Thanksgiving, Marlise Munoz had a suspected pulmonary embolism in Fort Worth, Texas. That would be the end of the tragic story if it weren’t for the fact that at the time her brain waves stopped she was 14 weeks pregnant. In the Lone Star State, that’s enough to keep a person alive against her will.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE


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