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Once-Undocumented Wall Street Executive Now Is Helping Others Live the American Dream

Julissa Arce worked for seven years at Goldman Sachs as an undocumented immigrant. Now she is an American citizen fighting for immigration reform, and her incredible story may soon become a TV series. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 19, 2016 ENLARGE



Airman Kills Commander in Apparent Murder-Suicide at Texas Air Force Base

An U.S. Air Force member shot his commander in an apparent murder-suicide on Friday at an Air Force base in San Antonio, a senior U.S. official said.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 READ MORE



‘One Person, One Vote’ Supporters Better Keep the Bubbly on Ice

The Supreme Court’s ruling was a win for advocates of counting every resident in drawing up election districts. But it leaves the door open for future mischief by those who hope to weaken the voices of minority voters.

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Supreme Court Rules That States May Count All Residents in Drawing Election Districts

The justices unanimously uphold the principle of “one person, one vote,” but not all of them agree fully with the opinion of colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Thousands Rally as Supreme Court Hears Biggest Abortion Case in a Generation

Abortion providers in Texas argued in the Supreme Court on Wednesday against a sweeping law that would force clinics to meet stringent standards for facilities that perform the procedure. “Democracy Now!” spoke with protesters outside the court.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Super Tuesday Live-Blog: A Super-Sized Day of Reckoning for Candidates in 12 States (Updated)

Sen. Ted Cruz may have a lock on Texas, but will Donald Trump be the big winner in the Super Tuesday contests? How are things looking on the Democrats’ side? Update: The results are in, showing some unexpected victories and losses. Take a look at the numbers and watch some of the candidates’ victory speeches.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Samantha Bee on How Progressives Slept Through the Most Important Election in Recent History

Pundits and politicians like to make each presidential election seem like the end-all of American politics, and yet one of the elections that has had the biggest impact on our everyday lives was the midterm election of 2010, according to the “Full Frontal” host.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Live-Blog: The 10th GOP Debate: Somebody Stop the Trump Train (Updated)

Donald Trump was the one to beat, and the other four candidates—Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson—knew it all too well. Update: Rubio momentarily took control in a rat-a-tat series of attacks that simultaneously painted Trump as a hypocrite and made light of Rubio’s prior debate stumbles.

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 READ MORE



After Seven Long Years, the Question Remains: Who Killed Rafael Solis in a Texas Jail?

His mother, claiming he was beaten to death by jailers, has turned to the media in calling for justice. She has the backing of the Public Justice Foundation, which cites the Solis case and the infamous Sandra Bland death in demanding an investigation of all Texas jails.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Texas Grand Jury Turns Tables on Anti-Abortion Group Behind Misleading Planned Parenthood Videos

In a surprise move, a Texas grand jury investigating Planned Parenthood wrapped up on Monday by issuing several indictments not to the women’s healthcare provider, but to two of the anti-abortion activists who had prompted the investigation.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Sarah Palin Takes the GOP Campaign to New Lows

Palin’s endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses of the Dada movement would have been humbled by her obliteration of the bourgeois concept we call logic.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



New York Values: What Tiny Ted Cruz Will Never Get About the Big Town

Demagogues denigrating New York come and go with boring predictability—and the nation’s greatest city will continue to thrive long after the Texas senator is merely an unpleasant memory.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



Sandra Bland’s Family Slams ‘Secrecy of It All’ After Non-Indictment

“She should have never been incarcerated. Period,” said the mother of the 28-year-old black woman who died in a Texas county jail last July.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 23, 2015 ENLARGE



Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Biggest Abortion Rights Case in Two Decades

Justices agreed Friday to review a Texas law that could close three-fourths of the state’s abortion clinics. The law, known as HB2, passed in 2013 and has led to the closure of more than half the state’s clinics.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE


Houston Equal Rights









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Texas Supreme Court to Decide Christian Couple’s Home-Schooling Case

The conservative court will hear arguments over whether Christian parents of home-schooled children have to follow basic educational standards or if they’re allowed to keep their kids blissfully free of knowledge as they wait to be whisked off to heaven.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



GOP Debate Mendacity Shocks Even the Conservatives

For people who so often accuse Hillary Clinton of lying, the Republican presidential candidates seem to feel perfectly free to bend, twist and shred the truth at will. Unsurprisingly, that is just what several of them were caught doing in their free-for-all CNBC debate.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE


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Could Using Solar Energy Save Companies Billions of Dollars?

Going solar could represent a no-brainer for some companies looking to cut costs; activists are using dildos to protest a new Texas law that would allow guns on college campuses; meanwhile, a writer explores what our ideas about gender have to do with mass shootings. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE



Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE


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Winners and Losers in the GOP Debate That Went On and On

This debate won’t alarm Democratic strategists. The Republican infighting will make them happy, and so too will the portrait it painted of an extreme, angry party that is also—Rubio and Bush excepted—very pessimistic about the future of our nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Report Card: Which Candidates at the GOP Debate Got a Gold Star?

Sorry, Republicans, but it’s still Donald Trump’s world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



For Clock-Building Texas Teen, an Episode of Prejudice Winds Up in a White House Invitation

Texas freshman Ahmed Mohamed’s engineering project should have met with high marks and encouragement from his high school’s authorities, but instead the 14-year-old Muslim’s creation, a carefully wired clock housed in a pencil case, landed him in handcuffs earlier this week.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Women’s Health Services Take a Hit in Attack on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has been enduring a reinvigorated assault from the right of late, and once again, because all the services of the women’s health organization are being filed under the heading of “abortion,” the whole “women’s health” aspect is overshadowed. Guess who loses?

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Stumps for Federal Equal Rights Law; Outs Candidates for Anti-LGBT Stance

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” show, John Oliver took on LGBT discrimination, pointing out that 31 states still do not have anti-discrimination laws in place and saying this makes it “surprisingly easy for people to be fired, evicted or refused service just because they are gay.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



All Votes Matter: When Will Discrimination End at the Ballot Box?

It would have been lovely if Ari Berman’s new book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” could simply have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Instead, it is even more useful as a guide to what still needs to be done.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE


Ken Paxton









Posted on Aug 10, 2015 ENLARGE



What Would Justice for Sandra Bland Actually Look Like?

A year after Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, the deaths of Sandra Bland and others continue to haunt the public consciousness. But outrage is no substitute for justice.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 25, 2015 ENLARGE


Texas Textbooks









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Rule of Law









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Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Remain Open ... for Now

The Supreme Court on Monday put a stop to parts of Texas’ anti-abortion law, which would have closed all but nine abortion clinics in the state.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE


McKinney While Black









Posted on Jun 11, 2015 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Cop Pulls Gun On, Wrestles and Detains Socializing Teenagers

A Texas police officer has been suspended after pulling his gun on teenagers and manhandling a 14-year-old girl after breaking up a pool party.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Rick Perry for Prez









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After the Flood









Posted on Jun 3, 2015 ENLARGE



Why Federal Disaster Relief Money Poses a Bit of Awkwardness for Texas

As extreme weather marked by tornadoes and flooding continues to sweep across Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has requested—and President Obama has granted—federal help.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE


Republican Brawlers









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Posted on May 28, 2015 ENLARGE


Baltimore Study









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Texas Bikers









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Texas Battlers









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Riding the Texas Crazy









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