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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

Ahmed Mohamed

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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

Sandra Bland

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Textbooks

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 READ MORE

Rule of Law

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Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

Rick Perry for Prez

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE

After the Flood

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

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

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Protester

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

Baltimore Study

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Bikers

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Battlers

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Riding the Texas Crazy

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE

Jade Helm

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Henny Penny

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Crazies

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Wingnuts

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Police Kill Two Gunmen at Exhibit of Cartoons Depicting Prophet Muhammad

An art event near Dallas became the site of a deadly shooting Sunday evening when police killed two armed men who had opened fire at the exhibit, which featured renderings of the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE

Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz

While Cruz cleverly seeks to highlight the tea party persona that appeals to many Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of his ultra-right brand of “populism.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE

Ted Cruz, Obamacare Hater, Peruses Obamacare Options for Wife’s Coverage

He nearly brought the cogs of Congress to a halt in 2013 over the Affordable Care Act, and now the Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful is in the market for health insurance for his wife, Heidi, while he’s on the campaign trail. This is a bit awkward.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE

All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of three Cuban-Americans in the Senate, is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race Monday.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE

Gay Marriage

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE

The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

Both ISIS and the West revel in brutality that feeds the fever for war. The line that separates us from our enemies is technological, not moral. We are those we fight.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE

This Week SCOTUS Will Take Up One of the Most Important Civil Rights Cases of the Last Decade

Many fear Texas case could gut the landmark Fair Housing Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE

Perry’s Farewell

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE

Panic Button

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

Voter Apathy

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

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE

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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


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.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE

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

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