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The Tyranny of the Compact Fluorescent

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are set to vote on a measure aimed at repealing part of a 2007 bill that calls for phasing out those inefficient, old-style light bulbs. If passed, it’s unlikely the proposal would clear the Senate. (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


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The Death Penalty and the Costs of an Obsession

The unseemly love affair of some American politicians with the death penalty is bad for justice and bad for our country’s standing in the world. It inflicts a wholly unnecessary moral stain on a nation that rightly preaches the rule of law to everyone else.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE

Perry Still Pondering 2012 Run

We don’t have the full picture yet on the lineup of candidates revving up to race for the White House in 2012, even from the GOP camp, which has already kicked into high campaigning gear. A certain governor of a big state ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Texas Gov. on Presidential Bid: Going to ‘Think About It’

Well, will you look at that: Another Texas governor might up and throw his Stetson into the ring and run for president. No, this is not the year 2000. This time, we’re talking about Gov. Rick Perry, Republican, who has never lost an election. And he has great hair!

Posted on May 27, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

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Here Comes Ron Paul

He made a stir in 2008, and it looks like Texas wild-card Congressman Ron Paul is throwing his hat in the ring again for another try at the presidency in 2012. Paul will reportedly announce his intentions in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 READ MORE

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Krugman: Kids Will Pay the Price for Spending Cuts

According to New York Times econo-whiz Paul Krugman, all this emphasis on austerity will not be good for posterity. In his latest column, Krugman slams the GOP for claiming to be all about the kids while stacking the deck against them with “draconian” budget cuts.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE

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Austin Takes Music Criticism to New Depths

The city of Austin, Texas, long known for keeping it weird, decided to let the public rename the Solid Waste Services Department. The leading contender is “The Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts.” Durst, the face of millennial rock band Limp Bizkit, probably won’t end up with the honor.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE

Defusing a Sociological Bomb

Race still matters in America and justice is not completely blind. Anyone who believes otherwise should examine the case of Cornelius Dupree Jr., who was ruled innocent Tuesday after spending 30 years in prison.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE

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Are the Death Penalty’s Days Numbered in Texas?

Texas is one of those states that would appear to be among the least likely to do away with capital punishment anytime soon, but as The Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett reports, a district court in the Lone Star State will reconsider the death penalty this Monday.

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE

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DeLay Found Guilty in Money Laundering Case

The holiday special for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was a big helping of guilty-as-charged Wednesday, as the former Republican lawmaker found himself on the wrong side of the Texas legal system in a money laundering case ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE

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American Guns Stopped at the Border

Much has been made about Mexico’s deadly drug war and the potential for violence to spill across the border, but it is less often reported that American guns make that war go. Over the weekend, police in Laredo, Texas, seized 147 AK-47 rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition en route to Mexico.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE

The Texas Textbook Massacre

Our friends at Brave New Films sent us this update on the Texas Board of Education’s partisan rewriting of American history. If you haven’t been angry enough today, hop past the jump and give it a gander.

Posted on May 27, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

New Video Shows JFK on Eve of Assassination

Eight-millimeter footage of the 35th president taken the night before his assassination was just discovered in Texas.

Posted on May 16, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

The New Secessionists

The difference between the tea party and the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states is that the tea party believes America can be fixed.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE

Stop Slandering the IRS

Every April the Web and the commentary pages overflow with sweeping falsehoods that libel the work of committed federal employees, such as Vernon Hunter, the Vietnam veteran who was recently murdered by an anti-tax terrorist.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE

14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE

American History by Texas

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 ENLARGE

Rewriting History Texas-Style

Texas’ Board of Education has approved a new social studies curriculum with a conservative seal of approval. After three days of debate the board voted to change the curriculum to explicitly present Republican philosophies and conservative leaders in a more positive light.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 READ MORE

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Republicans Back Perry in Texas

Rick Perry, already Texas’ longest-serving governor, has survived primary challenges from a popular senator and an insurgent tea party candidate. Debra Medina had hoped to spoil the Republican race, but the tea partyer (whom we recently called out) was able to grab only about 17 percent of the vote.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE

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Drug Kingpin Sentenced

The head of the Gulf Cartel, the leading drug cartel in northern Mexico and southern Texas, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after cooperating with the U.S. federal government and pleading guilty to five counts that included attempted murder and money laundering.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Pat Sullivan

Behind the Tea Party Facade, Just Another Bush-League Republican

Ron Paul proté gé Debra Medina is shaking up the Texas gubernatorial race, but scratch the surface of this rising tea party star and you’ll find a Bush-style big-government hypocrite.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jack Plunkett

Austin Plane Attack: Tea Party Terrorism?

Authorities continue to investigate why Joe Stack of Texas flew his small airplane into the Austin offices of the IRS, but based on early reports and a tirade the attacker posted on the Internet, it had something to do with taxes, big government, corporate crime and bailouts. (continued)

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Former Congressman Charlie Wilson Dies at 76

Former Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson, whose name became familiar outside political circles because of George Crile’s 2003 book, “Charlie Wilson’s War,” as well as director Mike Nichols’ big-screen adaptation, died Wednesday at age 76 in Lufkin, Texas.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE

Larry’s List: Chicks With Lit Edition

Of Publishers Weekly’s top 10 books of the year, none are written by women. In Texas, right-wingers are writing the textbooks. These and other outrageous facts on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE

Hell Yes

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 ENLARGE / David Ortez

Houston Elects Gay Mayor

Thanks to Annise Parker’s victory in a runoff election Saturday, Houston will become the largest U.S. city to have an openly gay mayor. Parker was the target of anti-gay rhetoric but mobilized gay rights groups in her defense.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE

Ft. Hood mourners

Victims and Survivors Honored at Fort Hood Memorial Service

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were on hand at Fort Hood to pay tribute to those soldiers killed or wounded in last Thursday’s shooting at the Texas Army base. The 13 men and women fatally shot during the attack, in which Maj. Nidal Hasan is expected to be charged, were honored in the traditional manner for soldiers killed in battle, their framed photos set before empty pairs of combat boots next to helmet-topped rifles.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE

Fort Hood

Twelve Dead, 31 Wounded in Shooting at U.S. Army Base

On Thursday afternoon, two gunmen in military uniforms opened fire in a processing center at the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood base in Texas, killing 12 people and wounding at least 31. According to The New York Times, the alleged shooters were U.S. Army soldiers but had not been identified yet. Updated

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE

The Gay Divorce Fandango

I suppose there is something charming about watching conservative politicians in Texas trying so ardently to preserve a same-sex marriage.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE

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The Bible Is Not Safe for Children

If public schools are to teach the “literature and history” of the Bible, as some Texans desire, will they leave out the parts that say it’s OK to kill your slaves and disobedient children?

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Supreme Court Surprises With Civil Rights Decision

The Supreme Court has spared the 1965 Voting Rights Act, agreeing by an 8-1 margin to leave a ruling on its more controversial parts for another day—and perhaps another court. The near-unanimous narrow decision came as a surprise, with justices apparently retreating from earlier divisions that led some court watchers to predict the legislation’s demise.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE

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Bush Gets Ballpark Honor

Some presidents have been so revered that cities were named after them. So far, it’s been slim pickings for George W. Bush, whose list of honors now includes having his name on the owner’s suite at the Texas Rangers’ baseball stadium. It’s a fitting tribute for the man who once co-owned the team and a reminder of how different the world might be if only he’d kept that job.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 READ MORE

Texas Cop Tasers a Great-Grandmother

After pulling over a speeding driver, a Texas deputy decided he wasn’t getting the proper level of cooperation and used his Taser gun. Perhaps he didn’t realize he was dealing with a 72-year-old woman half his size.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

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Swine Flu Comes to the U.S.

After infecting perhaps hundreds of people and killing scores in Mexico, eight cases of swine flu have been diagnosed in the U.S.—six in California and two in Texas.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 READ MORE

Border Patrolling

Big Brother 2.0

A xenophobic Web site funded by a Texas government grant provides 15 live feeds of “high-crime areas” near the fence between U.S. and Mexico, urging people to go on “virtual stakeouts” from their computers and report “suspicious activity” to authorities.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE

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We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction

All efforts to save the planet will be useless if we do not cut population growth. By 2050, the planet will have between 8 billion and 10 billion people, according to a recent U.N. forecast. And yet studies, books and documentaries that deal with various crises fail to discuss the danger of all those billions of hungry people looking for a better life.

Posted on Mar 8, 2009 READ MORE

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Good Money After Bad

Congressional Republicans, with the exception of that embarrassingly shrunken contingent of three moderates, will rue their legacy of deep indifference at a time of true national emergency, one that makes George W. Bush’s far more costly war on terror now seem an absurdly irrelevant exercise.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009 READ MORE


Peanut Corp. in Hot Water With Texas Health Officials

Woe to Peanut Corporation of America: After running into trouble in Georgia in the recent salmonella outbreak, the peanut product manufacturer has now run afoul of Texas health authorities, who have ordered the company to recall all the products made in its Plainview plant.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 READ MORE

Stimulus Skeptics Wrong (Again)

Mythology is overshadowing history in the debate over Obama’s plan to stimulate the depressed economy. Excessive airtime is devoted to the prejudices of cable hosts and radio personalities who regurgitate ideas they barely understand.

Posted on Feb 5, 2009 READ MORE

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Is Texas a Closeted Blue State?

Hold on to your 10-gallon: Gallup’s polling data from the last election show that more Texans identify as Democrats than Republicans. That hasn’t translated into a political earthquake just yet, but it may only be a matter of time. Changing demographics make the Lone Star State and its 34 electoral votes a tempting target for Democrats.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE

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Good Riddance

Say it with us: former President Bush. After eight crazy years, George W. Bush is escaping to Texas, where he plans to work on his memoirs and, one imagines, clear some brush. He leaves a nation in despair. Perhaps his greatest achievement was scaring America into the arms of Barack Obama. Heckuva job, Bushie.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE

What Can Obama Learn From Bush?

The Bush administration’s specific failures—in foreign and domestic policy and on matters related to civil liberties—are clear enough. Yet the deeper cause of the public’s disaffection goes beyond these specifics.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE

Don’t Be Fooled by Bush’s Farewell Tour

The 43rd president is going home with less remorse and fewer regrets than my grandchildren express for spilling their cereal.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008 READ MORE

Allen Barra on ‘Frost/Nixon’

Frank Langella as Nixon in the new Ron Howard movie does his best, but no one did Nixon like Nixon.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008 READ MORE

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Redrawing the Political Map

A little-noticed California proposition could limit the kind of partisan gerrymandering that Republicans and Democrats have used to influence elections around America for decades. But is that a good thing?

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE

Is Bush Dallas Bound?

The Smoking Gun has the scuttlebutt on the president’s new $2 million home in Dallas. Should he need to borrow a cup of sugar, Bush can call on billionaire neighbor Tom Hicks, who succeeded him as owner of the Texas Rangers.

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE

Knowing When to Walk Away

Bush reportedly suggested to Obama he might support an economic stimulus package and aid to struggling automakers if Democrats drop their opposition to a free-trade agreement with Colombia. Strange behavior? Yes and no.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE

This Is What He’s Sorry About?

It was nothing Bush did—no decision he made, no policy he pursued, no faith that he placed in ideological dogma—that he finds regrettable. Bush told a cable network, “I regret saying some things I shouldn’t have said” over the course of eight tumultuous years.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE

Catholics Can’t Vote for Obama?

In a last-ditch attempt to derail Latino support for Obama, an anti-abortion crusader and an activist against illegal immigration have teamed up to send a retired Texas bishop’s message to nearly 3 million Latino voters by e-mail and to even more by radio.

Posted on Nov 2, 2008 READ MORE

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