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‘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.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE


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


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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.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE

Rick Perry Campaigns Behind Bars

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Perry Indicted

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE

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

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

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

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE

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

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE

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

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

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

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE


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

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association

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

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE

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


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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Six States Chosen to Test Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia have been selected to host sites for testing the commercial use of drones.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE

Deregulated Texas

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE

Are Politicians Who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly ‘Pro-Life’?

When Wendy Davis proclaimed that she is “pro-life”—a description long since appropriated by conservatives opposed to abortion rights—the right-wing media practically exploded with indignation.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE

Protecting Women’s Health

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE

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Republicans Winning the War of Disenfranchisement

In the months after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act under the argument that it is no longer necessary, regressive voting laws are taking root that threaten to snap the country back to the 1950s, disenfranchising minorities and women.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE

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Judge Eliminates One Hurdle From Texas Abortion Obstacle Course

The Texas abortion law filibustered by state Sen. Wendy Davis was diminished in court Monday by a federal judge, although most of the measure will go forward unchanged.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Lessons for Texas Schoolkids: Loch Ness Monster Proves Evolution Is Wrong

Christian-affiliated public charter schools in Texas are teaching some whoppers in the classroom. Note the phrase “public charter schools.” Yes, tax money is being spent to spread ignorance, such as linking the rise of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich to Darwinism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE

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How Texas’ Voter ID Laws Affect Women

It’s no secret voter ID laws were drafted with minorities in mind, but they’re not the only ones who could have their voice suppressed by such legislation. This fall in Texas, women may also face difficulties exercising their right to vote.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE

Texas Board of Education

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE

Return of Paula Deen

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE

Motorola Mobility

Motorola CEO: Advantages to Manufacturing in U.S. Outweigh Costs

Showing off the Texas plant where his company’s new flagship smartphone is assembled, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said, “It’s a myth that you can’t bring manufacturing here because it’s too expensive.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE

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