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I Know Why the Caged Bird Screams

You go’n sleep awl day, Hank?” Kris startles me from a fitful slumber. “Git y’self on,” I growl, then kick the sheets at my […]

Celebrating Harry’s Dream

Collecting the Imagination:The First Fifty Years of the Ransom Center When Harry Ransom founded the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at […]

Long Past Enough

¡Ya Basta! Every day in Mexico there are an estimated 10 kidnappings. ¡Ya Basta! is an intimate documentary that captures the harrowing stories of […]

Capitol Offense

It hasn’t been a good month for Albert Hawkins, and yet it appears he will retain his job. In a two-week span in April, […]

Dennis the Menace

Texas leads the country in air pollution, hazardous waste, mercury contamination, carbon dioxide emissions, and any number of other ways you might measure a […]

Capitol Offense

On April 12, the Observer posted “The Governor’s Database” on the Web. The story detailed how Gov. Rick Perry, through his Office of Homeland […]

Jim Hightower

When George Romney ran for president in 1968, he opposed the war in Vietnam. When it came out that he’d earlier supported the war, […]

Bad Bills

Little Brother’s Watching, Too House Bill 357 Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) It’s the new brand of openness in government-making more details about what you […]

Political Intelligence

Life Blood of Hyperbole In a committee hearing that lasted until after 5 a.m., opponents demonized embryonic stem cell research by likening it to […]


They must be a very neat, organized people, these Republicans. We gather that they carry two forms of identification each at all times and […]