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Why Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom” Is The Most Overrated Recent Novel

Jonathan Franzen has written a poignant book about coming of age in the Midwest of the 1970s, the discontents of family, searching for identity […]

Life and Death on Big Oil’s Fence Line

From Facing South, where this article was first published. The environmental destruction caused by Louisiana’s oil industry did not begin with the BP disaster, […]

Rising Seas Could Swamp Some Texas Cities By 2100

While Republicans in Congress, led by members of the Texas GOP delegation, work to defund and defang the EPA, climate change – and the […]

Standing Down

Courage comes in more than one form, but sometimes it’s easier to recognize. For instance, few would deny that Marine Cpl. Garrett Jones is […]

Ask A Legislator: In What Situation Would You Use the Rainy Day Fund?

Question for our legislators: “In what situation would you use the Rainy Day Fund?”

From Balanced Budgets to Criminal Justice Cuts

Day 45 of the 82nd Texas Legislature Two of Gov. Rick Perry’s emergency items saw some action yesterday. A House version of the pre-abortion […]

House Hearing on Sonogram Bill Gets Graphic

The House State Affairs Committee got an earful of graphic testimony Wednesday afternoon about the strict House versions of the sonogram bill. House Bill […]

Chief Justice Jefferson’s Speech Crosses Party Lines

Judges have long been begging the state to let them be appointed, rather than elected, without all the partisanship and rhetoric and money that […]