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Planting a Seed

I admit that I haven’t yet seen The Tree of Life, the new movie from writer, director and heavyweight champion recluse Terrence Malick. Across […]

Run, Rick, Run

It was the strangest thing. Mortifying but illuminating. Like Paul on the road to Damascus, or Donald Trump suddenly realizing he’d been out-Americaned by […]

Wendy Davis’ Last Hurrah?

If this was her last stand in the Texas Senate, Wendy Davis made it one to remember. Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat, put on […]

After Six-Year Fight, Perry Signs Voter ID into Law

After six years of fierce partisan battling, the legislative war over voter ID in Texas is officially over. Gov. Rick Perry signed the voter […]

The Next Budget Crisis

If you liked the Texas Budget Massacre of 2011, you’re gonna love the sequel set for release in 2013. Right now Republican politicians are […]

Author Calvin Trillin Speaks With The Texas Observer

Texas Observer editor Bob Moser speaks with author Calvin Trillin about his book, Trillin on Texas.

hot list: day 137

Day 137 of the 82nd Texas Legislature LINE OF THE DAY “Men, if you don’t stand up for us today, you don’t walk in […]

Women’s Health Program Has New Life

THE 2011 MOLLY PRIZE WINNERS WINNER Jeff Sharlet is the author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (Little, Brown), The Family: […]

The School Finance Battle: A Step-By-Step Guide

For two days, the House and Senate have been locked in negotiations about just how they’ll distribute $4 billion-worth of cuts to school districts. The […]

Hot List

Day 136 of the 82nd Texas Legislature LINE OF THE DAY “Every one of [the senators] are enemies of the Republic of Texas and […]