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Talkin’ Books in Austin

The Texas Observer will be blogging from the Texas Book Festival on Oct. 22-23 in Austin. Here are highlights from Saturday’s sessions: Friends Harrigan and […]

Doggett vs. Castro: Getting Ugly Already

This past week saw the official mud-slinging begin between U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and state Rep. Joaquin Castro, who may be battling it out […]

Living on Public Assistance

Rhonda Robinson gave birth to her daughter, Makayla, at 18. Now 24, Robinson will graduate from Texas State University in San Marcos with a […]

Steven Seagal: The Border’s Newest Deputy

Last seen driving a SWAT team tank through a man’s home in Phoenix, which resulted in a dead puppy and a lawsuit, middle-aged action […]

Saving the Lost Pines

The loblolly pines of Bastrop still soar. They just do so darkly, with blistered bark and charred needles. To tour the 6,500-acre Bastrop State […]

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PULL QUOTE: Black Like Me made Griffin an immediate expert and spokesman on race, with the support of civil rights stalwarts. But his pioneering […]

Bastrop State Park After The Wildfires

The loblolly pines of Bastrop still soar. They just do so darkly, with blistered bark and charred needles.

Opposing the Border Wall

In 2007, before the Department of Homeland Security could bulldoze the first plot of land to build a wall along the U.S. border with […]

Black Like Me?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, a white man from Mansfield, Texas, who […]

Rick Perry’s Hail Mary

It’s hard to know when to give up, especially for a politician who has been told countless times by close friends and supporters and […]