Monthly Archives: March 2013

With Revised Welfare Drug-Testing Bill, Nelson Thinks of the Children

At a brisk hearing today of the controversial senate bill that would subject welfare applicants to drug screening, bill author Jane Nelson of Flower Mound seemed to understand that barring kids from benefits for life if their parent fails three drug tests is totally messed up.

More Members of the Reyes Salazar Family Win Asylum

Mexico’s new president Enrique Peña Nieto has adopted a policy of not talking about the violence plaguing his country. Gone are the press conferences touting the deployment of more troops or the capture of yet another drug kingpin. Despite the …

New and Noteworthy Books: March

Benjamin Alire Saenz’s story collection Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, published by El Paso’s Cinco Puntos Press, has won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Read the Observer’s review of the book here. Among the four runners-up …