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Reviewing The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

Texas Observer contributor and University of Texas journalism professor Robert Jensen reviews Dean Starkman’s “The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism.”

Updated: Texas’ Testing Opt-Out Movement Grows to a ‘Trickle’

Two Waco parents have dramatically announced their plans to keep their son out of Texas’ state standardized tests next week.

Greg Abbott’s Weird, Empty Attack Site

For a week, Greg Abbott’s campaign has been pushing a new website dedicated to exposing Wendy Davis. But it hasn’t gotten off the ground.

Literary Death Matches Come to Texas

The next few weeks will bring a slew of writers to Austin and San Antonio, but don’t expect the usual staid readings. Instead, authors […]

Evolution of a Criminal Explores the Devils Inside

Just beneath the surface of Evolution of a Criminal is the acknowledgement that for all his remorse, there’s a part of Darius Monroe that enjoyed his crime.

The Future of the Equal Pay Fight

Democrats are rightfully cheered by the events of the last two weeks—but they’ll need to build a lasting narrative about Greg Abbott to sustain momentum.

Fight for Wright

The family of Alfred Wright, a black man found dead in rural East Texas last year, has made his mysterious death a civil rights cause, saying local authorities are hiding the truth.

Obama For Texas Governor

Direct Quote: Big Chief Darold Gordon Has Mardi Gras Sewn Up

As Big Chief of the Young Navaho Tribe, Darold Gordon spends his nights sewing bead after bead into his Mardi Gras Indian suit.

Appeals Court Limits Abbott’s Power, Offers Bonus Burn

After Attorney General Greg Abbott asked Texas’s highest criminal court to not to throw out one law he liked, they instead threw out another.