Before we hurtle into 2016, let’s take a look back at everything, and everyone, that terrified us — or was supposed to.
Will the fever subside next year? Highly unlikely. It’s a presidential year, after all, and the clearest pathway to the White House is through the amygdala — light up the lizard brain and the Oval Office may be yours. But before we hurtle into 2016, let’s take a look back at 2015 and the Things We Feared. Read More
When Congressional Democrats joined forces with Republicans to back a House bill that would intensify scrutiny of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, Lloyd Doggett’s “yes” vote came as one of the biggest surprises. Read More
Heroes, villains and mediocrities, all captured on film.
From grainy, grim photos of early Texas patriarchs (Mirabeau Lamar, José Antonio Navarro) to Ann and Rick and W., Picturing Texas Politics is a thudding compendium of images known and unknown of Texas politicians known and unknown. Read More
Help us build an online tool to identify migrants who died in South Texas.
Today, we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign with Beacon to build an online tool that we think can help. Working with forensic anthropologists at Baylor University, multimedia editor Jen Reel plans to photograph the personal belongings found with the remains and pair the images with information gleaned from the forensic work to build a browsable and searchable online resource for families. Read More
Recently, I spent a few sentimental minutes — thanks to the Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine” — browsing the Observer’s website from the late ’90s. George W. Bush was still governor, and people unironically discussed the “The Information Superhighway,” which they … Read More
In the last decade or so, renewable power has become increasingly competitive with fossil fuels — and is even cheaper than coal and natural gas in many parts of the nation and world. The main reason: a dramatic and relentless plunge in the price of photovoltaic solar panels. Read More