Louis Dubose

Lou Dubose was editor of The Texas Observer from 1987-1999. He’s authored five books, including the best-seller Shrub with Molly Ivins. He currently edits The Washington Spectator.

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Remembering Audre Rapoport, 1923-2016

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Bernard Rapoport, 1917 – 2012

A Life Examined

I came to know Bernard Rapoport when he was chair of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, and I was editor of this publication in the early 1990s. One of our writers was reporting on a story about … Read More


Senatorial Courtesy

Will John McCain Let Republican Perps Walk?

On September 29, 2004, Arizona Senator John McCain made a promise to six Indian tribes defrauded in an $82-million lobby billing scandal perpetrated by two close associates of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay: “To the aggrieved tribes and Native Americans … Read More


K Street Croupiers

How Two of Tom DeLay's Players Beat the House at the Grand Coushatta Casino

On May 9, 2001, Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff did President George W. Bush a small favor by directing a modest sum of money to Grover Norquist. Norquist was bringing a group of Republican state legislators to the White House to … Read More


Stranger Than Paradise

An excerpt from 'The Hammer: Tom DeLay: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress

The following article is excerpted from the book The Hammer: Tom DeLay: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress by Lou Dubose and Jan Reid. Copyright ©2004. Reprinted by arrangement with PublicAffairs. All rights reserved. At first look … Read More


Killing Two Birds With One Stone

How "King Karl" Rove Played John Cornyn Against Tom Pauken and Dan Morales

The following article is an excerpt from Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush, ©2003 by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid, and Carl M. Cannon. Used by arrangement with PublicAffairs, a member of … Read More