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On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a new executive order that will make it harder for local officials to require face coverings, including in schools, and forbids … more
When Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic women’s gymnastics team final last week because of her mental health, I couldn’t help but think of another Olympian — Canadian sports … more
School starts in August, just as what could have been a return to normal has become the resurrection of the pandemic in the new guise of the delta variant. more
Nobody in state government could count shutting down the Texas Legislature as a political win. Gov. Greg Abbott’s veto of the legislative branch’s budget was successful in getting him … more
At this time last year, we were at what was then a peak in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, facing a pandemic that could hit every person in the state. Now, Texas and the U.S. have a … more
The Texas Legislature has gone home, and Gov. Greg Abbott — who’ll be seeking reelection next year — has returned to the top concern of the state’s Republican voters: … more
Last spring, the COVID-19 pandemic caused perhaps the worst job losses since the Great Depression. The decrease in the labor force participation rate — from 63.3% to 61.3% — has been … more
The ever-growing democracy reform movement is built around the idea that the American democracy is in trouble because the system is broken. Those with money have an outsize influence on politics. … more
For some, President Joe Biden’s plan to deposit up to $300 per child into the bank accounts of millions of low-income American families each month might seem like another senseless Democratic … more
I’m a big believer in self-reflection on a personal level, a professional level and a societal level. I firmly believe that if we as individuals and collectively are able to critically think about our failures … more
With less than a month to go before summer holidays, schools in Berlin are about to reopen for normal classroom learning. It’s not much of a relief; I have a sinking feeling that my younger … more
In an important 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court pushed back against prosecutorial overreach in computer-related misconduct. What’s most interesting about the case is the breakdown among the … more
You may have heard the proverb, “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime of crushing debt after he buys the boat, trailer, … more
The pleas from Afghan interpreters under Taliban death threat because they worked for the U.S. military are growing increasingly desperate — as the last U.S. troops aim to exit before … more
George P. Bush, the Texas land commissioner, announced last week his bid for the Republican nomination for state attorney general. "We need an attorney general that's above reproach," Bush said in … more
All politicians appreciate the power of a symbol, a slogan or a mantra. That must account for the right wing's transformation of the name of Anthony S. Fauci, America's best-known and most … more
I feel for former U.S. Rep. Katie Hill, I really do. Hill, 33, was a rising Democratic star from a traditionally red California district. Her political career came crashing down in 2019 after she … more
After the deadly and expensive electrical outages during a winter freeze in February, Texas lawmakers set out to make such disasters less likely in the future. And as The Texas Tribune’s Erin … more
The Biden administration is making a serious mistake in placing the self-interest of the Justice Department ahead of the people’s right to know if former Attorney General William Barr acted to … more
What is so terrifying to Republicans about the reassessment of American history known as critical race theory? Once an obscure academic theory, it has now taken its place alongside face masks and … more
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