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If you think about it, property taxes in Texas are a pretty sweet deal for the state government. Owners of homes and other properties don’t like it so much, and neither do renters, who pay … more
When journalists sit down to write, they can choose between two compelling storylines - Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, or the Third World’s incursion into sovereign … more
The saying "People have the right to their own opinion but not to their own facts" is a quick and smug way to shut down debate. The problem is that everyone also has their own opinion on what's fact … more
Democracy is under attack. From voting restrictions to redistricting, there is a wave of efforts to prevent voters of color from going to the polls. Yet I still believe we can win if we continue to … more
I still don’t know if Alina has made it out of Mariupol, or whether she is alive. When Russian bombs pummeled the Ukrainian city three weeks ago, I lost contact with my smart, resourceful, … more
If you say — or write — that it’s harder to vote in Texas today than it was a year ago, or four years ago, someone will tell you how easy it is and how full of beans you are. But … more
The Democrats face a tough fight to retain their tenuous hold on the U.S. Senate, but they’ve gotten some unexpected help in recent weeks – from the Republicans. The unforced GOP … more
Most Americans view nuclear weapons as a relic of the Cold War. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed in 1985 “that a nuclear war can never be won and must never be … more
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is fueling sticker shock at the pump for Americans and sharpening already uneasy feelings about the impact of inflation. Why then are we in such a hurry to end … more
You remember how, after a nasty winter storm shut off the power in Texas and killed at least 246 people last year, the state’s top officials fired a bunch of regulators and others who oversee … more
I was in middle school the last time I contemplated dying in a nuclear fireball. It was 1983, and I had just seen “The Day After,” a TV movie that depicted a fictional but horrifying … more
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shocked the world. It should not have. Vladimir Putin has been threatening Ukraine for years. To support those threats, Russian media has dutifully featured … more
As Ukrainians fight and die for democracy, Russia is arresting its own citizens who are protesting the war and threatening prison for journalists who report the truth. The attempt to crush a … more
Forget the political back-and-forth about the state of the electric grid in Texas, the assurances that the power won’t go off during extreme cold or heat, and the fears that it might. Think … more
My first reaction to the news that Mexican smuggling gangs have cut through Donald Trump's supposedly impregnable border wall more than 3,000 times was to laugh out loud. According to an … more
Horseshoes may be good for horses and fun to play with, but they are terrible for politics. In political science there is an assertion called the Horseshoe Theory. The thesis posits that the … more
A handful of longtime readers may remember when I announced that “baby boy Tyree” was on his way. Time flies. My only child Gideon recently celebrated his 18th birthday. Ah, 18: an … more
Greg Abbott and Ken Paxton are turning the law-and-order Republican Party into a gang of bullies, targeting transgender kids — and the parents who support them — with their decision to … more
Watching TV shots of Vladimir Putin’s army deliberately bombing and shelling civilians is like watching a movie of the London Blitz in 1940, when Adolf Hitler’s air force rained death … more
Fixing a sabotaged institution is not always easy. In the case of the Postal Service, relief is imminent. The Postal Service Reform Act passed in the House and Senate with bipartisan support. … more
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