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Rep. Scott Perry (R., Pa.), who once advised President Donald Trump’s White House on undermining the 2020 election results, and who was a target of the U.S. House committee investigating the … more
Bumped off the national stage by Vladimir Putin’s swelling atrocities in Ukraine, a potentially devastating legal filing last week by the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 attack got lost in … more
You call a popular, busy restaurant to make a reservation. They tell you they only take reservations from 5 to 6 p.m. You make a note to call back. When you do, the line is busy and you can’t … more
Disgusted and indignant fans have a message for near-universally detested MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the league's billionaire owners, and its pampered, overpaid players – Take your … more
My mother and father keep our old photos in their hall closet in a sturdy old Pabst Blue Ribbon box. Sifting through old photos is a glorious experience — one, we now know, that relieves … more
When President Biden announced his intention to fulfill a campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman for the Supreme Court, many conservatives reacted with fierce and flawed attacks. Some, … more
The late Fred Rogers told a story to help kids through terrible times. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,” Mr. Rogers said, “my mother would say to me, … more
Donald Trump could decide who gets the GOP nomination for attorney general of Texas and, in the process, could be a factor in runoffs farther down that party’s ballot in May. The former … more
Eight more months. The candidates who survived Tuesday’s primary elections — and won’t face runoff elections in May — now start all over again, raising money, researching … more
A recent article about the candidates for city council elections caught my attention, and not in a good way. One candidate for Leander City Council claimed they were running because they … more
I’m writing this as Vladimir Putin is eating up Ukraine. Did we fall asleep and wake up in 1938 to hear that Hitler had taken the Sudetenland? Who knew this could happen, in 2022? Actually, we knew. … more
From the time that I was still being knit together in my mother’s womb with some defective parts God had left over after making my big brother (he made me write that part), I’ve been attending … more
In a perfect version of our democracy, all of the eligible adults would be registered to vote and then would vote. Any candidate with the support of more voters would take office and represent … more
Jim Penniman-Morin and I are locked in a good-natured battle over who first said that government should be boring.To be honest, I’m not entirely sure that Jim cares but that would make for a poor … more
I’m old enough to remember when rabid rightist Republicans proclaimed “Better Dead Than Red” and insisted that anyone who was “soft” on Russia should leave this country … more
Flip the old George W. Bush line: Dan Patrick is a divider, not a uniter. The Texas lieutenant governor’s disregard for most of the electorate is on display again, with his tweeted … more
Texans are heading to the polls for the 2022 primary, and voters will choose party nominees for statewide seats, including governor, and district-based congressional and legislative … more
March 1, the date of the state’s party primaries, is only three weeks away, and it’s the election date on most voters’ minds. But circle another election date: May 24. Runoff … more
I have a problem. I misplace my wallet – a lot.In fact, if losing wallets was an Olympic sport, I’m pretty sure I’d be investigated for doping. And according to a 2018 survey by MoneyTips, … more
Having recently completed my 40th year as a card-carrying journalist, I feel compelled to share the one small nugget of wisdom I have gleaned from all those misspent hours hanging out with mayors, … more
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