Blake Farenthold and the Consequences of Extreme Gerrymandering

Blake Farenthold’s frat bro image started with a photo from an adult pajama party that surfaced a month before his unlikely rise to Congress in 2010. Thanks to Farenthold, the image of a portly, rosy-cheeked man stuffed into a duck-pattern …

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:50:50 PM CDT


Despite Trump, Water Agency Fosters Cross-Border Cooperation Between U.S. and Mexico

In early March, Ed Drusina and Roberto Fernando Salmón Castelo sat at the back of an almost empty auditorium with plates of food, talking amiably and struggling with plastic knives to cut chicken smothered in a red mystery sauce. The …

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:33:52 AM CDT


The Good News (and the Bad) for Beto O’Rourke in that Quinnipiac Poll

Quinnipiac University released a poll on Wednesday that provided the first quantitative pulse-reading of the Texas electorate on the U.S. Senate race between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz. It found that, with 44 percent of support, O’Rourke was within 3 …

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:42:15 PM CDT


Beto’s Not the Only Texas Democrat with a Big-Dollar Haul

Beto O’Rourke’s Senate bid, centered on his live-streamed barnstorming through Texas, has caught fire among Democrats around the state — and the country. The proof is in the fundraising numbers. Through the first three months of 2018, O’Rourke raised about …

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:03:19 PM CDT


On Giant’s Shoulders: New Cinema History Dissects Texas Tropes

In 1956, America was ascendant, and Texas was America. Eleven years after the end of World War II, the greasy machinery of capitalism had conquered the country and modern America was being churned out on its assembly lines. Glistening cars …

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:52:03 AM CDT


Who is Mary Street Wilson?

Mary Street Wilson, a first-time candidate with little money behind her bid, said she never heard a word from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). At least not until she unexpectedly won the most votes in the Democratic primary for …

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:46:07 AM CDT


Payday Lenders Are Working Hard to Keep Texas the ‘Wild West’ in Trump Era

Texas is often called the “Wild West” of predatory lending, an anything-goes wonderland where payday and auto title loan businesses can charge low-income people vertigo-inducing fees whenever they desperately need a cash advance to, say, keep the lights on or …

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:04:38 AM CDT


Indoctrinated

A Catholic hospital in Austin forces patients who miscarry to consent to fetal burials. For one woman, that made a painful loss even worse — and she worries it could soon become routine across Texas. by Sophie Novack @sophienovack April …

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:26:10 AM CDT


Parsing Governor Abbott’s National Guard Charade

It started with a pair of helicopters taking off last Friday from an airstrip in Austin. On board was the first handful of Texas National Guard troops bound for the Texas-Mexico border, a few hundred miles south. The Texas Military …

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:09:45 AM CDT


Congress Never Funded Program to Prevent Farmer Suicides. Now It’s an Epidemic.

After Judith McGeary discovered that several dozen sheep had been slaughtered by a mountain lion on her 160-acre ranch near Waco in 2015, she unexpectedly found herself struggling with depression. Every one of the sheep had been born at McGeary …

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018 01:22:48 PM CDT



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