Loon Star: Li’l Lawmakers

To see more political cartoons from Ben Sargent, visit our Loon Star State section, or find Observer political reporting here.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:06:45 PM CST


Big Spring Vs. Big Oil

In the heart of the West Texas oil patch, a new fracking frenzy is putting a strain on groundwater. – by Christopher Collins @collins_reports December 11, 2017 Charles Phillips was in his pasture one day last year when he heard …

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:03 AM CST


Dance Without Borders

Dance Without Borders Ballet Nepantla erases boundaries between dance forms and explores what it means to be from the borderlands — both as a geographical place and a state of mind. In the opening moments of “La Bruja,” a traditional …

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:10:45 PM CST


‘Pressure, Dissuasion, Coercion’: Trump Officials Repeatedly Intervened to Stop Teen Refugees’ Abortions

In early March, a minor girl staying in a shelter for undocumented immigrants in Texas run by BCFS, a religiously affiliated nonprofit, convinced a judge to let her get an abortion. State law allows minors to obtain permission from a …

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:10:37 AM CST


Requiem for an Alt-Weekly

“We need journalism more than ever, and alt-weeklies were an important voice."

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:27:24 AM CST


Texas-Bred Anti-Environmentalists Find New Power in Trump Administration

At a climate conference in Washington, D.C., about a month after the presidential election, Brooke Rollins was in a celebratory mood. “We are winning, and a couple of years ago, it didn’t seem possible,” she said. “Most people thought it …

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:29:14 AM CST


Dallas Grand Jury Indicts Cop Who Shot Unarmed Man Mistaken for Burglar

On Wednesday, a Dallas County grand jury indicted the officer who shot an unarmed black man who police mistook for a car burglar last month, marking the third Dallas-area cop to face criminal charges for an on-duty shooting this year. …

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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:11:06 PM CST


‘I Would Have to Drop Out’: 200 Texas Grad Students Walk Out to Protest GOP Tax Bill

As part of a series of protests nationwide, around 200 graduate students walked out of classrooms, labs and office hours at the University of Texas at Austin Wednesday to protest the Republican tax plan. The students took aim at a …

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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:08:26 PM CST


‘Infeliz Navidad’: DACA Recipients Sing Protest Carols at Texas Governor’s Mansion

Around two dozen immigrant rights activists sang Christmas carols outside the Texas governor’s mansion Tuesday evening as a reminder that nearly 700,000 young immigrants nationwide face an “infeliz navidad” if Congress doesn’t find a solution for DACA. President Trump is …

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:25:39 PM CST


After Observer Story, Congressman Questions DEA’s Secretive Surveillance Partnership with Texas National Guard

Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro is asking the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to explain its role in the use of controversial cellphone spying devices on surveillance aircraft owned by the Texas National Guard, after the Observer first reported on the partnership …

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:39:52 PM CST