Water Wars Pit Rural and Urban Texas Against Each Other

You know you’re getting close to Harrold Witcher’s place when you pass the water tower in Carson, a community of 22 people in northeast Texas just south of the Oklahoma border. A mere 20 minutes from the Red River, this …

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Fri, 23 Aug 2019 03:54:13 PM CDT


‘The Weil Conjectures’ Rewards the Intellectually Adventurous

The Latin root of the word conjecture, conicere, means to throw things together. Think of Jackson Pollock splashing different paints onto a canvas and hoping for some kind of coherent result. In mathematics, the term refers to a proposition offered …

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Fri, 23 Aug 2019 06:00:20 AM CDT


Could Trump’s Reelection Campaign Turn the Texas House Blue?

For Texas Democrats to do well in 2020 and potentially secure the state House and a number of additional congressional seats, they need to organize themselves effectively—and have a lot of things line up just right. The jury’s out on the …

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Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:00:28 AM CDT


The Consequence of Trump’s New Family Detention Rules

On Wednesday morning, Trump administration officials announced a final rule that will allow the government to detain migrant children indefinitely in family detention centers while they and their parents await resolution of their asylum cases. Currently, kids may generally be …

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Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:03:20 PM CDT


More Highways, More Problems

Bruce Elementary School sits in the shadow of one of Houston’s countless towering, concrete overpasses. From the playground, the sound of cars zooming past and heavy-duty trucks heading to Interstate 45 drowns out the voices of community advocates. Dozens of …

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Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:16:47 PM CDT


Governor Abbott Swaps One Scandal-Scarred Secretary of State for Another

Earlier this year, Governor Greg Abbott ordered his longtime mentee and newly appointed Secretary of State David Whitley to purge the Texas voter rolls of suspected noncitizens. It was bungled from the start. Whitley’s office flagged nearly 100,000 registered voters …

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Wed, 21 Aug 2019 01:20:33 PM CDT


Texas (Kinda, Sorta) Accidentally Decriminalized Weed. Now What?

Texas lawmakers like to declare themselves leaders on criminal justice reform, but this session they mostly did nothing about it. During the 86th Texas Legislature, a barrage of misinformation from police groups killed bipartisan efforts to reform Texas’ marijuana laws, …

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Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:35:38 PM CDT


Republicans Come to Texas to Prepare for the 2021 Redistricting Battle

Last week, more than 200 conservative state lawmakers from around the country packed into a hotel conference room in Austin for a panel session entitled “How to Survive Redistricting.” The verdict? As the panel of battle-hardened Republicans advised, it’s a …

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Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:30:04 AM CDT


Binational Community Struggles to Help Migrants Under ‘Remain in Mexico’

On a mid-August evening in Matamoros, Pastor Abraham Barberi can’t wipe the sweat from his forehead fast enough. As the Tamaulipan sun beats down, Barberi arranges styrofoam cups of red Kool-Aid on a fold-out table, then begins handing out ham …

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Mon, 19 Aug 2019 02:33:24 PM CDT


Molly Ivins Wrestles With the ‘Infotainment’ Industry

Editor’s Note: This month, we’re reprinting some of our favorite Molly Ivins columns in celebration of her birth month and the upcoming wide release of Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins, the documentary about her life. This …

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Mon, 19 Aug 2019 06:00:58 AM CDT