Texas Officials Allow 15 Immigrant Shelters to Hold More Kids than Licenses Permit

In recent months, Texas officials have granted permission to at least 15 immigrant youth shelters to cram in more kids than their child-care licenses allow, according to records obtained by the Observer. Two shelters have been approved to hold almost …

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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:18:26 PM CDT


The ‘Crazies’ Have Fully Taken Over the Texas GOP

At the Texas Republican Party Convention last week, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick did what so many conquerors ultimately do: He declared peace. The GOP civil war that has done so much to define political life in Texas during the last …

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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:52:29 PM CDT


A Strange and Wonderful New Book Celebrates the Often-Ignored Work of Outsider Artists

In 1967, more than 40 years after his death, Charles Dellschau’s belongings were finally piled out on the street in front of his former house in Houston. An antiques dealer was making a routine visit to inspect the junk when …

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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:59:44 AM CDT


What Texas Republicans Are (and Aren’t) Saying About Trump’s Family Separation Policy

Over the past couple of weeks, the nation has been forced to confront the realities of President Trump’s goal of stopping immigration at the southern border with sheer force. We’ve seen a torrent of coverage about the ramifications of Trump’s …

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:25:13 PM CDT


Southern Baptists Grapple with Their Own ‘Horrifying #MeToo Moment’

The signs said “Jesus Never Shamed Women” and “Misogyny is Bad Theology.” Under an oppressive noonday sun, 40 to 50 people, mostly Baptist women, gathered last week for a protest outside the Dallas Convention Center, where the Southern Baptist Convention …

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 01:59:50 PM CDT


How Disaster Recovery Overlooks the Poor

Early in his career, David Hall came to see the Rio Grande Valley’s most impoverished communities as an important prism for viewing Texas’ civil rights struggles. Hall, who led Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) for 42 years until his retirement …

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:58:33 AM CDT


Ted Cruz and State Republicans Make Clear: This is Trump’s Texas Now

It was clear when Governor Greg Abbott bragged about being more powerful than Putin, and when he said that Texans had far more influence on Trump’s presidential victory than any Russians could have. It was clear when Lieutenant Governor Dan …

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Sat, 16 Jun 2018 03:20:02 PM CDT


Ken Paxton: ‘The More We Talk About Gun Regulation, the More People Are Gonna Die’

Conservative thought leader Ken Paxton delivered the “constitutional response to mass shootings” Friday at the 2018 Texas Republican Convention, which included barricading doors, arming parishioners and taking cues from Israeli policies that don’t actually exist. “The more we talk about …

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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 04:34:11 PM CDT


What You Missed: First 2 Days of the 2018 Texas Republican Convention

Most recent updates at top.  5:30 p.m., Friday — Day 2 Closes with Fireworks The second day of the Texas GOP convention is wrapping up on a long and drawn out note — though not an uncontentious one. The race …

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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:19:53 AM CDT


Waco Immigrant Mom Locked Up for 2 ½ Years, Alleges Sexual Assault by Guard

Estela Fajardo, a prominent Waco business owner, is stuck in a web of criminal and immigration issues that’s torn her from her four kids. Now, the county says she’s lying about sexual assault. – For the last two and a …

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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:05:01 AM CDT



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