Bonnen’s Downfall Proves Politicians Don’t Mind Dirty Laundry—So Long as It’s Never Aired

The political scandal known as Bonnghazi has, over the past couple months, slowly engulfed House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. After having outmaneuvered and marginalized right-wing provocateur Michael Quinn Sullivan and his group Empower Texans during his first term as speaker, Bonnen …

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Tue, 22 Oct 2019 05:10:07 PM CDT


Landowners Got One Hill Country Oil Pipeline Moved. But Can They Do It Again?

A month after news surfaced that a pipeline proposed by a Texas-based petroleum juggernaut would run across the Edwards Aquifer, the primary source of water for San Antonio and other cities, the company said it would shift the pipeline’s path. …

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Tue, 22 Oct 2019 01:34:37 PM CDT


Author Saeed Jones on Empathy, the Power of Memoir, and Growing up Gay in North Texas

Saeed Jones possesses the rare ability to see himself with uncompromising clarity. He also has the courage to put his insights down on paper, chronicling the shame, vulnerability, and self-destruction that marked his journey into adulthood in a fervent memoir …

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Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:02:40 AM CDT


A Bold New Memoir Struggles to Reconcile Faith and Feminism

When Cameron Dezen Hammon first becomes a Christian at age 26, she tries to make sense of historical conflicts like the Crusades. How can God be good when his human representatives are so terrible? “God is not the church,” her …

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Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:00:37 AM CDT


Will Dan Patrick’s Bare-Minimum Effort for Gun Control Go Anywhere?

Days after a man drove through Midland and Odessa, shooting his AR-15-style rifle out his window at bystanders and killing seven people, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick issued what was seen as a potentially monumental breakthrough in the state’s gridlocked politics …

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Mon, 21 Oct 2019 06:00:55 AM CDT


‘Ghosts of Sugar Land’ Tracks a Texan’s Path to ISIS

One day in the summer of 2015, Bassam Tariq logged on to Facebook to see a long missive posted by a former friend, Warren Christopher Clark. “I am now currently living in the Islamic state,” Clark wrote. “I’m sure people …

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Fri, 18 Oct 2019 03:21:37 PM CDT


The World’s Briscoe Cain Problem

One of the fun things about covering Texas politics is that every once in a while, a political figure you know too much about, and no one else cares about, does something deeply unwise. Suddenly, they’re in newspapers from Aarhus …

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Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:48:59 AM CDT


Janis Joplin’s Inimitable Voice

Texas-born rock icon Janis Joplin has been one of American culture’s most compelling figures for more than 50 years, in large part because of the intrigue she presents: Just who was this storm of a singer, and just what inside …

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Thu, 17 Oct 2019 06:00:55 AM CDT


Sergio Troncoso’s New Book Is a Beautiful Meditation on the Borderlands

In the opening lines of Sergio Troncoso’s new collection of linked short stories, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, our narrator, David, stands in front of a casket struggling to accept that it’s his father inside. David hasn’t been home …

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 01:14:29 PM CDT


Federal Judges Temporarily Block Public Charge Rule, but Public Health Worries Persist

Last month, Elizabeth Hasse, an immigration attorney with the Tahirih Justice Center in Houston, spoke to a client about renewing her work permit. Hasse had helped the woman secure temporary status years before under a provision in the Violence Against …

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:00:37 AM CDT