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James Moore is a best selling author, on-air TV political analyst, and a communications and public relations expert

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2014: The Year of The Truman Show

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:55 PM

When The Truman Show debuted to great acclaim 16 years ago this summer, film critics were, initially, slightly baffled. Audiences were intrigued, though, by the story of a man whose life was being secretly broadcast to the world and had billions of viewers.

Eventually, he becomes aware that secret...

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Down Where the River Ends

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 7:01 PM

The frontier between Texas and Mexico has defied a cultural and economic simplicity since long before General John "Black Jack" Pershing wasted almost two years fruitlessly chasing Pancho Villa through the high deserts of Mexico and the American Southwest. Very little is what it appears to be in such a...

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Too Big to Eat

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 8:37 AM

Software isn't eating the world; it's feeding it. In fact, since Netscape founder and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen wrote his iconic piece for the Wall Street Journal in 2011, data has accumulated to show that hardware businesses are resurgent, and software, rather than replacing humans, is...

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Border Wars

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:27 PM

Anyone who says, "All publicity is good publicity," has, obviously, never had bad publicity. There's also that other lame line about, "I don't care what you say about me as long as you spell my name right." In public relations, neither is an informed approach to dealing with an image....

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Business at the Dawn of the Internet of Things

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 12:44 PM

When the Internet of Things (IoT) was first being conceptualized in the 1990s, the idea was little more than a dreamy notion from technologists. The vision involved connecting every physical device to the web for purposes of real-time tracking, which would allow computers to gather data without human intervention. Everything...

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The Abbott Campaign and the 'Smog of Bad Decisions'

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 3:25 PM

The notion that Greg Abbott was going to become governor of Texas without much of a fight has quickly disappeared into a smog of bad decisions. The state's attorney general, who has recently been defending a public education plan derived, in part, from the dissertations of a gender and racial...

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Wendy and the Women

(23) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:10 AM

There was a moment in the Ann Richards campaign against George W. Bush when I knew in advance she had lost. The late governor was speaking to a Girls' State assembly, which is a little legislature created annually for high school students to meet for a day and learn about...

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Three From Texas: Female Federal Judges Uphold Restrictive Abortion Laws

(5) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Anyone who has watched, even from a remove, the rulings of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, is not surprised by the decision to uphold the new restrictive Texas abortion laws. It is, however, slightly baffling that three of the justices were women, and that the...

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Two Women, Two Votes

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 8:53 AM

Far out on the west side of Hidalgo County, the land is dark and rich and flattened into an alluvial plain by ancient floods in the Rio Grande Valley basin. There is no end to growing season this close to the Mexican border and the fields are only barren between...

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1958

(15) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:47 AM

We lived in a small house: 850 square feet, six kids, Daddy and Ma. The neighborhood was all southerners that had moved north to work in the factories. Daddy told me late in his life that he had left the sharecropping of cotton in Mississippi to move to the unknowns...

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The Unhealthy Presidential Politics of Ted Cruz

(21) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 12:30 PM

While Ted Cruz was happily meeting with home schoolers in Iowa, the residents of the Rio Grande Valley in his home state were getting ready to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Cruz, a Republican, has been to Iowa four times in the eight months...

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Here in the Third World

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 9:31 AM

(McAllen, Texas) - We flew down on a cold January day. A dome of Canadian air that seemed to collapse from the arctic top of the world had reached all the way to the sub-tropical region of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Nothing kills in the tropics as...

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Greg Abbott and the Politics of Anger

(29) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:38 AM

The accident that changed Greg Abbott's life was so improbable as to be almost statistically immeasurable. A healthy 27-year-old, he was jogging through the Houston community of River Oaks in 1984 when a large limb broke from a tree and fell on his back. Abbott, who spent months in rehabilitation,...

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Men Against Women

(21) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 12:22 PM

As more abortion clinics close in the state of Texas, a retrospective look at the politics that led to this form of oppression points mostly at men. In fact, the five Republican candidates for the most powerful statewide offices in Texas, all of whom are dedicated to increasing abortion restrictions,...

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Transhumanism and All My Mortal Friends

(9) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:27 PM

We were afraid to think much about spring during the month of March up in Michigan. Too many days gave us false hope of warmth, a Chinook wind might melt the ice and show frozen green from the previous summer, and then a heavy snow could fall and cover our...

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A Cold Day in Texas

(13) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:53 AM

We call them blue northers; they are usually Canadian cold air or arctic weather systems that push far enough south to dramatically alter the weather in Texas. Often, a person can be standing outside in 80 degree temperatures and the cold can lower it as much as 60 degrees in...

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Re-Learning Education

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 10:39 PM

He never went to college. But there's no arguing he knows a bit about education. And Michael Clifford, Chairman of SignificantFederation, has found himself comfortably sitting in the middle of the conversation about what is best for the future of higher education. The debate, however, has often been considerably less...

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On the Shoulders of Dwarfs

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 9:19 AM

I've got this thing about hypocrites and opportunists: I cannot stand them or their unrestrained inclinations.

Arizona's latest self-disembowelment over gay people, and the chorus of voices that urged the state to come to its senses, reminded me of four people who used sexual politics to succeed professionally before they...

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Two Americans Disappear in West African Dictatorship

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 10:06 PM

They were best friends in high school and came to America together to attend the University of Washington in Seattle. Alhaji Mamut Ceesay and Ebou Jobe are from The Gambia in Western Africa, and after more than a decade working in the states, and naturalizing as U.S. citizens, they decided...

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The Times, It Is a Changin': New York Times Inherits the Sins of Its Little Brother, the Texas Tribune

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 11:41 AM

I know I said I wasn't going to write about the Texas Tribune again but like my ma said, "There's a lot of things I don't wanna do in life, son, but I have to do them." The numbers in this piece cried out for exclamation points. I tried...

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