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Texas' Other Death Penalty

Texas Observer | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics

The first patient who called me “doctor” died a few winters ago. I met him at the St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic on Galveston Island. I w...

Texas Leads the Counter-Attack Against Standardized Testing

John Thompson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

Texas educators and families are conveying a two-part message. Our education system is not broken, but we have not been able to scale up solutions for urban systems serving intense concentrations of poverty.

Texas Democrats Shouldn't Rely on Demographics

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

For years, Democrats in Texas and outside of Texas have worked on the assumption that the rise of the Latino vote will inexorably turn Texas into a blue or at least a purple state.

Michael Calderone

Will Rick Perry's Aggressive Texas Media Strategy Work Nationally?

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.17.2011 | Media

NEW YORK -- While Texas Gov. Rick Perry has grabbed headlines (and the spotlight) from his Republican rivals all week, members of the Texas press corp...

Weekly Audit: The Shocking Truth About Taxes

The Media Consortium | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger The super rich are different from you and me. For one thing, their tax rates are lower. According to I...

Weekly Diaspora: Texas Excludes Low-Income Latinos from Census, Expedites Visas for Wealthy Mexican Immigrants

The Media Consortium | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Newly released census figures show that the Latino population in the United States surged by 43 per...

Weekly Diaspora: Big Business Dictates Immigration Policy--At Workers' Expense

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Arizona's business leaders, frustrated by the deep financial fallout of increasingly radical immigr...

Weekly Audit: A Recall Fight Brewing in Wisconsin?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Tens of thousands of people continue their peaceful occupation of the Wisconsin state capital to prote...

Weekly Mulch: The Dirty Truth about Natural Gas and Energy Innovation

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger The argument against natural gas got a boost this week, when a congressional investigation turned up evide...

Weekly Pulse: Bloomberg Shaking up Soda Pop with Politics

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is asking the USDA to approve a pilot program that would preve...

Weekly Diaspora: ICE Deports Children, Disabled, and Domestic Violence Victims

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger For the past several months, the Obama administration has relentlessly professed its commitment to ...

Weekly Diaspora: Will $600 Million Border Security Bill Target Innocents?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Anti-immigrant forces have adeptly shaped the ongoing immigration debate into an issue of crime and...

Weekly Mulch: Oil rig sinks, as does Senate climate bill

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Two disasters flared up this week, one environmental, the other political. Off the coast of Louisiana, oil f...

Weekly Mulch: Obama's Responsibility for the BP Oil Spill

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger President Barack Obama is in Louisiana today, and BP is saying it will know in 48 hours if its attempt to "t...

Weekly Mulch: Climate Change On Obama's Back Burner

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger In his first State of the Union address, President Barack Obama touched on climate issues only briefly. He c...

Video From Death Row: Possibly Retarded Prisoner Faces Execution

Renee Feltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Renee Feltz

As Texas reopens its execution chamber after a Thanksgiving break, the first man set to die may be mentally retarded.

Texas Keeps Retarded Men on Death Row

Renee Feltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Renee Feltz

In Texas, prosecutors have fought to hold off evidence of mental retardation to the penalty phase of a trial, meaning that jurors consider it only after they have convicted a defendant of murder.

What Would Molly Think?

Betsy Moon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Betsy Moon

Molly Ivins made us want to be our better selves and stand up and use our power. Two years after her death, she would be so proud that we finally woke up and worked to make this happen.

Stiglitz on War Cost, Economic Outlook

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Tepper Marlin

conomics Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz spoke Friday at a fundraiser for Economists for Peace and Security (EPS), which was created to study the "full costs of war and conflict."

McCain Owes Us More Than Gramm's Resignation

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

McCain wants us to put him in charge of the world's leading economy, but he is outsourcing his intellectual and philosophical responsibilities in that area. It seems to be part of who he is, just like Bush.