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Joe Cutbirth

Mayor Parker's Wedding Completes An Amazing Arc of LGBT History

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Joe Cutbirth

That muffled cough and gravelly rumbling noise you heard last Wednesday had to be the sound of former-Houston Mayor Louie Welch rolling over in his grave.

Scott Brown's Shameful Campaign

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

In an era of cool media, Brown has what it takes to be red hot, which makes the campaign he's running against Elizabeth Warren puzzling if not downright disgusting. But let's start with puzzling.

Rick Perry's Gaffe: Channelling Phil Gramm or Clayton Williams?

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

The national press loves to fall in love, and Perry had a nice 72-hour honeymoon before his shoot-from-the-lip style, which works in Amarillo, Abilene and around Austin, backfired with Bernanke. Big time.

Why I'm Calling It *Gulp* for Michele Bachmann

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

Bachmann's biggest job right now is to convince political insiders who know her as a bomb thrower that she is more than a "movement candidate." If she is serious, she can't be the GOP's Dennis Kucinich.

Phelps' Son Says "God Hates Fags" Church Could Turn Violent

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Joe Cutbirth

Fred Phelps and his hateful clan spent this weekend in West Virginia taunting innocent families whose fathers, brothers and sons were buried alive in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

A Socialist Primer: Rick Perry, Health Care & the Texas Governor's Race

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

I'm wondering what it's going to take for my former colleagues in the Texas press corps to call out Rick Perry for using the term "socialism" over-and-over to describe the insurance reform Congress passed last week.

Open Letter: From Sam Houston to Barack Obama

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

Mr. President: It's my humble privilege as a citizen with my own place in American history to write to you as you're about to make the most important...

Leach Incident Shows ESPN Ethics Stink

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Joe Cutbirth

It would be a gross violation of journalistic ethics for any sports journalist to try and directly influence how any college football program is run. For it to happen where the journalist's son is on scholarship would be beyond the pale.

Mr. President, Please: A Little Less Oprah, a Little More LBJ

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

Want to know how to get this president's attention? Disagree with him or oppose him, and he's putty in your hands.

Happy Birthday Harvey Milk (and thanks for giving us hope)

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

The defining moment in my adult life came inconveniently about six months after I got the first big break in my journalism career. At least it seemed ...

Digging Further Into the Texas Rape Kit Scandal

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

It's a sad day when state lawmakers, the attorney general, city leaders or the police act as if a forensic exam even vaguely resembles a victim service or compensation to a woman who has been raped.

How Can Texas Ask Women to Pay for Rape Kits?

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

On a rare occasion, journalists shine a light on a public policy that is so disgusting it literally stuns you -- it just takes your breath away and leaves you speechless.

Rick Perry Should Stop Embarrassing Texas

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

Partisanship and political philosophy aside, I can think of few things more irresponsible in this economy than the governor of Texas speaking freely about secession.

The Pope Can't Get Away With This

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joe Cutbirth

If Ratzinger wants to stay in Italy and scare school kids by telling them God is watching when they French kiss or masturbate, that is his sexual silliness. But this is a matter of life and death.

My Must-See Moment at Every Inaugural

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

This moment sets in motion a process that allows ultimate authority to shift from one man to another without a shot being fired, a person being imprisoned or a life being lost.

I Voted (Twice) for Obama, and Apparently I Lost

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

Warren's selection is a thumb in the eye of every lesbian and gay citizen, and an insult to kind and decent Americans who believed that Obama's presidency was the beginning of a new era.

Vet the Princess Before She's Crowned

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

It's time for reporters covering this story to dispense with the navel gazing and to get started vetting Ms. Kennedy's ideas and positions.

McCain's Racist Surge

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

The debate tonight is McCain's last chance to change the direction of his campaign. That is why he should consider something bold, something a real maverick would do. He should apologize to Obama.

Why I Called It for Joe Biden

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

The thrill of any debate comes in that one moment - and it almost always comes if you are patient - when one candidate finds a small opening and claims the evening.

Our National Sue Simmons Moment

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

I am a liberal, and damn it, I want the government to act. I'm not opposed to a huge, sweeping bill, but the way this went down on Monday was bullshit.

The Incredible Lightness of Being Sarah Palin

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joe Cutbirth

Palin will throw mud with impunity, then in the tradition of Agnew, Dole and Quayle yell "double standard" and "bias reporting" when she is called on it.