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Remembering Ann Richards
AUSTIN, Texas—She was so generous with her responses to other people. If you told Ann Richards something really funny, she wouldn’t just smile or laugh, she would stop and break up completely. She taught us all so much—she was a great campfire cook. Her wit was a constant delight. One night on the...
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Reform the System or Lose the Democracy
A Houston jury convicted both Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, despite the fact that Kenny Boy packed his Bible to the courtroom every day. Since it is a long and noble Texas tradition for the accused to fight all allegations by finding Jesus, this indicates a major degree of guilt. (While on trial for...
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Karl Rove's Early Machinations
An interesting semi-historical footnote concerning Dick Cheney's oft-reiterated references during the 2000 presidential campaign to President Clinton's weaseling under oath. "He knows what the meaning of 'is' is," says Cheney in his campaign stump speech to show the moral superiority of the...
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Immigration 101 for Beginners and Non-Texans
In 1983, I was a judge at the Terlingua Chili Cookoff, and my memory of the events may not be perfect—for example, for years I’ve been claiming Jimmy Carter was president at the time, but that’s the kind of detail one often loses track of in Terlingua. Anyway, it was ’83 or some year right around...
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Setting The Record Straight
Remarks prepared for the recent 50th anniversary of The Texas Observer, an independent newspaper in Austin, Texas. The 50th anniversary of The Texas Observer is a double celebration for me. Your first issue appeared one week before Judith Davidson and I were married in December 1954. We had...
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Christian Soldier on the High Court
AUSTIN, Texas -- Uh-oh. Now we are in trouble. Doesn't take much to read the tea leaves on the Harriet Miers nomination. First, it's Bunker Time at the White House. Miers' chief qualification for this job is loyalty to George W. Bush and the team. What the nomination means in larger terms for both...
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Never Steal a Turkey in Lubbock, and Other Tales of Texas Justice
Racism, 'Tuff on Crime' judges and gutless politicians warp the system.
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Duck and Cover Time
Texas lege enshrines anti-gay provision in state constitution
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Far from Texas, in Dire Need
George Bush and Ariel Sharon have the love of ranches in common. Each man uses his spread in the rough country as a retreat and as a symbol of identity. Ranchers are plainspoken men of the simple verities. Ranchers are tough. Ranchers know how to stand alone. But what they really love about the...
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The Propaganda Czar from Paris + Texas
'I understand that Karen Hughes was born in Paris.' --John Kerry, 2004 The good news is that at least it's not Karen Ryan reporting. The Paris-born former Texas reporter Karen Hughes is about to report for duty once again in Washington. After leaving the president's side full-time in 2002 for Texas...
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