Senator Ted Cruz may be the pied piper of the government shutdown, but it's the House Republicans following behind him like some sort of maniacal conga line who have actually thrown the wrenches in the gears. And none of them is congaing quite as maniacally as Tyler Congressman Louie Gohmert. Gohme ... More >>
Public Policy Polling is a new but fairly well-respected outfit that churns out an impressive quantity of high-quality snapshots of public opinion on political races and the important issues of our time. But PPP doesn't let that stop them from putting out equally authoritative figures on the percen ... More >>
Violent new drama endlessly argues crime is just business.
Texas isn't really a red state anymore. It just doesn't know it yet. The Hispanic population nationwide grew from 35 million to 50 million over the last decade or so, and 20 percent of that growth was in Texas. Meanwhile, the white bloc that does all the electing around here is no longer a majority. ... More >>
News has been trickling out as DISD Superintendent Mike Miles has filled out his leadership team. Thursday, it was Seattle Public Schools' Aurora Lora as assistant superintendent. Friday it was Ft. Worth ISD's Sylvia Reyna as school leadership chief and the fifth and penultimate member of Miles' cab ... More >>
What Laura SaysThere's just something about Arizona that brings out the weirdness. Whether it's John McCain's bizarre choice for a VP candidate or legendary sun-drenched oddballs like the Meat Puppets, the desert air just seems to produce some strange results.Add What Laura Says to the long list ... More >>
Given any thought to how you're going to react when you encounter George W. on the streets of Dallas?
You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were de ... More >>
Cousin's Barbeque Various locations I don't think a Texas barbecue place does itself any favors by boasting that it's a favorite of an Ivy League, blue-blood Yankee, but Cousin's Web site brags about serving George H.W. Bush. Had I known that before trying the food, I'd have been a tad skeptical. ... More >>
Yeah, yeah. Red state, blue state, Sunni versus Shiite, McCain battling against his "maverick" past--big deal.These are but minor little spats compared to the one issue that threatens to rend our social fabric, set brother against brother and perhaps even topple our sacred devotion to progress: in t ... More >>
Obama receives a hug from his grandmother at his 1979 high school graduation in Hawaii. The first sip: I’ve been convinced Barack Obama will win for quite some time, but for those looking for hope, here’s some optimism for a surprise John McCain victory. The second sip: No matter who you’re s ... More >>
As we prepare to adios George W. Bush from office, Newsweek wonders whether he's bothered by the mean things John McCain's been saying about him from the stump. Or whether it means anything to Dubya that he'll leave the White House with "the lowest approval ratings of any modern president." Not so m ... More >>
Daniel and Megan, frustrated by crapped-out WiFi all night, send this brief dispatch from the Democrats' victory bash in Bishop Arts. More from them tomorrow, with plenty of pretty pictures. Leading the crowd in triumphant cheers of "Yes, we can!" and "Yes, we did!," State Sen. Royce West and plent ... More >>
Sam Merten Jonathan Neerman, Dallas County GOP chair If Dallas County Republican Party chair Jonathan Neerman is nervous, he’s not showing it. Since he arrived at the Radisson Hotel around 5:30, he’s calmly been working the room, checking his Blackberry while sipping from a glass of water. Neer ... More >>
On Politico.com this morning, Obama spokesman Bill Burton confirms Matt Drudge's post concerning the campaign's giving The Dallas Morning News -- along with the New York Post and The Washington Times -- the heave-ho from the campaign plane. Says Burton: "We're trying to reach as many swing voters th ... More >>
Jackson Browne Nokia Theatre October 29, 2008 Better than: Attending (with wife and kids in tow) the various fall festivals at churches in my neighborhood. At 7:30 p.m. sharp, while many folks were still trying to find their seats, Jackson Browne hit the stage at Nokia last night and opened wi ... More >>
Jeb Hensarling casting his vote against the $700 billion bailout bill. If you thought last night's blowout victory in the Senate meant the bailout bill was going to pass the House without a fight ... well, you probably didn't, actually. Which is why this USA Today piece on Dallas's Jeb Hensarling -- ... More >>
But, seriously, who'll be his running mate? Randy Galloway? The BBC News blog Talking America today has an interview with James Meredith, the first black student ever to enroll in the University of Mississippi back in 1962. The reason for the interview is that Ole Miss is located in Oxford, Mississi ... More >>
Not to get too politicky on you today, but a couple people have breathlessly asked me, “Didja see Palin’s speech?!” In a word, notevenonesecond. But I did watch Venus vs. Serena and Rafael Nadal outlast Mardy Fish at the U.S. Open. Why? Because I’m more than a tad skeptical that ... More >>
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Took a while to find a Dallas connection to John McCain's freshly announced running mate, first-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, but, bless The Wall Street Journal, there it is at the very bottom of a lengthy, just-posted profile: Gov. Palin's judgment was called into question b ... More >>
Central Texas's own Chet Edwards So, yeah, everyone's suddenly thinking that maybe, just maybe, Barack Obama's going to announce Congressman Chet Edwards as his running mate, maybe as early as this afternoon -- and if it's on Fox, it must be true! To which Gawker notes this very funny hypothetical c ... More >>
George Soros T. Boone Pickens, out to sell his plan that would ween the U.S. and A. off foreign oil, gave an interview to The Washington Post this morning, in which the Dallas billionaire addresses his decision not to swift boat a presidential candidate this year. This, eight months after he backed ... More >>
After paying only $5 to park near the Majestic Theatre last night, where Eddie Izzard was performing for the second time in three months, my sis and I strolled into a packed house of lines -- lines for the bar, lines for the restrooms, lines for merch. And lines, of course, ready to see the comic kn ... More >>
Rick Noriega -- beloved in his native Houston, yet all but unknown here -- brought his mounting battle to unseat Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn to Dallas this morning. Standing outside City Hall, the Democrat and National Guard Lieutenant Colonel criticized Cornyn for “consistently voting aga ... More >>
Anti-intellectual appeal and red-state focus are just the tip of what these two have in common.
BarackObama.com Obama at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this morning At around 10:30 this morning, I pulled up to Precinct 1224's polling place, Fire Station No. 17, mindful of the two Obama peeps nearby. I started to walk into the fire station, when I heard a young girl yelling to man gettin ... More >>
Man, he was great in The Queen. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's in town this week, picking up his Medal of Freedom from SMU, which puts him in the same company as Colin Powell, Margaret Thatcher, former President George H. W. Bush, Tommy Franks and John McCain. Only, yesterday The Sunday ... More >>
Werner Herzog takes his hero worship Hollywood
Phil Romano, like several other prominent Dallasites, loves him some Giuliani -- which you can get on a sandwich at Eatzi's. Gary Griffith isn't the only local to throw his arms around Rudy Giuliani -- which he did again, by the way, in a campaign missive sent to would-be voters, in which Griffith o ... More >>
Can we go back to that item below, in which we mentioned how much money Jerry Jones gave John McCain? Because in there, we kinda skipped over something that just may answer a question that's been nagging at us for days -- chiefly, just why did Gary Griffith cut that spot supporting Rudy Giuliani?
For years, former Observer music editor Zac Crain and I took delight in poking at the Dixie Chicks for pretending the former Dallas street-corner performers didn't exist until singer Natalie Maines joined the band and for acting as though they hadn't released an album till 1998's Wide Open Spaces. ( ... More >>
How the two most polar songwriters of the '60s became the same man
Why We Fight probes America's passion for war
Dallas is telling a big, fat fib about the Trinity River project
One nonprofit helped save radio. Sort of. For now.
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
Pounded by state regulators and rabbit-punched by promoters, the gladiators at Fighter's House struggle for legitimacy
What are those green things in fruitcake?
Ralph Nader's running for real this time
Image is everything; Death watch; Miracle cure
Vietnam War fighter pilots recount their agonizing tales in Return with Honor