Give U.S. Representative Pete Sessions credit for participation. In December, he met with a group of students from Richardson's Berkner High School to answer some questions and be filmed for a C-SPAN contest in which the students were competing. The students seem well informed -- or at least well p ... More >>
Michael McDowell could have quit while he was ahead. During more than a decade spent posing as a military officer, he'd won heartfelt acclaim from military brass like CIA director David Petraeus, gotten behind-the-scenes access to the Washington Navy Yard, convinced the state of Texas to give him sp ... More >>
If a same-sex marriage happens outside of Texas, but no law in Texas was there to recognize it, did the marriage ever even happen? Earlier this year, a state senator asked Attorney General Greg Abbott to weigh in on the question in light of all the same-sex couples employed by municipal government ... More >>
Last fall, Huawei, the Chinese telecommunication giant whose U.S. base just happens to be in Plano, was the subject of intense scrutiny over fears that it might serve as a Trojan horse for cyber-spies in Beijing. Huawei, for its part, did little to allay fears by dummying up during a congressional i ... More >>
Knowing the ending doesn't kill the thrills in the hunt for Bin Laden.
Hey, it was great having Mitt Romney in town this week, was it not? He looks so different in Texas. Those national mediatoids were making him out to be a rich plutocrat who made his money killing companies and shipping jobs to Vietnam, but when we got to see him here under our own warm sun, he look ... More >>
Corps of Engineers and city struggle to balance flood protection's costs versus the value of not drowning.
Michael Lindenberger had a great piece in The Dallas Morning News yesterday about public distortions of fact by former mayor Tom Leppert and backers of the Trinity Toll Road like the Trinity Commons Foundation before the 2007 toll road alignment referendum. The main thing the story got acros ... More >>
So much to rant about this week--the Dewhurst Bill, consideration of a code of ethics for food bloggers, that sort of thing. But an email this morning about "culinary constructivism," as practiced by chefs at Hong Kong's Mandarin Oriental, raised a few questions.Well, one question, really: why?Accor ... More >>
America prepares to shutter the infamous prison camp, and jihad looms
Jeffrey R. McKinney, Andrew Velez and Ted Westhusing are not statistics. They are sons, husbands, brothers and fathers who committed suicide while fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. But in recent months, they have become nothing more than numbers that keep adding up to what's become one of the most un ... More >>
Well-acted dramas explore scandals and racism in the military. Can you handle the truth?
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addressed the Military Child Education Coalition’s annual conference today, held in the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center’s enormous ballroom. Speaking to the fact that three out of five service members deployed in Iraq ... More >>
Thanks to a few incendiary soundbites, recordings of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s sermons are circulating among church people, making their way from hand to hand and e-mail to iPod. A politically active young man in my church gave my husband a copy of the full message from which the infamous phr ... More >>
Ole Anthony, not sitting on a commode of any kind As we noted Tuesday morning, Sen. Charles Grassley's investigating six top televangelists: Paula and Randy White, David and Joyce Meyer, Creflo and Taffi Dollar, Eddie L. Long, Wise County couple Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and Irving-based Benny Hin ... More >>
Buzz isn't buying conspiracy theories
Robert W. Haley, professor of internal medicine and chief of epidemiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Nine years ago in the pages of the Dallas Observer, Ann Zimmerman wrote about how Dallas doctors -- chief among them, Robert W. Haley, professor of internal medicine and ... More >>
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