Think Tanks

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Proposed Texas Social Studies Textbooks Get Climate Change Wrong Too

    As if Texas social studies textbooks haven't been getting enough flack for pointed political and religious biases, a report released Monday by the National Center for Science Education highlights inaccuracies about climate change in proposed state textbooks. See also: SMU Academics Speak Out Agains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Tarrant County College's White Student Union Debuts on National Hate-Group List

    Just so there's no confusion, the White Student Union of Tarrant County College never had any official connection to Tarrant County College. The group was founded a little more than a year ago by Richard Railey, a 56-year-old white supremacist who happened taking classes there. There was nothing for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    SMU's Deal with Bush Library Threatens University's Academic Independence

    You know what's wrong with the Bush Presidential Center at SMU? It's not a terrible thing or place in and of itself, yet. But what's wrong already is that it represents such a lay-down by the leadership of the university. The way the thing is set up is a betrayal of academic excellence, which depend ... More >>

  • News

    December 13, 2012

    Muslim Hunting

    David Horowitz has made taunting college students a spectator sport. Sometimes he's actually right.

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Shocker: DFW Public Transit Does a Terrible Job of Getting People To Work

    Splashed across the front page of the Morning News today, large and above the fold, is an article detailing a new Brookings Institution study that measures how well public transit connects people and jobs in the nation's 100 most populous metropolitan areas: "D-FW among worst for getting to work on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Now We're Really Screwed: Asians Are America's Fastest-Growing Immigrant Group

    Oh, damn. Now white people are going to have to defend themselves on a second front. First it was the Mexicans swarming into the country and out-working us. Now the Asians are coming here in droves and out-smarting us. What's left for whites? Bowling? The big news in immigration today is a new Pew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Dallas Police and Fire Pension Boss: Fund's Risky Investments "Are Building America"

    The Nasher Sculpture Center and the developers of the Museum Tower project are continuing to hammer out their white light, white heat debacle behind closed doors. They recently hired a mediator in lawyer Tom Luce, who promptly asked both sides to quit talking to the media already. Above, however, y ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010
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    December 1, 2010

    Dallas Is On the "Road to Full Recovery"

    Brookings Institution‚ÄčAt least, that's what the Brookings Institution says in its 52-page report Global Metro Monitor: The Path to Economic Recovery, which took a long, hard look at "data on economic output and employment in 150 of the world's largest metropolitan economies, located in 53 countrie ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Dallas-Fort Worth: A Good, Strong Metro

    Brookings InstitutionLast night the Brookings Institution released a study tracking recession and recovery in the 100 biggest metro areas in the U.S., and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington ranks as one of the so-called "strongest 20 metros." Indeed, Texas takes several of the top spots: Austin-Round Rock, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Podesta's Peeps Suggest Ways to Fix Dallas's "Dangerous Chemical Facilities"

    The loading dock at Petra Chemical's Dallas facility on Storey Lane Only yesterday, suggested that the think tank Center for American Progress would become a major player within Barack Obama's White House. After all, it was founded and is headed by former Clinton chief of staff and curr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008

    SMU Swears It'll Keep a Close Eye on Bush's Institute. Swears.

    Mark W. Norris SMU president Gerald Turner, addressing the Methodist Church convention today at the Hilton Anatole Opponents of the George W. Bush institute failed Thursday afternoon to keep the think tank off of the SMU campus. Their petition, an acknowledged last-ditch effort, called for the Sout ... More >>

  • News

    June 5, 2008


    Let's just say Bush gets charged with war crimes. Will Dallas be guilty by association with his library?

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    Yet Again, a Last-Ditch Effort to Keep Bush Think Tank Off SMU Campus

    Rev. Andrew Weaver Every few days or so, there appears in the Unfair Park e-box a missive from one Andrew Weaver, a Brooklyn-based Methodist minister and Perkins School of Theology grad who, from jump, has been trying to keep George W. Bush's think tank off the SMU campus. Weaver, whom we've mention ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Dream, Weaver: How One SMU Grad's Doing His Damnedest to Stop the Bush Policy Center

    The anti-Rove: Before you go callin' the Reverend Andrew Weaver a hippie, well, he kinda ain't. Wednesday's New York Times piece about the last-ditch effort to stop President Bush from putting his think tank on the SMU campus prompted plenty of follow-ups -- from The Dallas Morning News to the Assoc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    Methodists Against the SMU Bush Library Aren't Giving Up Just Yet

    The New York Times today is reporting that Methodists still trying to push President Bush's library and think tank off the S.M.U. campus are mounting a "last-ditch effort" to block the damned-near done deal. They want to put the project to a vote in front of the 290 members of the United Methodist C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    Can I Get an Eyewitness?

    Beginning January 1, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute will begin eyeballing the city's eyewitness identification procedures. That's if the city council today gives its blessing to the study, which it will. After all it's not costing the city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007

    Beating Around the Bush Library at SMU

    Yesterday The Dallas Morning News ran a story about how some Methodists are so opposed to putting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and think tank on the SMU campus that they're trying to get the church to chuck its OK allowing the construction. Today, The Daily Campus follows up with a story ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2007

    War on Gang War

    Since we're all degenerate hippies -- well, most of us -- we're known to thumb the occasional copy of In These Times, where this week there appears a story headlined "The Counterproductive War on Gangs." Turns out, most of the info from the piece -- which insists increased law enforcement presence i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2007

    Radio is a Sad Salvation

    We're all agreed that Glenn Beck, heard daily on KLIF-AM, is the opposite of "progressive," right? Thanks to The Dallas Morning News' Over the Top blog, I sucked down a Tio's Tortas sandwich with my head buried in a just-issued 40-page study that says, among other things, Dallas radio audiences get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2007
  • News

    May 24, 2007

    Woe Is They

    Conservatives need not apply

  • News

    February 15, 2007
  • News

    February 8, 2007

    W. and Us

    Dallas, home to the George W. Bush think tank. Let's think about that.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2007

    Dogging the Presidential Library

    Interesting piece yesterday in The New York Times about the (impending?) (inevitable?) (invidious?) George W. Bush Presidential Library and Think Tank and Juice Bar on the S.M.U. campus. There was nothing terribly new, mind you: It dealt mostly with the concerns some faculty members have with turnin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2006

    SMU Wanna Bush Library? SMU're in Luck.

    This is so not how you break news. Our Man On Top Of It, Rich Lopez, phones from SMU, where moments ago President R. Gerald Turner announced, but not really, that the Hilltop was going to be the home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library. "I am not announcing it's coming here, but this is as go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2006

    SMU Profs to Bush: Bring the Library if You Must, But Keep the "Think Tank"

    Last week, Texas Monthly's Paul Burka got a copy of a December 16 missive that the "Faculty, Administrators, & Staff" of SMU's Perkins School of Theology sent to R. Gerald Turner, president of the Board of Trustees. In this letter, which is making the rounds among the SMU staff and the writers of va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2006

    Bush Think Tank = $500 Million

    Few things get the left more worked up--or at least confused--than these two phrases: "President George W. Bush" and "think tank." Now imagine they're in the same sentence. Can't? Then you did not read the New York Daily News today. See? It's right there: "Eager to begin refurbishing his tattered le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2006

    Vision Quest

    Talk about mixed emotions. Here I am a Democrat. We just swept the county. Why don't I feel better? I'll tell you why: Laura Miller. Last week I drove out of the basement of City Hall with my heart in my shoes. I'd just finished an hour and 45 minutes with Herroner, the mayor. I know the mayor's of ... More >>

  • News

    October 26, 2006


    Dallas Is Banking On Ethanol, But Is It The Fuel Of The Future Or A Barrel Of Pork?

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    Fake News is a Real Pain

    On October 9 we reported that the Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Division has sent Letters of Inquiry to all 77 stations mentioned in the Center for Media and Democracy's study, Fake TV News, concerning TV stations whose newscasts have used video news releases without identifying th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2006

    And Now, The Fake News

    In May, our former colleague Rick Kennedy wrote about the Center for Media and Democracy's report Fake TV News, in which the group blasted television networks and their affiliates for passing off paid-for news as The Real Thing--including, in one instance in February, our very own WFAA-Channel 8. Wr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 14, 2006
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    March 21, 2006
  • News

    February 16, 2006

    RIght Cross

    Is George W. Bush a conservative? Author Bruce Bartlett doesn't think so,

    and saying that cost him his job.

  • News

    January 4, 2001

    Dubya, We Knew You When...

    With a homeboy headed for the White House, a handful of his Dallas pals have hopes of making their mark on Washington

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Grandma goes electric

    Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander wants to take the state into the 21st century -- and herself into higher office -- with her vision of "e-Texas"

  • News

    May 13, 1999

    The Nerd Behind the Throne

    Karl Rove has masterminded all of Bush's political victories. Now he faces his toughest challenge: convincing you that the presidential front-runner owns his own soul

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Holy handouts

    How taxpayers -- including you, if you hit the flea market in Canton -- are subsidizing the Christian right

  • News

    July 16, 1998

    Whine capital of Texas

    A rigged wine contest peels away Grapevine's grandiose label as the Napa Valley of Texas, revealing instead another cheap import