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Political people often compare Texas election maps to a state-shaped bowl of tomato soup with blueberries sprinkled in it. Most of the state in those post-election illustrations is Republican red, … more
William Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even the past.” He meant that events from the past can still affect us now or in the future. He might have been … more
If you are victimized by a horrific event, you have a choice. You can go down a rabbit hole of rage and despair and end up further hurting yourself and maybe others. Or you can learn to heal and … more
President Joe Biden signaled to America and the world that he’d be a different kind of commander in chief when he moved this summer to finally end the nearly 20-year “forever war” … more
America’s schoolchildren don’t resist learning from history. Policymakers do. President Joe Biden ended a war in Afghanistan that his three predecessors pursued (and rued) for 20 years … more
Whether Texas’s anti-abortion law survives inevitable Supreme Court scrutiny, it may already have done irreparable damage to what was once known as the conservative movement — despite … more
Merrick Garland has an interesting job. He gets up, goes to the office, sues the state of Texas and then goes home. If that description of the U.S. attorney general’s job sounds familiar, … more
In the 20 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, America got its most important job right: Terrorists did not conduct another major attack on U.S. soil. But in the process … more
There’s a question that rattles around my brain pan and the possible answers to it disappoint me. How many is too many? What’s an acceptable mortality rate? more
Two of the most persistent challenges facing the U.S. are a lack of meaningful jobs and growing income inequality. And these problems are only getting worse. Sure, there are jobs out there, at … more
The state of Texas has figured out, at least for now, how to do unconstitutional things in a way that doesn’t raise a majority of the eyebrows in the U.S. Supreme Court. The court turned … more
I don’t know what most of the kids in my grade look like. I’ve never gone to a high school dance. My last “regular” school year began in the fall of 2018; that was seventh … more
Newly released 2020 Census data give us a better sense of where Americans think the best places to live are. Cities such as Phoenix, Dallas, Houston and Las Vegas continue to be popular, maintaining … more
The 2022 elections in Texas favor Republican candidates. They haven’t lost a statewide election for more than a quarter of a century, and they’ve been in the majority of the Texas House … more
Embarrassingly enough, in Allegheny County, home to some of the top universities and research hospitals in the world, about a third of the local school districts will not require masks in classrooms … more
The global jihadist community has had a mixed reaction to the Taliban’s remarkable sweep to power in Afghanistan. Al-Qaida — Osama bin Laden’s alma mater — was brimming … more
According to the Wall Street Journal, the fledgling online gambling industry is poised to explode in popularity. This season, the NFL for the first time is permitting sports-gambling companies to … more
During a recent trip taking my 6-year-old granddaughter to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, we and other visitors needed not just reservations but also face masks. All visitors except those … more
America’s collapsed experiment in Afghanistan is not the first U.S. foreign policy failure built on a dishonest foundation. But if no one pays for peddling the lies that fueled it, it will not … more
In the wake of the suicide bombs at Kabul airport by ISIS terrorists, I must pay tribute to those Americans who have been helping to rescue endangered Afghans. That includes the U.S. Marines who … more
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