The night of November 19, 2011, Ryan McConnell went to the Den, a pub near the University of Houston campus, for some drinks with friends. There McConnell met a fellow UH student, and, after several drinks, talking led to kissing. The two eventually got so drunk a bartender told them to leave. McC ... More >>
"Print the legend!" This is how Jeff Davis, ex-husband to Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and rising star in Democratic circles, responded ("with palpable weariness") to a New York Times reporter who was trying to get to the bottom of what's really the truth about Wendy Davis's biography. ... More >>
Last year, it was revealed that Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, actually holds Canadian citizenship. Cruz subsequently made headlines -- it was a slow news cycle by all accounts -- last August, by vowing to renounce his Canadian citizenship. After all, the theory goes you can't run for presi ... More >>
Ted Cruz, the id of the Tea Party, is nobody's dummy, academically speaking. Cruz is a double-Ivy grad, who went to Princeton for his undergraduate degree and law school at the venerable Harvard. When the Daily Beast undertook to discover what Cruz was like at Princeton, it reported: several fellow ... More >>
Conservative legal pundit, Ed Whelan, who writes for the (once) venerable National Review, has a regular feature on his blog called "This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism." Yesterday, his entry was short, sweet and silly: 1987--Culminating an unprecedented campaign of lies, distortions, and vilific ... More >>
It's was unofficially official last week that Sen. Wendy Davis would run for governor, but Davis will make the official announcement today and the race is really on. Ever since Davis donned her hot pink running shoes and proceeded to stand on the floor of the Texas Senate in a filibuster to block s ... More >>
Ben Hall is running for mayor and he's running early and with videos that are that always-difficult-to-land blend of performance art, pure campaign video, and something Ingmar Bergman might have put together in his spare time. The first video ran last Wednesday, and in a move that reminded us at Ha ... More >>
If you were anywhere near a computer, a phone, or the Hill Country over the past 24 hours, you'll know that Texas witnessed one of the most memorable, remarkable displays of political will it's ever known. In lieu of allowing nearly 90 percent of the abortion clinics across the state to shutter, Sen ... More >>
Despite all the Tenth Commandment strictures to the contrary, coveting the mansion next door has led millionaire executive Tony Petrello to years of depositions and lawsuits.
At first, it seemed strange that, on one of the most important nights for Democrats, they would open with a a guy with a sprawling white smile who no one had heard of before. But hey, Dems must have thought, it worked in 2004 -- why not play this hand again? So they did, trotting out Julian Castro ... More >>
Last night, as we watched Sarah Palin bloviate on Fox News -- yes, doubtful reader, we do under highly unusual circumstances tune in to Fox News -- we were struck by something. Ted Cruz, compared to virtually every single Tea Party member on this green earth like Palin, is really damn articulate. Li ... More >>
Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?
Dinesh Shah was adept at insinuating himself into peoples lives
Suave, with impeccable but false credentials, "Dennis Shaw" moved easily through River Oaks society.
A man named Dennis Shaw wormed his way into some of the highest heights River Oaks has to offer and took it for all it was worth. In real life his name was Dinesh Shah, and he's racked up a long, long courtroom record. Our John Nova Lomax examines the man in the first of a two-part series, ... More >>
Can you become governor of Texas when your Mom hates the Alamo?The cover story from this week's upcoming New York Times Magazine is available online, and it's a love letter to 35-year-old San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, tabbing him as an official Hispanic to Watch, including talk of the Governor ... More >>
Houston artist Dale Stewart died Monday at age 34. He was brilliant, and he was my friend for more than two years.Dale was fascinated by the world, and that made him a fascinating person. His obsessions were too many to count. He loved his family, adored his little girls Anna and Kate beyond all mea ... More >>
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A couple of students from Harvard Law School recently got a taste of the Polk County Sheriff's Office and spent some time in the county jail after going out on assignment for their internships at a Houston legal clinic. The students had driven to Livingston to interview a Polunsky Unit guard at his ... More >>
Omigod, Shes Here!
So this blog is about pop culture, and this post is gonna be about politics, but in my opinion, politics comes pretty close to serving as our pop culture, most of the time. I want to write about Silda Spitzer, the wife of the ex-governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, who resigned after it came out th ... More >>
It was the year 2000 and I was a young hungry reporter in Chicago covering a young hungry state legislator
Sean Penn delivers a soulful road movie and refuses to define his subject
Greg Giraldo drops into the Improv this week, but last week Assistant Night & Day Editor Dusti Rhodes talked to him on the phone about roasting celebrities, stealing jokes, being a dad, and his upcoming show on Comedy Central. Houstoned: You’re kind of known for being really good at roasting peop ... More >>
The ultimate answer to too many strays, cash-strapped budgets, animal shelter abuses and starving people
After almost losing his voice, country rocker David Brake starts singing his own songs
Sylvester Turner's second coming
Could it be that this year's crop of summer movies requires a brain cell or two?
Arthur Miller's daughter Rebecca comes into her own with Personal Velocity
A Vogue foodie takes on an East Texas mess o' meat
Motion to dismiss: Legally Blonde doesn't even have a case
French director Francis Veber serves a little straight white whine with his wacky gay farce
In two decades, Wally Swett's sanctuary has become a place of peace for primates - it's the humans that have him going bananas
Guinevere gives a new twist to old-young romance
SLC Punk! shows young rebels, but not their relevance