Karl Rove

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    June 11, 2014

    Happy 90th Birthday George Bush Sr.: A Rousing R&B Salute

    A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert Directed by David Deutsch Shout! Factory, 120 min., $19.98 "Tonight is not a night for politics," says a well-coiffed man at the microphone with an unmistakable Southern drawl at the beginning of this concert. "Tonight is the ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Dan Patrick Isn't Alone; Here Are More Examples of Texas Political Mudslinging

    Political fights can get ugly, but the grappling over who will get the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor got particularly unsightly last Friday. Up until then, both the remaining candidates, State Sen. Dan Patrick and current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, had done their best to embarrass and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    In Politics and Media, Perception Is Apparently Reality

    Chris Cillizza, a blogger/reporter for the Washington Post who appears frequently on cable news shows, recently wrote this concerning the CBO jobs reports kerfuffle: My job is to assess not the rightness of each argument but to deal in the real world of campaign politics in which perception often ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Conservapedia: The Search for the Truth Ends Here

    You are surely aware of Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia. While sometimes comically inaccurate (but rarely nowadays), Wikipedia is actually a fairly reliable resource for basic facts (How many touchdowns has Tom Brady thrown? Which years was Warren Harding president?). It is almost a ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013
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    December 17, 2012

    What Does The Future Hold For The Rice Owls?

    It's been a so-so year for Rice sports. The baseball team didn't make it past the NCAA Regionals. The men's basketball team self-destructed. And at one point the football team was 1-5. But then in mid-October the football team took off, and they won five of their six games to finish the season at 6- ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2012

    Your Gonzo Guide to the Republican National Convention

    From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Hispanics Saving Texas Democrats: A Perpetual Mirage?

    The quixotically optimistic Texas Democrats -- who haven't won a statewide election since 1994 -- bellowed a lot of things at the Texas Democratic Convention last weekend, but, really, most of it seemed to translate to one refrain. All together now: The Hispanics are going to save us! The Hispan ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012
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    February 21, 2012

    Michael Berry Responds (a Little) to Hit & Run Gay-Bar Allegations, Bashes Gay-Bashers

    Michael Berry is not doing any interviews on his hit-and-run allegations, but today he talked about it on his radio show, to some degree. "It is time I speak on an issue of some importance, at least to me...I'm going to do that right now, at least on the issues I feel are of the most important in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Pop Rocks: A Few (Updated) Non-Pokemon Speeches for Herman Cain

    "Over?"​It was fun (to watch) while it lasted, but Herman Cain officially "suspended" his Presidential campaign last weekend. The former Godfather's CEO had long been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment (to say nothing of his unfamiliarity with the Libyan crisis or how to pronounce "Uzb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Voter ID Is a Texas Emergency, Rick Perry Declares

    Rick Perry: It's a red-meat special in Austin today​Remember that vast tsunami of voter fraud that swept across Texas, coming close to throwing into chaos the very concept of democracy? Neither do we. Even Karl Rove, using every bit of the federal government he could get his hands on, couldn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Kay Bailey Hutchison Retires: Five Career Highlights

    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has announced she will not seek re-election to the Senate, probably a wise move after conservatives sensed blood in the water after her disastrous gubernatorial campaign. KBH's three terms in the Senate were somewhat odd in that she never made all that much of an impres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Alberto Gonzalez: Former Houstonian, Former Attorney General, Needs Your Cash

    Alberto Gonzalez: Give `til it hurts​Alberto Gonzalez, the pride of Houston's Vinson & Elkins, memorably served as Attorney General under George W. Bush. Sure, there were a few bumps along the way, what with the torture and helping Karl Rove purge the roster of U.S. Attorneys in a way that an ... More >>

  • Film

    March 11, 2010

    Mission Finally Accomplished

    American hero Matt Damon and his WMD of a movie Green Zone confirm the big lie, Hollywood-style.

  • News

    November 19, 2009

    The Tug of War

    Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison are locked in a pitched battle over the soul of the GOP. They are also running for governor.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Lone Star Scorecard: How Accurate are Your Favorite Songs About Texas?

    ​Many songs about Texas are written by residents wishing to celebrate some part of their beloved Lone Star State. Others come from non-Texans who are unable to resist the je ne sais quoi of the place that produced both Walter Cronkite and Karl Rove. One thing that many of them have in common, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    HISD's Former Board President Moves On In Portland

    Cathy Mincberg, the longtime political semi-honcho who once was HISD's board president and left the district as its chief business officer, is now leaving her latest gig.She had been chief operations officer of the Portland school system, but now she is becoming the V-P and chief academic officer fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Election 2008: Winners and Losers

    What's that sound? Dust settling? No....Dust doesn't really make any sound as it settles. Nevertheless, dust is settling, dammit, after Election 08, and it's time to pick the local winners and losers. We're here to help. Winners 1. Bill White. Everyone wanted to be Mayor Bill White's best buddy ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008
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    October 16, 2008

    Bush's Brain: W.

    Oliver Stone assigns motive to Dubya's m.o., but at this point, who cares?

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    The Trailer For Oliver Stone's Bush Movie Now Online

    Oliver Stone has been speedily rushing production of his new bio W., a look at the life and times of George W. Bush. The first trailer has hit the nets, and Houston is a star! Kind of. But the clips do include scenes of the infamous night when W drunkenly crashed a car onto the front lawn of Dadd ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 28, 2008

    No Logo — Brands, Globalization, Resistance

    Naomi Klein’s documentary about branding covers clothes, shoes and people

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    The Minutemen Are Happy Karl Rove Is Leaving. We're Not Sure How to Feel About That.

    What with the announcement this morning of Karl Rove’s retirement, we expected our inboxes to be full of triumphant cries from lefty organizations, all declaring, “Ding-dong, the Turd Blossom is dead” or something along those lines. But nope, first out the gate was the Minuteman Civil Defens ... More >>

  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Your Guide to Being Cool

    Stuff you need to know this week to avoid musical ostracism

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    October 19, 2006
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    September 6, 2006

    Killer Page, Your Honor!

    Wonder if Sharon will approve our friend request... We love a good MySpace parody. Why, just check out ours here, and here. So we think this fake page belonging to Dallas judge Sharon Keller, who's seeking re-election as presiding judge for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals against J.R. Molina, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2006

    A Few Words from Ugly Naked Guy

    Craig Malisow Who needs a warm blanket when you have a potentially explosive laptop? I've been fielding myriad questions about my recent experience at a nudist camp, ranging from "Did you get really sunburned?" to "Could you please get away from me?" (That one has been coming mostly from my cowo ... More >>

  • Film

    April 20, 2006

    Tube Boobs

    American Dreamz's nation of idiots lands a little close to home

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Solitary Man

    Part ironic sophisticate, part sentimental movie composer, Randy Newman is an American original

  • Music

    August 4, 2005

    Terry Allen

    The Silent Majority (Terry Allen's Greatest Missed Hits)

  • News

    February 24, 2005
  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    Blizzard of Oz

    Dubya, Ashlee and Bill O'Reilly have spun Racket's mind into the twilight zone; also, two local retro-cool institutions bite the dust

  • Film

    September 16, 2004

    Vote No

    Silver City plants a shrub where it wants to dig up a Bush

  • News

    May 6, 2004

    Gotta Dance

    A few tweaks here and there, and house music may survive

  • Music

    March 25, 2004

    Moby for Veep

    John Kerry should hit the decks for his running mate

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2004

    Hail to the Turd Blossom

    A SXSW film takes a look at Karl Rove, a.k.a. Bush's Brain

  • News

    November 13, 2003

    Send in the Election Clowns

    Don't worry, they're here

  • News

    September 11, 2003

    Return of the Boogie Man

    Can the Texas Ten "MoveOn" without him?

  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Texas Monthly's Bullshit

    The magazine offers yet another favor to a Bush

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    King Kinder

    Rich Kinder has made a cool billion dollars since leaving Enron. Now he’s ready to take over the world, or at least the nearest pipeline.

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    The Insider

    The Talented Mr. Stockman. A defeated politician resurrects himself in Seventh District heaven with a stash of campaign cash

  • News

    June 17, 1999

    The Man Who Would Be Kingmaker

    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

    June 23, 1994

    The Case Against Kay

    Last year, a grand jury was told tales about Texas' junior senator. Here's what they heard.