When Texas kicked off primary season on Tuesday, the most powerful guy involved wasn't on the ballot. Yep, we're talking about Sen. Ted Cruz. Since taking office two years ago, the freshman Tea Party senator has made a name for himself with Dr. Seuss-ian pseudo-filibusters and a habit of bucking ag ... More >>
If you liked -- or at least couldn't stop watching -- Sen. Ted Cruz read Dr. Seuss in the U.S. Senate, have we got a video treat for you. Before he was influencing the Texas primary without even being on the ballot, he was already irritating his fellow Republicans with a fake filibuster that allowed ... More >>
You might have assumed that Gov. Rick Perry's fumbling last attempt to score the 2012 Republican presidential nomination guaranteed we'd never see him on the national stage again. But then Perry announced he wasn't running for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas. Then he started tra ... 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 >>
The Republican Party has changed since George W. Bush's presidency -- it is more conservative. Indeed, many conservatives blamed Bush for the party's woes because he was insufficiently Republican (of course, these complaints only started in 2006 with electoral defeats, there was a deafening silence ... More >>
Mitt Romney caught a lot of flak for saying "corporations are people, my friend" when responding to a heckler on the campaign trail last year. Many people -- mostly liberals -- were incensed, noting that this showed Romney's solicitude for big business over the "little guy." Set aside the fact that ... More >>
Beset by federal budget cuts, no written history and a general lack of recognition, the Alabama-Coushatta try to learn a different way of being indian.
Will progressives energetically abandon President Barack Obama after the 2014 midterm elections? Let's start with a couple of caveats. First, one year is an enormous amount of time, politically speaking. (We often forget this fact given the current state of political media coverage). Second, using ... More >>
Insofar as a member of the federal judiciary has a "rock star" it is almost certainly Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia is feted at Federalist Society gatherings and he enjoys giving speeches at law schools and to civic organizations across the country. He is beloved by conservatives for his acid pen ... More >>
Sen. Ted Cruz really is the gift that keeps on giving. If he was an animal he'd definitely be the goose that laid golden eggs, only the good stuff comes out the other end. Current case in point: The Values Voter Summit on Friday. Cruz was addressing a packed crowd full of adoring fans -- either of ... More >>
At this point, when it comes to my weekly picks, I've been abandoned by all my family and friends and I'm basically rubbing two sticks together in the middle of the woods. I have no answers, and if last week was the week you finally decided to go opposite of my picks because it was "the right thin ... More >>
"The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production . . . I also think there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally." -President Barack Obama We live in an era where income inequality is its grea ... More >>
Head Coach Gary Kubiak and quarterback Matt Schaub are cooking up another season together
Vice President Joe Biden is that rarest of rarities, a politician with the savvy, skill and flexibility to continually stick his foot right in his mouth and just start chewing like there's no tomorrow. He does it on planes. He does it in the middle of presidential campaigns (his and those of his ru ... More >>
Memorial Hermann treats patients without insurance, tells them not to worry about the cost and then sues them for thousands of dollars.
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 >>
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Toby Keith Reliant Stadium February 25, 2013 Toby Keith. That big galoot. Thanks to one song that he didn't even play Monday night, Toby Keith is still painted in much of the media as a frothing, flag-waving, rabid right-winger of Nugentesque proportions. In point of fact, he's much too laid-back ... More >>
Heidi Thiess wants you to know that this isn't about her. This resolution -- this resolution that League City's just passed, banning any federal limits pertaining to guns, to ammunition, to the Second Amendment -- isn't anything personal. This is something larger, she says. This isn't a woman and a ... More >>
Advocates of Medicaid expansion -- part of Obama's Affordable Care Act -- continue to ply Texas lawmakers with economic numbers, making the point that the expansion of the program is not a cost, but a benefit, to taxpayers. Like Sisyphus eternally pushing his boulder up the hill, advocates for Medi ... More >>
And a dramatic piece of Mexican history.
The Face was somewhere between the look you make while waiting for a fart to dissipate on the subway and the countenance furnished when your father makes a totally weird joke in front of your girlfriend. Pained, embarrassed, and wonderfully awkward. It's difficult to pinpoint what, exactly, was the ... More >>
Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language.
Thomas Caffall's mother told the media yesterday that she had been worried about her son's mental state, and from looking at his Facebook page, it's easy to see why. Having a right-wing gun nut in the family is one thing. Having one who goes around quoting Yoda and Emily Dickinson is another. Caffa ... More >>
Yesterday at Houston's NAACP rally, Vice President Joe Biden gave a well-received speech arguing that a Mitt Romney presidency would hurt the black community. As expected, the audience liked him a lot more than Romney, who got booed during his appearance last week for his opposition to Obamacare. Pe ... More >>
What did Vice President Joe Biden prove to the delegates of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? That he's not as white as super whitey-white GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney who, on Wednesday, jabbed attendees (on purpose, even?) of the 103rd NAACP Annual Convention wit ... More >>
Mitt Romney, the whitest Republican presidential nominee since every single Republican presidential nominee before him, informed an auditorium of black people at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People conference in Houston today that he, stilted awkward whiteness aside, knows ... More >>
Lonesome Onry and Mean hasn't been out on the road with his son, Mike Stinson Band guitarist Lance Smith, in quite a while. But due to a propitious routing that took us to my father's place in Gatesville for a couple of days, LOM hit the highway with the band last weekend. It is worth noting that L ... More >>
Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.
Slacktivism on Facebook is usually the bane of any legitimately good cause, but for once clicking "like" on a link may actually help save a person's life. If there is a more beloved figure in all of Houston music than Hates front man Christian Arnheiter, then there can't be many. For longer ... More >>
And Is Mexico a Tea Party Paradise?