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    September 8, 2014

    The Tea Party Does Not Love Rick Perry

    Gov. Rick Perry has been a bit of a conservative darling of late. Yep, the Republicans have rallied round the man after he was indicted for corruption charges a few weeks back. It was a touching moment of unity in a party that has been remarkably divided in recent years. Well, that's all over or no ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Who Will Be the First Houston Bakery to Copy the New Cronut?

    Clearly it's not actually a cronut, but Dominique Ansel, New York pastry chef and inventor of the croissant/doughnut hybrid that took the country by storm last summer, is at it again, and this time he's debuted his creation at SXSW. The treats, which are not yet named, appear to be chocolate chip ... More >>

  • News

    January 16, 2014

    After Controversy in Houston, a Yoga Guru Resurrects His Practice in Denver

    John Friend built a yoga empire in Houston that came crashing down in 2012 amid allegations of financial mismanagement, an affair with a married student and Wiccan rituals. Now he’s resurfaced in Denver.

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    January 3, 2014

    Happy Happy Students in Aggieland: No. 1 According to The Daily Beast

    The Daily Beast, a news and opinion website connected to Newsweek magazine, has declared that Texas A&M students are the happiest students of all the colleges in the entire United States. In awarding the No. 1 spot to A&M, Daily Beast editors used student retention information and student ratings. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Ted Cruz: As Abrasive and Arrogant in College as Now

    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 >>

  • News

    August 29, 2013

    Making the Case for Keenum

    The former UH STAR could become the number two QB for the Texans this season.

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    August 16, 2013

    Former Press Writer Mike Giglio Detained, Beaten and Released During Egypt Protests

    Former Houston Press writer Mike Giglio, who is now a correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, retold the chilling story of being detained, beaten and ultimately released by Egyptian police during protests in the capital city of Cairo on Wednesday. Gigilio was one of a number of foreign journ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Houston Rising

    Huffington Post: In the first of two articles that set Houstonian tongues wagging this week, travel writer David Landsel offers his reasons as to why Austin is the most overrated tourist destination in America -- and why Houston is the most underrated. Among them, Landsel includes "plenty of good fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    So, Who Should Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show Next Year?

    This past weekend, I was honored to cover the Super Bowl XLVII festivities and game in New Orleans for the Houston Press and local TV outlet KIAH (Channel 39). Great fun, if not for locals in NOLA, who were ravaged by drunken football fanatics puking onto their 49ers and Ravens jerseys in the street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Why Romney's Quote Won't Matter In November

    If you haven't been living under a rock the past 24 hours, you have no doubt read and reread and watched Mitt Romney's secret fundraising video from earlier this year where he admitted to donors who his true base was. The Mother Jones-leaked clip was immediately thrust across the social media landsc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in (Women's) Wine Blogs

    Photo by Margaret Shugart, curator of a new blog, The Wine Roads of Texas.​The Wine Roads of Texas: "If you've never seen the communities that run across that vast stretch of road," writes Margaret Shugart, author of a new blog called The Wine Roads of Texas, "you are missing one of the most u ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2012

    Tea Party Princess

    Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.

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    August 17, 2011

    What Google & Motorola's Marriage Means To The Music Industry

    The Daily Beast​Google stunned the tech world last week when it tied the knot with Motorola for $12.5 billion. But it's the music business that should be raising its brows at the union. Like any typical suitor, Google weighed Motorola's considerably large assets in its decision to get in bed ... More >>

  • News

    May 12, 2011

    Houston's Bachelors a Prize?

    Rankings tell different tales

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    May 5, 2011

    Houston "Best Bachelor" City: But Aren't We Also Fattest, Sweatiest, Dumbest, Etc. Etc.?

    If you like your bachelors with bad teeth, Houston's your town​Hair Balls was stoked by Houston's ass-kicking turnout in recent national listings, including Fast Company's "city of the year," and's ranking of us as the best city for bachelors. The highly scientific survey fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Sorry, Aggies: College Station Gets a "D"

    Kazan is gonna be pissed.​Aggies may love their College Station, but the Daily Beast doesn't: The national Web site gives the city a "D" in its rankings of America's smartest college towns. College Station, you're no Cambridge or Berkeley. On the bright side, you're not South Bend, either: Th ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Idol Beat: Idol Worship

    Fox​The Daily Beast had a story up yesterday about how this season of American Idol might be the best ever: This year, the contenders have already proven energetic, and the audience is responding, with half a dozen developing breakout followings across the Internet, even before the finals hav ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Rocks Off And Black Congress Bury The Hatchet

    ​Let's drop the royal we. It's just Jef here, guys, and I'd like to talk to you for a moment. Much attention, and much more debate, has been given over to Black Congress's public withdrawal from this weekend's GhoulsFest, and also to my own just as public condemnation of the manner in which t ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Based On Music Scene, Houston May Be U.S.'s 4th-Dumbest City

    ​Sooooo... The Daily Beast has compiled its second annual list of the dumbest cities in America. Houston came in fourth from last (out of 55), just ahead of our neighbors in San Antonio. The list is compiled through a great many things, such as the number of libraries, cultural investments and ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    ILLEGAL from Terry Greene Sterling

    Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone.

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    January 8, 2009

    Charlie Wilson's War Continues

    We wrote in August about the brouhaha over UT's plans to name a chair in South Asian studies for Charlie Wilson, the former U.S. Rep played by Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War.UT professors protested, saying Wilson had done far more harm than good over there.Now a niece of Benazir Bhutto, the late ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    All Political Roads Lead Back To Bob Lanier

    Via Lone Star Times, we got word of the latest musings of Ana Marie Cox (the original Wonkette) in The Daily Beast. (Enough links for one sentence?)Cox writes about unlikely partnerships in the DC political world.And the top one in her list of five is....the unlikely crew of current Washington power ... More >>