Trade Policy

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Does It Mean Anything to Be a Democrat Anymore?

    "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 >>

  • Culture

    August 8, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Rebecca Dauler: State Says She Ran One-Woman Extortion Racket

    FacebookRebecca Dauler: Take your little cease-and-desist letter and stick it, Texas Workforce Commission!​Say what you will about Rebecca Dauler, but if what the State of Texas is alleging about her is true, you can't deny that the 33-year-old Clear Lake woman has plenty of pluck and good-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Messy Lawsuit Features Rival Crime Scene Clean-Up Companies

    A dirty job​Who knew the crime scene/trauma clean-up business was so, um, cut-throat? If the allegations in a local civil court case are to believed, only rival drug lords conduct their business more ruthlessly. According to plaintiffs John DiGulio and K.P. Management, two area men and their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Back to the `50s, But All The Way

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

  • Culture

    September 2, 2010


    La Migra, NAFTA and one piece at a time

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Who's Leaving First: Ed Wade, Cecil Cooper or Roy Oswalt?

    The Astros were able to actually win a series this weekend, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in two of three games. And the good news is that they should be able to win a couple of games this week as their next four games are against the Colorado Rockies, another losing team, like the Astros, but on ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007

    It’s Mathew Knowles’s Town. We Just Live Here.

    This guy can definitely pay the bills, bills, bills. Mathew Knowles, sire of singing sisters Beyonce and Solange Knowles and impresario of Houston’s Music World Entertainment, has been selected by the Greater Houston Partnership and Kiwanis Club of Houston as the 2007 recipient of the Internation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007
  • News

    December 7, 2006


    Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops

  • Film

    October 7, 2004

    The Power of Yes

    A pair of political pranksters invent the art of "identity correction"

  • Calendar

    May 3, 2001

    Overthrow the Revolution

    Factory Direct might be the Next Big Thing

  • News

    December 11, 1997

    See Juarez

    From a forthcoming book by Charles Bowden and the street shooters of Ciudad Juarez The photojournalists of the border are capturing the grisly face of the future. And it's a lot closer than you think.

  • News

    May 22, 1997

    Brothers of the Road

    'The I-69 "NAFTA Highway" is supposed to create thousands of jobs. Thanks to your tax dollars, it's already provided a very good one for the underemployed brother of Tom DeLay.

  • News

    May 16, 1996
  • News

    March 28, 1996

    The Brother Graham (Part II)

    Once upon a time in Humble, there lived two guys named Pat and Mike. They had a way of making people believe, and those people included some of Texas' highest public officials. While it turned out that their stories usually were just too good to be true

  • News

    October 27, 1994

    Faded Love

    When romance wanes, the politics can turn really personal

  • News

    January 6, 1994

    The Poison Connection

    A "gas leak" in a Matamoros chemical plant wafts a poison and paper cloud toward a corporate office in Houston