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During the last legislative session, a bill passed that prevents the state and local governments from working with abortion providers and affiliates. In Texas, this is no surprise, but it’s not likely there was a lot of that happening in the first place.

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‘Tis not the first time an error of my own doing has diverted me from the tedious freeways of everyday life to side roads with uncharted curves adorned by snagging brambles that seemed to warn, “Go back.”

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With less than one month until early voting begins for the March primaries, there is no shortage of messages out there. Candidates have social media at their disposal, and they use it to push out their mission statements and prepared remarks. They also work their tails off going from event t…

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A person who rushes through a burning home to alert everyone else inside about the fire is called a hero, and rightly so. Anyone who risks their own safety for the well-being of others merits accolades.

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Municipal elections are already around the corner, and as usual, many people likely are looking to knock out an incumbent who they have deemed unable to meet the needs of the community. Usually they plan to do so by picking from one of the many names listed on the voting machine, sometimes h…

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One key figure in the Ukraine affair appears to have faded from view, even as impeachment reaches a climax. The whistleblower who started the whole investigation remains anonymous.

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Ken Paxton is one lucky duck. The Texas attorney general was asked the kind of friendly, easy question that allowed him to twist the nose of an organization he doesn’t like under cover of state law.

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President Donald Trump walks with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, left, at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for a visit to an Apple manufacturing plant Nov. 20 in Austin.

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2020. There are 344 days left in the year.

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2020. There are 343 days left in the year.

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Today is Monday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2020. There are 346 days left in the year.

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2020. There are 345 days left in the year.

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Today is Sunday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2020. There are 347 days left in the year.

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My ancient Uncle Mort claims only fuzzy memories of Texas’ first hockey games. He said something about chipmunks competing on 50-pound ice blocks, or something equally absurd.

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It’s always fascinating when people invoke the right to do what they wish with the property they own and completely ignore that their neighbors have rights, too.

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While visiting Washington, D.C., if you get chased by the cops or a victorious Nationals fan or a gang demonstrating against too many demonstrations, where to go? To the Ecuadorian Embassy? No, Julian Assange tried that until he was thrown out. Go to the Texas Embassy, of course, where you c…

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Former national security adviser John Bolton shook up the Trump impeachment standoff recently with his announcement that, if subpoenaed, he is “prepared to testify” before a Senate trial. It’s still not clear, of course, when or even if a trial might occur, since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi i…

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Lake Jackson police officers had themselves a heck of a Saturday night. It could have been much worse, of course, and if you’d been judging their activity through social media, it was.

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Too often in movies and books are the perpetrators of wrongdoings depicted as irredeemable and evil. They plot revenge against those who they feel have wronged them in the past. They often wear black so as to indicate to others their evil intent.

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Acclaim and a shame is a collection of quick hits of praise and commentary on local, state and national issues written by members of The Facts Editorial Board. This week's topics include a memorial tree for victims of impaired and distracted driving, a special graduation ceremony in West Columbia and the stupidity of celebratory gunfire.

 

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Time has been bought, answers have been delayed and responses have been hedged as “squirmers” have opted for the “Texas two-step” instead of crystal-clear comebacks to probing inquiries.

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The announcement last month that the proposed short-line railroad from Port Freeport to Kendleton in Fort Bend County would not move forward was called a Christmas present by one of its opponents. Much like some items found under the tree, however, there is a chance it will be returned.