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Ross Perot was described as “colorful,” “a pain,” and “a gadfly” in his obituaries. But one adjective was used the most: “eccentric.” He follows a long line of eccentric Texans — some right on the edge of weird. We had a governor tied to his mule — that’s a strange story. Another Texan wante…

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More women than men are licensed to drive cars in the United States and they influ ence 80 percent of car purchasing decisions there and in Canada, too. But you’d never know that by the disturbing facts in a new study that shows auto accidents are much more dangerous for women than they are …

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Winning a majority in the Texas House, however far-fetched that might turn out to be, is the Democrats’ best chance to throw congressional redistricting to the courts.

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That my Uncle Mort is determined to keep his enlightened self-interest inflated to the max is a foregone conclusion. For more than a century, he has claimed much from Independence Day celebrations, since he and Uncle Sam share the same July 4 birthday.

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If you were doing to your kids what the U.S. government is doing to the kids in its custody on the Mexican border, the government might send people to your house to save the children. At the least, it’d sound the alarm. And as it turns out, the government’s own watchdogs have been barking fo…

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‘God be good to him — we sure weren’t,” was the prayer that came to mind when I saw the news that Vincent Lambert had died. He died nine days after being taken off food and water following a long legal battle.

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The toxicity of the resistance to President Trump has risen in recent days, with the nation's most respected newspapers publishing rationalizations for denying Trump supporters public accommodation and for doxxing career federal employees, while a journalist found himself under physical attack from the so-called anti-fascist group Antifa.

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While we’re celebrating our country’s independence this week, we’re also marking another, darker anniversary: The political crisis of the moment a year ago — family separations and official disregard of migrants coming into the U.S. from Mexico — is still a political crisis today.

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So awash are we in acronyms these days, we might start tossing them asunder at any time. Such drastic action carries with it results akin to “throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”

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The 86th Legislative Session has ended with the passing of the historic school finance overhaul in House Bill 3. House Speaker Dennis Bonnen laid out school finance as the top priority of the session from the beginning, and he never wavered. He even had “School Finance Reform-The Time is Now…

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Political synchronicity: In the same week, Jonathan Stickland decides not to run for reelection and Joe Straus starts a political action committee. The first, a conservative populist whose career in Austin is measured by the number of rhetorical and political grenades he rolled up the center…

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Congress is debating emergency humanitarian aid to care for migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. The need is obvious. With virtually no barrier to stop them, thousands of migrants are crossing illegally into the United States every day. More than a million will come this year. U.S. law preven…

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When my father was causing mischief because he was such a prankster, another adult family member said to me as a child, “Look at your dad so busy; he’s up to no good.”

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Why haven’t efforts to impeach President Trump gained Watergate-style momentum? The lack of energy has created a sense of bafflement and disappointment among some of the president’s most determined adversaries. But there are some simple reasons for it. Here are three:

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For anyone looking for a good stereotype founded in a bit of truth, a roll of duct tape usually offers a solid foundation. The belief is that’s the first tool a man grabs when something needs fixing, be it a tear in the pleather recliner, a broken window or a leaky tube.

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President Donald Trump rarely mentions it, if at all. Congress, for most of the year, sweeps it under the rug as it goes about its business of recklessly spending other people's money. Newspapers and the nightly news programs all but ignore it.

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I open the door and a man is standing there wearing a trench coat with the collar turned up, a fedora pulled low and sunglasses at 11 p.m. He looks over both his shoulders.

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When longtime U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died in 2009, an irreverent Texas political consultant predicted the people who raise money for the two major political parties would miss the famous Massachusetts Democrat. 

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AUTHOR’S NOTE: The content printed under my name wasn’t what I had written last Saturday, although two people have complimented the column. The actual writer presented himself as somewhat inept at do-it-yourself projects, and I don’t want readers to think it was me.

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What shall we do with a drunken sailor? Put him in a longboat until he’s sober, of course. Everyone knows that. But what do you do with a 107-year-old white elephant that is falling apart?

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Every year during the first week of June, some Americans age 80 and older really remember D-Day, the 6th of June, 1944, the greatest successful amphibious invasion in the history of mankind, because they lived it.

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Angry disputes about the president have done terrible harm to the principle that an investigator, be it a journalist or a prosecutor, should meet at least some standard of proof before leveling an accusation.

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Good morning, graduating class of 2019. Now, every May or June, graduating students all over the nation put on their black gowns and mortarboards and sweat in the summer heat for three hours while they are given wise words of advice — onward and upward, that sort of thing.

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We recently embarked on another dramatic shift in Freeport city governing. As city manager, I participated in a focused economic development effort designed to drive new retail investment to Freeport.

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