| Jan 21, 2014
| 6:30 AM
HOUSTON — A Mexican national facing execution in Texas this week has drawn support from Mexican officials, a former Texas governor and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who appealed to Gov. Rick Perry and state courts for a reprieve —...
| Jan 21, 2014
On paper, "liberal intolerance" is something of an oxymoron, like "jumbo shrimp," "loyal opposition" or "conspicuous absence." But what makes oxymorons funny is that they are real things. There are jumbo shrimp. Absences can be conspicuous, opponents...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 4:06 PM
Dallas billionaire and heavyweight GOP political donor Harold Simmons, who gave tens of millions of dollars to Republican candidates, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has died. He was 82.
Simmons, born to...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The 2016 presidential field is a long way from sorting out. In fact, as of now there is no officially declared field, just a small platoon of wannabes and talked-about possibilities.
As this story notes, the prospects include an unusually large number...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 8:28 PM
President of MIT
Charles Vest, 72, who as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology oversaw a vast expansion of the institution and inaugurated an unprecedented program of free online education, died...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 7:47 AM
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has lately been getting credit in the political press for being one of those Republican governors coming around on the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Advocates for the underprivileged can't understand...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 8:14 PM
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul D. Ryan are friends and political allies, one helping the other in 2012 when Walker faced a recall attempt and Ryan ran for vice president on the Republican ticket.
But when it comes to winning the White House,...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 9:46 AM
HOUSTON -- An unseasonably early ice storm that has disrupted hundreds of flights, made for dangerous roads and caused power outages in central Arkansas and northern Texas was headed east toward Ohio and western Pennsylvania on Friday, with temperatures...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 2:29 PM
You may have heard, unless you've been living under a rock, that the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect. Programs that aim to restructure one-sixth of the U.S. economy rarely are at the outset, and that's even more true when their introduction is...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 3:53 PM
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote cleared the way Tuesday for Texas to enforce a strict new abortion regulation that some women's groups fear will prevent a third of the state’s clinics from performing the procedure.
The court split...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 4:43 PM
HOUSTON — In a U.S. Supreme Court filing Tuesday, Texas officials defended their right to enforce the state’s new abortion restrictions, arguing that they protect public health and would not significantly block women’s access to...