In his second month in office, President Donald Trump is getting overwhelmingly good grades on his job performance from the state’s Republicans, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Any president can change the future. Donald Trump stands out for his ability to change the past, without even trying.
It’s a sad day indeed when 13 percent of the population has to pretend to disappear, just to be seen.
Here’s a fact for the media to chew on: The “deep state” is here. As outlined in foreign policy, the concept of the deep state is nothing new.
It was Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman who made famous the adage that says “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Professor Friedman could have added that there is a difference between something’s being free and something’s having a zero price.
Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can play the prince, favoring a wedding party with a cameo or entertaining the Japanese prime minister in lavish Palm Beach style.
Given that things are not quite as dire some claim, it may be a bit premature to be dropping Yeats quotes in columns about the Trump administration. Donald Trump is not the “rough beast slouching toward Bethlehem” — or toward Washington, D.C. But just because people make fools of themselves comparing the 2016 election to Pearl Harbor and other calamities doesn’t mean things are not amiss.
Since arriving in the White House, Donald Trump has upended many customs and norms, including many whose value was not fully appreciated before. But at least one tradition has proved impervious to his corrosive impact: the University of Chicago’s reverence for free and open debate.
The union dues bill is a great example of the difference between an ideological piece of legislation and a case of lawmakers just picking favorites.
Dear Dr. Burgess: Thank you for your letter responding to my question regarding why climate change/global warming was not included in your recent survey of issues that your constituents think are important.
The firing of Michael Flynn won’t cure what ails the Trump White House. The downfall of the president’s national security adviser after only 25 days in office is symptomatic of President Trump’s ill-informed, incoherent approach to foreign policy.
Senate Bill (SB) 3 would establish two forms of vouchers: education savings accounts (ESA) and tax credit scholarships/educational expense assistance.
By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago Club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page.
President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order halting the resettlement of refugees in America and banning travelers from seven Islamic countries has raised concern not only among liberals, civil libertarians and jurists.
At no point in my life have I ever felt as alienated from politics as I do now. Three weeks into the Trump administration, I find much to agree with — proposed tax cuts, deregulation, good Cabinet choices — but even more that makes me uncomfortable, indeed fearful.
Ordinary black people cannot afford to go along with the liberal agenda that calls for undermining police authority. That agenda makes for more black crime victims.
Everybody loves free speech, it seems — and just about everybody also knows someone who they wish would just hush up.
As a regular commenter on articles and DRC letters to the editor, I am very familiar with the continuing controversy surrounding the Denton County Confederate Soldier Memorial that sits on the Courthouse on the Square grounds.
CNN has grave concerns about White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s credibility and even refused to have her on its Sunday show recently, apparently to protect viewers from her Jedi mind trick powers.
Address climate change and send Americans a check at the same time. That’s the nut of an intriguing idea put together by a group of Republican elders. The plan would curb emission of greenhouse gases by taxing them at the refinery, at the mine or wherever they enter the economy.
If you’re afraid that terrorists from a particular country will come to kill your citizens, it makes sense to ban anyone from that place. So brace yourselves, Americans. Any day now, the Syrian government may impose a complete and total shutdown on travelers from the United States.
Good news: In two years, we’ll have a new president. Bad news: If we make it that long.
White terrorism is not as bad as Muslim terrorism. That, believe it or not, was the crux of an argument Sean Duffy, a Republican representative from Wisconsin, made last week on CNN. What follows has been condensed for space, but it unfolded like this:
In the 75 years since the United States entered World War II, U.S. foreign policy has started from three broad premises shared by most American leaders. One is American exceptionalism, the idea that the United States is a unique country with a special responsibility to exert global leadership.
The governor of Texas doesnt really have the authority to freeze hiring, except in his or her own office, but he’s got the bully pulpit.
As the courts ponder President Trump’s ill-advised immigration ban, nothing better illustrates its cruelty and carelessness than its impact on Iraqis who risked their lives to help Americans.
There is little question in most academic research that increases in the minimum wage lead to increases in unemployment. The debatable issue is the magnitude of the increase. An issue not often included in minimum wage debates is the substitution effects of minimum wage increases.
Last Saturday night, Donald Trump attended the Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. On Sunday, he watched the Super Bowl at his West Palm Beach golf course. As he left Florida on Monday, news emerged that he will probably return this weekend for golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
After successfully delivering the secret knock and password, a beleaguered, unshaven older man walks into the bunker, stomping out the cold from his feet on the way in. He walks over to one of the garbage-can fires, where his younger yet battle-hardened comrades are gathered, strategizing about the fight to come. As the grizzled veteran rubs his hands over the flames, his eyes glinting in the firelight, he says to them, wistfully, “You know, Supreme Court nomination fights weren’t always like this.”
Here’s a tip, if you’re going to speak at a Black History Month event: It helps to know a little black history. President Donald Trump overlooked that advice as he delivered a rambling Black History Month address before engaging in a “listening session” with African-American professionals at the White House.
An energetic and full-throated resistance is building nationwide to oppose the whims of Donald Trump. Witness the crowds that turned out recently to protest Trump’s malicious executive order barring refugees from entering the country and voiding the visas of citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.
So I had myself an epiphany. Actually, that’s not quite the right word. An epiphany is a moment of sudden clarity, but mine rolled in slowly, like dawn on a crystal morning.
For eight years, conservatives — rightly, in my view — railed against the imperial presidency of Barack Obama. When he couldn’t get what he wanted through the ordered and deliberative legislative process, he used other means, issuing regulations and executive orders that accomplished his goals without having to convince the people’s elected representatives of their wisdom.
President Trump says his sweeping executive order on immigration was meant to make America safer. Yet this ill-conceived plan, with its slap-dash implementation and failure to consult Congress or relevant Cabinet secretaries, will make Americans less safe.
It’s hard being in the circus when you’re not in The Greatest Show on Earth, but that’s where Texas politicians find themselves. With all eyes on a new government executive in Washington, the Texans are merely side dishes.
Donald Trump seems to think he’s still on his reality TV show shouting, “You’re fired!” while President Stephen K. Bannon is busy drafting executive orders with his favorite black crayon. Such is the surreal universe in which we find ourselves.
The Trump White House is engulfed in a firestorm of its own ignition. The Democrats and the media were only too happy to pour on more gasoline.
Presidential appointees take an oath ‘‘to preserve, protect and defend’’ not the president who appointed them but rather the Constitution of the United States. It would do well for President Donald Trump’s appointees, including those who serve in the highest levels of the White House, to remember that.
How do you feel about paying for Donald Trump’s border wall, America? Because if he builds it, the bill is coming to you. Mexico has flatly said it will not pay for the wall. And the cost of the border tax Trump has threatened to impose will simply be passed on to U.S. consumers, who will pay higher prices.
One can only imagine the widespread media, political and intellectual condemnation of Republicans and conservatives if, after the inauguration of Barack Obama, they had gone on a violent and vicious tear all over the nation as did Democrats and liberals after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
After the Sharpstown fraud and bribery scandal rocked the Texas Capitol in the early 1970s, Texans opted to “throw the rascals out” and elect a reform-minded Legislature to clean up the mess.
A few thoughts on the lonely death of Naika Venant. As you may have heard, Naika, a Miami teenager, hanged herself in the dark hours of a Sunday morning. She did this live on Facebook. We’ll likely never know why she chose to do it that way. Perhaps she felt invisible. Perhaps she wanted to be seen.
Government failures come in two basic forms. The first kind is not achieving the intended result — say job training that leads to no jobs or a Marine recruiting campaign that gets few takers. The second kind is doing damage that wouldn’t have been done otherwise. It’s roughly the difference between a cigar that fails to light and one that explodes.
The whole world knows how much President Donald Trump prides himself on deal-making. He views foreign policy entirely in terms of making deals the way he did for his business empire. He brags that his bargaining skills will corral China and Russia into doing his bidding.
Texas senators diligently assembled a proposed state budget over the last six months, and then finished off their careful work with a chainsaw.
It’s still hard wrapping my brain around the words ‘‘President Donald Trump’’ — but there are strategies for moving in that direction. Indeed, I’ve come up with three comforting thoughts about the next how-many years.