One of my favorite tunes in the super-hit musical Hamilton is a little ditty sung by King George III. He raises a very appropriate question for his former colonies today: What comes next?
No issue has generated more heat in this year’s presidential election than immigration — but neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton shed much light on the issue in their third presidential debate.
Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left — which is to say, ever since the late 18th century, when people with such views sat on the left side of the French National Assembly.
Lawmakers, like all of us, would love to have free meals and fatter paychecks. Unlike many other Texans, their chances are pretty good.
In the end, she gives us grace. And by then, you really need it. The end credits roll over pictures celebrating everyday joys of African-American life. A beaming girl rides a pony. Boys flex. Fathers cuddle daughters.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — If I were to distill a recent public discussion about the state of our nation to one word, it would be “worried.” Not fearful, not angry, but worried — about the future; about an election season that has made evil-clown sightings seem weirdly apt; but mostly about what will happen after the election.
If a person wants to go into business as a taxicab owner, what requirements should be imposed to protect the public? The prospective taxicab owner should show that he is honest and can operate a vehicle safely. His vehicle should pass a safety inspection, and he should have a liability insurance policy.
I’ve dismissed talk of Hillary Clinton’s ‘‘secrecy problem’’ as mere babble in an election year. I thought, for example, that Clinton had no obligation to disclose her mild pneumonia, a temporary ailment she was over in a few days.
Sometimes you can’t just plan for the ball; you have to plan for the hangover, too. No matter how 2016 ends, there will be a headache that haunts the country for years to come.
In 2003, Donald Trump recalled that he married Marla Maples because she was expecting. She was thrilled when she learned she was pregnant. He was not.
The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy. At stake, now, is whether or not to place the proposed property tax freeze for seniors and the disabled on the ballot next May.
On the surface, a feature story about a struggling Granbury artist “stumbling” on success would seem appropriate for the local newspaper. But for many, the smiling image of a white woman painting “skull family” portraits was a glaring example of cultural appropriation, not artistic achievement.
Donald Trump’s threat to jail Hillary Clinton if he’s elected just underlined why he so admires that “strong leader” Vladimir Putin. No pesky checks on executive power when you operate out of the Kremlin. Send your opponents to Siberia and no one says “boo.”
Donald Trump’s gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse.
I used to love The X-Files. Like millions of Americans, I unfailingly followed FBI agents Mulder and Scully’s search for the truth in a labyrinth of conspiracy. But a few years on, after one too many red herrings and blind alleys of plot, it began to be obvious to me the conspiracy would never be unraveled — could never be unraveled — because unraveling it was not the point of the show.
My favorite bumper sticker I’ve never seen: Commas matter. So I’ve always thought, and do still believe with the passion of one whose knuckles were rapped for grammatical errors. I mean this only metaphorically — no bloody fingers — but using incorrect grammar was the Eighth Deadly Sin in my childhood home.
If not for the gravitational pull of their presidential nominee, Texas Republicans — some of them, anyway — would be enjoying this moment. Things have been going their way in their sometimes public, sometimes personal, legal battles.
Recent articles in the Houston Chronicle placed a spotlight on the topic of special education in our public schools. Providing services to students with special needs is one of the most important functions of public education. It is also one of the most complex.
“You can do anything. Grab them by the [genitals]. You can do anything.” That was Donald Trump explaining to Billy Bush of Access Hollywood what it’s like “when you’re a star” in the now-infamous hot-mic incident 11 years ago. The remarks have been somewhat misunderstood by Trump critics and defenders alike.
The post-debate consensus held that Donald stopped the heavy bleeding and Hillary Clinton was cautious. She didn’t bait him with anything new and left the heavier fire for the second half, thus helping the Trump candidacy live to self-destruct another day.
We live in the information age, which is called that for the same reason the ice age got its name: an overwhelming proliferation of the stuff. We automatically assume that more information is better than less. But as the dinosaurs learned about ice, even something useful can be dangerous in excess.
Detroit school students, represented by the Los Angeles-based public interest firm Public Counsel, filed suit last month against the state of Michigan, claiming a legal right to literacy based on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
British politician Nigel Farage is a big fan of Donald Trump, although he chose an odd way to express it while chatting with reporters backstage after Sunday’s presidential debate.
Back in the days of the Cold War between the communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the communists maintained pervasive restrictions around Eastern Europe that were aptly called an ‘‘Iron Curtain,’’ isolating the people in its bloc from the ideas of the West and physically obstructing their escape.
Look, I’m a guy, all right? So I’ve spent a lot of time doing guy things in guy places: barbershops, locker rooms, even men’s prisons. Back during my music critic days, I hung out backstage with a veritable army of rock lords and soul men.
Only in the strangest-ever presidential election could a former beauty queen’s weight be considered a deal-breaking issue of, if I may, gargantuan proportions. Pretend it’s two weeks ago: Who is Alicia Machado? Now: How happy is Alicia Machado?
Gov. Mike Pence, warn your buddy Donald Trump. That Mexican Thing you mentioned in the vice presidential debate — it’s coming for you.
The Hillary Clinton campaign is deploying former Vice President Al Gore to rev up the youth vote, the Washington Post reported recently. Stop laughing.
There is a perverse symmetry on display in Afghanistan right now. Fifteen years ago, American warplanes bombed targets there, beginning an offensive against the Taliban government and al-Qaida precipitated by the 9/11 attacks. Last week, they were in action once again.
Most of the civilized world has come to regard killing someone held in captivity as barbaric. The death penalty has been abolished in the European Union and 19 U.S. states. Governors in four states that do permit capital punishment — Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington — have imposed a moratorium on executions.
Sam Rayburn was a congressman from northeast Texas for nearly 50 years. He was also the longest-serving speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in American history.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for both presidential candidates today when they meet for their second debate. Hillary Clinton is up in national polls and in most battleground states after Donald Trump’s disastrous meltdown in their first debate, but voters are still less than enthusiastic about her.
Instead of talking about the things that candidates want to do, maybe we should talk about the things they’re doing.
I was invited, along with several other American professors, to deliver lectures at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1979. Pieter Willem Botha was the prime minister, and apartheid, though becoming a bit relaxed, was the law of the land.
As with many topics, Donald Trump doesn’t know much about the policing policy widely known as “stop-and-frisk,” but that doesn’t deter him one bit from Trump-splaining it to us with unbridled self-confidence.
One hundred years ago, on Oct. 2, 1916, a new public high school building for black youngsters was opened in Washington, D.C., and named for black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Its history is a story inspiring in many ways and appalling in many other ways.
Denton is searching for a new city manager. The successful candidate will sit atop the management staff at City Hall and will set the organization’s professional standards for years to come.
In the U.S., 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Over the past decade, news and information about breast cancer has helped increase awareness about the disease tremendously. While awareness of breast cancer has improved, the disease unfortunately remains the second-deadliest cancer among American women.
Anyone remember Jon Corzine? He was a wealthy investment banker who went into politics, spent huge sums of his own money and got elected U.S. senator and then governor of New Jersey. But in 2009, facing a challenge from Republican Chris Christie, he decided to make an issue of his opponent’s weight.
How vulnerable to tampering or malfunction will our electoral system be Nov. 8 when millions show up to cast their ballots? It’s a topic of considerable interest.“I’m afraid the election is going to be...
Even Trump supporters are bemoaning the fact that The Donald refused to prep sufficiently for the first presidential debate. But his lapse was more than a display intellectual laziness. It goes to the heart of why a President Trump would endanger American security and why he must never become America’s commander-in-chief.
“Congress’ overwhelming rebuke of President Barack Obama on a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia — and the bitter finger-pointing that followed — was a fitting coda to the dysfunctional relationship between the Obama White House and Capitol Hill.” Thus began a Politico article by Seung Min Kim posted recently.
A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: ‘‘Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control — and an uncontrolled, ill-formed, perpetually fragmented mind.’’
Like countless other viewers, I wondered which Donald Trump would show up to debate Hillary Clinton: hyper Donald or sedate Donald.
Channeling Richard M. Nixon from the 1968 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has tried to make ‘‘law and order’’ one of his signature issues. In Monday’s debate, Trump claimed that ‘‘African-Americans [and] Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.’’
Monday’s presidential debate probably did not cheer up voters who see the election as a choice between diabetes and terminal cancer — an awful affliction versus a fatal one. But at times like this, it is useful to remember that many things are beyond the control of the person occupying the Oval Office, some of which are welcome.
“Local” might be the byword for fancy farm-to-market restaurants, but it can be a dirty word at the Texas Capitol.
Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor — off the record — what his response to them was. He said, ‘‘I give them all A’s and B’s. To hell with them.’’
California may soon drive a hole through Washington’s tolerance for — and protection of — price gouging on drugs. A measure on the November ballot, Proposition 61, would bar state agencies from paying more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does.