Columns/Opinions

Wed
23
Dec

Like Mad Men, government-style

Our federal government is a master of self-promotion, comprising the second-largest public relations firm in the world, according to a new report from Open the Books, a project of the nonprofit group American Transparency, which has developed an app to track federal and state spending.

 

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Thu
17
Dec

Abbott backs Cruz’s filing of legislation addressing refugees

By Ed Sterling
 
Thu
17
Dec

Again, a failure to connect the dots

The United States' foreign policies and military strategies in the Middle East are vital to defeating the Islamic State and its radicalized terrorists. But the two recent mass shootings on American soil reinforce the pressing need for more improvements in domestic surveillance and analysis of security threats.
 
Thu
10
Dec

Abilene welcomes home hero of 1956 Olympics

By Bartee Haile
 
Thu
10
Dec

Paxton amends approach to resettlement of refugees

By Ed Sterling
 
Thu
10
Dec

President Obama’s assault on open government

The Obama administration is obsessed with secrecy — it is arguably the most secretive presidency since Richard Nixon scowled through the halls of power.
Thu
03
Dec

15 disaster-stricken counties to receive federal aid

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — President Barack Obama on Nov. 25 ordered federal disaster aid to supplement Texas state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straightline winds and flooding during the period of Oct. 22-31. 

 

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Thu
03
Dec

U.S. debt situation worse than advertised

It has been about one month since congressional Republicans caved in on the national debt limit and approved a two-year budget, which conveniently suspended the debt limit until March 2017, just after the 2016 elections -- and the spending floodgates have already opened up. In just those few weeks, spending has surged by nearly $600 billion, raising the official national debt to more than $18.7 trillion. 

 

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Wed
25
Nov

Governor communicates stance on refugees to White House

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 16 wrote a letter to the White House, informing President Obama “the State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris.”
 
Wed
25
Nov

Policing should not be done for profit

Civil asset forfeiture is a law enforcement tool intended to recover the “ill-gotten gains” of illegal activity, such as Ponzi scheme proceeds. Too often, however, it is used against citizens who are not even accused of, much less convicted of, a crime.

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