The headline on Jake Tapper’s The Lead, CNN, April 3: White House: Donald Trump’s call for a missile strike on Syria “caught our staff off guard” The President’s precipitous call alarmed military advisers as well as much of the press...
Before Texas Independence Day, March 2, 1836, Texas had (l) been in existence for 145 years, and (2) it had already taken the first steps of independence under the leadership of José Bernardo de Lara Uribe, the first President...
Passover, Viernes Santo, Sabado de Gloria, then Pascua. All very important in Mexico. Now, religious fervor; immediately after, back to political fervor. “Esta en juego” (“in play”) over 3,400 public offices, including multiple local officials, nine state governors, and, of...
Some very wise men once said, "There will be no second chance to get the 2020 census right ... we will all live with the results for a decade." Vincent P. Barabba and Kenneth Prewitt, both past census directors,...
Daylight Saving Time is upon us (March 11th). That means almost Spring (March 20th). A time of change, a time of hope. I know, I know; my last column re Trump and Company was not too hopeful. But olive branches...
The fate of our nation—perhaps the fate of our very lives--may now be in the hands of a few good (military) men. Should we rejoice? Probably not. But we should be thankful--thankful the non-military, non-serving individual occupying the office of...
March 2nd is remembered yearly as Texas Independence Day. It marks the day in 1836 when Anglo immigrants declared independence from Mexico. Yet, while many Texans still celebrate the occasion, the Texas Declaration of Independence is at best a debatable...
The United States is a strong leader in astronomy, but that leadership is in peril if the proposed cuts to NASA in the current White House budget take effect. If Congress approves these cuts, NASA’s astrophysics budget would be the...
A variety of factors drive economic performance, from policy decisions to industrial composition to natural resources. Some of these can be influenced over time such as by fostering a climate which is business friendly or targeting particular industries for development...
When our Las Villas del Norte pioneer ancestors arrived in the late 1740s, they found the lower Rio Grande territory unfamiliar and strange. So, more than likely, knowing which plants to eat and which ones to avoid was one of...

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