April 25, 2013 |
WEST, Texas - From money, food and clothing to new appliances and crews armed with chain saws, help is pouring into the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded. As the donations come in, how long and how much it will take for West to come back aren't yet known. Residents have just started burying the 14 people who died in last week's blast and some don't yet know what happened to their homes. They're struggling to replace missing medications and documents. Others are just starting to work with insurance companies to figure out how much money they'll get for repairs.
April 20, 2013 |
WEST, Texas - Buck Uptmor didn't have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn't a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety. "He went to help a friend," said Joyce Marek, Uptmor's aunt. "And then it blew. " Two days after the fertilizer facility exploded in a blinding fireball, authorities announced Friday that they had recovered 14 bodies, confirming for the first time an exact number of people killed.
October 25, 2012 |
Really, is that all there is? With two weeks to go, is it all over but the voting? (OK, based on the ferocity of robocalls and solicitations for non-super PAC funds that my household is receiving, maybe not.) Perhaps, like me, you are experiencing some form of debate withdrawal, not quite delirium tremens but close. Folks, there were 27 primary debates! True, I am prone to exaggeration, but here I do not. There were so many oratorical rumbles that K-Tel could produce a Debatin' to the Oldies Collection, Volumes I and II. It would include Rick Perry's crowd-pleasing, campaign-demolishing moment from Nov. 9, 2011 (nearing its one-year anniversary!
August 2, 2012 |
The easy victory of Houston lawyer Ted Cruz in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff in Texas shows the tea party movement remains a potent force in American politics. It also highlights an antiestablishment frustration among voters, especially grassroots conservative activists, which could influence national elections in November. Cruz, a tea party favorite, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by 13 points Tuesday, even though most of the Texas GOP establishment - including Gov. Rick Perry - had backed Dewhurst.
July 15, 2012 |
As Texas Goes ... How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda By Gail Collins Liveright. 288 pp. $25.95 Reviewed by Jean Marie Brown Gail Collins examines the trends and conditions of American society and national politics, charter schools, the economy, the great divide between Democrats and Republicans, and finds a common thread: Texas. In As Texas Goes ... How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, Collins makes the case that Texas is leading the rest of the nation down a rabbit hole.
January 20, 2012 |
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The race for the Republican presidential nomination is veering toward South Carolina- surreal. Mitt Romney was stripped of his Iowa caucus victory yesterday, then was stung by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's withdrawal and endorsement of Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who was stunningly accused in turn by an ex-wife of seeking an open marriage so he could keep his mistress. Perry abruptly quit the race shortly before an evening debate and fewer than 48 hours before the polls open in Saturday's first-in-the-South primary.
January 20, 2012
Dump Biden for Clinton If President Obama really wants a second term, Hillary Clinton needs to be on the ticket. Joe Biden was Jon Corzine's biggest supporter, pushing hard for Corzine to get Timothy Geithner's job. Do you really think our Treasury secretary should be somebody who "doesn't know and doesn't remember" what happened to billions of dollars? Joe Biden did. When Biden was Delaware's senator, he blocked all attempts at tougher financial consumer protection laws.
January 13, 2012 |
It was as if Oliver Stone had written a Mitt Romney sound bite when this week the candidate was quoted as saying, "I like firing people. " After all, Stone directed Michael Douglas, as Gordon Gekko, saying similar things in the 1987 movie classic Wall Street . Men in their 40s and 50s still quote Gekko: "Lunch is for wimps"; "I create nothing. I own"; "What's worth doing is worth doing for money"; "If you're not inside, you're outside"; and of course, "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
January 11, 2012 |
LEESVILLE, S.C. - The retail politicking for this state's Jan. 21 Republican primary begins Wednesday in earnest. And some here are predicting a battle at least as bruising as past South Carolina contests. For the last week, Rick Perry could savor having this state's voters to himself. But as New Hampshire's votes were being counted, his rivals were preparing to fly south and a multimillion-dollar TV advertising blitz was already under way. "We've seen the nice biographical ads so far, with their families and sunsets," said David Woodard, a Clemson University political science professor.
December 27, 2011 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa caucus campaign that has cycled through several Republican presidential front-runners entered its final week Monday as unpredictable as the day that conservatives began competing to emerge as Mitt Romney's chief rival. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, released a new television commercial for the state in which he cited a "moral imperative for America to stop spending more money than we take in. " "It's killing jobs," he said. Texas Gov. Rick Perry countered with an ad that said four of his rivals combined - none of them Romney - have served 63 years in Congress, "leaving us with debt, earmarks, and bailouts.