I have met with senators, congressmen, state representatives, the lieutenant governor, higher ups in state government, federal officials, Mexican elected officials, immigration experts and advocates, Obama White House administrators, aid workers and volunteers, CBP, Border Patrol and State Department officials, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Mexican ambassador officials, officials from various Central American countries, the mayors from several Mexican cities and (several times) with the mayor of Reynosa.
There is a disconnect between what McAllen ISD and its bond and tax advocates tell us about their vision of a 21st century school. They tell us they are merely seeking to restore schools to the functional classrooms, like at the 2008 built Fossum Middle School. But their own sales propaganda tells us that the goal of $201 million of this bloated $297 million bond is “transforming all facilities into 21st century learning environments.”
SAN DIEGO -- What if it turns out the media are wrong about Chris Christie? Where does the New Jersey governor go to set the record straight?
As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to the United States this weekend, the Nikkei stock exchange has provided him with a triumphant talking point. When he visited the New York Stock Exchange in 2013, he urged traders to "buy my Abenomics" -- and buy they have. The Nikkei, which closed above 20,000 earlier this week, has roughly doubled since the start of Abe's premiership in late 2012.
WASHINGTON — A high school junior demolishing a bagel described the pressure.
WASHINGTON -- Most of us have an image of the counterculture, shaped by memory or myth-making, that involves Haight-Ashbury, flea-market clothing, free love and a haze of pot smoke. But as the counterculture has consumed the culture -- with hipsterism marketed at Urban Outfitters, pre-, non- and extra-marital sex a firmly established social expectation and a haze of pot smoke covering entire states -- countering the culture takes on a different meaning.
WASHINGTON -- Where do I look for hope on this day that marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide? To the brave Turkish and Armenian human rights activists who have gathered in Istanbul this week to commemorate together the tragic events of 1915 and find a pathway to the future.
SAN DIEGO — This week, Hillary Clinton took her “I’m just like you” tour to New Hampshire.
WASHINGTON -- Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 -- and he hasn't entirely changed jobs.
I am pleased that a wide range of discussion and debate is occurring regarding McAllen Independent School District’s bond election.
McAllen Independent School District could be the poster child of Texas school districts, illustrating why the state needs to respond positively now to a state district judge’s ruling that the current school finance system is inadequate and inequitable.
Young people bounce back from adversity faster than their elders, right? Not when it comes to American jobs. Six years after the U.S. economy began expanding from the worst recession since the Great Depression, people ages 25 to 34 are having a harder time finding jobs than other workers.
Warning: Anyone with delinquent property taxes should not hesitate to notify the county tax assessor collector’s office and their home lender to get their account in order. If not, you may soon be besieged with high pressure loan offers that could ultimately take away the very home you are trying to keep.
Social Security Works, a left-wing group, was quick on the draw.
On the second anniversary on Friday of the explosion that rocked the Central Texas community of West — which killed 15 people and destroyed more than 150 buildings — Texas representatives passed legislation that strips away even more protections on industrial activity for Texas communities.
It was only last summer when we witnessed a phenomenon that gained the Rio Grande Valley national attention — unaccompanied Central American children were crossing the U.S.-Mexico border by the tens of thousands. Thousands more children crossed with adults, often women, who arrived penniless and scared.
There is a grand opportunity for Texas to be the nation’s leader in educating the bright young minds of tomorrow while paying quality teachers more.
As César Chávez once noted: “It is not enough to progress as individuals while our friends and neighbors are left behind.” Yet too many Texas kids are left behind, threatening their future and our state’s ability to thrive.
WASHINGTON -- Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today? I asked that question this week to a class of students at Harvard's Kennedy School. About half answered yes -- that things will be as bad or worse, no matter what America does.
SAN DIEGO — Like any presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has strengths and weaknesses.
WASHINGTON -- See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy.
Freshman Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ariz., wants the United States to pick a fight with Iran. Not an all-out brawl, he says; just an itty-bitty bout along the lines of 1998's Operation Desert Fox, in which US aircraft carried out four days of airstrikes on Iraq.
WASHINGTON -- It was another one of those rallies on Capitol Hill where lawmakers line up to take shots at the Obama administration. But this time the lawmakers were all Democrats.
Give credit to Republicans in Congress.
Should a woman replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill? The feminist organization WomenOn20s thinks so. After soliciting nominations over the past year, it announced the final four this month: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller.
WASHINGTON — It’s mid-April, and Karlyn Bowman — the astute public opinion analyst at the American Enterprise Institute — has noticed something significant. Tax Day “comes and goes without a ripple,” she recently wrote. There’s not much fuss.
Although today is our nation’s dreaded tax deadline payment date, Texas’ real tax day is April 17.
WASHINGTON -- Hey, "everyday Americans," what are you getting ready for? One couple is having a baby boy. Another couple wants to train the dog to stop eating the trash. Some people are starting new jobs, others retiring. And what about you, Hillary Clinton? "I'm running for president," because "everyday Americans need a champion."
Marco Rubio, who announced his presidential campaign Monday, is supposedly facing an uphill battle for the Republican nomination in part because he was a co-author of the bipartisan Senate immigration bill. But, with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, I think he is one of the three Republicans most likely to win.
WASHINGTON -- Happy Equal Pay Day!
WASHINGTON -- In the 1980s, Ollie North and Fawn Hall gave us the Iran-contra affair. Now we're experiencing the Iran-contradiction affair.
Growing up in Alamo, I assumed that I was getting a good education. I believed that my school was much like any other school in Texas.
Lotteries have been described by waggish statisticians as "a regressive tax on people who can't do math." I am beginning to think something similar about Social Security's trust fund: It is a regressive tax on the brains of people who have never studied accounting.
If Hillary Clinton had just announced her candidacy to run for president in Russia, rather than in the U.S., she'd already be in deep trouble -- just because of the video she made for the occasion.
When parents and students see the rising cost of higher education, it is easy to blame faculty. Most students see faculty more often than anyone else on their campus and thus, reason that since there are a lot of faculty, and they are all getting paid, their high salaries must be the source of increased tuition. In reality, this is not the case. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, instructional salary at public institutions accounts for only about 31 cents on the dollar at two- and four-year institutions of higher education.
SAN DIEGO — In the Bible, Jesus turns water into wine. But in California, there are those who would take that miracle in the other direction.
In a time when Texans can renew their driver’s license and vehicle registration, pay property taxes or set up tax payment plans, apply and renew their concealed handgun license and perform many other government transactions online, it seems oddly behind the times that they cannot register to vote online. Legislation now being considered in Austin, however, could change that, but we need your help.
If some Austin lawmakers are successful, oil and gas drilling could be coming to a school, playground, or daycare center near you.
When I speak to business leaders in other states, one of the Texas accomplishments I like to brag about is the “smart on crime” approach that our state leaders have implemented in recent years. We’re saving money while keeping the public safer.
WASHINGTON -- Next week brings a constitutional moment illustrating a paradox of Barack Obama's presidency. The catalyst of the drama is legislation proposed by Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, asserting Congress' foreign policy responsibilities and prerogatives. The paradox is this:
WASHINGTON -- It began as yet another sickening case of a black man gunned down by a white cop, shot dead as he ran away after being stopped for a broken taillight.
WASHINGTON -- In March of 2013, Rand Paul occupied the Senate floor for a 13-hour filibuster, promising to "speak until I can no longer speak" in the cause that "no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime." Enthused Ted Cruz: "You're standing here today like a modern 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.'" Marco Rubio also rose in support, with a speech that will be long remembered for its quotes from rappers Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z.
WASHINGTON -- The Great Robot Freakout of 2015 has begun, and it looks a lot like the robot freakouts that came before it.
Did you know in Texas it is legal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation? It also is legal to deny lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders apartment housing, or access to “public spaces,” like restaurants, if the business owner so chooses.
WASHINGTON -- In the 1970s, we suffered through stagflation: high inflation, soaring unemployment, stagnant economic growth. Pretty much the worst of all worlds.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., kicked off his presidential campaign on Wednesday. As a freshman senator with no significant legislative accomplishment and a history of association with ideological extremists (his father, for one) and who is thin-skinned and oblivious to the threat from Iran, he bears an uncanny resemblance to the junior senator from Illinois who ran for president in 2008. And like President Obama, he benefits from lackadaisical reporting and sloppy analysis. Let’s take a look at 10 things pundits get wrong about Paul:
Social Security has a long-term funding gap that just keeps growing. Neither political party has a plan to pay for the promises we've already made to people contributing to the system. But Democrats are bringing a new idea to the table: make even more promises.
There is no denying it: Climate-change deniers are in retreat.