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Logic not being the strong point of the Trump administration, it claims that it is not to blame for the separation of families at the border, and that a just God is pleased it is happening.The first claim is a lie. Without the administration’s “zerotolerance” policy, there would be no surge …

In the mission to save lives through the power of organ donation, we are often met with a number of barriers in discussing donation with our communities. After pushing past myths and misconceptions, we find ourselves with a group of people who want to donate, but have been misinformed about …

“McAllen Areas Still Look Like Venice,” and “Mid-Valley Towns Still Plagued By Flooding in Wake of Beulah” were just some of the headlines in the Valley Evening Monitor on Sept. 24, 1967. Hurricane Beulah had deluged the Rio Grande Valley with more than 25 inches of rain over a five-day peri…

By almost any of the usual measures, the job market is better than it has been in decades. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May 2018 was 3.8 percent, the lowest level in nearly 20 years. Job gains have averaged 179,000 …

The commentariat is bursting with speeches, diatribes, essays, analyses, stories and tweets about the impending collapse of the post-World War II international order. This threatens global peace and prosperity, even if we’re not entirely sure how the threat might actually materialize.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un didn't agree on anything of global importance, and the grandiose photo opportunity that took place in Singapore probably benefited Kim more than it did Trump. But the beauty of the moment is that Trump doesn't care about that sort of thing, and that could be good…

Research shows men are less likely to visit the doctor regularly than women, so they might be missing out on important preventive health visits and screenings. This is especially concerning because men are more likely to die from cancer than women.

We all know the old saying that you can’t escape death or taxes. While you might not be able to escape taxes, you at least may be able to avoid the interest and penalties for not filing certain tax reports and paying certain business taxes that you owe.

Texas has more capacity to generate electricity from wind than any other state. In fact, Texas’ capacity of 22,799 megawatts is triple that of second-place Oklahoma and is larger than most countries around the world. The Lone Star State also tops the list for capacity currently under develop…

On Tuesday, June 12, communities across our state come together to recognize a critical part of what makes the State of Texas great: the women of our armed forces. From El Paso to Houston, Brownsville to Lubbock, Corpus Christi to Dallas, and points in between, Texas cities and our state cel…

Tuesday was a good day for Democrats. Primary voters in California, the nation’s most important blue state and a center of opposition to President Donald Trump, gave them the opportunities they need to recapture the House of Representatives in November.Strong Democratic challengers emerged i…

Oh no! I, a Reasonable Man, am devastated to learn there is no longer a swimsuit portion in the Miss America competition! And the evening-wear portion is now whatever the contestants want to wear, which could be anything at all, and which might be a bulky and functional tarpaulin that would …

You cannot understand President Trump’s so-called “trade war” without acknowledging that it’s mostly about politics and not about economics. Trump has embarked on a giant marketing campaign to convince us that foreigners — their exports — are to blame for our economic problems.It’s a seducti…

On the evidence of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s CNN interview over the weekend, the likely next speaker of the House is a mindless sycophant and a threat to the constitutional order.Confronted with a simple ethical question — would he condemn demonstrable White House lies in covering up Donald Trum…

No sooner had I hit “send” on a recent column listing examples of Democrats failing immigrants and refugees than I realized there were other instances that should have been included.First, let me be clear.Despite the reader who accused me after the last column of attempting to “deflect, mute…

Diabetes affects as many as one in four older adults with Medicare. It costs hundreds of billions of dollars to treat and results in the loss of tens of thousands of lives every year.If we could better control diabetes, we’d be taking a huge leap toward creating a healthier America.Diabetes …

“I think, you know, Cabinet secretaries serve at the pleasure of the president. If this president no longer has pleasure in General Sessions, then he ought to make a change.”— Alberto Gonzales, attorney general under George W. Bush Alberto Gonzales appears to be recommending to President Tru…

Every year, the Federal Reserve conducts a massive survey of American households to paint a portrait of their economic habits and spirits. The recently published findings for 2017 are worth examining for what they say about who should — and shouldn’t — get credit for the resilient U.S. econo…

What a month May has been. And now here we are in June, and I feel like our country turned like a Ferris wheel — going round and round with one incident after another, both from the traumatic to the dramatic, from extreme sadness to happiness through the last month.

Texas cities are dominating national expansion. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released estimates of population growth between July 2016 and July 2017, and Texas cities top the list both for the number of new residents and the fastest rate of growth.

Three recent news items: — At the Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “We see moral relativism becoming more and more pervasive in our culture. Identity politics and tribalism have grown on top of this.” Ryan went on to talk about Catholic social doctrine, …

In the blink of an eye, our 16-year-old daughter was gone. She had just left with her friends to go to a Halloween party. They were only a few blocks away from our house when their car veered off the road. Her three friends walked away with minor cuts and bruises, but Kailee was killed when …

The Trump administration announced Friday that it is proposing a new “gag rule” designed to block patients who rely on Title X from accessing critical family planning services at reproductive healthcare providers including Planned Parenthood.

As a pediatric anesthesiologist in South Texas, I have logged countless hours in operating rooms caring for babies who have undergone multiples surgeries — some in the moments after birth. These have been some of the most heartbreaking moments of my life. Sadly, many of these surgeries could…

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has not announced a decision to stop treatment for his brain tumor, but his public actions indicate that he has transitioned from “being sick” and hoping for a cure, to “dying” and hoping for the best possible quality of life in the time remaining. He has complet…

The seemingly endless war between Palestinians and Israelis isn’t only about substantive issues of borders and land and sovereignty. It is, in essence, a war of competing narratives. This week, as Israelis celebrate 70 years of victory over repeated attempts to destroy the miraculous rebirth…

May is Mental Health Month and the theme designated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness this year is “Cure Stigma.” We have certainly come a long way and are more accepting about mental illness, but we still have a lot of work to do.

In honor of Mother’s Day today, Salary.com’s “Mom Salary Survey” lets families tally up all of the unpaid “jobs” that mothers lovingly undertake without compensation. The list ranges from “tailor” to “coach” and even “recreational therapist.” One of the largest and most important tasks is to…

Thanks to a recent report, Texas is one of the first states to actually know how many youths in foster care are pregnant or parents already. Of the 7,090 females ages 11 to 18 in foster care in 2017, 332 were pregnant and 218 were parents. Foster youth are approximately five times more likel…

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