Donald Trump has said throughout this election that the U.S. shouldn’t have gone into Iraq in 2003, shouldn’t have intervened in Libya’s civil war in 2011, and said we shouldn’t be helping Syrian rebels or trying to topple that country’s dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Please, let this finally be enough.Please, let this madness surrounding George Zimmerman’s attempt to auction off the gun he used in 2012 to kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin be enough to see this law-enforcement wanna-be for the reckless, selfish and callous individual that he is.
by Antonio Garza, Special to the American-Statesman
After enduring months of hostile rhetoric in the U.S. primaries, Mexico has had enough. In a diplomatic and strategic shakeup, officials have announced a new strategy to polish the country’s image abroad.
by Bee Moorhead, Special to the American-Statesman
In launching the Senate Finance Committee’s discussion of state spending limits this week, Sen. Jane Nelson said “the goal of spending limits is quite simple, but the calculations and application are much more complex.
We’ve been careful about second-guessing grand juries in the past — and this time is no exception. The grand jury members are the only ones who have seen the totality of the evidence presented in their case, and by law, their proceedings are closed from public view.
by Valerie Salinas-Davis and Carole Baker, Special to the American-Statesman
It’s “Infrastructure Week,” and a nonpartisan coalition of public- and private-sector stakeholders has chosen May 16 to 23 to promote the need for government to invest in improvements to “roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes, the power grid, [and] broadband.
Felons should be allowed to vote — but not until they have completed their sentences (including any period of probation or supervised release), paid at least a part of any court-ordered restitution to their victims, and proven they are now willing to abide by the rules implemented by society.
Marco Rubio now says he will support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.The same Rubio who once called Trump’s campaign “frightening” and “disturbing,” and said it was “getting harder every day” to support Trump back in March.
by Jesus I. Valles and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Special to the American-Statesman
If you are a performing artist at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, also known as the MACC, here is what you might see a few minutes before your performance call time:A few feet from the auditorium, past the pecan trees, you may see a dog owner in hip athletic wear walking her or his dog.
by Beth E. Bukoski and Alden Jones, Special to the American-Statesman
The battle rages between those who believe transgender children should be able to use the school bathroom aligning with their gender identities and those who believe sex-assigned-at-birth should be the only factor in restroom usage.
by Jim Hawkins and D. Theodore Rave, Special to the American-Statesman
Arbitration clauses — those long clauses in microscopic type that require contracting parties to “arbitrate” any disputes instead of suing in court — are everywhere nowadays, from your credit card to your cellphone company, and maybe even your employer.
by Bill Peacock and Rob Henneke, Special to the American-Statesman
Hinga Mbogo came to America from Kenya for an education; he wound up living the American dream. His 30-year-old automotive repair shop on Dallas’ Ross Avenue has provided a living for his family and employees while satisfying thousands of customers.
The Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled Friday that while the state’s sclerotic system for financing its public schools imperfectly meets the state’s educational needs, it does not violate the Texas Constitution and therefore is legal and can remain in place.
by Editorial Board, Special to the American-Statesman
With the overwhelming defeat of Proposition 1 on Saturday, voters established the terms of engagement for Lyft and Uber to operate in Austin — and not the other way around, as the ride-hailing companies attempted to do by writing their own rules and setting their own fees.
by David Barstow, Special to the American-Statesman
The AIDS crisis is not over. There is a widespread misperception that the medical and scientific advances of the last two decades have solved the AIDS problem, that it’s just a matter of time until everyone with HIV will be on medication, that there will be fewer and fewer new infections every year until they eventually disappear.
by Adriana Kohler, Special to the American-Statesman
“I just have a passion for pregnant women,” says Jennifer Johnson.The community health worker in the city of Austin’s Maternal and Infant Outreach Program explains: “I’m usually in a mom’s life for less than two years, including her pregnancy and the first year of her baby’s life — but those two years set them on track for the rest of their lives.
by Catherine Troisi, Special to the American-Statesman
Tobacco products are a known cancer-causing agent and responsible for one in three cancer deaths. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined — and thousands more die from smoking-related causes such as fires caused by smoldering cigarettes.
by Sanford Levinson, Special to the American-Statesman
Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, has become the man of the hour, perhaps of the year, thanks to actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda after the smash hit Broadway musical he produced was nominated this week for an unprecedented 16 Tony Awards.
“The horror. The horror.” — Closing lines from “Apocalypse Now.”I didn’t think of contrasting the Republican Party’s current situation with Francis Ford Coppola’s movie masterpiece until The New York Times editorialized about Donald Trump’s ascendancy and the Republican Party’s “trek into darkness.
by John Halpin,Daniella Gibbs Leger, InsideSources.com
The American public faces a dilemma. Voters want the government to do more to provide economic security and to help rebuild the nation, but they also don’t trust the people running the government to do what’s right.
by Kathleen Hunker, Special to the American-Statesman
Austin’s renewed emphasis on affordable housing will read like a Shakespearean tragedy unless city officials are willing to embrace a new paradigm of government that disfavors finicky restrictions on land use and development.
A ride-hailing battle that has its origins in 2012 when the Austin-born Heyride — remember them? — began using an iPhone app to connect passengers with drivers, prompting the city to block the company from operating an unlicensed cab company, reaches a climax Saturday when voters decide the fate of Proposition 1.
As the fallout continues over Austin City Manager Marc Ott’s rebuke of Police Chief Art Acevedo, another potential controversy is brewing at City Hall: African-American city employees are accusing the City Council of repeatedly disrespecting black executives from the dais.
I was proud to volunteer to serve as Ted Cruz’s Texas campaign chairman. Ted and Heidi gave this campaign their all, and their hard work and sacrifice over the past year is a clear demonstration of their love for this country and their commitment to the conservative movement.
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican national holiday that commemorates an all-day battle in Puebla, Mexico, when the Mexican military defeated the numerically superior French forces that invaded Mexico in 1861.
Political campaigns are supposed to kick off debates about how we should feel about the candidates. Donald Trump’s campaign has started a debate about how we should feel about the candidate’s supporters, too.
by Angela Evans, Special to the American-Statesman
The Vietnam War Summit was a noteworthy endeavor by many measures. The three days of panels and speakers, the veteran recognition ceremonies, the 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.