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Marcus: Obliging a donor is not necessarily criminal

Marcus: Obliging a donor is not necessarily criminal

On the subject of the Clinton Foundation and newly disclosed State Department emails, let us first dispense with Donald Trump’s unhinged calls for a special prosecutor to investigate what he terms a corrupt “pay for play” arrangement.
Krauthammer: The bribery standard

Krauthammer: The bribery standard

Bernie Sanders never understood the epic quality of the Clinton scandals. In his first debate, he famously dismissed the email issue, it being beneath the dignity of a great revolutionary to deal in things so tawdry and straightforward.
Herman: Readers solve the BERNDRENIK mystery

Herman: Readers solve the BERNDRENIK mystery

In last Sunday’s “What Is That?” column I asked for help on figuring out the meaning of BERNDRENIK, a word on the water intake portion of the old Seaholm Power Plant on Lady Bird Lake.
Herman: George P. Bush’s dilemma

Herman: George P. Bush’s dilemma

One of the odder story lines in this oddest of political years involves somebody who’s not on the ballot.
SantaCruz: Trump’s flip-flopping on immigration giving us whiplash

SantaCruz: Trump’s flip-flopping on immigration giving us whiplash

Will he? Or won’t he? For days now, the biggest question surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign has been whether the GOP candidate would walk back the strong anti-immigrant message he has conveyed since joining the presidential race in 2015.
Jack Hunter: What does Donald Trump have to do with the alt-right?

Jack Hunter: What does Donald Trump have to do with the alt-right?

When Donald Trump hired Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon to head his presidential campaign this week, questions and accusations were raised about Bannon’s website Breitbart and it’s promotion of an online movement known as the “alt-right.
Commentary: Back-to-school offers chance to talk to kids about alcohol

Commentary: Back-to-school offers chance to talk to kids about alcohol

Back-to-school season always holds bittersweet memories for me. Seeing kids hop off the bus after their first day of a new school year, as they rush to mom or dad waiting nearby, reminds me of my son, JR, when he was that age.
Commentary: Back-to-school offers chance to talk to kids about alcohol

Commentary: Back-to-school offers chance to talk to kids about alcohol

Back-to-school season always holds bittersweet memories for me. Seeing kids hop off the bus after their first day of a new school year, as they rush to mom or dad waiting nearby, reminds me of my son, JR, when he was that age.
Doolittle: Zimmerman’s antics hurt conservative colleagues

Doolittle: Zimmerman’s antics hurt conservative colleagues

When Austin switched to single-member districts nearly two years ago, one of the major talking points was that the City Council was finally going to get conservative voices that reflected the growing areas of the city that lean Republican.
Troxclair: Make this the year of affordability

Troxclair: Make this the year of affordability

When voters sent the new 10-1 council to City Hall, they did so with a clear mandate to address the rapidly rising cost of living in Austin in order to slow gentrification, address economic segregation, keep long time Austinites in their homes, and protect seniors — and the rest of us, too — from losing their quality of life.
Facebook comments: Art Briles

Facebook comments: Art Briles

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Suzanne Halliburton, former Baylor head coach Art Briles has made several stops at NFL training camps, including a preseason practice for the Houston Texans.
Dionne: Trump’s Bannon bomb

Dionne: Trump’s Bannon bomb

If you thought the old Donald Trump campaign was wild and crazy, just wait for the new Trump campaign now that Breitbart’s Steve Bannon has taken over as chief executive.
Karson: The real militarization of Texas policing

Karson: The real militarization of Texas policing

Texas humorist Molly Ivins once said, “All anyone needs to enjoy the state Legislature is a strong stomach and a complete insensitivity to the needs of the people.
Ross Douthat: The pull of racial patronage

Ross Douthat: The pull of racial patronage

Think of a Donald Trump voter, the kind that various studies have identified as his archetypal backer: a white man without a college education living in a region experiencing economic distress.
Phillips: Olympics provide respite from divisive campaign season

Phillips: Olympics provide respite from divisive campaign season

With all of the negative hype in the lead up to the Olympics – I’m talking scares about the Zika virus, massive doping by Russian athletes, polluted Brazilian waters and the country’s woeful economy – I had all but given up on watching, much less enjoying, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
Commentary: New direction in preventing Alzheimer’s is needed

Commentary: New direction in preventing Alzheimer’s is needed

There has been an Alzheimer’s disease paradox for the past 20 years. The search for the cause of this disorder has been carried out under a very limited spotlight that has produced no clear benefits for patients at risk of this dementia or those already diagnosed with the disease.
Commentary: What we think we know about 1936 Berlin Olympics is wrong

Commentary: What we think we know about 1936 Berlin Olympics is wrong

As is often the case with the Olympics, controversy has followed. Already the talk has been about the Zika virus, Brazil’s economic and political woes, threatened boycotts and the banning of certain Russian athletes for rampant steroid use.
Paul Krugman: Pieces of silver

Paul Krugman: Pieces of silver

By now, it’s obvious to everyone with open eyes that Donald Trump is an ignorant, wildly dishonest, erratic, immature, bullying egomaniac.
Welch: Let Gary Johnson, Jill Stein into debates

Welch: Let Gary Johnson, Jill Stein into debates

When Evan McMullin said on Monday that he would challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in their quest for the White House, the 40-year-old former CIA operative quickly learned what third-party freakers could have told him decades ago: Running for president isn’t something that you can wake up one morning and just do.
Commentary: Five questions parents must ask at Back-to-School Night

Commentary: Five questions parents must ask at Back-to-School Night

With a new school year comes a fresh start and new teachers to meet. But with current racial tensions at some of the highest levels we have seen in years, schools are one place where those tensions come together, far too often with not so great results.
Austin’s first step to prevent graffiti raises questions

Austin’s first step to prevent graffiti raises questions

Is graffiti art or vandalism? That is a question that has long been debated.According to a recent American-Statesman story by Nancy Flores about a group of artists and community organizers dedicated to restoring and preserving street art and graffiti murals, it appears that in Austin some types of graffiti indeed equate to art.
Kristian: Gender is not why Hillary Clinton is untrustworthy

Kristian: Gender is not why Hillary Clinton is untrustworthy

For years, Americans have hated Hillary Clinton.“Like horse-racing,” went a lengthy New Yorker profile on the topic in 1996, “Hillary-hating has become one of those national pastimes which unite the élite and the lumpen.
Levin: Easing the toll of the justice system

Levin: Easing the toll of the justice system

Neither big banks nor prison inmates would win a popularity contest, but those exiting prison did score a recent victory against JPMorgan Chase.
Friedman: Trump’s ambiguous wink to ‘Second Amendment people’

Friedman: Trump’s ambiguous wink to ‘Second Amendment people’

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin got assassinated.His right-wing opponents just kept delegitimizing him as a “traitor” and “a Nazi” for wanting to make peace with the Palestinians and give back part of the Land of Israel.
Herman: Gun freedom and free speech fears

Herman: Gun freedom and free speech fears

It’s an interesting question, equally so for lawyers and those of us unburdened by legal education: Should one person’s fears — perceived and otherwise — restrict another person’s freedoms?
John Young: In Congress — the Zika Games

John Young: In Congress — the Zika Games

For the purposes of this discussion, let’s think of Congress as a fetid pool of ideologues.In frosty February, many weeks before mosquito season, President Barack Obama foresaw an emergency and acted on it.

Mackowiak: With 100 days left, Trump path to victory is narrow

Our national nightmare will soon be over. The election of 2016 is now just three months away. With both national conventions now behind us, it is clear that Hillary Clinton holds a stable lead in national polling over Donald Trump.
Smith: Trump’s ego likely to be his downfall

Smith: Trump’s ego likely to be his downfall

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and the Republican National Convention in Cleveland were something like a matter-antimatter collision: a lot of energy was released but the ultimate impact of the colliding conventions remains unclear.
Passenger rail needs new start, bigger commitment from Central Texas

Passenger rail needs new start, bigger commitment from Central Texas

When it comes to regional rail, there should be a firm commitment from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, CAMPO, that a passenger line connecting the Austin area, including Williamson County, to Hays County and the San Antonio area, is a vital part of the region’s transportation infrastructure.
Grossman: State’s ‘Woman’s Right to Know’ booklet is lacking

Grossman: State’s ‘Woman’s Right to Know’ booklet is lacking

The day after the Supreme Court ruled that parts of Texas’s abortion law, known as House Bill 2, was unconstitutional, the Department of State Health Services unveiled a revised version of the “Woman’s Right to Know” booklet — a document that physicians are required by law to give to women seeking an abortion that provides them with accurate information to help inform their decision.
Herman: Best way to confront Gold Star families? Don’t

Herman: Best way to confront Gold Star families? Don’t

Someday, when I’m an overpaid political consultant (is there another kind?), I shall offer three bits of baseline advice: Always tell the truth (or the closest to it that doesn’t cut into your ability to pay your consultant).
Phillips: Abbott speaks for us in defending family of Muslim soldier

Phillips: Abbott speaks for us in defending family of Muslim soldier

Kudos to Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry for breaking the silence in Texas among state leaders regarding Donald Trump’s attack on the family of a fallen Muslim American soldier who gave his life for country and flag while serving in Iraq.
Bruni: Stop indulging Trump

Bruni: Stop indulging Trump

John McCain, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the rest of you: It’s time to stop suggesting that Donald Trump doesn’t represent you, because he does represent you.
Commentary: Texas has a new methamphetamine problem

Commentary: Texas has a new methamphetamine problem

A decade ago, methamphetamine was a major problem in Texas and across the nation because of the availability of ephedrine and other cold medicines to make the drug.
Herman: Kelso’s on the mend

Herman: Kelso’s on the mend

Turns out — and this is good news for those of us who periodically dabble in cranky — sometimes cranky can be lovable.
Kathleen Parker: We’re all Democrats now

Kathleen Parker: We’re all Democrats now

A longtime Republican friend texted just as the Democratic National Convention was burying itself in balloons: “I’m sorry,” she said, “I’m a Democrat.
Livesay: Black Star Co-op a first, but no longer an only

Livesay: Black Star Co-op a first, but no longer an only

Black Star Co-op started as an idea in an empty lot on Nelray Boulevard in Central Austin. In 2005, co-founder Steven Yarak had an idea of a neighborhood pub owned by the community it served.
Maureen Dowd: Thanks, Obama

Maureen Dowd: Thanks, Obama

PHILADELPHIA — It wasn’t easy for Barack Obama, a skinny newcomer to national politics with an exotic name and scant résumé, to overthrow the voracious Clinton machine.
Paul Krugman: Worthy of our contempt

Paul Krugman: Worthy of our contempt

Donald Trump said some more disgusting things over the weekend. If this surprises you, you haven’t been paying attention.
Opinion: How the world has changed the Olympics

Opinion: How the world has changed the Olympics

Hospital wards. Security breaches. Cops and robbers. Sum of all fears. International intrigue.It sounds like a new installment of Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” movie franchise, doesn’t it?
Commentary: How the Olympics have changed the world

Commentary: How the Olympics have changed the world

Before every Olympic Games, there exists a continuous, inevitable stream of negativity and doomsday forecasting: facilities, security, pollution, doping, economics, corruption, health concerns, transportation snafus.
Krauthammer: What’s the case for Hillary?

Krauthammer: What’s the case for Hillary?

“The best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.” So said Bill Clinton in making the case for his wife at the Democratic National Convention.
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