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The Scruffy American

Lounging in our bathrobes as the world burns …
E.R. BILLS
Sometimes I lie awake at night and ponder odd things. Usually it happens when my slumber has been interrupted in the small hours by a stray noise, a passing train, or a disagreement with something I ate. Then there’s a though...


Obama won’t get the Republican majority in the U.S. House to go along with closing Guantanamo.

Drones or Gitmo?

It’s a false choice.
GWYNNE DYER
John Bellinger is the last person you’d expect to criticize President Barack Obama for making too many drone strikes. It was he who drafted the (rather unconvincing) legal justification for targeted drone killings when he was...



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Hooked

Legislators can’t shake the lottery habit.
DAVE McNEELY
Ah, the lottery. Texas House members recently voted to kill it, some posturing to curry favor with anti-gambling constituents. But everyone was surprised — including some of the posturers — when the sunset review bill to co...


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Bad Choices

’Twixt the devil and a big hot world.
GWYNNE DYER
There are, we are told, only two options: We stop burning fossil fuels before our carbon dioxide emissions drive the planet’s average temperature up by a full 2 degrees Celsius, in which case we will push the world into the b...



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Getting Along

Hooray for the red, blue, and purple.
DAVE McNEELY
Texas legislators from time to time “memorialize” Congress to do this or that. Since the request bears no force of law, the result is sort of like pouring a beer over the lip of the Grand Canyon and listening for it to hit....


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Cruz Ship: Off Course?

DAVE McNEELY
Well, that didn’t take long. Or, as NBC broadcaster Andrea Mitchell put it recently, “Ted Cruz has made his mark already.” If The Cruz were a missile, there might be a plaintive call to Mission Control: “Houston, we hav...



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Drones Don’t Kill Kids

Presidents — and the people who want more guns — do.
GRAYSON HARPER
Two months later, and I’m still thinking about those teachers and children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.  I guess a lot of other people are thinking about them too. People in the gun industry, for instanc...


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A Ban on Hypocrisy

Liberals and conservatives should re-examine the basics of our public debates.
E.R. BILLS
Not long after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., I got into a little argument with a good friend about gun control. I lean liberal, he leans conservative. We exchanged the predictable points, and then something strange happened. ...



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A Tar Sands Manifesto

RAMSEY SPRAGUE
The mornings start off frosty. Four months ago, in the August heat, waking with the sun was still a muggy, sweaty pleasure. Late summer in Texas is a test of wills, but so too is a Texas winter spent in tents. Living like this,...


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Guns and America

GWYNNE DYER
Here’s an interesting statistic: The second-highest rate of gun ownership in the world is in Yemen, a largely tribal, extremely poor country. The highest is in the United States, where there are almost as many guns as people:...