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Opinion: Downplaying cooperation erodes trust

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to take full credit for the recent capture of notorious drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. But the signs point to some degree of cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican... — Updated 7/26/2022


Big 12 hype moves on from Texas, Oklahoma

Yes, Texas and Oklahoma are still a part of Big 12 - even if the traditional hype has moved on. For the first time in seven seasons, Oklahoma is not the preseason favorite to win... — Updated 7/16/2022


Texas governor urged to call special session

AUSTIN, Texas - State Sen. Kel Seliger of Amarillo became the first Republican on Friday to urge Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session for lawmakers in wake of the... — Updated 5/28/2022


Opinion: Learning losses may ripple across this generation

Just about every teacher, parent and student who endured the sad and dragged-out mess of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic understands it was a disservice to young people. It hurt them academically and emotionally, and... — Updated 5/21/2022


Opinion: Heartening to see both parties support Ukraine

There is little that Republicans and Democrats in Congress agree on nowadays, so we are heartened to see them come together to support the people of Ukraine. Bipartisan calls are growing louder to extend temporary protections to... — Updated 3/5/2022


Opinion: Officials should make voting boundaries clearer

Easier to vote and harder to cheat: that was the refrain Texas heard from Republican state lawmakers when they passed their sweeping election bill last year. Yet for some of the state’s most vulnerable voters, casting a ballot... — Updated 2/22/2022


Opinion: Russia should show more regard for health of athletes

USA track star Sha’Carri Richardson, is speaking an important truth loudly, and we don’t blame her. After Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva was allowed to compete in the Olympics despite a positive test for an illegal... — Updated 2/19/2022


Opinion: Fans would love Sean Payton as Cowboys coach

DALLAS - Other than removing his name from the Cowboys' marquee, a non-starter, Jerry Jones' best fan-friendly moves are fairly obvious: Fire Mike McCarthy. Hire Sean Payton. Of... — Updated 1/26/2022


Analysis: Cowboys clinch playoff game at home

ARLINGTON, Texas – The NFC East title was secured before kickoff. All that was left was the game. Dallas didn’t mess around with Washington. Instead, the Cowboys took charge early by scoring six first-half touchdowns, using... — Updated 12/27/2021


Opinion: Banning books will only raise interest in them

We’d like to thank Texas Republican state Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth for launching an inquiry into the books lining the shelves of public schools across Texas. No, really. Thank you. Sometimes we forget what it’s like to... — Updated 11/2/2021


Opinion: Facts-based journalism still has value

Journalism is a high calling. We’re not too meek to proclaim that. And our profession’s current chapter of disruption and misinformation hasn’t changed that truth. That’s why we’re celebrating journalists Maria Ressa and... — Updated 10/22/2021


Opinion: Audit will only encourage lies and disruption

Thoughtful news consumers might have read last month’s announcement of an audit of the 2020 election results in four Texas counties and pondered its purpose. Why would former President Donald Trump call for such an audit after... — Updated 10/5/2021


Opinion: Every vaccine skeptic's death is a tragedy

You’ve likely seen the headlines about COVID-19 killing radio hosts and activists who opposed vaccines and masks. Several of those headlines were about Caleb Wallace, a Texan who helped organize a “freedom rally” this summer... — Updated 9/15/2021


Heated discussion follows Afghanistan drawdown

WASHINGTON — Nearly two decades after Texas’ George W. Bush led the nation to war in Afghanistan to root out terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks, the Taliban were suddenly back in control Monday after a chaotic U.S.... — Updated 8/17/2021


Opinion: Data shows faiths of all kinds flourish

The Public Religion Research Institute has released its latest snapshot of the American religious landscape with data from 2020. It shows that America is still majority Christian, and that, despite shrill voices of the most... — Updated 8/14/2021


Opinion: Public figures need to speak up for vaccine

We know a couple of things about Cole Beasley, the former Dallas Cowboy turned Buffalo Bill. One, he’s terrific at making catches over the middle in tough situations. Two, he is not a doctor or scientist. When it comes to who we... — Updated 8/7/2021


Opinion: Law enforcement agencies should work together

Last week, the family of Texas firefighter Elijah Snow paid their last respects, still unsure of exactly how he died in Cancun, Mexico. After receiving conflicting reports, they are understandably concerned about whether justice... — Updated 8/3/2021


It's official: Texas, OU planning to leave Big 12

LUBBOCK — Just call it Texit — with some Sooner separation for good measure. Texas and Oklahoma effectively served notice Monday to the Big 12, setting the stage for SEC membership and dealing a major blow to their former... — Updated 7/27/2021


One dead, four injured in exchange of gunfire

A Lubbock County sheriff’s sergeant was fatally shot and four other law-enforcement officers were wounded Thursday afternoon in an exchange of gunfire with a barricaded man in West Texas. The suspect, Omar Soto-Chavira, 22, was... — Updated 7/17/2021


Opinion: Issues faced by administration predictable

In 2012, Pew Research asked 1,008 Americans to describe then-Vice President Joe Biden in one word. The responses ranged from “Good,” the most common answer, to “Goofy.” But almost five months into his tenure, the word that... — Updated 6/15/2021


Opinion: Texas should be cautious with development

Texas has a lot to celebrate when it comes to growth and prosperity, and we can now add to that celebration the number two, as in two additional congressional seats that the state picked up in the 2020 census. Texas is entitled to... — Updated 5/4/2021


Opinion: Market system key to preventing power outages

Ten years ago, when power plants in Texas succumbed to freezing temperatures and triggered rolling outages, Texas lawmakers took action. They passed a law requiring power plants to file plans with regulators on their annual... — Updated 2/17/2021


Senate acquits Trump

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial ended Saturday with acquittal on a 57-43 vote, short of the two-thirds needed for conviction. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats in voting that the former... — Updated 2/13/2021


Opinion: Moratorium sad way to punish oil companies

Most Americans, in fact nearly all Americans, get around using vehicles that use gasoline. And nearly all of our goods are delivered in trucks that use diesel. If there’s no fuel, those vehicles don’t magically start running... — Updated 2/13/2021


Opinion: Limiting ballot drop-off sites poor decision

Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it is right. A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Texas can limit counties to one mail ballot drop-off site. The ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of... — Updated 10/17/2020


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