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Paranoia’s Back in Style

  Image source: Reagan Presidential Library One day before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November 1963, Richard Hofstadter was in London, delivering a lecture that a year later would appear in Harper’s as “The Paranoid Style…

Lone Star Loons

Photo Credit: Mike Rastiello Singer-songwriter Gary P. Nunn sometimes closes his shows with a ripping rendition of “You Ask Me What I Like About Texas.” Ah, Texas! The Lone Star Beer, the barbecue, the boots, the bullshit, the batshit-crazy candidate…

Unplanned Consequences

Photo Credit: Toby Marks I was covering a committee hearing in the Texas House 25 years ago when a legislator asked a witness an interesting question: “Are there any unintended consequences we’re not anticipating?” At the time, Texas Lieutenant Gover…

Requiem for a Lightweight

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore Ben Carson was on the ropes at the last Republican debate. But it didn’t matter. By that time, his improbable run for the presidency was all but over. In fact, the campaign was already on life support the last week in Dece…

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