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From Tokyo to Austin
A discussion with Japanese diplomats will inevitably turn to the shinkansen, the island nation's legendary bullet train system. A shinkansen is officially classified as late if it is one minute behind schedule. The average delay is 36 seconds. Houston Consul-General Nozomu Takaoka smiled. "We have a different sense of punctuality."

9:00AM Sat. Aug. 15, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Perry's Last Gasp
It seems that Donald Trump's presidential campaign has claimed its first political scalp. Former Texas governor Rick Perry has stopped paying his campaign staff, the first step on the last ride to the political morgue.

11:56AM Wed. Aug. 12, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Perry's Trump Conundrum
Former governor and repeat presidential hopeful Rick Perry could have taken one of two paths when Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants in the U.S. "killers" and "rapists." Either debunk his kookery, or pander to the same racist base. Miraculously, he did both.

12:50PM Fri. Jul. 10, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled same-sex marriage constitutional, allowing marriage equality in all 50 states.

10:00AM Fri. Jun. 26, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Texas Responds to Obama's Immigration Order
President Barack Obama has been called the deporter-in-chief, with more undocumented foreign migrants formally removed than under his predecessor, President George W. Bush. But with today's executive order on immigration, his reputation may change.

7:00PM Thu. Nov. 20, 2014, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Public Education Back Under Fire
Democrats have spent their post-election depression fearing that the GOP is hoping to roll back the Affordable Care Act. But as the Republican agenda gets rolled out, it's pretty clear that the right wing is gunning hard for public schools.

9:00AM Mon. Nov. 10, 2014, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Eco Wrap
In its fourth year, SXSW Eco represents a shift in the world of environmentalism, with the focus increasingly upon the human cost of climate change.

7:00AM Thu. Oct. 9, 2014, Jessi Cape Read More | Comment »

From Holyrood to South Austin
Little known fact: The Texas State Capitol was built by Scottish masons. Nearly two centuries after the last stone was laid, a group of students from St. Edward's University traveled to Scotland to record the months leading up to this week's monumental independence vote.

10:16AM Thu. Sep. 18, 2014, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Fist Bumps for Equal Rights
When President Barack H. Obama visited Austin yesterday, he set off yet another social media tailspin.

4:00PM Fri. Jul. 11, 2014, Nina Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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