Fist Bumps for Equal Rights

When President Barack H. Obama visited Austin yesterday, he set off yet another social media tailspin. Read More | Comment »

4:00PM Fri. Jul. 11, Nina Hernandez

Obama Talks Economy – Immigration Protesters Outside

Before a packed crowd at the Paramount Theatre, President Barack Obama delivered optimistic remarks that centered on the economy, job growth, and income inequality Thursday afternoon. Read More | Comment »

4:50PM Thu. Jul. 10, Mary Tuma

Obama to Talk Economy at Paramount

This week, President Obama plans to stop by Austin for a two-day fundraising trip. Read More | Comment »

2:36PM Mon. Jul. 7, Mary Tuma

Texas Responds to Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

This morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled that family-owned businesses like Hobby Lobby can decide to not provide contraception through their health insurance if it does not fit their religious beliefs. Now advocates for reproductive rights in Texas are condemning the decision. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Mon. Jun. 30, Richard Whittaker

Bleak Day at SCOTUS for Women, Unions

The Republican Party always had it figured out: The true power of the presidency is in US Supreme Court appointments. Never was that clearer than two rulings made this morning, one hammering access to birth control, the other undercutting unions. Read More | Comment »

12:35PM Mon. Jun. 30, Richard Whittaker

'Austin Chronicle' Receives AAN Nod

The Association of Alternative Newsmedia announced the finalists for its 2014 AAN Awards today, including the Austin Chronicle among the nominees. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Wed. Jun. 18, Brandon Watson

4:20 on 5/3: Rally for Pot-Law Reform

Some know it as the Global Marijuana March. Others call it the Million Marijuana March. Still others prefer Cannabis Liberation Day. Regardless which you prefer, the 15th Annual March to Free the Weed happens this weekend, Saturday, May 3. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Thu. May. 1, Jordan Smith

Rape Victim Believes Rodney Reed Is Innocent

In 2007, then Georgetown PD Sgt. Jimmy Fennell, Jr., kidnapped a 20-year-old woman he'd encountered while on duty and answering a call, telling her he was going to give her a ride to meet up with her boyfriend. Instead, he took her to a park, slammed her against the rear quarter-panel of his patrol vehicle, pulled out his gun, put it by her head, and raped her. Read More | Comment »

12:45PM Wed. Apr. 30, Jordan Smith

Study: More Innocents on Death Row Than Previously Thought

In his 2006 dissent in a Kansas death penalty case, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued that the incidence of wrongful conviction is, in essence, vastly overblown. Read More | Comment »

2:23PM Mon. Apr. 28, Jordan Smith

Justice Says Legalize It

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens believes the feds should legalize marijuana. Read More | Comment »

9:50AM Fri. Apr. 25, Jordan Smith

TDCJ Fails to Protect Prisoners From Extreme Heat

In 2010, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Risk Management Division reminded employees in "heat awareness training" of the "common sense tips" that could prevent a "heat-related pet emergency," including that when left indoors one answer two questions: Is air conditioning available? And, will the house stay cool "through the heat of the day?" Read More | Comment »

11:55AM Wed. Apr. 23, Jordan Smith

More HB 2 Fallout: Abortion Doctors Sue Dallas Hospital

For more than 30 years, obstetricians Lamar Robinson and Jasbir Ahluwalia provided legal abortion care at licensed women's clinics. And after the legislature last year passed House Bill 2, requiring that all abortion doctors receive hospital admitting privileges, the doctors sought and received privileges at University General Hospital Dallas. Read More | Comment »

4:00PM Thu. Apr. 17, Jordan Smith

Austin Becomes 'Everytown'

Call it morning presser syndrome. Although Texas open carry advocates came out in force in response to a recent South by Southwest gun control panel, only a handful congregated outside City Hall for today's Austin launch of Everytown for Gun Safety. Their only visible firearm was printed on a "Come and Take It" flag. Read More | Comment »

3:45PM Wed. Apr. 16, Brandon Watson

New HB 2 Suit Challenges Regulations That Could Shutter All But Six Texas Clinics

Just less than a week after an appeals court upheld two provisions of the controversial House Bill 2, abortion providers on Wednesday filed a second lawsuit attacking the bill's hospital admitting privileges provision, and challenging the legality of a requirement that all clinics comply with standards devised for surgical centers. Read More | Comment »

8:08AM Thu. Apr. 3, Jordan Smith

Abortion Providers to File Second Suit Against HB 2

Days after an appeals court upheld two provisions of the controversial House Bill 2, abortion providers today said they will file a second lawsuit, again attacking the hospital admitting privileges provision, and lodging a new attack against the legality of a requirement that clinics comply with standards devised for surgical centers. Read More | Comment »

1:34PM Wed. Apr. 2, Jordan Smith

UPDATED: Death Watch: Most Notorious

UPDATE: A federal district judge in Houston has stayed the execution of serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells and that of another condemned inmate, until the Texas Department of Criminal Justice makes available to them, via a protective order, information about the drugs it intends to use to execute them. Read More | Comment »

12:44PM Wed. Apr. 2, Jordan Smith

Fifth Circuit Upholds Provisions of HB 2

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the state of Texas, finding that the hospital admitting privileges requirement for abortion clinics and restricted protocol for administering pharmaceutical abortions, both contained in controversial abortion regulations House Bill 2, are constitutional. Read More | Comment »

4:14PM Thu. Mar. 27, Jordan Smith

Hobby Lobby and the Supremes

According to a lawyer for the owners of craft-store chain Hobby Lobby, it's important to their family's religious beliefs to provide health care to their 22,000 employees. But it also offends their religious beliefs to provide certain forms of birth control, which they believe – contrary to science – act as abortifacients. Read More | Comment »

1:35PM Wed. Mar. 26, Jordan Smith

SXSW Panel: Artists & Homeland Security

Cognitive dissonance is a terrible affliction, especially this deep into a festival. So after a SXSW that saw Julian Assange and Edward Snowden Skyping in to talk about freedom, it was a 540 spin when Homeland Security Committee Chair Mike McCaul turned up to talk music. Read More | Comment »

9:17PM Sat. Mar. 15, Richard Whittaker

Snowden Defends Fourth Amendment

In an hourlong conversation live-streamed to SXSW Interactive from an undisclosed location, whistleblower Ed Snowden defended the Constitution, addressed potential protections against mass surveillance, and discussed why he believes he had to leak secret information to public sources. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Mon. Mar. 10, Michael King

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