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. Read More | Comment »

7:00PM Thu. Nov. 20, 2014, Richard Whittaker

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. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Mon. Nov. 10, 2014, Richard Whittaker

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. Read More | Comment »

7:00AM Thu. Oct. 9, 2014, Jessi Cape

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. Read More | Comment »

10:16AM Thu. Sep. 18, 2014, Richard Whittaker

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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, Jordan Smith

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