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Ted Cruz Refuses to Endorse Donald Trump
Texas senator tosses matches (and himself) on RNC dumpster fire
DAILY News  July 21, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ted Cruz would get a standing ovation from Democrats. But when boos rained down as he refused to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, it's hard not to imagine at least scarcely stifled giggles...."

How to Assemble Your Donald Trump Mask
Features Story  October 27, 2016, by Richard Whittaker and Chase Hoffberger
"...Scene: Trump Tower, nightfall, the Republican nominee for president's Midtown Manhattan corner office. A tired and defeated Trump slouches into his plush red executive chair and checks the messages on his phone...."

Donald Trump Rally in Dallas
PHOTO GALLERY  September 15, 2015
"...GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump stopped off in Texas on Monday to address an estimated 15,000 supporters at a rally held at Dallas’ American Airlines Center. Continuing his crusade against illegal immigration, he reiterated his campaign promise to erect a wall between America and Mexico..."

Nine Reasons Why Trump Is in Austin
Deciphering the most baffling campaign stop of 2016
DAILY News  August 23, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Reading the tea leaves. All about as useful as political science to understand why Donald Trump is spending today in Austin...."

Perry's Trump Conundrum
Ex-governor gets moment in the sun, courtesy of the Donald
DAILY News  July 10, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

The Q&A Hole: Why Would Someone – Why Would Anyone – Vote for Trump?
With Leslie Bonnell, Arcie Cola, Lashonda Lester, Tim Doyle, and more
DAILY News  November 8, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Finally, after all the blustering and braggadocio, all the mud-slinging and the whingeing … after months and months of impertinence and perfidy … after all the Clinton pantsuits have glowed fashionable and all the Trump fingers have been stretched, pussyward, to almost human size … well, here we are, ladies and gentlemen...."

The Hightower Report: Look Who the Donald Is Bringing in From the Cold
Would Trump surrender our people's democratic sovereignty to Putin?
News Column  August 25, 2016, by Jim Hightower
"...Please, people – stop denigrating Donald Trump as a foreign policy ignoramus...."

Council Member Greg Casar Makes Statement on Trump
"I won't call for healing. I'm calling for resistance."
DAILY News  November 9, 2016, by James Renovitch
"...After a decisive victory in the polls for District 4 incumbent Greg Casar, the council member wrote a statement on Trump's presidential victory. Below, we print that statement in its entirety...."

Travis County Republican Chairman Morrow to Protest Trump
Morrow plans to carry "Trump is a child rapist" sign
DAILY News  August 22, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Travis County Republican Chairman Robert Morrow plans to protest Donald Trump, while the GOP presidential candidate visits Austin on Tuesday, Aug. 23...."

SXSW Panel: The War at Home: Trump and the Mainstream Media
How to report and consume news under siege from the White House
DAILY SXSW  March 16, 2017, by Michael King
"...Four all-stars of TV journalism gathered Thursday afternoon at the JW Marriott to consider the nature of news reporting in the Donald Trump Era. The rough consensus was that the “new rules” of operating under Trump represent an opportunity as well as a challenge...."

Pro-Immigration and Anti-Trump Rallies
Anti-Trump rally leads to arrests
DAILY News  November 14, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Capping off a week of protest in Austin and around the country in reaction to Donald Trump's presidential win, Sunday was bookended by rallies in Downtown Austin. The Love Trumps Hate rally filled the City Hall grounds during the day, and an anti-Trump protest took place at the Capitol during the evening...."

Morrow vs. Trump vs. the GOP
Travis County GOP rudderless, broke after ousting chair
DAILY News  August 26, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Well, the man in the tiger jacket and jester hat, carrying the "Donald Trump is a Child Rapist" sign downstairs, and the emergency Travis County Republican Party press conference upstairs, certainly put an interesting spin on her day...."

The Hightower Report: How Magical Is The Donald?
Repeal, replace, voilà
News Column  March 9, 2017, by Jim Hightower
"...Donald Trump, the Amazing Wunderkind of Global Luxury Living – and now Our Phan­tas­magoric, Fast-Charging President – is proving to be a legislative magician. In his campaign, Trump's number-one promise was that he would "immediately" repeal the entirety of Obamacare, then – hocus-pocus and abracadabra! – simultaneously replace it with "great health care for a fraction of the price." Wow – that's why his White House media operation calls him "President Action, President Impact."..."

The Hightower Report: What Is The “Trump Fix”?
Who is Tom Barrack? And how involved will he be?
News Column  December 15, 2016, by Jim Hightower
"...Few Americans have ever heard of Tom Barrack, but he's going to be a big, behind-the-scenes player in Trump's Washington...."

Will Trump Get Out the Latino Vote?
Eddie Rodriguez previews his upcoming Texas Tribune Festival panel
News Story  September 22, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...This year, Rep. Eddie Rod­riguez, D-Austin, thinks Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric may do the job for them...."

Trump's Three-Ring Circus Hits Austin
PHOTO GALLERY  August 24, 2016
"...Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blew through Austin on Tuesday with a three-ring circus featuring an interview with FOX News, fundraising, and a rally at the Travis County Expo Center. In typical Austin style, his roadshow was dogged by protesters throughout the visit..."

The Hightower Report: Donald Drumpf Is Deranged
Presidential hopeful is a child of immigrants himself
News Column  July 7, 2016, by Jim Hightower
"...In fact, his grand­father, Friedrich Drumpf, immigrated to the U.S. from Kallstadt, Germany, about 120 years ago and anglicized his name from Drumpf to Trump...."

Hightower Report: Hallelujah, Trump Rushes to Aid the Needy!
America's president, free to help the bankers
News Column  April 20, 2017, by Jim Hightower
"...Regular folks in our country say that those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder – the poor and downtrodden working class – ought to be the priority. But then, regular folks don't run Congress – or Trump's White House...."

Human Rights Commission Takes on Trump
Commission signs a resolution reaffirming city's commitment to "inclusion, equity, and freedom for all"
News Story  December 15, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...America's election of Donald Trump and the hostile fallout from a campaign marked by misogyny, racism, and xenophobia encouraged the city's Human Rights Commission to pass a resolution reaffirming Austin's commitment to "inclusion, equity, and freedom for all." The measure additionally condemns anti-LGBTQ Senate Bill 92, which would roll back local nondiscrimination ordinances. The resolution points to 10 reported hate incidents in Austin tracked by the South­ern Pov­erty Law Center following the Nov..."

The Hightower Report: Why Did Trump Back Off From His Mexican Border Tax?
Nobody knows more about trade than him
News Column  May 11, 2017, by Jim Hightower
"...Often, when world powers pick fights with seemingly powerless countries, they learn that even small dogs have sharp teeth – as President Trump is finding out in his ill-fated war with Mexico...."

Austin Against Trump's "Sanctuary City" Order
Austin joins brief supporting lawsuits against Trump "sanctuary city" order
News Story  April 6, 2017, by Michael King
"...Austin is one of three dozen local jurisdictions that signed amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs supporting lawsuits filed by the City and County of San Francisco, and Santa Clara County, California, requesting a preliminary injunction against the Trump admin­i­stra­tion's executive order sanctioning "sanctuary cities" that have refused to fully cooperate with all "detainer requests" submitted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The separate lawsuits, scheduled for a hearing April 5, cite President Donald Trump, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and U.S..."

The Hightower Report: Why Is Trump Hostile to Actual Facts?
Take the Trumpcare lie, for example
News Column  April 6, 2017, by Jim Hightower
"...Question: What do you get when you mix a barrel of fables, a sack of mendacity, and a gross of whoppers – topped with a thick layer of subterfuge? Answer: the fiasco called Trumpcare...."

How Austin Restaurants Are Leading the Trump Era Resistance
Economically culture-jamming the new administration
Food Story  February 9, 2017, by Melanie Haupt
"...It's just another afternoon in South Austin. That is, until a man carrying a Donald Trump piñata walks up and the crowd bursts into spontaneous applause...."

Page Two: I Am Trump, You Are Trump
The dangerous cancer of a charismatic populist demagogue leader
Columns  June 2, 2016, by Louis Black
"...I have no inordinate fear of Republicans or Democrats. But in a way I never have in my life before, I'm terrified by the potential election of Donald Trump as president..."

Playback – SXSW Recap: Love, Hate, Garth & Trump
Final love / hate SXSW listicles
Music Story  March 23, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...The Avett Brothers surprised fans at Ray Benson's 66th birthday show, joining Asleep at the Wheel at GSD&M for a rowdy set of Bob Wills tunes, then making room for braided outlaw godfather Willie Nelson, who sparked up a half-hour set peaking with a magic version of "Pancho and Lefty." Another famous stoner, Snoop Dogg, reprised his role as a SXSW speaker with a late-breaking appearance on a criminal justice panel, then played a secret show at Rio. This came days after Donald Trump attacked the rapper on Twitter for a music video in which Snoop pretends to shoot the presidential clown..."

Point Austin: It Ain’t Just About Trump
This week's marches begin a long and difficult resistance
News Column  January 19, 2017, by Michael King
"...Albeit with a bum knee that might hobble my giddyup, I intend to march this week with my friends, allies, and community, publicly united in opposition to the incoming presidential regime of Donald Trump. Trump has made it obvious, repeatedly and abundantly, that he neither understands nor respects the Constitution that established the office he will illegitimately hold, and that he intends to continue violating all the democratic norms and traditions of the country he purports to lead..."

A Place for Pot in Trump's America?
Mixed signals from the White House put legalization advocates on high alert
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...States' rights seem meaningless when it comes to marijuana, though. At a press conference in late February, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the Trump administration will crack down on recreational pot use, even in those eight states that have legalized the substance entirely..."

Changing Your Name and Gender Marker in Trump's America
A guide to doing it yourself and where to find help
DAILY The Gay Place  March 3, 2017, by Maddox Price
"...Almost immediately after Donald Trump was elected, my name and gender marker petition, which I’d been sitting on for two years, became my number one priority. My Facebook was rife with posts urging transgender individuals to get their name and/or gender marker amended before Trump’s inauguration...."

Point Austin: The Age of Trump
As D.C. moves backward, cities must lead forward
News Column  January 5, 2017, by Michael King
"...And as is likely the case with many Austinites this post-holiday season, the City Hall hiatus has left me brooding over the national condition. Even prior to Donald Trump's looming inauguration and the planned nationwide protests, we are entering very uncertain times, amidst a public polarization more sharp than I can recall since the Sixties and the Vietnam War, as even a skim of the Chronicle's online forums will attest...."

The Hightower Report: Why in the World Would Trump Tap Perry to Be Energy Secretary?
From twinkle-toed TV hoofer to in charge of our nuclear arsenal
News Column  December 29, 2016, by Jim Hightower
"...But – resurrection! – having kissed the ring of President-to-be Trump, Perry is being lifted from the lowly role of twinkle-toed TV hoofer to – get this – taking charge of our government's nuclear arsenal!..."

Anti-Trump Rally
PHOTO GALLERY  November 10, 2016
"...A small group of students grew to approximately 1,000 participating protesters in Wednesday's Anti-Trump rally, organized by University of Texas students following the Tuesday election of Donald Trump for president...."

Airport Protest Against Trump's Immigration Order
PHOTO GALLERY  January 30, 2017
"...Immigrants and allies gathered at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Sunday to protest Donald Trump's Executive Order banning the immigration of people from seven Muslim nations...."

UT Community Protests Trump Inauguration
PHOTO GALLERY  January 20, 2017
"...Roughly 400 University of Texas students and faculty walked out of class on Friday, Jan. 20 in protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration as 45th president of the United States..."

Upright Citizens Brigade presents Trump Dump
PHOTO GALLERY  March 15, 2016

The Hightower Report: Who’ll Help America’s Hard-Hit Gold Miners?
Donald Trump will ... not. Unless you own a gold mine.
News Column  May 25, 2017, by Jim Hightower
"...Last year, the 25 best paid hedge fund operators totaled a staggering $11 billion in personal pay – even though nearly half of them performed poorly. Meanwhile, Donald Trump – who promised last year to close that special hedge-fund tax break, is now promising to give an even bigger break to them..."

The Hightower Report: Koch Brothers Are Out to Conquer the Countryside
Donald Trump is just the sideshow
News Column  January 5, 2017, by Jim Hightower
"...This is why we must pay attention: Donald Trump is not the only – or even the biggest – danger to our democratic republic. As Arn Pearson, general counsel of Center for Media and Democracy, warns: "There are a lot of different parts of the Koch machine pulling on this oar..."

The film starts off as promising sci-fi, but turns into a disappointing shoot-’em-up
Film Review  July 10, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Wealth can’t buy health, happiness, or immortality, but in the world of Self/less, wealth can buy you maybe another 50 years of life. That sounds like a good deal to Damian Hale (Kingsley), a brash, Donald Trump-style real estate tycoon who hasn’t long to live..."

News Ticker: August 12
All the news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  August 12, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Jodie Laubenberg inspires the muse, Lance Armstrong defends dishonesty, and Donald Trump makes the morning rounds. Tomfoolery is on the News Ticker...."

News Ticker: April 26
All the news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  April 26, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Paul Kevin Curtis breaks out in song, Donald Trump goes to a revival, and Ted Cruz leads by example. Stupefaction is on the News Ticker...."

The AggreGAYtor: August 29
Your daily dose of LGBTQ news
DAILY The Gay Place  August 29, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...Geraldo Rivera tries to start a media storm, Andrew Sullivan is feeling atmospheric pressure, and Donald Trump is frosty towards Arianna Huffington. Today’s AggreGAYtor does not have to be a hurricane to turn things around...."

Man on a Ledge
This semi-functional thriller tingles but never terrifies.
Film Review  January 27, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...In the meantime, screenwriter Pablo F. Fenjves sets up convoluted, heisty goings-on at a building catawampus from where Worthington gamely totters, while Harris mugs and rhapsodizes like some freaky, methed-out parody of Donald Trump (which, I guess, he is)..."

University of Texas alum Rash, director of my personal nomination for most disturbing film of all time, 1981's Under the Rainbow, checks in with this stunningly unoriginal piece of NBA...

Film Review  June 7, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...What may have once been hilarious is now simply irritating -- her loudmouth schtick is as threadbare as Dennis Rodman's hairline will be 30 years from now. Even cameos from such NYC luminaries as Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Sirajul & Mujibar, and appearances from NBA legends Walt Frazier, Rodman, the Spurs, Kings, and Pacers can't save this foul dog..."

The Queen Is Alive!
Review: Comic Lisa Lampanelli puts the Paramount on blast
DAILY Arts  January 28, 2013, by Russ Espinoza
"...Years in the company of eclectic celebrity riff-raff like Donald Trump, Pamela Anderson, and Jersey Shore’s “The Situation” – not to mention a ballroom of dopey pornstars – has imbued Lisa Lampanelli with enough life experience on the margins of sanity and taste to roast a thousand C-Listers, as she proved at the Paramount Saturday night...."

Point Austin: Waxing “Presidential”
Trump delivers the same threats in a more polite package
News Column  March 2, 2017, by Michael King
"...Well, as Samuel Johnson remarked in a very different context, should you see a dog walking on its hind legs: "It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all." Yet far more laughable than Tuesday night's spectacle of Donald Trump dutifully reading from a teleprompter was that of the assembled media pundits falling all over themselves to declare his uncharacteristic performance "presidential." Amid all the absurd tributes from sources apparently inured to the Trump regime's persistent abuse of honest journalists (i.e., "enemies of the people"), it was refreshing to find The Washington Post's Alexandra Petri unimpressed: "Yup, Donald Trump spoke to Congress, and he did not bite a live bat in half." Indeed, Trump's speech was enough to make one long for the eloquence of President Shrub...."

News Roundup: Political Humility, Pandering, and Money
Donald Trump is a very humble man – just ask him
DAILY News  July 18, 2016, by Michael King
"...Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had a fairly rough weekend in preparation for the party convention in Cleveland this week, although no amount of garish bumbling seems to slow The Donald’s momentum. After much (almost) private jockeying among vice-presidential rivals Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, and Mike Pence, Trump finally settled on the Indiana governor – at the last moment before Pence hit the deadline to withdraw from his reelection campaign – and reports flew that Trump was attempting to change his mind even on the night before his Saturday morning press conference to formally announce his choice..."

Perry's Last Gasp
A campaign autopsy before the cadaver is cold
DAILY News  August 12, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

The Hightower Report
Trump tries to put his brand on GOP
News Column  July 2, 2015, by Jim Hightower
"...Oh, joy! Oh, goody! Oh, happy day! If you love the loopy side of American politics, your dream of some serious loco for 2016 has arrived: Donnie Trump is in the race! For president. Of the United States..."

The Hightower Report: There’s a Word for Trump’s Latest Flimflamming of Workers
Trump's the working man's president? Please!
News Column  February 16, 2017, by Jim Hightower
"...By gollies, The Donald delivers! Trump and his new blue-ribbon panel of working-class champions have announced a bold initiative to create millions of American jobs. A spokes­man for the panel, Steve Schwarzman, praised Trump as a leader who wants to "do things a lot better in our country, for all Americans."..."

The Hightower Report: What Does Trumponomics Actually Amount To?
Breaking down the Donald's economic plan
News Column  September 8, 2016, by Jim Hightower
"...Donnie Trump – what a maverick! What a shake-'em-up outsider! What an anti-establishment fighter for working stiffs!..."

The Hightower Report
The Donald Show
News Column  July 9, 2015, by Jim Hightower
"..."Wow!" exclaimed a beaming Donald Trump as he stepped onstage, basking in the cheers of a throng attending his launch into the 2016 presidential race. "That is some group of people," he gushed..."

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