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Examining The Strange Relationship Between Texas And Washington, D.C.

Posted on · Texas has a long love-hate relationship with the federal government, but could all that be changing with the appointment of numerous Texans to jobs in the Trump administration?

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Outgoing St. Thomas President Discusses the Challenges and Opportunities of Running a Liberal Arts College

Posted on · (Above: After he retires this academic year, Robert Ivany will continue as president emeritus at the University of St. Thomas next academic year. Photo: Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media)Dr. Robert Ivany is leaving his post as the president of the University of St. Thomas after 13 years – but not before he sits down for […]

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Health Care Experts Weigh In On Senate GOP Bill: Thursday’s Show (June 29, 2017)

Posted on · Facing defections from within their own party, Republican leaders in the US Senate decided on Tuesday (June 27, 2017) to delay a vote on their health care bill until after the July 4 recess. While that gives senators more time to weigh their decisions on the bill, it also gives us more time to discuss […]

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Houston Reactions to President Trump’s Immigration Freeze

Posted on · Public outcry against President Trump’s immigration freeze stretched across the country and Texas — including in Houston — this weekend. The City of Houston has played a large role in the country’s refugee resettlement program and is one of America’s most diverse cities. On Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017), some local officials spoke out against closing […]

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Houston Reactions to President Trump’s Immigration Freeze: Monday’s Show (January 30, 2017)

Posted on · Public outcry against President Trump’s immigration freeze stretched across the country and Texas — including in Houston — this weekend. The City of Houston has played a large role in the country’s refugee resettlement program and is one of America’s most diverse cities. On Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017), some local officials spoke out against closing […]

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Will the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Have Economic Implications for Texas?

Posted on · Earlier this month (Jan. 5, 2017), State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, a Republican from Brenham, introduced a so-called “bathroom bill” for consideration at the Texas Legislature. Senate Bill 6, aka the Texas Privacy Act, is unquestionably controversial. It would require citizens to use the restroom associated with the gender on their birth certificate. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick […]