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Abbott appointees include big donors and no donors

By Peggy Fikac

Houston Chronicle

July 5, 2015

Faced with decisions on hundreds of appointees whose terms will expire by the end of this year, Abbott has filled 58 posts in a style that jibes with his conservative Republican loyalties but isn’t held in a stranglehold by them. … Read More

Just Say No

By Robert Kuttner

Huffington Post

July 5, 2015

The No vote to austerity by a margin of 62 to 38 is a stunning vindication of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s tactical gamble. The stakes, however, are larger than Greece. It’s increasingly clear that the E.U. needs to change course -- not just to save Greece but to save itself. … Read More

The importance of being serious

By Hugh Hewitt

July 5, 2015

Hugh Hewitt Waiting until Sunday night to file a Monday column puts stress on editors, and I try not to do it. … Read More

Abbott's 'religious liberty' fight falls short for GOP

By Peggy Fikac

Houston Chronicle

July 5, 2015

AUSTIN - Gov. Greg Abbott upset a lot of people with his "religious liberty" directive to state agencies after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, stirring fears that he was opening the door to discrimination against same-sex couples.Adams was among supporters of failed legislation in the regular session that anticipated the court ruling by trying to ban government spending on issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.State Rep. David Simpson, a Longview Republican seeking a Texas Sen … Read More

Liberated by grace

By E.J. Dionne Jr.

Washington Post

July 5, 2015

For those who see religion as primarily an opiate, African American Christianity offers a riposte. For those who see Christianity itself as a faith that encourages quiescence and conservatism, the tradition of the black church is a sign of contradiction.Read full article >> … Read More

Abbott hit by both sides on gay marriage

By Peggy Fikac

Houston Chronicle

July 5, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott upset a lot of people with his “religious liberty” directive to state agencies after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, but some conservative activists don’t think he went nearly far enough. … Read More

Ex-Im Bank's Bad Rap for Crony Capitalism

By Albert R. Hunt

July 5, 2015

Why deny funding to an engine of U.S. exports and job creator? … Read More

Rurale profundities

By John Brummett

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

July 5, 2015

Rurale profundities … Read More

Abbott makes scores of political appointments

By Peggy Fikac

Houston Chronicle

July 4, 2015

AUSTIN - Gov. Greg Abbott has picked some generous donors for coveted spots to powerful state posts, naming people who collectively gave him in the neighborhood of $3 million.Abbott’s office has received 1,320 applications from people interested in appointments, including 589 from people currently serving.Because appointees generally stay until they are replaced, any delay in choosing successors for those whose terms have expired generally won’t mean a vacancy.[...] I think he knows that and … Read More

The Times Doctrine on Bernie Sanders

By David Bromwich

Huffington Post

July 4, 2015

The attitude that Lyall adopts toward Senator Sanders is, instead, mildly and cheerfully disparaging -- affectionate, but at the proper distance of condescension; ironically agreeable, as you are allowed to be in dealing with a second cousin or an eccentric uncle who is a bit of a blowhard. Hers is not the first such article to appear on Sanders in the Times. … Read More

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