Trump’s Texas border wall hits a snag in Falcon Lake

Since it was created in 1953 with the construction of Falcon Dam, the bi-national lake has served as both a barrier and conduit between Mexico and Texas. But now that President Donald Trump is pushing for the construction of a wall or fence along the entire length of the border, some residents fear Falcon Lake could soon be surrounded by concrete.

ICE denies targeting Austin, but says more enforcement needed

Federal immigration officials Tuesday evening denied that a new policy by Sheriff Sally Hernandez led them to conduct a major enforcement operation in the Austin area. But, in a hint of their changing strategy, federal agents said more enforcement is needed in places such as Travis County where local authorities don’t fully cooperate with them.

This Texas oilfield is messing with OPEC

  • suggested by John Reynolds

The key is that the unique geology of the Permian allows frackers to hit multiple layers of oil as they drill into the ground. That's what sets the Permian apart from other major oilfields, making it lucrative to drill there even at today's sub-$50 prices.

East Texas views mixed on GOP health bill

The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act drew criticism from East Texans who fear it will leave more without coverage, while an insurance underwriter sees some good points and a tea party activist said he's in favor of a repeal with no replacement.

Robert Caro plans an audio-only project 'On Power'

NEW YORK   — Robert Caro's next project is for ears only.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian is planning an audio-only release,  On Power,  drawing upon his years as an investigative journalist and his research into the lives of President Lyndon Johnson and municipal builder Robert Moses. 

Now the battle of oil producers really begins

Round one of the competition for dominance in the crude oil market is over, let the crux of the battle begin.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which produces a third of the world's oil, is out of easy tricks to sell as much oil as they want at a price that meets their revenue needs. Their nemesis? U.S. shale companies.


NYT: Texas Needs a Remedial Lesson on Voting Rights

In Texas, which has for decades made an art of violating the voting rights of minorities, officials and lawmakers can’t seem to keep their hands clean. Now, the state may become the first to have its voting practices placed under federal oversight since the Supreme Court struck down a central part of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

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