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Eric Greitens, the married Republican governor of Missouri, allegedly tied his mistress to a piece of exercise equipment, blindfolded her and took a picture without asking her permission, informing her that if she went public about their affair, he would make sure the photo went public, too.
Earth Day is Sunday and, with warming spring temperatures, it’s a good time to get outside and contemplate how we can be good stewards of the planet. While we should all care about the environment — everyone wants clean air and clean water — we should also be aware that not every piece of advice on how to help the planet is a seed worth planting. Some tips belong in a landfill.
Of anecdotes told during Tuesday evening’s service marking the fifth anniversary of the ammonium nitrate explosion that killed 15 people, injured hundreds more and blew part of West off the map, none proved more telling than that offered by civic leader John Crowder. Three schools in West ISD were lost in the earthshaking blast, he said. Yet when the new week began just days later, local students were pursuing their studies, notwithstanding all the death, destruction and uncertainty then smoldering about them.
Only two women were both wife to a president and mother to a president. One was Abigail Adams, who died 200 years ago; the other was Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92.
The country received a generous holiday bonus with the passage of federal tax reform, which the Council of Economic Advisers estimated will boost household incomes by an average of $4,000 per year. Higher wages and renewed job growth are already benefiting millions across Texas, including Hispanic families and small businesses that struggled under the sluggish growth of the Obama years.
Of all the disturbing images of the 51-day FBI siege of the Branch Davidian complex 10 miles east of Waco, few convey the tragedy better than searing photographs of the place in flames amid a tank and tear-gas assault 25 years ago today. For those in the know, these images make people wince, turn away, shake their heads. Such images represent, after all, the awful coming together of dynamics contributing to a colossal loss of life that day (at least 76 people, many of them children, claimed by flames, smoke and gunfire reportedly originating with the Davidians themselves) and even earlier in the spectacularly botched Feb. 28, 1993, raid by federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents (four agents and six Davidians dead). But where to start in any retrospective analysis? Equally important: Do the dynamics of 25 years ago have contemporary parallels that compel us to question what’s happening all around us today? Dare we ask?
Praise for Mrs. Bush
No time of year more than spring reveals how picky we McLennan Countians can be on what past local events rate historical and societal reflection. Many folks — especially those past a certain age — are happy to revel in a milestone anniversary of the May 11, 1953, tornado striking Waco. While the tornado left 114 dead and much of our city in ruins, the incident nearly 65 years ago is punctuated by rousing anecdotes of sacrifice, heroism and unity. Themes of rescue, renewal and rebuilding run rampant. And it’s not like anyone “caused” the killer tornado.
Cynical voices continue to chip away at the reputation of our nation’s news media, whether audio, visual or print. Yet journalism has a long history of publishing truths that some people would just as soon not be so publicly known.
Sigh. James Comey is starting to remind me of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. And I don’t mean that as a compliment, even though I served as a foreign policy adviser to Rubio’s presidential campaign.
What were we talking about one year ago? Take a look back.
Load up the shotgun
We don’t know how effective Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts were to get President Donald Trump elected. We don’t know whether leaked documents, disinformation campaigns or actual Russian agents joined forces with Trump to sink Hillary Clinton.
Using little but an ordinary time machine, I obtained this transcript of Donald Trump’s Aug. 8 resignation speech. Disclaimer: he (or Melania?) might have cribbed some of it from President Nixon.
After a couple of weeks back in their districts for spring recess, members of Congress return to Capitol Hill on Monday and you will soon start hearing again about shenanigans involving a very dangerous health-care bill that many Americans had left for dead.