October 3, 2011 |
Reporting from Atkinson, Neb. Some might have been surprised to hear that plans to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline through the Midwest to the Gulf Coast — a source of new oil and thousands of jobs — would drive an emotional fault line down the middle of the conservative heartland. But any skepticism would have quickly evaporated here in the noisy bleachers of the West Holt High School gymnasium. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline — the subject of public hearings convened by the State Department last week along the route from Montana to Texas — was alternately described as a plot by a foreign corporation to exploit America, a potentially perilous polluter of the nation's greatest freshwater resource, the answer to America's energy insecurity, a generator of the last great family-wage jobs and, oh yes, a dangerous new instigator of global warming.
January 13, 2011 |
Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison will not seek a fourth full term in 2012, she announced in a letter to supporters Thursday. The Republican senator, first elected in a 1993 special election, said she had held her current office longer than she ever intended and looked forward to returning to live full time in Texas. "Knowing that I have been able to truly help my fellow Texans and make a positive difference in their lives is a public servant's greatest reward," she wrote in her announcement letter.
January 12, 2005 |
Prosecutors investigating whether corporations illegally financed the Republican Party's rise to dominance in the Texas Capitol are negotiating agreements with several companies accused of making improper political donations, and analysts say the discussions could help elicit important leads in the probe.
October 19, 2004 |
Just two weeks before America's voters are expected to leave Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court on Monday revived a legal challenge to an unusual redistricting plan in Texas that could shift six of the state's House seats to the GOP. In a one-line order, the justices told a lower court to reconsider whether the plan, the handiwork of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), goes so far as to be unconstitutional.
August 8, 2004 |
Robert J. Perry, the main financier behind the effort to discredit Sen. John F. Kerry's military record, is the most prolific political donor in Texas. A homebuilder who lives lakeside in this Houston suburb, Perry has helped bankroll the widespread success of Republican candidates here, has long-standing ties to many close associates of President Bush and has contributed to Bush's last four campaigns.
August 7, 2002 |
President Bush was feeling very good Tuesday, and who could blame him? After a thorough annual physical, his doctors pronounced him "in excellent health and fit for duty." The president also signed a hard-won bill that grants him broad authority to negotiate trade agreements. Above all, he was home at last at his beloved Prairie Chapel Ranch, where he intends to spend the rest of this month, mixing work with pure R&R in the blazing Central Texas heat.