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Five years ago I wrote a review of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” a compelling history by Edward Baptist. Now some of his conclusions have been challenged.

“A More or Less Perfect Union” is a three-part series, produced by Free to Choose Network, that will air on various PBS stations across the nation starting this month.

We’re gobsmacked that anyone — much less the Longview ISD school board — would think that it's acceptable that Superintendent James Wilcox should be the district’s lead negotiator with those applying to run seven schools when one of the four groups that have applied was created by Wilcox himself.

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and in light of the scathing attacks on both Trump and potential Democratic candidates as the 2020 election approaches, the celebration of Presidents Day is a good time to rise above the current political recriminations and ranco…

We are in the middle of Black History Month and have been hearing the usual names of Fredrick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington and the likes. Often, if we research out own communities and family trees, we can find equally impressive examples of those stepping up to impr…

Having just celebrated my 100th birthday, I enjoy memories of when I was 11 years old during the Depression and I built the flat-bottomed jon boat.

This column could be titled “Coming Soon to Texas,” but exactly how soon may be subject to debate. My conservative friends probably would classify it as wishful thinking.

We’re losing the art of conversation and small talk.

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The need for law enforcement to investigate more wrecks, Beaumont ISD's return to local control and West Texas A&M's tribute to multicultural trailblazers were among the topics being discussed this week by Texas editors.

Texas’s strong job growth and business environment are great for our economy but there is a downside. A new study finds that households earning more than $75,000 per year accounted for more than three-quarters of growth in renters.

On Friday, in a vindictive and retributive move to punish witnesses who testified against him in the House impeachment proceedings, President Donald Trump fired Lt. Col. Alexander Viindman, director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council, and Ambassador Gordon S…

As a little girl, my daughter was part of a generation that grew up with video recordings. She had a handful of movies that she watched over and over. One of them was “The Princess Bride,” which came out in 1987.

I have been teaching economics since 1967 — 40 years of it at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During that interval, economic reality has not changed. Just as Galileo’s law about the independent influence of gravity on falling objects has not changed, neither have the fundamenta…

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The annual State of the Union speech is supposed to be one of those rare occasions in Washington when members of both parties put aside their disagreements and show some measure of respect for each other. Obviously, that didn’t happen Tuesday night, when our national politics hit another new low.

You never knew who might be staying at the Magnolia Hotel. One week it could be politicians and salesmen; another week it might be an alligator or a circus elephant.

After watching highlights of President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening I have reached the conclusion that such speeches are not appropriate viewing for small children.

President Donald Trump and some of his allies in the Senate are kicking off the post-impeachment era with vengeance on their minds. In a speech on Thursday, Trump condemned “leakers and liars” and declared that “this should never, ever happen to another president, ever.” On Capitol Hill, Sen…

Nonprofit establishments improve lives, communities, and society as a whole. These entities offer a variety of services and include hospitals and other health care providers, schools and universities, art museums, social services organizations, and many other types of operations. Not only do…

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GUSHER: For Dr. Chris Ihionkhan working to respect the long legacy of Johnny Cace’s Seafood & Steak House as plans are made for redevelopment of the property it last occupied. The doctor, along with Mayor Andy Mack and Councilwoman Kristen Ishihara, are asking the public for suggestions …

Conversations get lively at news-journal.com, where commenters are encouraged to weigh in on stories via Facebook. Here’s a sampling of some recent comments:

The upside of increasing school choice and the opportunity for Texas to play a bigger role in Democratic presidential politics were among the topics being discussed this week by Texas editors.

Though many questions remain about the new coronavirus that started in China, health officials in the U.S. say the risk to most Americans remains low. In fact, some are suggesting we should be more concerned about a familiar virus certain to kill thousands of Texans and tens of thousands of …

For every $1 invested in early learning and child care, taxpayers get back $13 later due to fewer later grade repetitions, fewer later interactions with the criminal justice system and more.

Today's Bible verse

“But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.”

— Psalm 22:19

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