Under the blazing sun of the Sonoran Desert, on a weird landscape of rock dusted with ancient cinders and pimpled with blown volcanos, an unknown party of thirsty travelers paused to bury their dead. On the Camino del Diablo, the Devil’s Highway, death stalks wayfarers at a distance of one s…

As The Wall dominated the week’s news, a pitiful juxtaposition of two realities — one the hard truth, the other a lie — emerged to clarify the destructiveness of the American president’s toxic narcissism.

Almost three weeks in, the pain of the government shutdown is real and is only going to get worse. Yet let’s be clear: This shutdown happened because of the fiction that a wall — which has morphed in President Trump’s mind from a massive concrete structure to essentially steel venetian blind…

In both Austin and Washington, the houses of representatives are beginning their new two-year sessions as more moderate, and more powerful, than in the recent past.

Like most of you, I haven’t seen much of Lake Lomond. What I’ve seen looking at it from a distance is beautiful, just like the rest of East Texas. It’s still a bit difficult to believe that what looks like wilderness used to be a groomed park.

It’s been a long time coming. Eight decades, in fact. But the Longview Lobos finally have that albatross off their backs. On Wednesday, a downtown parade will confirm that the Lobos are indeed the state champions of football.

In his second year in office, President Trump did many positive things. But he also did a lot of bad things that ranged from cringeworthy to catastrophic. Here are the 10 worst.

CAMDEN, S.C. — Tom Mullikin is that guy — you know, the one who finishes Christmas dinner, then takes off to scale Mount Everest, conducting business by satellite phone to check progress on his plan to build an ocean reef upon his return.

In his second year in office, the list of extraordinary things President Trump has done, for good and ill, continued to grow. Today, I offer my annual list of the 10 best things Trump has done in office. (In my next column, I will give you my list of the 10 worst.)

The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that Am…

The gang known as MS-13 is, without a doubt, a group of violent criminals, many with ties to El Salvador. Law enforcement experts who study such things say there are at least 10,000 members in the United States.

President Donald Trump’s Christmas Eve tweet reiterated that he considers Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell a thorn in his side, one I think Trump believes he needs to pull even if Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claims otherwise.

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about America’s future? I’m optimistic. I say that because there have been many moments in our history when old ideas and old arrangements stopped working and people chopped them up. Those transition moments were bumpy, and it was easy to lose hope, but then…

Does the idea of setting New Year’s resolutions make you want to take a second nap or have another swig of eggnog? Do you hate the pressure of picking something and sticking with it for the next 365 days? Do you want to improve your life, but know deep down your apathy is rolling its eyes at…

New year’s resolutions are a little like money. They’re easier made than kept. That’s the reason a year ago I took a different tack for 2018 resolutions. I didn’t make any. That’s because my track record is pretty dismal when it comes to resolutions.

Some years ago, I found myself locked in a holding cell in a Hawaii courthouse. To the best of my recollection, a grim combination toilet and sink stood in one corner, and there were a couple of benches along the walls. Other than that, nothing — not even toilet paper, which had to be reques…

Davin Blain Davis of Hallsville has gotten himself a serious haircut since his previous mugshot, taken after he was charged with street racing and manslaughter in connection with the deaths of Rylee Malone and Meshebia Johnson.

In palmier days, the president liked to refer to his secretary of defense by the nickname “Mad Dog,” because that spoke to his boyish view of what a soldier ought to be — for that matter, what a man ought to be. Aggressive. Instinctive. Untamed. Dangerous.

Believe it or not, there are bright spots in this unusually harsh and angry holiday season. Though I too am anxious and perturbed, I’ve learned the world also bequeaths us little gifts of tenderness.

Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can make two types of errors — statistically kno…