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Fake Obama photo meant to "smear" a rival envelops Houston congressman in cloud of controversy

By Tyler Rudick

With his bid for U.S. Senate floundering, outspoken Houston area congressman Steve Stockman was caught red-handed this week after posting a fake picture of Republican rival John Cornyn standing wit ...

Watch It For Yourself

Sheila Jackson Lee goes viral, driving Fox News and conservative bloggers insane

By Whitney Radley

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee — who seems to commit a shameless snafu every other time she steps in front of a crowd or a camera — is no stranger to controversy.  In a recent ad ...

Texas politics

Redistricting ridiculousness: Texas primaries move to April 3, but what does it mean for voters?

By Karen Brooks Harper

Primary elections in Texas — including the contest for the Republican presidential nominee — are going to be a month later than usual this year as redistricting tangles a ...

It's Madness!

11th-hour battle over districts leads to uncertainty as filing begins for candidates

By Karen Brooks Harper

If you thought the race for the GOP presidential nomination was a big mess, just take a look at Texas politics this week.  The filing period has started for candidates who want to run for ...

Politics as usual

Watch Professor Rice put a congressman in his place: Is Douglas Brinkley a hero or a fool?

By Sarah Rufca

Just when you thought C-SPAN was boring, Douglas Brinkley shows up to keep things interesting. Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University and a frequently cited expert on CBS and MSNBC ...

The State of the Union

In the theater of politics, audience participation is an illusion

By Lance McFaddin Gilliam, Jr.

American democracy is like going to the theater; everyone involved expects you to sit quietly, pay attention, and feel like you’re a part of the action while the drama unfolds without you. ...

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