Last December, the Texas Tribune and ProPublica collaborated on a story that detailed how climate change was causing more frequent and heavier storms to hit the Houston area. The series also showed that unchecked and unregulated housing development was paving over tens of thousands of acres …

Here is the sort of thing we face when reviewing comments on our stories: A commenter on our recent story on immigration made some reasonable, intelligent comments. (In both cases, that is unfortunately rare.) He pointed out that the estimate for spending by immigrants in the country illegal…

I mentioned yesterday that Trump's attacks on Jeff Sessions are more meaningful and ominous than some of his other norm-breaking and offensive behavior, because they attack a foundational principle of the United States: the rule of law.

We've become used to President Donald Trump shattering the norms of political, not to mention polite, behavior. But he has taken a further step in recent days. First, by attacking his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions — the man he chose for the job — Trump is attacking the rule of law. Thi…

The way our government is run is changing since Donald Trump was elected president, in many ways -- many of them small ways -- that are adding up to a dramatic, qualitative transformation. Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street exec and current political advocate, has been keeping a list, which c…

Following up on the column I wrote about taking steps in our personal lives to conserve natural resources, I got an email from Karen Christensen, who runs Mack Brook Farm in Argyle, where they raise beef in a green and humane manner. Her position is that the problems with eating beef go away…

It is understandable that so many people have come to mistrust the media, because Fox News so often reports poorly sourced speculation as if it were news. This has happened again, in a particularly egregious case, that of Seth Rich, a young man who was murdered recently in Washington, D.C. F…

As much as I'd like to celebrate the plan from the Cuomo crew to pour as much as $32 million into development of a welcome center and campground and equestrian center and event center at Exit 29 — on and near the old Frontier Town campus — it strikes me as a boondoggle. Except for being loca…

David Brooks has a column in the NY Times today that puts in literary terms -- a Faustian deal with the devil -- something I've been thinking for a few days as the Trump administration's bonfire of our morality gets crackling. Soon it will be true, if it's not already, that political party d…

One group becoming uncommonly active because of the campaign and election of Donald Trump is scholars who study the rise of authoritarian regimes. The great Sarah Kendzior (find out much more about her here), an expert on authoritarian states in Central Asia, has been warning of the dangers …

Aeschylus' quote, "In war, truth is the first casualty," is repeated often, and applied to various situations, but I wonder how it applies now, as the Trump administration makes a war on truth its first priority. Trump himself has been attacking journalists, and this country's intelligence a…

Paul Krugman talks in the NY Times today about the thing that worries me most about a Donald Trump administration -- its incompetence. That Trump is way behind on getting his administration ready to govern -- something that starts now -- is not surprising. Trump is an amazing speaker in that…

I never read Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" in school somehow, but I just read it and decided it deserves its place in the classic literature of America. It's a great, satisfying book that reads like a parable all the way through, and yet sees so deeply and truly into its charact…

Here is a piece by Sarah Kendzior, a writer and academic from St. Louis who has been writing the most acute pieces I've seen on the presidential campaign. Here, she writes about a newspaperman from the 1830s, killed by a mob for standing against the brutalization of black Americans, and how …