President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump helped load up cars and trucks with Harvey relief supplies at a church Saturday in suburban Houston. President Trump told drivers outside the First Church in Pearland, "Take care of yourself."
It may be an impolitic point to make at this meteorological moment, but sometimes bluntness helps clear the conceptual clouds. So here goes: The rhetoric around the Texas disaster relief effort is inspiring, but shouldn't political leaders' professed concern about their fellow citizens transcend national emergencies? Or to put it another way, why don't President Trump and the leading politicians of Texas practice what they preach? This week, Greg Abbott, Texas's governor, spoke movingly about the spirit of generosity and community on display in the Houston area's Dunkirk-like response to this natural disaster.
Mark White, a Democrat who served as the governor of Texas from 1983 to 1987, has died at the age of 77. During his time in office, White's most notable achievements came in education reform. In 1984, he signed landmark legislation that included the famous "no-pass, no play" law that said students must pass their classes to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities.
The first Latino leader of the Democratic Party, Tom Perez, is in studio with host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram. The chairman of the DNC, who also served as Labor Secretary under President Obama, discussed challenges facing the party and plans it as for Texas, and the future of House leader Nancy Pelosi.
On the strong chance state legislators don't know it, here's a definition of the word "precipitous": an action done suddenly and without careful consideration. Use in a sentence: "State leaders are acting precipitously in pressing the issue of school choice when they haven't yet fixed the state's nightmare of a school finance system."
Donald Trump's tagline on The Apprentice , the NBC reality show that helped maintain the real estate magnate's profile as he entered the political arena, was a natural fit. It was the sort of thing that sounded authentic coming from Trump.
State senators on Wednesday vented anger over Child Protective Services' continuing failure to check on thousands of potentially vulnerable children. The lawmakers pressed Gov. Greg Abbott's CPS overseer to promise to rapidly submit a plan for immediately laying eyes on more than 500 children who the agency says are "at highest risk of being abused or neglected" but haven't been visited.