Al Gore Calls for SXSW to “Occupy Democracy”

Former U.S. vice president Al Gore’s SXSW Interactive appearance with social media zelig Sean Parker (Napster, Plaxo, Facebook, Causes.com) Monday didn’t have a name like all the other panels at the conference, but it could have easily been, “When is all this social media stuff finally gonna be worth something politically?” Gore began and ended the talk, which took place in the Austin Convention Center's cavernous Exhibit Hall 5, by calling for the digital world to “occupy Democracy.”

Read State: Evan Smith

Welcome to “Read State,” a recurring TM Daily Post feature in which we ask noteworthy Texans—from writers and singers to athletes and politicians—what they’re reading. Today we bring you the reading habits of Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune and former editor of TEXAS MONTHLY.

Cecile Richards on the ‘Daily Show’

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sat down with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Wednesday.

In a two-part interview, the daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards talked about contraception, sex education, and how Texas regulations "really demean women."  

In part one, Richards says, "We do more to prevent unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion than any organization in this country:"

Innocence Project

Editor's note: David Hanners, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Dallas Morning News, wrote more than forty stories about the Kerry Max Cook case, starting in 1988, and broke much of the news that is now used by Cook's lawyers and supporters as evidence of his innocence. Hanners won a Gavel Award from the State Bar of Texas for his coverage of Cook. He currently writes for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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