Lone Star Democrats have almost nowhere to hang their hats in the most diverse administration in U.S. history.
As CEO of Occidental Petroleum, Vicki Hollub made the biggest deal the oil business had seen in years. Will it also go down as the biggest failure?
During a very tough year, no Texas CEO did more—for customers, students, and voters.
In the 2018 midterms, many lifelong Republican women voted Democratic. Will the urgent issues driving this election keep them there?
Vivian Stephens Helped Turn Romance Writing Into a Billion-Dollar Industry. Then She Got Pushed Out.
Now, as the Romance Writers of America reckons with its history of racism, will she finally get her due?
Time had a way of stopping at the iconic cafeteria chain. Not any longer.
Like a lot of Democratic primary voters, I am still in a black hole of indecision, with the clock running down.
What happens when a wealthy patron wears out his welcome?
For many years, taking on the senior Texas senator seemed like a fool's errand. But in 2020, Cornyn looks less than invincible.
Like many in Houston, I've fallen into a predictable pattern as I’ve adapted to the increasingly extreme weather here.
Those wistful end-of-summer photos on Instagram have us deeply envious.
Tony Buzbee knows how to win big in court. In the era of Trump, he might just win the Houston mayoral race.
On Monday, the Senate passed a proposal to add four more writing tests and tie school funding directly to third-grade test results.
It's that magical—and all too brief—time in the city, when the heady blooms seem to make everything a little bit better.
Eight different readability formulas showed the test's reading portions are at a higher level of difficulty than appropriate for the grades they’re assessing.
My father always pampered his pets. So when he fell ill and moved in with us, it was no surprise that his corgi came to rule our home. What I didn’t expect was for Trilby to care for me after Dad was gone.
More challenges emerge to Texas’s least favorite exam.
Leading educators and testing experts have studied the exams and find that they are asking kids to understand passages aimed two or more years above their grade level.
He built an oil empire, revitalized the state’s Republican party, gave rise to a political dynasty, and forever changed the Lone Star State. Yet the question dogged him his entire life: Was he a real Texan or merely a Yankee transplant?
The Houston mayor understands the wisdom of maintaining good relations even with people you disagree with again and again.
A Houston couple brings the ”Moneyball” philosophy to social change.
The president and CEO of Houston’s Episcopal Health Foundation has some bold ideas for retooling our medical system.
The video ad reminds viewers of Donald Trump’s Ted Cruz insults and of Cruz failing to act ’Texas Tough.’
Ted Cruz and John Cornyn’s Stances on Brett Kavanaugh Confirm Their Allegiances to the Old Boys’ Club
Of course it wasn’t any wonder that our Texas senators couldn’t find it in their hearts or minds to consider Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s version of events.
Inspired by the Senate hopeful’s bumper sticker, Judy Masliyah, owner of My Flaming Heart, has also created a Western shirt for men.
When the company collapsed, the former CEO went to prison for fraud and insider trading. Turns out, he was just ahead of his time.
A year after Hurricane Harvey brought Houston to its knees, the city is still wrestling with how to prepare for the next great storm. There’s no shortage of good ideas, but in Houston, that’s never been the problem.
In this exclusive excerpt from 'Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart,' world-renowned Houston surgeon Bud Frazier races to help an ailing patient by implanting a revolutionary device that may one day save millions of lives.
Outside a cookie shop in one of Houston’s most idyllic neighborhoods, a West University Place council member spied Trump’s name on a teenager’s shirt and yelled a few of the president’s worst words at her. Then the internet found out. It's springtime in the age of hysteria.
Abbott’s school safety plan could land us back in darker times.
As I have aged and faced my own challenges as a female on this planet, I have come to a different understanding of Barbara Bush.
Why the remarkable heroism displayed by my fellow Houstonians will be required for years to come.
Dear Governor Abbott,I just happened to catch your remarks from yesterday afternoon, the ones you made while visiting the Austin gun range to sign the bill that lowers the cost of gun licenses in Texas. The Dallas Morning News story I read said that you celebrated by firing a 9 mm
A heart surgeon leads his city to the forefront of medical innovation.
Public school parents with special-ed kids often find themselves squaring off against school districts and the taxpayer-funded lawyers who protect them.
Anna Nicole Smith rose from a small town girl in Mexia to an icon, but her demons followed her far beyond Texas.
Executive editor Mimi Swartz says goodbye to Tom Curtis, a writer, reporter, and former Texas Monthly contributor, who died earlier this week.
in a state known for austerity, how can Texas's largest cities be nearly broke?
Houston says farewell to its legendary heart surgeon.
Sherron Watkins, fifteen years later.
Winning the MacArthur “genius grant” was a career highlight for Rice professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum. But it was a visit to Malawi that changed her life.
Why do so few novelists write about Houston?
Since he finished his prison sentence, Andy Fastow, Enron’s disgraced CFO, has been quietly trying to make amends. But is the public ready to accept his apology?
Mimi Swartz discovers the Texas she remembers in a small cafe in Cisco.
Houston greets its new mayor, Sylvester Turner, with a host of big-city problems.
Houston’s super-rich are learning to love the brand-new, very ritzy, much-heralded River Oaks District. (Maybe.)
HERO evokes another era—one we shouldn’t be proud of.
The election only determines who will lead the nation's fourth-largest city, no big deal.
How did smog-breathing, gridlock-prone Houston become the newest natural wonder of the urban world?
Mimi Swartz cross-examines the Court of Criminal Appeals’ unprecedented sanctions against a death penalty lawyer.