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In June, Beto O’Rourke and I had the pleasure of visiting with some 650 workers in Beaumont, Texas, who have been locked out of their refinery since May 1 by the oil giant ExxonMobil. Just walking into the United Steelworkers’ hall gives a palpable sense of real “union spirit.” It’s not some…

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Today I’d like to talk about my recent trip to the southern border of Texas. General Kendall Penn, Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard, joined me for a visit with members of the Arkansas National Guard who are in Texas to support Operation Lone Star. They are doing a fantastic jo…

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America remains bound by often extreme pandemic restrictions.

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Back in 1980, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to 11-years-deceased John Kennedy Toole for his novel A Confederacy of Dunces. Though I never read it, I loved the title.

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Our Pastor preached on the book of Esther last Sunday. If you would like to hear it, go to Oak Grove Heights Baptist Church on Facebook. There are several of his messages on there. Some on Revelation, too. My point is what he brought out that we were safe for such a time as this. The church …

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Facebook has become the latest company that everyone loves to hate, and internal documents stolen by an employee have become an opening to blame the social-media giant for America’s ills. The company has made mistakes, but it’s worth sorting the genuine issues from the opportunism of politic…

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Monday, four dozen Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone, climaxing a weekend of provocations that saw nearly 150 sorties of China-based fighters and bombers.

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There are a couple of reasons that October is observed as National Fire Prevention Month. The first of those reasons goes back 150 years, to the Great Chicago Fire, which broke out on Oct. 8, 1871.

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As a gardener who also likes to feed the birds, I have a love-hate relationship with squirrels. They dig up flower bulbs, steal my birdseed and bury nuts in my herb box. We even had a family of squirrels take up residence in our attic once. We listened to thumps, scratches and scurrying at a…

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In the 1954 race for Texas governor, the corporate powers were panicking. It looked like the incumbent – right-wing millionaire Allan Shivers – might be upset by his union-endorsed rival, progressive firebrand Ralph Yarborough. To portray the sheer awfulness of that possibility, the moneyed …

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Historic moments do not often happen on a particular schedule or with great fanfare. Often, great moments happen quietly and unexpectedly. It was one of those moments in which a quiet widow, Pearl Oldfield, became the first woman to represent Arkansas in Congress.

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Joe Biden says our withdrawal from Afghanistan is a victory. “The drawdown [of U.S. forces] is proceeding in a secure and orderly way,” Biden said Aug. 31, “prioritizing the safety of our troops as they depart.”

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Arkansas produces more rice than any other state, and an Arkansas family farm recently sold their rice to China, the first shipment from an Arkansas grower ever. Today, I’d like to talk about ... rice.

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On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. That equates to more than 10 million women and men.

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This week Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, through This is Heaven LLC, bought controlling interest in Go the Distance Baseball’s stake of All-Star Ballpark Heaven and the “Field of Dreams” (1989) movie site.

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The late author Michael Crichton would’ve loved the scientists and entrepreneurs at Colossal, the American company that wants to repopulate the Siberian tundra with herds of woolly mammoth-like creatures, ostensibly to help combat climate change.

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I just sued Facebook.

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Back during the so-called British Invasion of the domestic popular music scene of the 1960s, the most popular group was The Beatles. “Taxman” on the Revolver album, was a song that blasted the eagerness of British governments to tax just about anything imaginable:

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For centuries up to and including the 20th, Europe seemed the central pivot of world history.

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Summer’s light fades into fall now. Cicadas are singing, but they won’t be for long. Zinnias and cosmos show colors past the autumnal equinox, but black-eyed Susans have only their black eyes left.

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be an American, to have a shared stake in this country and its fortunes. In some ways, I suppose the question is unanswerable: We are a vast, diverse country, and we each answer the question in our own way.

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I’ve written before how frustrating it is to have the likes of the Ku Klux Klan hijack symbols of my heritage – because they incorporate rebel flags, American flags, crosses, and bagpipes in their little parades and such while preaching racism – but the anti-government boogaloos also have co…

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President Biden’s first speech as Commander in Chief to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday was full of the high-minded internationalist sentiment that defines his rhetoric. If only those words reflected the reality of the world he and America will have to navigate over the next four years.

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‘If you think education is expensive, try ignorance,” the old bumper sticker says. Yet for decades, national and state lawmakers have flaunted their ignorance of what makes a good society by stupidly shortchanging our investment in our youngest minds. At the same time, corporate and governme…

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get dumber ...

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is a woman of the people. So much so that she walked past a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and joined the starry Met Gala inside as a guest earlier this week.

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WASHINGTON — The city starts a new season, after Sept. 11 remembrances. Congress returns from summer recess. In the Capitol press gallery, you hear a bubbly chatter as if we’re going back to school, a new beginning.

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, is a popular English proverb. It has also become an important idea in medicine, to avoid major health crises by preventing them. As part of this, vaccinations have been part of health in the state for many years, with very successful results.

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