Mark and Charlie's Blog

They've done it before and they'll do it again: Polk County and Lakeland detectives swept up the illegal sex industry in town, vowing to keep offenders out of their county. According to the sheriff's office, female undercover detectives posted fictitious ads online, and male...
President Obama will make a rare trip to the Pentagon on Monday to talk with his defense secretary and top generals about the fight against the Islamic State. The visit will mark the beginning of a week in which the president will focus heavily on the terrorism threat to the...
This recording of Ted Cruz from a private fundraiser, originally published Thursday by the New York Times offers a behind the scenes look at his plan to take down Donald Trump. CRUZ: The final two candidates I'll discuss are Trump and Ben Carson. Both of them, I like and respect...
A Texas plumber who was flooded with threats after his old truck — still emblazoned with his company’s name — was seen driven by ISIS thugs in Syria has armed himself and is suing a Ford dealer. Mark Oberholtzer of Mark-1 Plumbing said a jihadi tweeted a photo of a fighter...
An investigation that once focused primarily on the husband and wife responsible for killing 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., last week continues to expand as the FBI questions an ever-growing network of people with ties to the couple. The investigation is now focusing on...
Gun rights activists plan to conduct a “theatrical performance” of a mass shooting this weekend near the University of Texas at Austin’s campus – an attention-grabbing effort to highlight their opposition to gun-free zones. Two groups – Come And Take It Texas and DontComply.com...
He referred to Mexicans as “rapists,” questioned Sen. John McCain’s status as a war hero, ridiculed the physical appearance of his opponents, falsely claimed that “thousands” in New Jersey cheered as the World Trade Center fell and, this week, called for a ban on Muslims...
Local radio talk-show host Charlie Hodge was driving to work one morning in late 2007 when he first encountered the Austin Restor­ation Ministries. Hodge is one-third of the three-man, four-hour KLBJ-FM Dudley & Bob Morning Show and returns to the station for an hourlong...
Federal authorities believe the Facebook posting from one of the attackers who killed 14 people here last week was made on behalf of both shooters, according to several senior U.S. law enforcement officials. The Facebook posting said, “We pledge allegiance” to the leader of the...