Mark and Charlie's Blog

Jennifer Ouellette is like many conservatives two weeks before the first votes are cast: thrilled that Sen. Ted Cruz is a leading Republican presidential candidate but flummoxed that his top challenger is Donald Trump. Read More
Buford Arning, a retired building supply executive in Statesville, N.C., went to church each week until a pinched nerve made it hard for him to leave his house. He believes in living a faith-filled life. But he does not demand piety of his preferred presidential candidate,...
A learn-at-your-own-pace classroom with more than 600 computers . A growing list of partnerships with Central Texas high schools for dual-credit and early college courses. Closer tracking of struggling students. These and other initiatives at Austin Community College are...
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday that he would pay for his plan for a single-payer health-care system with a suite of new taxes, including a 2.2% “premium” applied to all income, a new payroll tax paid by employers, and a variety of tax increases on...
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton put rival Bernie Sanders on the defensive Sunday over health care and gun control, in a series of sharp exchanges during their final debate before voting for the presidential nominations begins in Iowa. Read More
A local couple is suing a cell phone repair company after an employee allegedly posted dozens of pornographic images of them on social media. Dane Jaskinia said he sent his Samsung phone in for repairs in April 2015 after the charge port broke. Sprint sent the phone to Repair...
The Founding Fathers’ insistence that the presidency be limited to “natural born citizens” was based on their openly expressed fear that “foreigners were disloyal,” as law professor Malinda L. Seymore has written. Odd, considering the fact that so many of those who helped craft...
The nation tuned in to Round Six of the Republican debate mashup Thursday night, and the media is busy micro-covering every last rift between the GOP candidates. In the process reporters are ignoring the far more interesting party crackup going on. You might not know it, but the...
Remember that phase of the campaign when Ted Cruz spoke no ill of Donald Trump, who returned the favor? You may now forget it. Bury it. Write its obituary, in a pen dipped in acid. At Thursday night’s Republican debate, the two frontrunners didn’t merely spar, as was expected...