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Oct. 2, 2015
Alabama vs. Georgia: Fear and self-loathing in SEC Land.

Trump in trouble?

Chaffetz to run against McCarthy for House speaker.

Global woes squeeze U.S. job growth.

The decline of 'Big Soda.'

Sept. 28, 2015
What's wrong with Common Core?

Sept. 21, 2015
What the public really thinks of the Common Core.

Sept. 10, 2015
Bush, at low ebb, should unweave his web.

Sept. 9, 2015
Alabama murder mystery: What happened to Harper Lee's book?

The solution to drug prices.

Neighborhoods and tipping points.

Senate Sketches by state Sen. Hank Sanders: 'Family is so powerful.'

Sept. 8, 2015
Meet the Montgomery Bubble, the reason Alabama Republicans may ruin their brand.

Unions again trying to organize Alabama automaker.

Is college tuition really too high?

Sept. 3, 2015
Has gentrification begun in New Orleans public schools?

Aug. 31, 2015
Lt. Gov. Ivey’s inner circle making transition plans in case Bentley ultimately resigns.

Aug. 22, 2015
Trump the Chump: In Alabama, Trump's Wizard of Oz act leaves some fans underwhelmed.

Five theories of Donald Trump.

Aug. 14, 2015
Bentley enlists team of lobbyists to push tax plan, frustrating legislators kept in the dark.

Alabama senator: There is no budget crisis in Alabama.

In New Orleans, political fashion (and ambition) clash with historic preservation.

A look at the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.

Retirement isn't what it used to be.

Aug. 12, 2015
Back to square one after special session 'failure.'

Alabama Secretary of State works with Legislature to provide voter IDs.

Alabama Power: Renewable project targets military, business.

One of America’s largest sign-making companies is employee owned; It’s also based in Alabama.

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers: Coffee County has something to quack about.

Reporting from Iran, Jewish paper sees no plot to destroy Israel.

Black poverty differs from white poverty.

Aug. 11, 2015
ALGOP Chair: Republicans who ran on not raising taxes should keep their promise to voters.

Cabbies unhappy with Uber, Lyft at DFW airport.

Aug. 8, 2015
Donald Trump's fight with Fox News and Megyn Kellyexplained.

Aug. 7, 2015
Analysis: Rowdy, memorable Republican debate lives up to hype.

Get ready for another special session.

Roby: Here’s what Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ really means for Alabama (Opinion).

Carly a bright new star in GOP galaxy.

Aug. 6, 2015
How to save a sinking coast? Katrina created a laboratory.

Hyundai's economic impact on Alabama soars.

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers: Alabama's Fire College a success story.

Aug. 5, 2015
Few answers so far in special session.

The Kansas experiment.

Aug. 4, 2015
A play-by-play of the dramatic third day of Alabama's special legislative session.

Senators air differences over general fund budget.

Convention hotel at Gulf State Park: Economic opportunity or political pipe dream?

Judge grills prosecutor on VictoryLand.

July 30, 2015
The tricky politics of educating prisoners.

The Irish: The forgotten white slaves.

July 26, 2015
Affair creates disorder in VictoryLand case.

July 22, 2015
The War on Uber.

July 21, 2015
The Muscle Shoals sound finally gets its due.

July 20, 2015
Uber Crashes the Democratic Party: The ride-share app is bringing out the inner Elizabeth Warren.

July 16, 2015
The Deal with Iran: 'I thought I had imagined the worst, but it's even worse than I thought.' By Charles Krauthammer.

July 15, 2015
17 ridiculous things the president said at the Iran news conference.

July 13, 2015
Scott Walker is trying to cure his party of its weakness for moderates.

July 7, 2015
Painting the Town Purple: A new generation of conservative pundits is cheerfully blurring the line between red and blue — by embracing smart growth and New Urbanism.

July 3, 2015
​Dinner & A Movie: Sautéed Red Snapper over Zatarain’s Dirty Rice with a White Wine, Butter & Capers Sauce and The Way Way Back.” By Jim Hasser.

July 2, 2015
Jim Webb is searching for bygone Democratic Party.

June 25, 2015
Two miracles in Charleston.

June 24, 2015
The dignity of Charleston flies in the face of the Left's uninformed, anti-South bigotry.

June 19, 2015
The Political Round-Up: Winners and losers in the wake of the Kim Hastie case.

June 16, 2015
Alabama’s campaign finance laws get stronger.

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers: Could Alabama's special legislative session be money well spent?

June 12, 2015
Alabama shows why civil rights shouldn't be put to a popular vote.

June 9, 2015
Why you should care that Jeb Bush just named Danny Diaz as his campaign manager.

St. Roch: Gentrification ground zero in New Orleans.

June 1, 2015
The Quiet German: The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world.

May 13, 2015
Growing list lets government workers snub traffic laws.

May 8, 2015
Questions raised over possible mental health bond issuance.

April 16, 2015
No tax hikes; it’s time to get rid of the earmarks crippling Alabama’s budgets (opinion).

April 15, 2015
Why states are getting worse at predicting tax revenue.

The varied and sometimes-unfair state of state taxes, in 13 maps and charts.

Crumpton announces bid to unseat Shelby.

April 12, 2015
Hillary Clinton just doesn't get it: She's already running a losing campaign.

Why Hillary will probably win anyway.

Hillary announcement: No Bill.

April 10, 2015
Alabama House budget chairman becomes first Republican to co-sponsor lotto bill.

March 3, 2015
Some perspective on the troubled Middle East.

March 2, 2015
Netanyahu's moment.

Feb 27, 2015
​Here are the eight tax hikes in Bentley’s $700 million revenue plan.

Feb. 26, 2015
A cause for pause? Scientists offer reasons for global warming 'hiatus.'

Feb. 25, 2015
Congressman Byrne to co-chair bipartisan House caucus dedicated to coastal issues.

The cancer of multiculturalism.

Feb. 24, 2015
Florence Times Daily: New AEA head will have to adapt.

The 2016 political environment has shifted.

Feb. 23, 2015
The Charter School Bill: A first look at leaked draft.

Hubbard hopes next AEA leader supports GOP-backed school reforms.

Abolish the filibuster. By Charles Krauthammer.

Feb. 22, 2015
Bentley: No statewide vote on tax increase.​

Canned Mabry says 'he has enjoyed working for teachers.'

Walker's 'transformative' union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin.

From internet to Obamanet.

The story of Selma not all black and white.

Feb. 20, 2015
Did outgoing GOP chair Armstead violate party by-laws?

What Alabama Dems need to do (to try) to be relevant again.

The President's Patriotism: It's complicated.

Feb. 18, 2015
Jeb's foreign policy, by George.

This dark horse could blow up the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

Feb. 17, 2015
Top 20 potential 2018 Alabama gubernatorial candidates.

What ISIS really wants.

Feb. 16, 2015
Bentley says tax hike inevitable.

Mardi Gras as much about moolah as Moon Pies.

In Monroeville, echoes of Harper Lee and 'To Kill A Mockingbird.'

Feb. 12, 2015
Roy Moore: Tyrannical courts trample 10th Amendment.

Feb. 11, 2015
In defense of Roy Mooresort of.

Feb. 9, 2015
Alabama's dramatic defiance.

Alabama was a final holdout on desegregation and interracial marriage. It could happen again on gay marriage.

For Alabama chief justice, soldiering in the name of God nothing new.

Who is Roy Moore?

Why Roy Moore’s gay marriage gambit isn’t just Alabama being Alabama.

Clarence Thomas faults Supreme Court for refusing to block gay marriage in Alabama.

Obama advisers leaving to join Clinton.

Feb. 8, 2015
Friends: No doubts about 'Mockingbird' author's lawyer.  

The dangerous lie that Bush lied.

Feb. 4, 2015
Senator proposes new funding split to fix ailing General Fund.

Gambling only non-starter for Bentley as state addresses revenue shortfall.

State wants to sell workers on need to acquire skills.

Chancellor: $40k-$100k jobs don’t require 4-year degrees.

Barges sit for hours behind locks that may take decades to replace.

George Will: Defining economic failure down.

Feb. 1, 2015
Iowa poll: Walker leads tight GOP pack.

Jan. 31, 2015
Climategate, the sequel: How we are still being tricked with flawed data on global warming.

Jan. 30, 2015
Shelby interested in auditing the Federal Reserve.

Jan. 22, 2015
Mike Hubbard can't stay silent after making allegation.

The story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s first secretary, Maude Ballou.

What is the ‘middle class?’ It depends who’s using the term, and why.

Jan. 21, 2015
Inside the Statehouse with Steve FlowersInauguration Day.

Jan. 19, 2015
MLK, civil rights and the fierce urgency of now.

Breaking down the 2015 Legislative organizational session.

Hubbard takes to the airwaves.

Making sense of Selma.

Inside the Statehouse by Steve Flowers: Alabama's is just one big front porch.

The Washington Post: Dangerously in denial on climate change.

Technology disrupting the American dream.

Jan. 18, 2015
The hot air of climate change.

Jan. 12, 2015
George Wallace, Jr.: ‘Selma’ movie’s portrayal of my father is pure, unadulterated fiction.

Jan. 5, 2015
Why are conservatives fighting Colorado's legal weed?

Optimism for 2015.

Jan. 4, 2015
Republican contest for 2016 race is heating up quickly.

Republicans say they'll act fast to push agenda.

Robert Samuelson: Is the economic slog really over?

Solved: Why poor states are rich states are red.

Jan. 3, 2015
The real story behind 'Selma.'

​Republicans taking control of Congress eager to reshape policy and strike deals.

The road map for a do-something 114th Congress.

Republicans have big plans for state governments.

Jan. 1, 2015
Twelve lessons for 2015.

Dec. 31, 2014
Demographic trends have created two Americas.

Dec. 27, 2014
Battleship Memorial Park marks 50 years in Mobile.

Dec. 26, 2014
Top 10 Alabama political stories of 2014.

Dec. 24, 2014
Putin's extraordinary path from the Soviet slums to the world stage.

George Will: Cuba Derangement Syndrome strikes again.

Dec. 22, 2014
​The real threat to Hillary ClintonJim Webb.

Dec. 14, 2014
The North isn’t better than the South: The real history of modern racism and segregation above the Mason-Dixon line.

Newsweek: How to fix poverty? Write every family a basic income check.

Wesley True to leave popular Cloverdale restaurant.

Dec. 12, 2014
Spending bill includes huge insurance industry giveaway, too: Is your commercial property in good hands?

​New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution.'

Dec. 11, 2014
Alabama’s State Climatologist becomes EPA’s worst nightmare.

Dec. 9, 2014
The Benghazi Report: An ongoing intelligence failure.

Dec. 8, 2014
Run, Mitt, run. By Quin Hillyer.

Dec. 4, 2014
Eric Garner’s killing and why the police choke-hold is so racially charged.

Dec. 3, 2014
The plight of the Southern Democrat.

Strange, BCA relationship chilly

The District loses a rising star in Jay Cooper, dead at 34 from heart attack.

Another case for term limits. By George Will.

Congress could soon allow pension plans to cut benefits for current retirees.

Nov. 29, 2014
​Sessions not a lock to run budget committee.

Nov. 28, 2014
A case for self-restraint. By George Will.

Nov. 26, 2014
The geography of gratitude.

Nov. 25, 2014
Obama's immigration move energizes Tea Party.

Senate Sketches by state Sen. Hank Sanders: 'I had to hear the President.'

Our giant welfare state.

Palmer names William Smith as chief of staff.

Nov. 18, 2014
Where do poverty and inequality overlap in the U.S.?

Hubbard prosecutor disagrees with defense.

State Sen. Hank SandersSenate Sketches: 'I never doubted Thomas.' 

Nov. 17, 2014
What Jon Gruber's quotes tell us about Obamacare ... and American politics.

Nov. 6, 2014
These are the Alabama groups, ideas and individuals who won the biggest on election day.

Sessions: GOP majority will fight Obama’s amnesty plan, ‘surrendering is not an option.’

Nov. 4, 2014
Battle for the Senate: How the GOP did it.

Slate detects Democratic victory in GOP groundswell.

Nov. 3, 2014
Who will win the Senate? The GOP and a hollow victory it will be.

Nov. 1, 2014
Shelby, Sessions would get gavels in GOP-led Senate.

AEA’s member numbers decline.

Oct. 31, 2014
The stakes on Tuesday.

Bigger challenge looming for GOP.

Oct. 29, 2014
A Southern town struggles to survive four years after Deepwater Horizon disaster.

As Election Day nears, Democrats seek to inflame black voters.

As badly as Democrats need black votes, they need white Southerners even more.

Alabama's public transportation system needs a tune-up.

Did Hubbard use campaign donations to post bail?

Oct. 27, 2014
Last Chance U.

Oct. 26, 2014
Hubbard's indictment a preview? Intra-party fight may be future of state’s politics.

The true reason gas prices are falling.

Oct. 25, 2014
Law lets IRS seize accounts on suspicion, no crime required.

Oct. 24, 2014
Editorial: Focus on what matters in Hubbard case.

Plan to use BP funds for convention center opposed.

Alabama insurance exchange gets more competition.

Republicans ramp up minority outreach nationwide ahead of 2016.

Toxic partisanship? Bill Clinton says he had it worse, yet got things done.

Commission greenlights grocery deliveries by struggling Postal Service.

George F. Will: The nastiest political tactic this year.

Oct. 23, 2014
Hubbard begins PR offensive.

Strange under attack.

Oct. 22, 2014
Mike Hubbard set for hearing Nov. 13 on ethics charges.

Oct. 17, 2014
Sessions: American public should have 'zero confidence' in Obama's Ebola czar.

In American elections, who you hate is almost as important as who you like.

Oct. 16, 2014
Paul Hubbert leaves gigantic legacy.

American electorate becoming less white, more grey.

Oct. 11, 2014
So There by Emmett Burnett: That old time religion just slipping away.

Oct. 10, 2014
The 13 races that will decide Senate control.

There are only five states where unemployment is lower than it was when the recession started.

Oct. 9, 2014
Erdogan's double game: Our “ally” Turkey supports jihadists while joining the U.S.-led coalition against them. 

Oct. 8, 2014
State Sen. Hank SandersSenate Sketches: Come with me as I share my terrible dream.'

Oct. 7, 2014
Why the South is the worst place to live in the U.S. — in 10 charts, according to the Washington Post

George Will vs. Political Correctness.

Oct. 6, 2014
​Inside the Statehouse by Steve Flowers: 1998 the last time Alabama elected Democrat as governor.

Oct. 3, 2014
Savannah, both sides.

Oct. 1, 2014
new case for congressional term limits. By George Will.

Sen. Shelby eats and travels in style on campaign and PAC funds, but doesn’t share.

Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers: Looking back on Fob's fumbles.

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