Since it's Thursday, and the weekend is in sniffing distance, HOT BLAST today is going to avoid politics, President Trump, the government shutdown and the border wall and urge you to read these two stories.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., may be the national Democratic Party's leading voice today on social media -- go check out her Instagram page, for instance -- but she's not necessarily a favorite of U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Birmingham. He may like her OK, but her policies, not so much.
Today is Inauguration Day in Montgomery for Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, who overwhelmingly defeated Democrat Walt Maddox last November and became only the second woman elected to our state's highest office.
While the nation focuses on the showdown between President Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, one of America's other noteworthy stories -- the online disinformation campaign in Alabama's 2017 special Senate election -- has new developments.
Urging faithful HOT BLAST subscribers to read a story about hockey in Alabama is like asking my dachshund to piddle in the backyard when it rains. Not gonna happen.
All signs this morning point to President Trump declaring a national emergency over protection of the U.S. border with Mexico when he delivers an Oval Office speech tonight.
If you read no other news stories today, read this pair that detail more about the online disinformation campaigns during Alabama's 2017 special U.S. Senate election:
Now that 2018 is gone, now's the perfect time to study up on what's expected to happen in 2019 -- the year of the pig, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Northeast Alabama is dotted with many examples of what is widely known as "small-town America." That may not mean Anniston and Oxford, though it could; instead, it's a better description of the unincorporated areas in Calhoun, Cleburne and Talladega counties where overcrowding isn't a problem.
Regular readers of The Star are likely familiar with journalist Connie Schultz, whose columns run regularly on our editorial pages.
On this Christmas holiday, the editorial board of The Anniston Star offers one of its favorite Christmas editorials from the newspaper’s past. This editorial is from Dec. 24, 1919:
Alabama should be one of the nation's solar-power success stories. The weather supports it, the need is obvious. Why isn't that the case?
Would you believe it if I said a secret experiment that mimicked the social-media campaign Russia used to influence the 2016 presidential election was also used by a group in Alabama's special Senate election last fall?
Lowndes County is a far piece from our part of Alabama, but read this passage from a recent Vox.com news report from down that way and decide: What's the most important part?
Because of its size, location and history, Birmingham sits at the center of Alabama's outlook. Our state needs Birmingham to prosper and grow.
If you're from Alabama, or if you're an Alabama Crimson Tide football fan, or if you dig Southern rock music, or if you're old enough to remember most of the 1970s, you have probably heard Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" oh, let's say, a few thousand times. Or maybe more.
Tennessee's execution last week of death-row inmate David Earl Miller is a strong example of why America's marriage to the death penalty is fraught with so many moral, legal and fiscal issues.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, fresh off his win over Democrat Joe Siegelman in the November election, appeared on Alabama Public Television's Capitol Journal last week and addressed a number of topics. Notable were his frank comments about his and Gov. Kay Ivey's disappointment wi…
So much has happened regarding the General Services Administration's federal courthouse decision and Anniston's selection of a temporary City Hall site that it's probably a good time to catch up on the news.
Chris Kromm, executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies in North Carolina, is an astute watcher of politics in our part of the world. Here's what he wrote recently about the aftermath of the midterm elections:
Given U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers' commitment to the creation of a sixth military branch dedicated to protecting the nation's space interests, this is interesting: a story about a proposed Space Force that doesn't pivot on the Saks Republican.