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We Have Run Out of Time to Cooperate on Climate Change

To meet the U.N. climate goals, the U.S. and China need some healthy competition.  Every year, world leaders convene at a U.N. summit to discuss how they will work together to stop climate change. Yet, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Although, there was a brief dip in emission levels in 2020 due to […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security Misc

Biden’s ‘Root Causes Strategy’ for Central America Must Look Past the Current ‘Crisis’

The Biden Administration is developing a “Root Causes Strategy” (RCS)  to reduce violence, strengthen the rule of law, and reduce economic insecurity in Central America, in the hopes that these measures will reduce migration from the region by addressing the problems at the source. The Biden Administration issued an Executive Order (EO) calling for a […]

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Civil Rights Misc National Politics and Governance Texas

Greater Federal Intervention Needed to Protect Voting Rights in Texas

Perhaps spooked by how record voter turnout in the 2020 election allowed Democrats to narrow or close the gap with Republicans in some of Texas’s most competitive counties, Republicans have touted baseless claims of election fraud to promote a slew of bills that would make it much harder for Texans to vote in future elections. […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security Misc Op-Ed

Adams: Tackling the Threat from Within

In 2001, on the 10th day of July, the New York Times published an op-ed titled “The Declining Terrorist Threat.” The author argued that terrorism reached its zenith in the 1980s, so it was not a serious security challenge confronting the United States. Two months later — nearly to the day — the 9/11 terrorist […]

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Same-Day Voter Registration Could Increase Texas Voter Turnout

Texas could become the latest state to enact same day voter registration. A bill filed by state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-[District], would require two voter registrars to be present at each polling place on Election Day. The registrars would be able to register new voters, allowing them to cast a provisional ballot that day. In […]

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Health & Social Policy Misc

Prasad: New Opportunities to Address Health Disparities

Up to 80 percent of an individual’s health is determined by social factors. Black and Latinx individuals are up to six times more likely to die of COVID-19 and are up to seven percent more likely to suffer from chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes than their white counterparts.  The key strategy to alleviating […]

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Why Anti-Military Sentiment on Campus is Often Misplaced

By James R. Mismash and Nicholas J. Romanow Skepticism toward the military is easy to find on college campuses like The University of Texas at Austin; even in the absence of a nationally omnipresent anti-war movement as in the 1960s, anti-military student groups have thrived in recent years. However, college students who desire a just […]

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Voting As Liturgy

It is no secret that the United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates of the developed world. In 2016, only 58 percent of eligible voters participated in the presidential election. At the state and local level, that percentage of voters is even lower, and although the 2018 midterm saw record high voter […]

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Misc Op-Ed Texas

Prop A Is Long Overdue

Proposition A is Austin’s latest and most ambitious attempt at developing a robust mass transit system. If approved by voters, the $7.1 billion bond will expand the MetroRapid bus system as well as adding two light rail lines, a downtown tunnel and a second commuter rail line to the city’s public transit infrastructure. Despite requiring a 4 percent property tax increase, the […]

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2020 Student Op-Ed Contest Now Open!

The Baines Report’s student op-ed writing contest is open! All students at the University of Texas are eligible to submit an article. Rules and Instructions: Op-eds must be between 500 and 625 words. Op-eds may cover any topic. Co-authored articles are acceptable. Op-eds must be submitted by Nov. 6 at midnight. Early submission are welcome. […]