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Q&A with Bob Schieffer, Legendary American Newsman

Bob Schieffer has covered politics for over half a century, from the White House to the Pentagon to Foggy Bottom and Capitol Hill. The host of CBS’s “Face the Nation” for 24 years, he has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon. Despite the thousands of high-level interviews he’s conducted over this career, he enthusiastically set […]

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Energy & Environmental Policy National

Tillerson on the Venezuelan Crisis and the Future of Regional Stability

On Feb. 1, 2018, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed UT students and faculty on U.S. engagement in the Western hemisphere, before embarking on his “diplomatic mission” to Latin American and the Caribbean. He identified economic growth, security and democratic governance as the “three pillars of engagement” for the State Department’s strategy for regional […]

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National Politics and Governance Texas

Of, By and For the People: Getting Involved in Local Government

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text] Photo: Sarah Pollock For a state that prides itself on having a culture of go-getters, Texas has a population of citizens who are remarkably disengaged from the political process. According to the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, voter turnout in Texas has been one of the lowest in the country for […]

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Economics & Trade Policy National

TribFest: U.S. – Mexico NAFTA Renegotiations Cause Worry Along the Border

Photo: Jonathan McIntosh (CC) At a Texas Tribune Festival panel on “Trump and Mexico”, fear and uncertainty underlined conversations for future policy agendas and proposals for U.S.-Mexico relations. Panelist and U.S. Representative, Henry Cuellar, said border communities receive about $1.3 million in revenue resulting from the constant influx of visitors and partnerships from Mexico. However, […]

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National Politics and Governance

While Relief Stalls, Puerto Ricans Suffer

Photo: Matt (CC) Your entire state loses power, and three weeks later you and 86.3% of your neighbors still can’t turn on their lights. Imagine spending day after day in a gas line, only to return with enough gas to make it home. Maybe tomorrow you’ll be able to buy enough to start your generator-it’s […]

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Energy & Environmental Policy LBJ School National Technology Policy

Spraying the Skies: an Untested Stopgap for Climate Change

Late in July, an off-the-record gathering of experts and academics converged on the Grand Summit Hotel in Newry, Maine to talk climate change. The handpicked coterie of conference-goers did not discuss carbon emissions or unveil next-generation renewable energy tech. Instead, the topic at hand was climate engineering: a sci-fi-sounding, catch-all term that refers to deliberate […]

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U.S. Assistance in the Western Balkans

Photo: Trish Hartmann (CC) Crook Fellow Michael Deegan analyzes current U.S. policy regarding the Western Balkans through insights gained during his time at the Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia: Earlier this month, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence paid a visit to the coastal country of Montenegro to address the Adriatic Summit, […]

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National Philanthropy & Non-Profit Organizations Summer Internships

Scientific Philanthropy: A Necessary Adoption for the Future

Photo: Robert Bassam (CC) Crook Fellow Amara Uyanna makes the case for bolstering philanthropy with scientific principles, backing up her argument with experiences gleaned during her time working with Sustainability International: I’ve always thought of philanthropy as an art: the art of giving. While I still believe there’s an artistic component to it, I am now of […]

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SNAP in a Trump Budget

Photo: Paul Sableman (CC) Crook Fellow Cassie Davis details the effects of the Trump administration’s budget proposal will have on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), using insights gleaned from her work for Bread for the World: SNAP faces budget cut proposals every year, but the Trump administration takes its first hit at the effective food assistance […]