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News July 25, 2012

Comments on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Miller v. Alabama

The Supreme Court’s welcome decision in Miller v. Alabama, the case dealing with juvenile life without parole, was no surprise to anyone who has been following the Court’s jurisprudence in recent years. Miller is the latest in a line of cases that have ruled, essentially, that children are different from adults and that the criminal justice system must take account of these differences.

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News July 25, 2012

Affordable Care Act Is Here to Stay

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that changes already implemented will remain and projected changes in availability of insurance, penalties for those who do not obtain coverage, changes in taxes and fees and optional expansion of state Medicaid programs will all proceed as legislated in 2010.

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News July 25, 2012

SB 1070 Decision – A Spur for Comprehensive Reform

The political implications of the Supreme Court’s SB 1070 ruling are a wash as far as the November election is concerned. On the one hand, the President can point to three out of the four provisions being blocked. On the other hand, Romney and the GOP can point to the heart of SB 1070, the “show me your papers” clause, standing intact.

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News July 23, 2012

Innovative Climate Change Research Program Offers Students Opportunity for Fieldwork in Africa

The Climate Change and African Political Stability program has offered 82 students over three years the opportunity for field research in Africa, focusing on the role climate change may play in political stability in African countries. Three students share their experiences with the program.

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News July 23, 2012

A Fight to the Finish in the Dog Days of Summer

Sherri Greenberg, Director of the Center for Politics and Governance and a former Texas state representative, shares her thoughts on what voters can expect from the Texas primary election run-offs.

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News July 9, 2012

Admiral Bobby Inman Addresses Conference on Sino-U.S. Relations in Hong Kong

In June 2012, Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy, delivered a speech at a colloquium on Chinese-U.S. Relations at an event sponsored by the China Energy Fund Committee in Hong Kong.

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News July 9, 2012

Innovative Research on the Role Climate Change Plays in Political Instability Offers Students Opportunity for Field Work in Africa

Christian Peratsakis came to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 to take part in ground-breaking research into how climate change affects political stability in Africa.

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News July 2, 2012

Tweetocracy: How and Why Congress Uses Social Media

For more than a year, LBJ School Lecturer Sherri Greenberg and 17 of her students researched exactly how and why members of Congress use social media and examined its policy implications and best practices.

To their surprise, they found that the elected officials use social media most often to stake out their positions on issues and not necessarily to campaign or tout their media appearances. Their research, funded by the Library of Congress, will be shared with members of Congress as they try to use new media as effectively as possible.

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News June 28, 2012

Affordable Care Act is Victorious

BY:  Sherri Greenberg, Director of the LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance

In the Olympic trial that was the June 28 Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, health care reform won this heat. Just as sports enthusiasts have been waiting with eager anticipation for the 2012 Summer Olympics, many Americans have been waiting for this Supreme Court ruling. Crowds assembled in Washington and across the nation, as the Supreme Court ruled in a momentous 5-4 decision that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

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News June 27, 2012

LBJ Students Propose National Security Strategies for Next Presidential Administration

In a project designed to expose students to real-world policymaking, LBJ School students produced sample briefings for the next presidential transition. The project was part of a course on strategy and decision-making in global policy, which showcased the blending of scholarly study and policy relevant exercises that are the hallmark of education at the LBJ School.

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