Amid growing public frustration over congressional gridlock, a LBJ School new report is recommending a number of reforms with the goal of improving congressional procedures and encouraging compromise. “Reclamation of the U.S. Congress” is the product of nearly a year of extensive research by 16 graduate researchers at the LBJ School in consultation with current and former U.S. senators, two former speakers of the House, congressional scholars and legislative staffers, as well as extensive examination of past efforts to reform Congress’ internal operations.
On his Global Brief blog, Professor Jeremi Suri shares his thoughts on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Suri writes, "Nelson Mandela’s death is more than just the death of a great man. It is the death of a hero. He lived a life that combined radical ideas about racial equality and social democracy with a willingness to work among others who had different points of view. Mandela suffered for his beliefs, but he did not make others suffer for theirs. He worked courageously to change a society, and much of the world, but he did not use intolerance or self-righteousness as tools for his purposes. For someone who lost so much to the hateful hands of human injustice, he resisted all temptations to revenge and vengeance. He was a leader who used attention to the ugliness of a dismal past to imagine a much brighter future."
The LBJ School of Public Affairs is celebrating the launch of the redesigned Baines Report as the School’s officially sponsored, student-led policy opinion publication. The new web site has a streamlined layout and an enhanced focus on social and digital media. The Baines Report now also publishes podcasts in addition to opinion pieces and blogs. Check for rolling content on The Baines Report at thebainesreport.org, follow along on Twitter @TheBainesReport and like the group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bainesreport.