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John McCain | “Trump retreats from trade deals at his peril”

Tower Center Honorary Board Member Sen. John McCain wrote an editorial in the Financial Times Dec. 6. McCain argues against withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it would make the U.S. less competitive and would compromise American leadership in the … Continue reading

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Josh Rovner on Trump considering Exxon Mobil CEOs for secretary of state

Tower Chair Josh Rovner commented on rumors President-elect Donald Trump is considering present and past CEOs of Exxon Mobil for the position of secretary of state in the Dallas Morning News. Some are skeptical of the idea, saying the CEOs don’t … Continue reading

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Q&A with Sara Jendrusch | Exploring security within the commercial sex trade

The Tower Center sat down with Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Sara Jendrusch to discuss her research exploring the security of the commercial sex trade. Jendrusch has conducted research in Amsterdam, London and around the United States. She is majoring … Continue reading

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Former Tower Center Student awarded Marshall Scholarship

SMU graduate Rahfin Faruk was awarded the Marshall Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to young Americans to study in the United Kingdom, becoming SMU’s second Marshall Scholar. While at SMU, Faruk ran the Tower Center Student Forum and was awarded the … Continue reading

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Josh Rovner | Push for transparency could have cost Clinton the election

Tower Chair Joshua Rovner wrote an editorial for the Washington Post, “This is why the push for transparency may have cost Clinton the election,” Nov. 28. Rovner argues that the push for openness from law enforcement and intelligence officials, while … Continue reading

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Tower Scholars donate laptops to refugees to help them learn English

Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Kovan Barzani and Thomas Schmedding donated 11 laptops to refugees in Dallas to help them learn English as part of a group project for a class. Barzani, Schmedding and four of their classmates submitted their project for Engaged … Continue reading

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Board Member William Cohen | “Don’t Retreat into Fortress America”

Honorary Tower Center Board Member William Cohen, former Republican senator and secretary of defense, coauthored an opinion piece for the New York Times, “Don’t Retreat into Fortress America” with Gary Hart Nov. 22. Cohen and Hart explore the two greatest … Continue reading

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Law Professor Nathan Cortez: Tampering with Obamacare is like a game of Jenga

Tower Center Fellow Nathan Cortez, professor of law in leadership and Latino studies at Dedman School of Law, talked with KERA News about the future of the Affordable Care Act under President Trump and a Republican held Congress. Republicans have … Continue reading

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Harold Clarke | “How a 1950s political theory predicted defeat for Clinton”

Tower Center Senior Fellow Harold Clarke wrote an opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News titled “How a 1950s political theory predicted defeat for Clinton.” Clarke argues voters make their decisions based on three factors: long-term partisan predispositions, judgments about important … Continue reading

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Mexican government hesitates to respond to Trump campaign promises

Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield and Executive Director Luisa del Rosal were quoted in the My Statesman article “Mexican official strikes cautious tone when discussing Trump’s policies” Nov. 14. Paulo Carreño King, Mexico’s undersecretary to North America, said he wouldn’t … Continue reading

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