Politics http://kut.org en UT Professor Jeremi Suri: 'The Best Way to Think of Putin is Mussolini' http://kut.org/post/ut-professor-jeremi-suri-best-way-think-putin-mussolini <p>U.S. troops began joint military exercises in Poland this week, in response to Russia's continued incursion into Ukraine.&nbsp; The Pentagon says troops will also be deployed to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev on Monday as a show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. As he met with the nation's leaders he called on Russia to "stop talking and start acting" to defuse the crisis.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So far, that doesn't seem to be happening.&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146135968&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:15:35 +0000 Rhonda Fanning 10288 at http://kut.org UT Professor Jeremi Suri: 'The Best Way to Think of Putin is Mussolini' Governor Perry Facing Possible Grand Jury Indictment http://kut.org/post/governor-perry-facing-possible-grand-jury-indictment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Travis County grand jury is considering whether or not to indict Gov. Rick Perry over his veto of funding for the county's Public Integrity Unit.</span></p><p>Gov. Perry could be charged with several offenses, including bribery, coercion of a public servant, and abuse of power after vetoing more than $3 million in state money for the unit that investigates political corruption.</p><p>Perry's veto came as the result of an ultimatum given by Perry to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last April, </span>Lehmberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was arrested for drunk driving. She </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0" style="line-height: 1.5;">pleaded guilty</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and served jail time, but </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/judge-allows-lehmberg-stay-district-attorney" style="line-height: 1.5;">refused to step down</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:48:58 +0000 Ben Philpott & Kelly Krupa 10282 at http://kut.org Governor Perry Facing Possible Grand Jury Indictment The Contradictory Message David Dewhurst Needs to Beat Dan Patrick http://kut.org/post/contradictory-message-david-dewhurst-needs-beat-dan-patrick <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145784537&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Texas is about five weeks away from several runoff elections that will set the final ballot for November. That includes the hard fought Lieutenant Governor's race between incumbent&nbsp;<a href="https://www.daviddewhurst.com/">David&nbsp;Dewhurst</a>, who's held the office since 2003, and state Sen. <a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/">Dan Patrick</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>From the very beginning, this was a race about who was the most conservative candidate. So when Sen. Patrick launched his campaign last year, his first move was to paint himself as the conservative standard-bearer – while putting Lt. Governor Dewhurst's own conservative credentials in doubt.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:07:14 +0000 Ben Philpott 10266 at http://kut.org The Contradictory Message David Dewhurst Needs to Beat Dan Patrick Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI http://kut.org/post/anti-corruption-unit-chief-no-davis-docs-passed-fbi <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The agency charged with prosecuting state public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy </a><a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Davis</a>&nbsp;last year without finding any issues worth pursuing, its director said, and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the&nbsp;FBI.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorneys Office closed an investigation into a complaint made against Davis’ law firm last year. </span><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The&nbsp;</span><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140417-fbi-probe-of-ntta-includes-wendy-davis-file-travis-das-office-says.ece" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dallas</a></em><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140417-fbi-probe-of-ntta-includes-wendy-davis-file-travis-das-office-says.ece" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);"> Morning News</a></em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;reported Friday that documents related to Davis’ legal work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry into the agency's board members, citing a letter from the Public Integrity Unit about its own closed investigation into Davis.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:42:02 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 10254 at http://kut.org Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI Castro-Patrick Immigration Debate Offers Plenty of Attacks, Few Solutions http://kut.org/post/castro-patrick-immigration-debate-offers-plenty-attacks-few-solutions <p>Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor <a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/home/">Dan Patrick</a>&nbsp;has been making headlines for taking what some consider a hard line on immigration in his campaign. Last night, he squared off against San Antonio Mayor&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sanantonio.gov/mayor">Julian Castro</a>&nbsp;over the topic.</p><p>The genesis of the debate was a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/JulianCastro/statuses/425846445455859712">squabble on Twitter</a>&nbsp;between the two –started in large part because of State Sen. Dan Patrick's comments calling undocumented immigrants entry into Texas an "<a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/donate-stop-illegal-invasion/">invasion</a>." In the debate, Mayor Castro quickly revisited that topic.</p><p>“I want to break news to the Senator, that we’re about to celebrate San Jacinto Day, but Texas is not being invaded by Mexico. I can assure you of that," Castro joked.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144971927&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:52:52 +0000 Ben Philpott 10231 at http://kut.org Castro-Patrick Immigration Debate Offers Plenty of Attacks, Few Solutions REWATCH: Dan Patrick and Julian Castro Immigration Debate http://kut.org/post/rewatch-dan-patrick-and-julian-castro-immigration-debate <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="326" scrolling="no" src="http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4773527/events/2922167/videos/48165610/player?width=580&amp;height=326&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false" width="580"></iframe></p><p></p><p>State Senator and GOP Lt. Governor candidate Dan Patrick faced off against San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro in a televised debate over immigration tonight at 6pm.</p><p>The debate was moderated by the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:20:04 +0000 Matt Largey 10228 at http://kut.org Immigration Activists Chain Themselves to MLK Statue to Protest Obama Policies http://kut.org/post/immigration-activists-chain-themselves-mlk-statue-protest-obama-policies <p>Protesters gathered on the UT campus to protest President Obama’s immigration policies during his <a href="http://kutne.ws/1lNONwQ">speech today at the Civil Rights Summit</a>. Some chained themselves to the statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. on campus and many brandished signs deriding the president for strict deportation strategies in light of the event which highlights equal rights.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We want them to recognize that the fight for civil rights is not over,” said student organizer Maria Reza. “Enough talk – we need action.”</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:41:39 +0000 Lynn Romero 10181 at http://kut.org Immigration Activists Chain Themselves to MLK Statue to Protest Obama Policies Watch President Obama's Address at the Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/watch-president-obamas-address-civil-rights-summit <object width="540" height="304"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/-dZAsEyQGYc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/-dZAsEyQGYc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="540" height="304" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><p>President Barack Obama is speaking this afternoon at <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">the Civil Rights Summit</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Austin.</p><p>The summit, <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit">gathering four U.S Presidents</a> and dozens of other speakers, marks the 50th anniversary of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964">President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act</a>. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:30:27 +0000 Laura Rice 10190 at http://kut.org How Sports Played a Role in the Civil Rights Movement http://kut.org/post/how-sports-played-role-civil-rights-movement <p>The role sports has played in America's civil rights struggle, especially with black athletes, has been well documented.</p><p>For many the movement started with <a href="http://www.jackierobinson.com/">Jackie Robinson</a> crossing the color line in baseball. But two other athletes were in Austin Wednesday to share their perspectives at the LBJ Library's <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">Civil Rights Summit</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=33">Jim Brown</a> is often called the greatest running back in the history of pro football. But he was never the most popular player. He told the crowd in Austin he attributes that to his role in pushing for civil rights and equality for himself and other black athletes.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143942765&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:58:43 +0000 Ben Philpott 10186 at http://kut.org How Sports Played a Role in the Civil Rights Movement Bill Clinton Speaks at UT Austin's LBJ Summit http://kut.org/post/bill-clinton-speaks-ut-austins-lbj-summit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former President Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday night </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at </span><a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Civil Rights Summit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Austin. The summit, </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit" style="line-height: 1.5;">gathering four U.S Presidents</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and dozens of other speakers, marks the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clinton lamented last year’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to weaken another part of the </span>LBJ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> legacy, the Voting Rights Act. Clinton singled out the Texas law requiring voters to show photo ID.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:28:43 +0000 Trey Shaar & Wells Dunbar 10184 at http://kut.org Bill Clinton Speaks at UT Austin's LBJ Summit Red State Returns Spotlight To Women, Backbone Of Texas GOP http://kut.org/post/red-state-returns-spotlight-women-backbone-texas-gop Republican women have always played an important role in Texas politics, but this year, the GOP finds itself on the defensive in the campaign for women's votes. As KUT's Ben Phillpott reports, there's a new group to help address the issue: Red State Women. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:45:31 +0000 Ben Philpott 10185 at http://kut.org Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe http://kut.org/post/crossroads-gps-heart-gops-lois-lerner-probe Among the alleged crimes committed by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups: singling out Crossroads GPS, Karl Rove's nonprofit group that spent $165 million in the last election attacking Democrats and helping Republicans.<p>That's according to House Republicans pushing criminal charges against Lerner.<p>The House Ways and Means Committee met in closed-door session Wednesday to discuss three specific violations Republicans believe she committed while running the IRS's office that handles tax-exempt groups.<p>One charge is that s Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:11:38 +0000 S.V. Date 10182 at http://kut.org Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe Immigration, Gay Marriage and the Expanding Definition of Civil Rights http://kut.org/post/immigration-gay-marriage-and-expanding-definition-civil-rights <p>When the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964">Civil Rights Act</a> was signed into law nearly 50 years ago, its main focus was on the treatment of the country's black population. But over the years, other groups have slipped under the act’s umbrella of protection. As the<a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/"> LBJ Library’s Civil Rights Summit</a> opened in Austin Tuesday, it began with a discussion of how two groups are hoping those protections will extend to them.</p><p>The opening panel at the summit dove right into one of the two civil rights issues dominating the American political and legal landscape: same-sex marriage.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143856413&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:54:46 +0000 Ben Philpott 10174 at http://kut.org Immigration, Gay Marriage and the Expanding Definition of Civil Rights Watch: Jimmy Carter Speaks at the LBJ Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/watch-jimmy-carter-speaks-lbj-civil-rights-summit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fF14ceTrBw&amp;feature=share</p><p>Former President Jimmy Carter is in Austin today as part of <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">the Civil Rights Summit</a> at the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a>. The event marks the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10161 at http://kut.org Interview: President Jimmy Carter on Why Women's Rights are Civil Rights http://kut.org/post/interview-president-jimmy-carter-why-womens-rights-are-civil-rights <p>President Jimmy Carter is <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit">one of four U.S. presidents attending</a> the <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">Civil Rights Summit at the&nbsp;LBJ&nbsp;Library and Museum</a> in Austin this week.</p><p>President Carter, who served from 1977 to 1981, grew up in Southern Georgia during some of the worst days of Jim Crow. The&nbsp;39th&nbsp;president of the U.S. is also promoting a new book, "Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power," in which he discusses what he calls discrimination and violence against women and girls worldwide – what he calls "the most serious and unmet worldwide challenge" of our time.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143758254&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:19:09 +0000 Emily Donahue & Jennifer Stayton 10171 at http://kut.org Interview: President Jimmy Carter on Why Women's Rights are Civil Rights