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Is Texas Spending on Border Security Just Political Theater?

The Texas House is considering a resolution asking Congress for more than $600 million for border security compensation. Mark P. Jones, fellow in political science, was interviewed about ...
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Uninsured Rates Plunge Across Texas

The percentage of Texans without health insurance dropped 31 percent since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a new report by Rice ...
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May 8, 2015, noon

The Value of Clean Air
Drew Shindell, a professor at Duke University and a former NASA scientist, will discuss how society can make informed choices about activities that cause emissions leading to climate change and poor air quality.

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May 14, 2015, 8 a.m.

Water and Energy Workshop: Understanding Impacts and Trade-Offs to Facilitate Transitions
Faculty and scholars at the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, Rice University, Texas A&M University and the Houston Technology Center will address the means and methods for tackling the pressing issue of sustainability in the water-energy nexus.

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May 18, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

The State of Mexican Democracy: A Conversation With Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, former leader and founding member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), will share his perspective on Mexico's upcoming elections and the future of democracy in the country.

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About the Baker Institute »

Founded in 1993, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has established itself as one of the premier nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the country. The institute ranks 9th among university-affiliated think tanks worldwide, 18th among U.S. think tanks and fourth among energy and resource think tanks, according to a 2014 study by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

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