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Sunday, September 24
 

9:00am

A Conversation with John Cornyn and Ted Cruz
A rare joint sit-down with our senior and junior senators: How Texas is faring in Washington, rebuilding after Harvey, the state of conservatism and more.

Supported by Southwest Airlines and Google

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for John Cornyn

John Cornyn

U.S. Senator
Cornyn, R-Texas, has represented Texas in the U.S. Senate since 2003. He is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as well as the Finance and Judiciary committees. Cornyn also serves as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Border Security and... Read More →
avatar for Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator
Cruz, R-Texas, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012 and ran as a Republican candidate for president in 2016. He serves on the Senate Judiciary, Rules & Administration, Armed Services, and Commerce, Science & Transportation committees. Previously, Cruz served as solicitor general... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

10:30am

The New Abnormal
Our much-anticipated annual roundtable: Five of the nation’s best political commentators try to make sense of 2017 and look ahead to 2018 and beyond. 

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza

Reporter and Editor at Large for CNN Politics
Cillizza joined CNN in 2017, where he covers national politics including the White House and Congress and is founder of CNN Politics’ daily news analysis, The Point with Chris Cillizza. Previously, Cillizza spent a decade at The Washington Post, where he founded The Fix, a daily... Read More →
avatar for Ben Domenech

Ben Domenech

Publisher of The Federalist and Host of "The Federalist Radio Hour"
Domenech is publisher of The Federalist and hosts the Federalist Radio Hour. He also writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech previously served as editor in chief of The City, an academic journal covering politics and culture, and as a media... Read More →
avatar for Virginia Heffernan

Virginia Heffernan

Cultural Critic and Co-Host of Slate's Trumpcast
Heffernan is a journalist, critic and author. In addition to co-hosting Slate's Trumpcast, she serves as a contributing editor at Politico and a columnist at FastCompany. Heffernan wrote "The Medium," a weekly column about internet culture for The New York Times, from 2008 to 2012... Read More →
avatar for Indira Lakshmanan

Indira Lakshmanan

Columnist for The Boston Globe Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute
Lakshmanan writes columns on politics and foreign policy for The Boston Globe and is the Newmark Chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute. She covered the 2008 campaign and Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry for Bloomberg News, and previously wrote for... Read More →
avatar for Charles P. Pierce

Charles P. Pierce

Writer at Large for Esquire Magazine
Pierce covers politics for Esquire, where he has worked since 2011. His work covering sports and politics has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and The Chicago Tribune. Pierce is also a regular panelist on NPR’s game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell M... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705