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March 16, 2018 3 minute Read by Brittney Bain, Miriam Spradling
From headlines on North Korea to commentary on the importance of school principals, here's a look at what the Bush Institute policy teams have been reading in the news this week.

This week’s headlines were focused on potential upcoming talks between the United States and North Korea. In National Review, Jonah Goldberg highlights the human rights atrocities of the North Korean government and warns: “The regime has been willing to starve its own people in the pursuit of nuclear weapons…Negotiating with North Korea may be the right thing to do, but our negotiators should understand the monstrosity they’re dealing with.” His thoughts echo the Bush Institute’s own policy reports on the country, including recommendations on combining the human rights and security issues, and Light Through the Darkness, which defines a new path forward for improving the human condition there.

In The New York Times this week, David Brooks writes that “Good leaders make good schools,” highlighting the point that principals are key to student success. Later this month, the Bush Institute will launch its first module of the School Leadership District Cohort, part of the School Leadership Initiative, which aims to dramatically improve the way our nation’s principals are prepared and supported through districts’ talent management of school principals and ensuring that school districts have the knowledge and tools to attract and retain effective principals.

Also this week, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election. Critics of America are quick to compare Russian efforts with America’s actions abroad. But Bush Institute Human Freedom Fellow Thomas Melia writes in The Atlantic that there is no comparison. He describes the distinction as “the difference between programs to strengthen democratic processes in another country, versus efforts to manipulate another country’s election in order to sow chaos, undermine public confidence in the political system, and diminish a country’s social stability.” The Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty report reflects this sentiment as well, affirming that America must lead the strengthening of freedom around the world.


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Brittney Bain
Brittney Bain

Brittney Bain serves as the Director of Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked on Capitol Hill where she served most recently as deputy press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.  Bain interned in the White House Office of Communications during the George W. Bush Administration.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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Miriam Spradling
Miriam Spradling

Miriam Spradling serves as Senior Manager, Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, where she focuses on the Bush Institute’s global initiatives.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, Miriam was an Assistant Director of External Relations at Stanford Law School, managing recent graduate engagement, direct appeals, and the class gift campaign. Before Stanford, Miriam worked for MD Anderson Cancer Center as a Communications Specialist. In that role, she provided writing, video production, and media relations support. Miriam also worked for ABC13 in Houston as an Associate Producer.

Miriam graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in business. As a student, she completed multiple internships, including roles with former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Monthly, ESPNU, and ABC News.

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