is a reporting fellow at The Texas Tribune. He recently graduated from Northwestern University where he studied journalism and political science. Matthew previously worked as a reporter and editor at The Daily Northwestern, covering administration and faculty, student protests and diversity in campus programs. He has also worked with the Council of American Ambassadors and has a keen interest in foreign policy. In his free time, Matthew enjoys French cooking and listening to Simon and Garfunkel.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $12 billion in emergency aid to offset the effects of new tariffs — to the relief of many Texas farmers. But some Republicans in Congress would rather see Trump end the tariffs.
In their third scheduled meeting, the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security discussed the role of mental health in school shootings and ways to address it. But questions of funding kept popping up.
Students have been referred to law enforcement in dramatically higher numbers after the school shootings in Parkland and Santa Fe. A study suggests the arrests show a return to zero-tolerance policies that can harm students.
President Donald Trump advanced on one of his primary campaign promises last week, imposing major tariffs on Chinese imports. The tariffs are expected to raise the price of production for agriculture while making Texan crop exports less competitive in China.
Thousands gathered in Texas cities and around the country Saturday to protest the separation of undocumented children from their families. More than 2,000 children remain separated from their families due to Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting all illegal entries.