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Former President George W. Bush and CEO of the Texas Tribune Evan Smith sat down together at SXSW, talking immigration reform, Bush's love of painting and election integrity, during which Bush confirmed that he does not believe the recent presidential election was "stolen," as some falsely claim.

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In an optimistic conversation with MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told the SXSW audience that updated passenger rail transportation should be a "national priority" to make for a more equitable and greener America.

Local transit advocates say Buttigieg's support will be critical to the success of Austin's Project Connect, a $7.1 billion overhaul of the city's transit system. About half of the project's budget will come from a city property tax rate increase, which Austin voters overwhelmingly approved last November. The rest will need to come from federal grants overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which Buttigieg heads.

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The Black Pumas brought soul to President Joe Biden's and Vice President Kamala Harris' inauguration special, "Celebrate America," on Wednesday evening.

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Mela Sarajane Dailey, founder of Austin Artists Project, was selected to serve under the Biden-Harris administration's Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities.

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