Abby Livingston

Abby Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the publication's first Washington Bureau Chief. Previously, she covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. A seventh-generation Texan, Abby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Fort Worth and has appeared in an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." Abby pitched and produced political segments for CNN and worked as an editor for The Hotline, National Journal’s campaign tipsheet. Abby began her journalism career as a desk assistant at NBC News in Washington, working her way up to the political unit, where she researched stories for Nightly News, the Today Show and Meet the Press. In keeping with the Trib’s great history of hiring softball stars, Abby is a three-time MVP (the most in game history —Ed.) for The Bad News Babes, the women’s press softball team that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball breast cancer charity game.

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Trump suggests large tax on Mexican imports to pay for border wall

Now-President Donald Trump is shown on Jan. 28, 2016, speaking to a group of veterans at Drake University during the 2016 Republican presidential campaign.
Now-President Donald Trump is shown on Jan. 28, 2016, speaking to a group of veterans at Drake University during the 2016 Republican presidential campaign.

The Trump administration announced Thursday it intended to implement a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for a coming border wall. An official appeared to walk back the statement later that afternoon.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady is in the perfect spot to reshape the American economy

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, in his office in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., September 21, 2016.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, in his office in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., September 21, 2016.

Kevin Brady, an eleven-term congressman from the Woodlands, is at the center of the biggest political debates unfolding in Washington, D.C., right now as chairman of the U.S. House's pivotal Ways and Means Committee.

With Rubio's support, Tillerson's confirmation as secretary of state all but assured

Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, testifies before a Senate Foreign
Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C. on January
11, 2017.
Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2017.

Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson's nomination to lead the State Department is on track, thanks to the support of a crucial Republican senator. 

Two key senators announce support for secretary of state nominee Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, testifies before a Senate Foreign
Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C. on January
11, 2017.
Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2017.

Two powerful U.S. senators announced they would back the secretary of state nomination of Rex Tillerson, a native Texan. 

Tens of thousands participate in Texas women's marches

Women and supporters gather at the Texas Capitol for the Women's March on Austin on Jan. 21, 2017.
Women and supporters gather at the Texas Capitol for the Women's March on Austin on Jan. 21, 2017.

The day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Texans took part in marches across the state Saturday during Texas’ multiple iterations of the Women’s March on Washington.

For Texas students at inauguration, history of moment trumps turmoil

San Antonio high school students (l.-r.) Justin Cantu, Jacob Webster, Sarahi Rivas, Cianna Kaysing and Autumn Duerr, in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of President Trump, on January 20, 2017.
San Antonio high school students (l.-r.) Justin Cantu, Jacob Webster, Sarahi Rivas, Cianna Kaysing and Autumn Duerr, in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of President Trump, on January 20, 2017.

After spending a year raising money for the trip, a group of San Antonio students managed to look past any political disappointment to enjoy the experience of witnessing a peaceful transfer of power. 

Texans celebrate Trump at Black Tie and Boots Ball

Fans and attendees watch the Lil' Wranglers of College Station, Texas, perform at the 2017 Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball, on the eve of the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, on January 19, 2017.
Fans and attendees watch the Lil' Wranglers of College Station, Texas, perform at the 2017 Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball, on the eve of the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, on January 19, 2017.

An estimated 12,000 people brought their best cowboy hats to the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball just outside the U.S. capitol on Thursday night. Many Texans there were in a celebratory mood on the eve of a Republican takeover of the White House.

At confirmation hearing, Rick Perry vows to pursue "sound science" on climate change

Former Gov. Perry is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination to be Energy secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 19, 2017.
Former Gov. Perry is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination to be Energy secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 19, 2017.

Testifying before a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday, Secretary of Energy nominee Rick Perry said he believed humans contributed to climate change and that he no longer supported the dissolution of the Department of Energy. 

Rick Perry prepares to re-enter political arena with confirmation hearing

Former Gov. Rick Perry gives the closing keynote address at the the Texas Public Finance Conference in Austin on Feb. 3, 2016.
Former Gov. Rick Perry gives the closing keynote address at the the Texas Public Finance Conference in Austin on Feb. 3, 2016.

More than five years after his infamous "oops" moment, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is facing another high-pressure moment in the national spotlight this week: his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Lockheed Martin CEO meets with Trump, announces 1,800 more jobs coming to Fort Worth

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson leaves after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2016.
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson leaves after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2016.

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson emerged from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Friday promising to add 1,800 jobs at its Fort Worth facility and reduce the cost of its signature fighter plane, the F-35.

Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson takes heat on Russian stance at confirmation hearing

Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, testifies before a Senate Foreign
Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C. on January
11, 2017.
Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2017.

While his fellow Texans, U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, predicted Tillerson would serve the country well as the next U.S. secretary of state, others expressed deep reservations about his position on Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin.