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AU Newsmakers 4.14 - 4.21, 2017
Top Story
O'Reilly To Be Paid Tens of Millions After Firing
Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Jane Hall spoke with CNN about the firing of Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly and the reported payout he will receive. Hall said, “Corporations said we do not want to be associated with the kind of culture that has been alleged to have been there.” Hall also spoke with the Associated Press, AFP and U.S. News & World Report. (4/19, 4/20)

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'Prediction Professor' Lays Out Eight Reasons Trump Could Be Impeached
The Washington Post reviewed Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman's new book “The Case for Impeachment,” which explores how President Donald Trump's presidency could end prematurely. Lichtman also spoke with the Post for an interview, saying, “I make very clear that I do not believe Trump should be impeached because he's an unconventional president. Rather, Trump should be impeached if and when he becomes a serious threat to our constitutional order, to our freedoms and liberties, and to the national security of the United States.” Lichtman also appeared on CNN and MSNBC's Morning Joe. (4/14)

Faculty Authors
Will Trump's Global Family Planning Cuts Cause Side Effects?
For The Conversation, Rachel Robinson, professor in the School of International Service, authored a piece about proposed funding cuts for global family planning programs. Robinson wrote, “Cutting U.S. funding for global health efforts, including family planning, would leave the poorest countries ill-prepared for epidemics, pandemics and other emerging health threats – including the kinds that easily cross borders.” The article ran in several outlets including Associated Press and San Francisco Chronicle. (4/17)
Kyle Dargan on Civic Poetry Month
Director of Creative Writing Kyle Dargan authored an article for Moyers & Company about the celebration of National Poetry Month. Dargan wrote, “Finding one's people can also mean finding one's writers.” (4/17)
Turkish Referendum Grants More Power to Erdogan: Democracy No More?
For The Conversation, Doga Eralp, professor in the School of International Service, authored an opinion article about the referendum in Turkey, which led to additional executive powers for President Recep Tayyipp Erdogan. Eralp wrote, “Liberals in Washington, D.C., and in European capitals misread Erdogan's ambitions. They saw him as an open-minded reformer who could bring Islam and democracy together at home and abroad.” The article ran in several outlets including Associated Press, Albany Democrat-Herald and Arizona Daily Sun. (4/17)

In Gay Rights Case, Woman to Appeal for Parental Rights to Ex-Partner's Son
Law Professor Nancy D. Polikoff spoke to the New York Times about a gay rights case making headlines. Polikoff said, “The Brooke case gave this woman this opportunity to sue, and she just failed to meet the standard. I think the law did its job in that regard.” (4/19)
Funding Deadline Tests GOP Strategy
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to Roll Call about how Republicans and Democrats are struggling to work together on a new spending bill before the fiscal year's end. Lublin said, “If you pass a budget that essentially extends the current situation, that would be a big win for Democrats because that's not what the Republicans wanted.” (4/17)
Berkeley, CA Emerges as Political Hotspot as Protests Erupt Again
Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Fox News about anti-Trump protests in Berkeley, California. Cafaro said, “We have lost the sense of civil discourse. It is fine to go out there and speak your mind -- no matter whether you disagree or not -- but when you incite violence, you lose the message.” (4/17)
Most Arabs Believe Foreign Intervention Gave Rise to ISIS, Survey Finds
Sociology Lecturer Mustafa Gurbuz spoke to USA Today about a poll of Arab citizens showing they believe intervention policies gave rise to ISIS. Gurbuz said, “The majority of the Arabs think that the U.S. invasion to Iraq was a huge mistake, primarily driven by American interest in controlling the oil fields; and they perceive ISIS as a continuation of Iraqi Sunni insurgency." (4/14)
Social Media Reacts to 'Mother of All Bombs'
Center for Teaching, Research and Learning Director Naomi S. Baron spoke to KCBS 740 AM about how the acronym MOAB received negative attention on social media. Baron said, “Languages change their meanings of words over time. This is not surprising to have happened.” (4/18)

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Top 50 Best Value Master's in Taxation Degrees, 2017
American University was featured on the Value Colleges Top 50 list of Best Master's in Taxation Degree programs. The Value Colleges formula helps prospective students determine institutions most likely to give graduates a significant return on their investment of time and money.

''Online,consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
"Online,consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
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Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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