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AU Newsmakers 4.21 - 4.28, 2017
Top Story
A Majority of Americans Find the Tax System Unfair, Pew Study Finds
Caroline Bruckner, executive-in-residence in the Kogod School of Business, appeared on Minnesota Public Radio News to discuss President Trump's tax proposals and the public's opinion of the current tax code. Bruckner mentioned some of her own tax policy research, answered questions from callers, and discussed the challenges individuals face filing taxes and the issue of corporations and loopholes. Bruckner also weighed in on the soaring national debt, saying, “We can't outrun the demographics of our aging population. As the baby boomers age, more pressure is put on government assistance programs such as Medicare.” (4/26)

Faculty Authors
Theresa May's Snap Election Gamble, Explained
For The Conversation, Garrett Martin, professor in the School of International Service, authored an article about how Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May push “to dissolve Parliament and hold snap elections” may have a negative effect on the country. Martin wrote, “The power to dissolve Parliament dates back to the Middle Ages, and is deeply ingrained in U.K. politics.” Martin's article also ran in Salon and AP. (4/20)
Engagement With Cuba Is a Bipartisan Issue
For The Huffington Post, William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, authored an article about President Trump's policy toward Cuba. LeoGrande wrote, “In our hyper-polarized politics, engagement with Cuba is one of the few issues that enjoys bipartisan support.” (4/22)

Brazil Car Wash Scandal Faces Supreme Court Backlog
Matthew Taylor, professor in the School of International Service, spoke with The Wall Street Journal about the functionality of the Supreme Court in Brazil. He noted, “The [faster-moving lower] courts are generating a great deal of public angst about corruption in Brazil while the high court is unable to deal with even the most basic and straightforward cases.” (4/26)
After O'Reilly, What's Next for Fox News?
Professor of Communications Leonard Steinhorn spoke to NBC News about the next steps for Fox News after Bill O'Reilly's departure. Steinhorn called Fox “a network created and designed to appeal to and flatter the biases of its viewers.” (4/25)
Hollywood Adulation of Venezuela's Socialist Government Proven Wrong – Again
Johanna Mendelson-Forman, scholar-in-residence in the School of International Service, spoke to Fox News about the challenges facing Venezuela. Speaking of the country's former leader Hugo Chavez, Mendelson-Forman said, “Chavez had a desire to create a cult of personality which included a curtailment of democratic rights and dismissing experts in the oil industry.” (4/24)
Ivanka Trump Makes First Political Trip Abroad
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, appeared on CNN Money to discuss Ivanka Trump's role as an advisor to the president. McBride said, “This is a new role for her as being a representative for the President of the United States, not just the first daughter.” (4/25)
Trump at 42% Approval: ABC Poll
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman appeared on MSNBC's AM Joy to discuss his new book, “The Case for Impeachment.” Lichtman said, “The first rule of politics is self-preservation. If those Republicans in Congress believe that Trump has become a liability to them, they may be willing to jettison him.” (4/23)
Analysis: Donald Trump May Get Second Court Pick
Law Professor Stephen Wermiel spoke to the Boston Herald about a possible second Supreme Court Justice pick by President Trump. The chance of second Supreme Court pick would be “the moment that Republican conservatives have been waiting for, for almost 50 years,” Wermeil said. (4/24)
U.S. Video Games Focus on Historical Accuracy
Lindsay Grace, director of AU's Game Lab, appeared on Al Jazeera to speak about the historical accuracy in video games. Grace also spoke to WalletHub about the problem of addiction to gambling. (4/25, 4/26)
Women Professors Work More Extra Hours Than Men
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of AU's International Training and Education program, talked with Voice of America about a study on professors and service work. “Internal service doesn't bring the same kinds of advantages to the university in a visible way,” Miller-Idriss said. (4/24)

Bonus Clip
2017's Best Visa Credit Cards – WalletHub Editor's Picks
Kogod School of Business Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Wendy Boland spoke to Wallet Hub about Visa credit cards. Boland said, “Visa is widely accepted so if you can only have one card, then having a Visa is a good option. That said, I think it is helpful for consumers to understand the various terms associated with the credit card(s) they carry.”

''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
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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