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AU Newsmakers 6.23 - 6.30, 2017
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In Long Run, There's No Such Thing as an Einstein Investor
The New York Times featured Kogod School of Business Associate Professor of Finance Gerald S. Martin's research into Berkshire Hathaway's S.E.C. filings. (6/23)

Faculty Authors
Sacrificing Black Lives for the American Lie
Director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center Ibram X. Kendi authored a piece for the New York Times about the issue of prosecutions of police shootings. Kendi wrote, “In these high-profile cases, it is not just police officers who are on trial. America is on trial.” Kendi appeared on NPR's “On Point” to discuss his NYT op-ed and also authored a separate op-ed for Time Magazine on cities debating if they should maintain monuments dedicated to Confederate leaders. (6/25, 6/26)
Bill Maher, You Should Have Been At the Pakistan Embassy This Week
Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies Akbar Ahmed authored a piece for The Huffington Post about political commentator Bill Maher's claim that interfaith dialogue and tolerance of other religions is not possible in the Muslim world. Ahmed wrote, “You may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State.” (6/24)
What happens if Trump's White House invokes executive privilege?
As Congress Tackles Tax Reform, Women Business Owners Need Them to Do Some Homework
Kogod School of Business Executive-in-Residence Caroline Bruckner authored an op-ed for The Hill about tax reform and how it needs to take into account women business owners. Bruckner's research found women-owned firms are potentially missing out on more than $255 billion in tax breaks. “We know the current system isn't working well for many small businesses, but more work needs to be done with respect to women-owned businesses,” Bruckner wrote. (6/30)

Inside The European Far Right's Weird Obsession With Paganism
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the International Training and Education Program in the School of Education, talked to Ozy about the European far right. Miller-Idriss said, “When people feel unsettled by social change, these kinds of ideologies draw on Utopian fantasies about national restoration to a simpler, more rooted time.” (6/26)
Could Trump's White House Tapes Ruse Actually Get Him in Legal Trouble?
Law Professor William Yeomans spoke to The Washington Post about how Trump's bluff about White House tapes is possible evidence of obstruction of justice. Yeomans said, “I certainly think Trump's tape bluff contributes to the large, accumulating pile of circumstantial evidence that he intended to impede the Russia investigation.” (6/24)
Trump Policy Might Cut Off Remittances to 1 Million Cubans
William LeoGrande, associate vice provost for Academic Affairs for the Department of Government, spoke to McClatchy about how Trump's new Cuba policy would block remittance to millions of Cuban citizens. LeoGrande said, "It's literally a million people if you count everyone who works for the military and GAESA that could have their remittances cut off." (6/24)
More Women Are Politically Active, but Less Women Are Running for Office
Jennifer Lawless, director, Women & Politics Institute, appeared on NPR to discuss how woman are active when it comes to political engagement but not when it comes to running for political office. Lawless said, “A lot of the time, studies reveal that there doesn't seem to be a broad role model effect as far as seeing women on the ballot because these two competing dynamics seem to work hand-in-hand.” (6/23)
Can Trump's Non-Diplomatic Team Make Progress in Middle East?
Guy Ziv, School of International Service professor, spoke to Voice of America about how the Trump administration can establish peace in the Middle East despite lack of political experience. Ziv said, “It's different in the sense that Trump has assigned the most difficult, the most intractable conflict to individuals with next to no experience and very little knowledge on the issues.” (6/23)
Ai Weiwei Has Become a Symbol of Dissidence Worldwide. It Shows in His Art.
Ying-chen Peng, assistant professor of art, talked with Vox about the artist Ai Weiwei. “We can definitely consider him as both an artist and an activist, and sometimes I think his role of activism actually overrides his other identity,” she said. (6/27)
SOC Professor Jane Hall Discusses Trump's Tweets About Mika
Communications Professor Jane Hall spoke with WTOP-FM about President Donald Trump's tweets directed at “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. “This is a gross, personal attack, and the Republicans who've come out against it have said it's beneath the dignity of the office of the president.” (6/29)

''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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