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AU Newsmakers 7.7 - 7.14, 2017
Top Story
Mayweather Has History of Tax Woes; $7m From 2010 Unresolved
Donald Williamson, executive director of the Kogod Tax Center, spoke to the Associated Press about undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s approach to paying taxes and his problems with the IRS. Williamson said, “The IRS could still seek to withhold Mayweather's purse from the fight by arguing that he wouldn't pay his taxes otherwise, a claim the agency would have to prove in court.” More than 240 news outlets nationwide ran the story. (7/12)

Additional Feature
Smithsonian Highlights Indie Game Makers With Museum Arcade
Game Designer in Residence Chris Totten spoke to VentureBeat about the upcoming Smithsonian American Art Museum Arcade, a collaboration between the Smithsonian American Art Museum and AU's Game Lab, which will showcase multiple indie games. Chris Totten said, “What you get is a showcase designed to draw people in with nostalgia but challenge their notions of games by having them meet real game developers and then see games with alternate controllers or other exploratory elements.” Long Island Tech News also covered the story. (7/11)

Faculty Authors
Will Trump Open a Pandora's Box of Litigation Over Cuban Property?
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, authored an article for the Huffington Post about President Trump's changes in Cuba policy. LeoGrande said, “U.S. courts would be swamped, the ability of U.S. companies to do business on the island would be crippled, and allies abroad might retaliate for U.S. suits brought against their companies in Cuba.” (7/10)
Here's Why the World Should Fund Family Planning
Rachel Robinson, associate professor in the School of International Service, authored an opinion article for Devex about the benefits of family planning. Robinson wrote, “Continuing to fund family planning, as well as global health more broadly, safeguards Americans and other wealthy donor nations from diseases — including Ebola, severe acute respiratory syndrome, Middle East respiratory syndrome, and many others.” (7/10)
The No. 1 Demand Senators Must Make of Trump's FBI Chief Nominee
Washington College of Law Professor William Yeomans authored an opinion article for The Hill discussing the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing of Christopher Wray, President Trump's FBI Director nominee. Yeomans wrote, “The Senate Judiciary Committee must not confirm a nominee who will not commit to putting essential safeguards in place to reestablish that appearance of independence.” (7/12)

Brazilians Questioning Whether Big Probe Will End Corruption
Matthew Taylor, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to the Associated Press about an ongoing corruption investigation in Brazil. Speaking about the situation in Brazil, Taylor said, “Brazil has been through an accountability spurt, but it's hard to know whether that spurt turns into a major shift in accountability in Brazil or whether it just peters out.” The article ran in more than 90 news outlets including the News York Times and the Washington Post. (7/7)
Experts See Gains, Losses for Both Leaders in Trump-Putin Meeting
James Goldgeier, Dean of the School of International Service, spoke to the Sinclair Broadcast Group about conflicting reports about President Trump and Vladimir Putin's discussion of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Dean Goldgeier said, “Trump has been denying it all and has denied that the intelligence community has the evidence. It's hard to imagine him pressing a point he himself has denied.” The article ran in 17 news outlets. (7/7)
Trump Team Unlikely to Fight for NAFTA Worker Safety Rewrite
Robert Blecker, professor of economics, spoke to Bloomberg BNA about the likelihood of the Trump administration renegotiating NAFTA labor standards. Blecker said, “I'd say the odds of it happening are extremely low-close to zero.” (7/10)
The Trump Effect: Women Aren't Just Marching, They're Running
Jennifer Lawless, professor of public affairs, spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle about the new report on political activism in the era of Trump she recently co-authored. Lawless said, “Donald Trump may be planting the seed for women who want to run. But that seed doesn't bloom in five minutes.” (7/8)
SOC Professor Lenny Steinhorn Discusses Implication of Trump Jr.'s Meeting With Russians
Lenny Steinhorn, professor of communication, spoke with WUSA-9 about the implications of Donald Trump, Jr.'s campaign trail meeting with a Russian lawyer who allegedly had connections to the Russian government. Steinhorn said, “The question is, does it rise to the level of collusion, and even if it doesn't, what does it say about a campaign that had to go to a hostile country to be able to get information on their opponent?” (7/10)
For Businesses, End of State Budget Impasse Is 'Missed Opportunity' Without Relief
Managing Director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center Caroline Bruckner spoke to the Chicago Tribune about the state of Illionois's new budget plan, which imposed an increase in income taxes. Bruckner said that, “the majority of business in America- and in Illinois- are small businesses and pay taxes on income at a personal rate.” (7/8)

Bonus Clip
24 Healthy, Nutritionist-Approved Lunches You Can Find at Chipotle, Subway, Panera, and More
Janis Jibrin, professor of health studies, authored an article for The Washingtonian about a survey of local restaurants conducted by her AU students that aimed to explore the healthiest lunch options available. Jibrin's students “taste tested meals at different chains and local lunch spots around town that fit specific nutrition criteria and were college-student-budget friendly, then reported their findings back to me.” (7/10)

''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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