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AU Newsmakers 7.14 - 7.21, 2017
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Migrant Workers Leave Behind Clues to Depression-Era Lifestyle
Anthropology Professor Daniel Sayers talked with NPR's Morning Edition about new research at an excavation site in Pennsylvania that reveals clues about the lives of 20th-century migrant workers. Sayers said, “I think when we start looking at these marginalized communities, we see different ways of existing emerge. Different forms of community organization, different ways that people help one another out.” (7/18)

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Republicans Used to Compare Talking to Moscow to Talking to Hitler. Trump's Startling New Tweet Shows That's Changed.
James Goldgeier, dean of the School of International Service, authored an opinion article for the Washington Post about the Trump administration's policy toward Russia. Goldgeier wrote, “If Trump were a realist, he would be seeking to deal with Russia from a position of strength, not looking to accommodate Putin from the get-go.” (7/17)
Presidential Revisionism
Gautham Rao, assistant professor of history, co-authored an opinion article for Slate that dissects an argument put forth defending President Trump against Emoluments Clause violations. Rao and his co-author wrote, “The authors ask a lot of us: to find a hidden structural code, but ignore a plain reading of the constitutional text; to deify Washington and Jefferson, but to defy what contemporaries explicitly said about the clause; to disregard the way the clause has been applied by presidents, Congress, and other officials from the 1830s to the present; and finally, to ignore a substantial historical record.” (7/17)
Trump Wants to Spend Millions More on School Vouchers. But What's Happened to the Millions Already Spent?
For the Washington Post, Mandy McLaren, a student in the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the School of Communication, co-authored an article about the school voucher program in Washington, D.C. McLaren and her co-author wrote, “Voucher advocates emphasize that parents care far less about test scores than education policy wonks do and that they should be trusted to choose schools that work well for their children.” (7/15)

Did Russia Compromise Trump Jr.?
Keith Darden, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CNN about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting and Russia's tradition of “kompromat,” an approach to gathering and disseminating compromising information. Darden said, “This is such a common practice over there, both for the government and in the private sector. It is almost inconceivable that he was not observed and recorded in almost everything that he did privately.” (7/16)
The Trump Administration and Human Rights
Sarah Snyder, professor in the School of International Service, spoke with WBUR's On Point about the death of Chinese activist and Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and the Trump administration's approach to human rights. Snyder said, “I think that we certainly would have expected, given the rhetoric that came out of the campaign, for the Trump administration to shift its approach on human rights.” The story ran in 19 news outlets. (7/17)
The White House Wanted These Leather Pants in a Hurry
Kogod School of Business Professor Frank DuBois spoke to the Washington Post about President Trump's “Made in America Week.” DuBois said, “The U.S. imports more than it exports, a deficit that, alongside the rise of automation, shrank some of the country's manufacturing footprint.” (7/18)
How to Pay for Tax Cuts? Look to Airbnb Hosts and Etsy Vendors
Kogod Tax Policy Center Managing Director Caroline Bruckner talked with Bloomberg about an income tax proposal that would impact those in the sharing economy. Bruckner said, “That's going to raise a ton of money.” (7/18)
The Texas Gerrymandering Trial Could Change All of America
Vice quoted History Professor Allan Lichtman in an article discussing gerrymandering in Texas. Testifying in court, Lichtman said, “What was done here was to knowingly and intentionally impede the opportunity of African Americans and Latinos to elect candidates of their choice. What we see here is intentional discrimination.” (7/14)
Can the House GOP's Top Conservative Firebrand Get Along With Its Top Moderate?
Constance Morella, ambassador-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to McClatchy about competing ideologies within the GOP. Morella said, “You have tribalization in politics taking place. Either you're for it or against it.” The article ran in 27 news outlets. (7/14)
Concerned About Military Threats in Space, Congress Mulls Creation of New Agency
Howard McCurdy, professor of public affairs, spoke to USAToday about the possibility of creating a new government agency. McCurdy said, “The idea of a separate ‘Space Corps,' has been kicked around as far back as 1969.” More than 60 news outlets ran the story. (7/16)
Democracy in Crisis: Police Body Video Reveals Details About Inauguration Day 'Kettling' of Protestors
Washington College of Law Professor Christopher Gowan spoke to Washington City Paper about a protest on Inauguration Day. Gowan said, “Most of what occurred that day, if not all, was caught on some sort of video.” (7/19)

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