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AU Newsmakers 7.21 - 7.28, 2017
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AU Grad Raising Awareness for Stuttering
John Ampiah-Addison, a recent graduate from American University, is working to raise awareness for stuttering. Ampiah-Addison said, “I think I grew up hating this part of my life so much to a point where I've actually accepted it. I'm happy it's a part of who I am.” (7/26)
Here's What You Need to Know About the Presidential Power to Pardon
Jeffrey Crouch, assistant professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to The Boston Globe about consequences Trump could face if he chooses to pardon himself. Crouch said, “Even though a self-pardon might relieve Trump from the consequences of any crimes he may have committed, he might be making any potential case for impeachment easier for Congress to pursue by essentially admitting that he needed a pardon in the first place.” Additional news outlets featured Crouch, including Voice of America. (7/21)

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Trump's 'America first' strategy for NAFTA talks won't benefit US workers
Economics Professor Robert Blecker penned an article for the Conversation about President Trump's NAFTA strategy. Blecker wrote, “An “America first” negotiating strategy that focuses only on what the U.S. gains while impoverishing Mexico with greater trade restrictions would only worsen the problems that Trump says he wants to address.” (7/28).

U.S. Senate Moves Forward With Health Care Debate
Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio about the Senate's decision to move forward with the debate on health care. Cafaro said, “We are a long way away from actual passage or implementation of a dismantling of the Affordable Care Act.” Cafaro also spoke with the Globe and Mail. (7/25, 7/21)
'It's Grilling Time': Five Women Line Up to Challenge Rep. Brat
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to the Washington Post about the increase in the number of women running for Democratic political offices. Lawless said, “Women are running because many Democrats believe they can take advantage of Trump's low approval rating, win competitive open seats, or pick off Republicans whose association with Trump could make them vulnerable.” (7/24)
Why Greater Washington's Commercial Cyberstartups Don't Boom
A column in Washington Business Journal cited research from Kogod School of Business on Washington-region cybersecurity startups' economic potential. The research found few firms are product-oriented and a high proportion are government-focused. (7/27)
Trump White House Tests a Nation's Capacity for Outrage
James Thurber, distinguished professor of government in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to the New York Times about President Trump's tweets about Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Thurber said, “His tweet is bizarre and unprecedented.” (7/24)
Another March on Washington?
Professors in the School of Public Affairs and the School of International Service Adrienne LeBas and Cathy Schneider spoke to Roll Call about the effectiveness of mass marches as a political tool. LeBas said, “Highly disruptive protests get the government to respond. The question is: How do you sustain that over time?” Schneider added that “a citywide or nationwide general strike would be most effective but would require a huge amount of work to be successful.” (7/24)
Pew Research Looks at How U.S. is Perceived by Rest of the World
Director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center Ibram Kendi talked to NPR affiliate KJZZ about how countries perceive the U.S. Kendi said, “When the image of the nation is going down, that, of course, harms its cultural power, that harms its economic power, that harms its political power.” (7/25)
How Women of Color Have Made Comedy Better, Smarter, and About a Million Times Funnier
Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact Caty Borum Chattoo spoke to Elle Magazine about the ways women of color are revolutionizing the world of comedy. Chattoo said, “Comedy serves as a way for oppressed groups to make it through their existence. Comedy works as a coping mechanism, a resilient strategy." (7/24)
Deutsche Bank's PR Problems in U.S. Mitigated by Moderate Recognition
Stephen Silvia, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Morning Consult about Deutsche Bank's public opinion issues in the U.S. Silvia said, “An expensive business model and years of convoluted leadership systems have left Deutsche Bank in a “difficult place” domestically.” (7/28)
Great American Eclipse: Economic Boon or Bust for Towns in Path?
Economics Professor Mary Eschelbach Hansen spoke to Palm Beach Post about economic benefits to American towns and cities from the solar eclipse. Hansen said, “In some places, there may be a bump in sales tax revenue, but these places have got to be thinking about how they are going to control the crowds. They will need people to direct traffic, have cooling stations, and first responders on duty.” (7/22)
If Sessions Departs, Trump Has 3 Options to Replace Him
Law Professor William Yeomans spoke to Voice of America to discuss President Trump's options for replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of which includes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Yeomans said, “Trump is unlikely to let Rosenstein take the department's helm." (7/27)

''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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