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AU Newsmakers 4.10-4.17, 2020
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Three Friends Reunite to Feed Health Care Workers, Restaurant Employees During Pandemic
WUSA9 featured Washington College of Law student Carly Steren, who has teamed up with friends to create “FuelTheFight-DC,” a grassroots fundraising effort. Steren said, “We are fortunate enough to be able to make a difference in our community.” (4/14)

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Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of the Coronavirus
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, wrote an article for The Atlantic addressing statements that blame people of color for being vulnerable to the coronavirus. Kendi wrote, “To explain the disparities in the mortality rate, too many politicians and commentators are noting that black people have more underlying medical conditions but, crucially, they're not explaining why.” Kendi was also cited in a Washington Post opinion piece emphasizing the need for racial data on coronavirus deaths. (4/14, 4/11)
What Is the SBA? An Unheralded Agency Faces the Unprecedented Task of Saving America's Small Businesses
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, wrote an article for The Conversation about the Small Business Administration. Bruckner wrote, “The SBA has never done anything on the scale it's being asked to do to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic.” (4/13)

College Students Are Rebelling Against Full Tuition After Classes Move Online
President Sylvia M. Burwell spoke to The Washington Post about American University's decision to discount tuition for summer 2020 classes. Burwell said, “We were trying to help our students and our parents and think about AU and our broader community.” (4/16)
Argentina's Economy Minister Calls for Three-Year Grace Period on Foreign-Debt Payments
Arturo Porzecnaski, distinguished economist-in-residence in the School of International Service, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about Argentina's recent request for a grace period to pay off foreign debts. (4/17)
Trump Falsely Claims 'Ultimate Authority' to Override States' Virus Measures
Professor of Public Affairs Chris Edelson spoke to The New York Times about President Trump's claims that he could override state decisions regarding the coronavirus. Edelson said, “We live in a constitutional system with checks and balances. Nobody has total authority.” Edelson also wrote an article for Marketwatch about President Trump's management of the coronavirus pandemic. Washington College of Law Professor Kim Wehle spoke to WUSA9 about the president's claims. (4/14)
'A Perfect Storm': Extremists Look For Ways To Exploit Coronavirus Pandemic
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of education and sociology, spoke to NPR about far-right extremism and the pandemic. “For extremists, this is an ideal time to exploit youth grievances about their lack of agency, their families' economic distress, and their intense sense of disorientation, confusion, fear and anxiety,” Miller-Idriss said. (4/16)
In Crisis, Trump's Most Ardent Fans Find They Love Him More
Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about how President Trump's supporters view his coronavirus management. Mollica said, “He tells his supporters he is doing everything he can to support us Americans… To everyone else, he might not make any sense, but [his fans] believe he is making America great again, even as the numbers [of coronavirus deaths] climb.” (4/15)
Anti-Semites Are Thriving Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic
Alan Kraut, distinguished professor of history, was quoted in a Times of Israel article about anti-semitic rhetoric that has emerged from economic fears caused by the pandemic. Kraut said, “Economic tensions often play out in anti-Semitism because the Jew is associated with wealth, greed and money-lending. It's an old tripe, a recurring theme and we're going to see it again.” (4/10)
We're in a Save-Our-Farm-From-Collapsing Mode
Associate Professor in the School of International Service Garrett Graddy-Lovelace spoke to Slate about how the coronavirus has shifted agriculture business models and supply chains. Graddy-Lovelace said, “I think the key thing is that consumers will realize how vulnerable our food sysyem is, how our cities are a few days away from not having food.” (4/12)
Drowned Out by Pandemic, A Muted Victory for Joe Biden
Professor of Public Affaris David Lublin spoke to Agence France-Presse about the muted response to Joe Biden winning the Democratic nomination. Lublin said, “You're competing not just with the president, but also with the international crisis of COVID-19.” (4/10)
Convicted Ex-U.S. Congressman Steve Stockman Asks Donald Trump for COVID-19 Pardon
Assistant Professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies Jeffrey Crouch spoke to the Houston Chronicle about presidential pardons during the pandemic. Crouch said, “What is unusual here is the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.” (4/10)
A 'Net Loss': Will the #Coronavirus Reshape China's Relations With the World?
Associate Professor of History Justin Jacobs spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect China's global relations. Jacobs said, “I do think it's going to force a reckoning.” (4/15)

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

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