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AU Newsmakers 9.25-10.2, 2020
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AU Experts: First Presidential Debate
This week, AU experts weighed in on the first presidential debate. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to AFP and The Globe and Mail. David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to Politico, The Globe and Mail, and La Vanguardia. Amy Dacey, executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy & Politics, spoke with AFP and The Globe and Mail. Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to WUSA9 and CBC News. Betsy Fischer-Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to WTTG-Fox5. Anita McBride, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to CTV News, and Paul Bledsoe, professorial lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, wrote an article for The Hill. Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to Kitco News. Professors of Communication Joseph Campbell and Bob Lehrman also wrote articles for The Hill about the debate. (9/25, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28, 9/29, 9/30)

Faculty Authors
A Solarium for Presidential Transition Teams
Benjamin Jensen, scholar-in-residence in the School of International Service, co-authored an article for War on the Rocks about presidential transitions. Jensen and his co-author wrote, “Transition teams need to create forums with scenarios to visualize and describe the interaction between their policy concerns and the broader trends shaping domestic politics and international security.” (10/1)
Our Children Deserve More From Us
Taryn Morrissey, associate professor of public affairs, wrote an article for The Hill advocating for federal policies that can help children impacted by COVID-19. Morrissey wrote, “It is time to turn attention to our youngest citizens.” (9/30)

AU Experts: SCOTUS Judge Nomination
This week, Washington College of Law experts weighed in on the fight to nominate a new U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Professor Robert Tsai spoke to Politico and The Hill. Profs. Stephen Wermiel and Lia Epperson appeared on NBC4. Wermiel also appeared on Bloomberg TV. (9/25, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28)
Who Are the Proud Boys? Trump Tells Far-Right Group to 'Stand Back and Stand By'
Assistant Professor of Communication Kurt Braddock spoke to The Wall Street Journal about President Trump's apparent message to the Proud Boys during the first presidential debate. Braddock said, “It's that kind of language that can be interpreted as a call to action by some people looking for an excuse to engage in violence.” Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of AU's Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab, penned an op-ed for USA Today about the issue. Thomas Zeitzoff, associate professor of public affairs, also discussed the issue with Buzzfeed News. (9/30, 10/2)
How 'The Talk' Is Evolving Inside Black Families Amid Protests
Managing Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center Christine Platt spoke to The Wall Street Journal about how Black families are discussing racism and violence with their children. Platt said, “Because of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and all these tragic situations that have happened over the last several months, parents have had to have that talk and explain what's happened sooner rather than later.” (9/29)
Resorts to RV Parks: Parents Take the School Year on the Road
Jennifer Steele, associate professor in the School of Education, spoke to the Associated Press about the trend of families conducting virtual classes while traveling. Steele discussed the issue of “schoolcations” resulting in students skipping classes. (9/30)
Latinx Is a Term Many Still Can't Embrace
David Vazquez spoke to NPR about the term Latinx. Vazquez said that the phrase came about for inclusivity. AU student Daniela Munoz also discussed the use of the term with NPR. (10/1)
How Trump's Taxes During His First Year in Office Compare with Other Presidents'
Kogod Tax Center Executive Director Donald Williamson spoke to USA Today about President Trump's taxes. Williamson said, “I'm fairly confident that most Americans who are earning any kind of income are indeed paying more than $750 in taxes.” Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, also discussed the president's taxes with WUSA9. (9/29, 10/1)
Higher Grocery Prices Could Continue Through the End of the Year
Ronald Hill, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to WUSA9 about rising grocery prices. Hill said, “The fact that demand seems to be unrelenting is kind of interesting.” (9/28)
Winter is Coming. It May be Time to Start a 'Quaranteam' if You Haven't Already
Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars program, spoke to KUNC-FM about strategies to cope with the coronavirus as the weather gets colder. Hawkins said, “I think now as winter is coming it's really important to double down on the strategies that we have and that we know work.” Hawkins also shared tips for a COVID-friendly Halloween with Apartment Therapy. (9/30, 9/28)
Tech Giants Police Their Own Online Campaign Ads as Government Disagrees on Regulation
Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to InvestigateTV about how major tech companies are policing campaign ads on their platforms. Mollica said, “Look, if this didn't pass the test to run on traditional television, why does it pass the test on social media?” (9/30)

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