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AU Newsmakers 9.9-9.16, 2016
Top Story
American U. Receives Gift of $15 Million Estate Known for Hosting Diplomats, Civil Rights Leaders
American University's gift of the Airlie Center was featured in The Washington Post. The Airlie Center is located in Warrenton, Va., and is known as a gathering place for diplomats, heads of states and civil rights leaders. President Neil Kerwin said, “The university is honored to have been selected for this wonderful gift. It is our intent to carry on the very impressive and important legacy of Airlie, while leveraging this marvelous facility for American University's academic initiatives.” The announcement was also covered by Washington Business Journal, Virginia Business and Fauquier Now. (9/14)

Additional Feature
The IRS Wants Its Share of the Multi-Billion Dollar Sharing Economy
Managing Director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center Caroline Bruckner spoke to The Fiscal Times about taxes and the sharing economy. Bruckner said “existing tax rules effectively create a $19,399 reporting tax loophole impacting millions of taxpayer.” Bruckner's study explains that many people who work in the sharing economy do not receive appropriate tax forms from employers, making them less likely to report income. Bruckner also spoke to Tax Notes about the IRS' newly launched webpage, calling it “a good first step in providing easily accessible guidance on some small business compliance issues” her research identified. (9/8, 9/12)

Faculty Authors
A Later School Start in Maryland Is Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish
Jennifer Steele, associate professor in the School of Education, penned an op-ed for The Washington Post about the recent executive order in Maryland delaying the opening of schools. Steele wrote, “Lengthening summer vacation will not help and may hurt student learning, especially for the children whose success depends the most on their schools. For a long-term economic boost, the governor should put education first.” (9/9)
Trump's Town Hall Performance Just His Latest Disqualifying Act
Chris Edelson, director, Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program, authored an article for The Hill on Donald Trump's Town Hall performance. Edelson wrote, “No serious presidential candidate should be able to get away with submitting such a pitiful performance to the voters. The polls, however, indicate that the election is far from a sure thing.” (9/12)

News Media Kept in Dark on Clinton's Health and Whereabouts
Communication Professor Jane Hall spoke to The Washington Post about Hillary Clinton's illness and the media. Hall said, “I can imagine they don't want to play into conspiracy theories about her health, but if you don't say something, if you're not out there, pretty soon the silence begins to be interpreted in a negative way.” Hall also spoke to CNN Reliable Sources on Roger Ailes. (9/11)
Asia Argento and Others Are Angry About Being in JT LeRoy Documentary
For The New York Times, Communication Professor Patricia Aufderheide spoke about a documentary that includes calls with celebrities and famous authors that were recorded in secret. Aufderheide said that people who make documentaries generally have the same values and aims as print journalists and that there is continuing discussion on how to incorporate those values into films. (9/11)
Jails, Prisons Still Trying to Meet Federal Anti-rape Rules
Brenda Smith, law professor, spoke to the Associated Press about anti-rape rules in prisons. Smith said, since locally run prisons don't lose funding unless the funding is directly tied to a state contract, local authorities can only be held accountable by public criticism or lawsuits. (9/11)
Russia, Ukraine Relations
Anton Fedyashin spoke to CCTV about Russia and Ukraine relations. Fedyashin said, “I'm afraid at this point that Crimea will no longer be a bargaining chip because it is solidly within Russia's control, as is shown in the text of the Minsk agreement.” (9/9)
A Worrying Trend for Psychology's "Simple Little Tricks"
Jan Leighley, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Atlantic about recent studies on racial achievement gaps and improving voter turnout. Leighley noted there have been problems in replicating the study, saying that the small sample size of the original study would have made it difficult to publish in a serious political science journal. (9/9)
Clinton Has Pneumonia, Was Dehydrated at 9/11 Event
For AFP, Director of the Women and Politics Institute Jennifer Lawless spoke about Hillary Clinton's recent health scare. Lawless said, “What the Clinton campaign needs to do over the course of the next several days is demonstrate her vitality and viability.” (9/12)
Reagan's Would-Be Assassin Released from Prison
History Professor Allan Lichtman spoke to BBC World about the release of John Hinckley, Reagan's would-be assassin. Lichtman said, “The impact was enormous. This was a terrible tragedy, but ironically it saved the Reagan presidency and the Reagan White House.” (9/10)
Fearful and Flummoxed: Watching the Presidential Race From Abroad
Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies James Thurber spoke to The New York Times about watching the election season from abroad. Thurber said of the international observers who will be present for this, as in other elections, “They don't come to look for fraud, but to take lessons from how we administer the election.” (9/13)
What Happens if a US Presidential Candidate Drops Out?
Public Affairs Professor David Lublin spoke to AFP about the protocol if a candidate drops out of the presidential race. Lublin said that it would be uncharted territory but the most logical choices would be Tim Kaine, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. (9/13)
Can Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Save the Real-Life Whistleblower?
Professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies Jeffrey Crouch spoke to NBC News about Oliver Stone's film ‘Snowden'. Crouch said, “The White House has consistently signaled that Snowden's situation is not one that the president would look upon with sympathy, and the fact that Snowden has been hiding in Russia for three years certainly doesn't help his case.” (9/14)
Snowden Request for Presidential Pardon
History Professor Peter Kuznick talked to CBS Radio about the new “Snowden” movie and Edward Snowden's request for a presidential pardon. Kuznick said a pardon is unlikely. (9/15)

Bonus Clips
Millennials Remember 9/11
WUSA 9 spoke to AU students about millennials' perspective on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. AU student William Amari reflected that the event signaled “a loss of innocence.” (9/11)
A B-School Prof's Bike Ride Across the Country
Al Mink, who teaches an online course at Kogod School of Business, was featured in Poets & Quants for his cross-country bicycle ride to raise money for science and technology education in the Washington, D.C. area. (9/14)

''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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