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AU Newsmakers 10.14-10.21, 2016
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Presidential Debate Analysis with Leonard Steinhorn
For WUSA-DC Good Day, Leonard Steinhorn, public communication professor, spoke about the presidential debate. Steinhorn said, “Part of what people are looking for is not just facts and how you answer the question, but how you show leadership and a willingness to have a conversation with people.” (10/18)
Final Debate May be Trump's Last Chance to Close Election Gap
Austin Hart, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Voice of America about the final presidential debate. Hart said: “I think that for Hillary, she needs to let Trump be Trump. She needs to continue to be her calm, composed self that she was in the first debate.” (10/19)
Presidential Historian's System Picks Election Winners
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke with CNN about the debate and election. Lichtman said, “Donald Trump had the opportunity to dampen the fears of the American people and to show that he is not a dangerous candidate, in the first two debates, but he only inflamed them.” Lichtman also appeared on Fox Business Network. (10/8)
Trump Fails to Impress Washington Students in Final U.S. Presidential Debate
EuroNews attended the Debate Watch Party hosted by the School of Public Affairs and School of Communications and spoke with AU students about the final debate. Commenting on the candidates' performance, a student said: “I just think that Trump doesn't really support his arguments.” (10/19)

Faculty Authors
Exactly Why Trump's Libel Lawsuit Would Leave Him a 'Major Loser'
Law Professor Tony Varona wrote an op-ed in The Hill about Donald Trump's libel lawsuit. Varona wrote: “In his campaign against the Times, Trump will lose. In his campaign against Hillary Clinton, whether Trump will win or lose will be up to the voters in our republic, informed by a free press protected by a First Amendment that empowers all of us — journalists and lay citizens alike — to hold public figures like Donald Trump to account.” (10/15)
Food as a Tool for Peace
For U.S. News & World Report, School of International Service Professor Johanna Mendelson Forman authored an article about food as a tool for peace. She wrote, “Food may be a weapon of war, but cooking traditional foods may be one of the best ways to fight back, helping to heal and survive.” (10/14)
Universal Basic Income
Nemai Mehta, director of the Global Economics and Business Program in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, wrote an article in Live Mint on the universal basic income. Mehta wrote, “A UBI handout by itself would not solve the two fundamental problems the poor face in India—low income-earning opportunities and inadequate quality of human capital services consumed by them.“ (10/18)
Not All First-Generation Students Are Low-Income
Melissa Scholes Young, literature lecturer, wrote an article about first-generation college students for The Atlantic. Young wrote: “While students aren't required to disclose their parents' educational backgrounds—and many don't—self-identified first-generation students are often linked to or assumed to have economic disadvantage.” Young's article also featured Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Celine-Marie Pascale. (10/16)

Politifact Florida Dissects Four Promises in Donald Trump TV Ad
Professor of Public Affairs Taryn Morrissey spoke to the Tampa Bay Times about Donald Trump's TV advertisements. On Trump's promise that working moms will get paid time off, Morrissey said that this could work. (10/16)
Trump's Cuba Policy Could Prove a Setback for Travel Industry
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to Travel Weekly about Donald Trump's inconsistent Cuba policy. LeoGrande said that Trump has recently spoken against Obama's Cuba policy. (10/16)
In Trump, Israel's Mainstream Distrusts
For The Times of Israel, Dan Arbell, scholar-in-residence, spoke about Israel's distrust of Donald Trump. Arbell said, “While Trump declares he is pro-Israel and supports Israeli security, the different statements he has made on foreign aid, including foreign aid to Israel, it becomes somewhat hard to square the circle.” Arbell also spoke to Newsweek. (10/16)
Presidential Debate 2016: The Plight of Plagiarism
Communication Professor Robert Lehrman spoke to Fast Company about plagiarism and Melania Trump. Lehrman said, “Plagiarism doesn't mean a whole speech but it could be a sentence and I think that the standard should be higher for potential elected officials, so I thought it was pretty terrible and not typical of what speechwriters do.” (10/14)
Why Presidential Transitions Tend to Bog Down
Robert Tobias, director of the Key Executive Leadership program in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Federal News Radio about presidential transitions. Tobias said: “I think the problem is that presidents say they will implement the new policies associated with their campaign promises, but much of the government is involved in public policy implementation.” (10/14)
At 100, Planned Parenthood at Center of Abortion Debate
Public Affairs Professor Elizabeth Sherman spoke to CNN about the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood. Sherman said: “I think it's been a very long, hard struggle over the course of the past century.” (10/17)
A Complex Case Tests New York State's Expanded Definition of Parenthood
Law Professor Nancy Polikoff spoke to The New York Times about expansion of the definition of parenthood in New York. Polikoff said, “Now the legal parent cannot unilaterally cut the other person out of their life.” (10/18)
Ecuador Ordered Assange's Internet Cut Off to Tilt Election Toward Clinton, Experts Say
Eric Hershberg, director of American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke with Fox News Latino about Wikileaks. Hershberg said, “It may in part have to do with Correa thinking that to assist the campaign of Donald Trump would be unconscionable.” (10/18)
Getting Employees to Not Just Update Their Passwords, But Care About Cybersecurity
For Federal News Radio, Rebekah Lewis, deputy director of the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center, spoke about how to increase awareness of cybersecurity. Lewis said, “You can focus all you want on the specific technical pieces, but if you don't have your arms around the big picture, all of that effort may be for naught.” (10/18)
'A New Generation of Leadership'
Director of the Women and Politics Institute Jennifer Lawless spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about the use of the phrase “a new generation of leadership.” Lawless said the phrase is popular because it is “a succinct way to highlight differences between political insiders and outsiders, people who have been around for a long time and haven't managed to solve the pressing problems of the day and those who could bring a fresh perspective to governing.” (10/18)
World Bank Hands El Salvador Win in Case Lodged by Miner
Robin Broad, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Financial Times about a settled case between OceanaGold and El Salvador. Speaking about the decision, Broad said, “This is huge. This is on-the-ground farmers standing up in northern El Salvador saying ‘We would love jobs but not if they come at the cost of water'.”

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

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