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AU Newsmakers 1.6-1.13 2017- Prepared by University Communications
Top Story
Everything You Need to Know About the Russian Art of 'Kompromat'
Keith Darden, professor in the School of International Service, spoke with The Washington Post about compromising information Russia possibly has obtained on Donald Trump. Darden discussed “The widespread use of kompromat as a way to keep the elite of a society under control is why in the past I have referred to some of the post-Soviet states — and Ukraine in particular — as “blackmail states.” Director of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History Anton Fedyashin also spoke with CBC News about Russia matters and the future of U.S.-Russian relations. (1/10, 1/12)

Additional Feature
2017's Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
Jill Klein, assistant dean for Digital Initiatives and New Programs, spoke with Wallet Hub about the best and worst metro areas for STEM Professionals in 2017. Klein said, “Most industries public and non-profit sector organizations, value students with STEM educational backgrounds.” (1/10)

Faculty Authors
Four Key Times Presidential Nominees Failed to Gain Senate Confirmation
For The Conversation, School of International Service Professor Sarah Snyder authored an opinion article in which she offered an historical perspective on four occasions when previous presidential nominees for Cabinet positions failed to win Senate confirmation. Snyder wrote, “More often, conflicts of interest, past statements or lapses in judgment preclude confirmation. Nominees' ethical records could be where they are most vulnerable.” (1/10)
How Can We Miss a President Who Won't Go Away?
Journalism Professor Richard Benedetto wrote for the Wall Street Journal about President Obama's plan to stay in Washington after his term is complete. Benedetto wrote, “His presence in Washington will invite news reporters to seek his commentary and criticism of every move Mr. Trump makes.” (1/11)
When Raúl Castro retires from Cuba's presidency a year from now, in February 2018, Donald Trump will be the first U
For The Hill, William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, authored an opinion article about Donald Trump adopting Senator Marco Rubio's failed Cuba policy. LeoGrande wrote, “President-elect Trump should not let south Florida politicians who profited from the old policy of hostility capture his Cuba policy so they can keep their own political base energized.” (1/9)
7 Tough Questions for 'Mad Dog' Mattis
Gordon Adams, emeritus professor in the School of International Service, authored an article for Foreign Policy about the nomination of General Mattis. Adams wrote, “His confirmation would put into that office only the second high-ranking military officer ever to serve as secretary, a direct violation of the principle of civilian control of the military.” (1/11)

President Obama's Emotional Farewell
WTOP spoke with History Professor Allan Lichtman about President Obama's legacy. Lichtman said, “After all, Obama likely averted a financial meltdown [and] perhaps a descent into depression.” WTTG Fox 5 also spoke with Robert Lehrman, communications professor, about the president's farewell speech. (1/11)
Here's Why the White House Press Corps Has Outlived Its Usefulness
Journalism Professor W. Joseph Campbell spoke with Fortune about the White House press corps. Campbell stated, “Given the tightly regulated nature of the White House press corps, it's probably a safe bet the most adversarial, or most embarrassing, stories about the next administration won't come from reporters assigned to cover the White House." (1/9)
In a divided America, can Hollywood act as change agent?
Aram Sinnreich, professor of communication, spoke with The Christian Science Monitor about Hollywood being a voice for change in America. Sinnreich stated, “If I were an artist of conscience in Hollywood right now … I would be doing everything I could to organize, to drive audience sympathy for the important role of the arts as a medium of dissent and as a platform for the celebration of difference.” (1/9)
Trump's Favored Mode of Communication
Dean of the School of International Service James Goldgeier spoke with CNBC about Donald Trump's excessive use of social media. Goldgeier stated, “I think he's going to continue tweeting because it's a way for him to connect with the American people. I think he feels that it really allows him to bypass media that he doesn't trust.”
Michelle Obama: The Historic Legacy of the Nation's First Black First Lady
Anita McBride, executive-in–residence at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to NBC News about First Lady Michelle Obama's time in the White House and her legacy. McBride said, "I think she would consider that one of her most important duties and legacy — that she was able to maintain a private family life for herself and her girls." (1/6)
The WWII Internment Camp, 'Camp Algiers', Part I
For New Orleans Public Radio, history Professor Max Paul Friedman discussed World War II history, specifically the Latin American deportation operation and Germans that lived there at the time. The Roosevelt administration asked FBI agents to go and find dangerous Nazis in Latin America, Friedman explained. (1/12)
No Car Is Completely Made In America
Kogod School of Business Professor Frank DuBois spoke with the Huffington Post about President-elect Donald Trump's tweets that single out auto companies for not making vehicles in the United States. DuBois explained there is no such thing as a completely American-made car. (1/6)

Bonus Clips
#OffScriptOn9: President Obama's Farewell
School of Communication students Aryn Field and Michael Holloman spoke to WUSA9 about President Obama's farewell speech. Field said, “President Obama was the first politician that I really felt that I connected with.” Holloman said, “President Obama was my inspiration for wanting to go into politics.” (1/10)
American U Will Remove Statue of Leonard Peltier
Inside Higher Education published an article about the statue of Leonard Peltier that was exhibited at American University. (1/3)

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"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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