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AU Newsmakers 10.27 - 11.3, 2017 -- Prepared by University Communications
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Trump's Former Campaign Chairman Indicted
Keith Darden, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CNN and Wisconsin Public Radio about indictments in the Russia collusion investigation. Darden said, “To the extent that we are at odds with Russia in Europe, [Paul Manafort] was working for the other side.” History Professor Allan Lichtman discussed the indictments with The New York Daily News. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, discussed the indictments with Sinclair Broadcast Group and Chris Edelson, director of the Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program, spoke with The Globe and Mail and WUSA-9 (10/30, 11/1). *If you experience difficulty accessing the link, please try opening it in Internet Explorer.

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Trump Turning Fed Choice Into 'Central Bank Apprentice'
Economist-in-Residence Evan Kraft authored an op-ed for The Hill on President Trump's Federal Reserve nominees. Kraft wrote, “As the extended deliberation process continues, it would be pretty difficult to say that we are reaching much clarity about what the administration plans for the Fed.” (10/28)

Are You Addicted to Coffee?
Laura Juliano, professor of psychology, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about coffee addiction, and tips to kick the habit. “Regular users will choose to take caffeine over money, over a placebo,” Juliano said. (10/30)
Burundi Quits International Criminal Court
Washington College of Law Professor Rebecca Hamilton spoke to The New York Times about Burundi's decision to leave the ICC. Hamilton said, “I think there is an ongoing concern about the court's ability to work in countries in Africa.” (10/27)
UPDATE: Kevin Spacey's Apology Wasn't Enough to Save 'House of Cards'
Aram Sinnreich, professor in the School of Communication, spoke to Marketwatch about sexual assault allegations against actor Kevin Spacey. Of social media's role, Sinnreich said, "These features benefit victims who in earlier times would have stayed quiet, or found it difficult to bring their stories to light." (10/31)
Powerful Lobbyist Tony Podesta Steps Down Amid Mueller's Russia Probe
James Thurber, distinguished professor in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to The Washington Post about Tony Podesta, a Democratic lobbyist who stepped down after indictments in the Russia investigation surfaced. Thurber said, “More and more, foreign countries turn to lobbyists to do work that diplomats did themselves.” (10/30)
A Pittsburgh-Philly Super Bowl Isn't That Hard to Imagine
Mary Hansen, professor of economics, spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the economic effects of a Super Bowl between two teams representing cities in the same state. Hansen said, “The most important thing in terms of improving economic outcomes in a city from events like this is how many out-of-towners the city can attract.” (10/27)
Big Tech's Biggest Weakness Is Its Biggest Strength
Laura DeNardis, professor in the School of Communication, spoke to Politico about the role Russia-backed ads may have had in influencing the outcome of the 2016 election. DeNardis said, “These platforms aren't neutral, they're making political decisions about what people see online.” DeNardis also spoke to WJLA-TV. (10/31, 11/1)
Here's the Visa Program New York Terrorism Suspect Sayfullo Saipov Used to Get Into the Country
Joseph Young, department chair, Justice, Law and Criminology, spoke to The Los Angeles Times about the visa program the terrorism suspect in the Manhattan attack used to enter the United States. Young said, “Single events like this are tragic, but this does not mean all immigrants in this program, or any other, are more dangerous than homegrown threats.” (11/1)
Tax Reform for the Growing Gig Economy
An editorial in The Hill cited research by Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center: “A Kogod Tax Policy study, ‘Shortchanged,' found that the current tax system doesn't work for the gig economy.” (11/1)

''Online,consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffPost, NY Times
"Online,consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffPost, 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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