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AU Newsmakers 4.13-4.20, 2018
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Barbara Bush Led a Joyous Life Filled With Love and Laughs
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, wrote an opinion article for Fox News about the legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush. McBride wrote, “Our country has lost one of its great citizens and we will miss her.” McBride also appeared on NBC's The Today Show, WTOP-FM, Voice of America, WTTG-FOX 5, and C-SPAN and talked with The Houston Chronicle about Bush's legacy. Connie Morella, Ambassador in Residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to AFP, saying that Bush's diplomatic approach and willingness to compromise “is a reminder to all of us, members of Congress and voters, that this is what we admire and want.” (4/17, 4/18, 4/19)

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How Brexit Could Kill Northern Ireland's Peace Accords
Kimberly Cowell-Meyers, assistant professor of public affairs, and Carolyn Gallaher, associate professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Washington Post about the effect Brexit might have on the Northern Ireland peace process. “Brexit will profoundly change the agreement and could weaken the willingness of some parties to support it,” the authors wrote. (4/20)
5 Food Trends That Are Changing Latin America
Johanna Mendelson-Forman, adjunct professor at the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about food industry trends that are changing Latin America. Mendelson-Forman wrote, “These pioneering chefs are stepping out of the kitchen and into public service, going beyond feeding customers to creating jobs, boosting economies and preventing violence.” (4/13)

Castro Set to Step Aside as Cuban President, His Reforms Incomplete
Professor of Public Affairs William LeoGrande spoke to Reuters about the transition of power in Cuba and Raul Castro's legacy. LeoGrande said, “If the updating fails, Raul will be remembered as just one more reform communist who couldn't force the system to change despite his best efforts.” The story ran in more than 65 outlets, including The New York Times. LeoGrande also wrote an article for The Conversation and spoke to Vice News, The Huffington Post, Deutsche Well, and CTV Television Network about Cuba's new president. (4/17, 4/18,4/19
Can Training Eliminate Biases? Starbucks Will Test the Thesis
Seth Gershenson, associate professor of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times about the effectiveness of racial bias training. Gershenson said that “any training that involves explicitly telling people to set aside their biases is especially likely to fail, because it requires so much mental energy it can exhaust people.” Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, spoke to BBC News about the Starbucks incident. (4/18, 4/17)
'All the Politicians Rob': Calls Rise in Brazil to End Officials' Legal Shield
Matthew Taylor, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the legal protections for Brazilian political officials. Taylor said, “The U.S. President also enjoys a similar level of protection.” Taylor also talked to Associated Press about the tendency of Brazilian politicians to bolster their image through foreign visits. That story ran in more than 100 outlets. (4/14)
Real Time Economics
The Wall Street Journal quoted School of International Service Distinguished Economist-in-Residence Arturo Porzecanski discussing American debt and the gross domestic product. Porzecanski said, “Historical experience does not confirm the simplistic notion that the heavier the burden of the public debt relative to GDP, the greater is the risk that governments will encounter debt-servicing difficulties.” (4/19)
Trump Outlines Legal Basis for Attack on Syria, Citing 'Vital' National Security Interests
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Chris Edelson spoke to USA Today about President Trump's decision regarding a military strike in Syria. Edelson said, “Unless Congress is going to exert itself and define some limits, its going to be up to the administration to decide what to do.” The story ran in over 70 outlets. School of International Service Emeritus Professor Gordon Adams wrote an opinion article for Lobe Log about the Syria strikes and History Professor Peter Kuznick appeared on Russia Today to discuss the strikes. (4/15)
As Comey's Media Tour Begins, Critics Take Aim From All Sides
Adjunct Professor of Communication Richard Benedetto spoke to WJLA-ABC7 about the scrutiny former FBI Director James Comey has been facing from both sides of the aisle. Benedetto said, “Hillary Clinton supporters are Hillary Clinton supporters and they're not changing their minds, and Donald Trump supporters are Donald Trump supporters and they're not changing their minds.” The story ran in 40 outlets. (4/16)
NAFTA: Why the US Car Industry Is Trapped in Trump's Trade Crossfire
Frank DuBois, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke with the Financial Times about how President Trump's tariffs will impact the auto industry. “Trump is living in this antiquated view of auto manufacturing where it is a lot of Joe Lunch Boxes going to work every morning and operating a piece of machinery . . . Those days are gone,” DuBois said. (4/15)

''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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