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AU Newsmakers 6.8-6.15, 2018
Top Stories
Trump Considers Pardoning Muhammad Ali, Whose Conviction Was Already Overturned
Jeffrey Crouch, professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to The New York Times about the Trump administration's approach to presidential pardons. Crouch said, “One way to interpret this is that he's using clemency to brand the Department of Justice as ‘unfair' much like he has the media with ‘fake news'.” Crouch also discussed the topic with Huff Post and Business Insider. (6/8)
DCist Returns Monday Under New Owner WAMU
Washington Business Journal covered the relaunch of DCist, a Washington D.C. news and culture site. WAMU-FM, which is licensed to American University, now owns DCist. DCist and its sister sites were shut down last year by owner Joe Ricketts due to perceived lack of growth. (6/11)

Faculty Authors
John McCain Helped Build a Country That No Longer Reflects His Values
Elizabeth Sherman, assistant professor of public affairs, wrote an article for The Conversation about John McCain's political legacy. Sherman wrote, “Three powerful trends in American politics thwarted McCain's lifelong ambition to be president.” The article was printed in seven media outlets, including United Press International and The Raw Story. (6/12)
Tim Russert: Loss and Lessons a Decade Later
Betsy Fischer Martin, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, co-wrote an article for NBC News in tribute to Tim Russert, former famed moderator of “Meet the Press.” Martin and her co-author wrote, “Viewers, no matter their political stripe, mourned together because they viewed him as a trusted resource.” (6/12)

Facebook Release New Privacy Safeguards After Ceding to Pressure From Advertisers
Kathryn Montgomery, professor of communication, spoke to Reuters about Facebook's attempts to repair privacy standards. Montgomery said, “Facebook is caught between tremendous pressures from marketers, and privacy demands from policy makers and the public.” The story ran in 55 outlets, including The New York Times, NBC News, and U.S. News and World Report. (6/13)
What It's Like to Run in the 'Year of the Woman'
Director of the Women and Politics Institute Jennifer Lawless spoke to The Washington Post about women running for office across the country. Lawless said, “The fact that women are faring at least as well as men is important, but I wouldn't make much of the differential because a lot of that is obscured by the prospects of them ever being able to win a general election.” (6/8)
We surveyed 100 Experts. A Majority Rejected the FBI's push to Encryption Back Doors.
Melanie Teplinksy, adjunct professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Washington Post about the FBI's push to get access to encrypted data. Teplinsky said, “We can build back doors for FBI access, but back doors would weaken security at the very moment we should be fortifying it against an array of sophisticated cyberthreat actors.” (6/11)
Trump's New Attack on Obamacare Leads the GOP Down a Midterm Path of Doom
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to Salon Magazine about the Trump administration's effect on GOP midterm results. Lichtman said, “So there is this kind of ‘force of the economy' versus the ‘force of Trump.'” (6/8)
Three Planning Problems for Small Businesses
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to Bloomberg BNA about health care costs for small business following new tax reforms. Bruckner said, “Anything that takes healthy people out of the market will cause costs to go up.” (6/13)
Ivana Trump is Promoting a Diet to Fight Obesity. This Is What's in It.
Janis Jabrin, adjunct professor of health studies, spoke to CNN about a new diet being promoted by Ivana Trump. Jabrin said, “The research isn't clear on the long-term effects of keeping carbohydrates so low.” (6/13)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Here's What Could Happen if Trump's Trade War Escalates
Michelle Egan, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The National Post about Donald Trump's trade policy. Egan said, “Worst case scenario, this is just a general escalation of economic nationalism and protectionism.” The story was printed in 11 outlets, including The London Free Press and The Gazette. (6/13)
Why American Women Hold 2/3rd of the Student Debt
Mary Hansen, professor of economics, spoke to Investopedia about why women hold more student debt. Hansen said, “Women of color tend to pursue careers in education, social work, and psychology, which pay less and require masters or doctoral degrees. They do this because they believe these fields are important and meaningful, despite the cost of succeeding in them.” (6/11)
The End of Net-Neutrality
Aram Sinnreich, professor in the School of Communication, appeared on WEAA-FM to discuss Net Neutrality. Sinnreich said, “[Major broadband companies] can ultimately charge more money for companies that want to publish information over the web.” Sinnreich also appeared on the show to discuss the AT&T and Time Warner merger. (6/11,6/13)
1968: Fifty Years Later
Cathy Schneider, associate professor in the School of International Service, talked with WOSU-FM about civil rights and the riots of 1968. Schneider said, “One of the problems most Northern and Western cities had is that when there was this wave of migration of blacks from the south and immigrants… they were redlined into very poor, overcrowded housing conditions, where the police would enforce segregation.” (6/11)

Bonus Clip
American University Gospel Choir at RFK Assassination 50th Anniversary
C-SPAN featured the American University Gospel Choir's performance at the memorial held last week to remember the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's death. (6/11)

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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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