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AU Newsmakers 6.22-6.29, 2018
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This Cat Has Made Its College Decision. It Picked American University.
The Washington Post featured AU's resident felines, Wonk Cat and Max, in an article about campus pets. Students and staff, including grounds operations manager Stephanie DeStefano, spoke about the newest campus residents. AU student Alice Bershstein said, “College is a very stressful experience and kind of makes you feel alone. There's something about animal companionship that is so soothing and reaffirming… I feel like the Wonk Cat kind of serves that purpose.” (6/22)

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Does 'Zero Tolerance' Protect the U.S. From Terrorism or Crime? Let's Examine the Evidence.
Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of public affairs, wrote an opinion article for The Washington Post about the effectiveness of ‘zero tolerance' immigration policies. Bacon wrote, “The zero-tolerance policy requires tremendous financial and human resources, resources that cannot then be used elsewhere. It is far from clear that this major investment will commensurately diminish national security threats.” (6/28)
Americans Should Show Zero Tolerance to "Zero Tolerance" Immigration Policies
Ernesto Castaneda, assistant professor of sociology, wrote an opinion piece for Morning Consult about President Trump's family separation policy. Castaneda wrote, “We need real immigration reform that gives citizenship to those currently in the United States; … Putting detained families together in camps is an improvement, but it is not a solution. Instead, we must create new pathways for legal immigration.” (6/25)
A New World Is Dawning, and the U.S. Will No Longer Lead It
Gordon Adams, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, wrote an opinion piece for The Conversation about America's role in the future global order. Adams wrote, “Even before Trump's belligerent foreign policy positions, America had been gradually losing its dominant role in world affairs.” The article was republished in 15 outlets, including CNBC Online, Salon Magazine and The Raw Story. (6/26)
What's Leisure and What's Game Addiction in the 21st Century?
Director of the Game Lab and Studio Lindsay Grace wrote an opinion piece for The Conversation about gaming disorder and differentiating between leisure and addiction. Grace wrote, “What people are looking for in their leisure time is a break, and just because they enjoy that break -- and spend a fair amount of time doing it -- doesn't mean it's an addiction.” The piece ran in seven outlets, including WTOP-FM Online. (6/27)

Justice Kennedy Is Retiring. What Happens Now?
Washington College of Law Professor Stephen Wermiel spoke to The New York Times about Justice Kennedy's retirement. Wermiel said, “This is a huge political moment for both sides in addition to its actual impact on the court.” (6/28)
After Court Loss, Unions Prepare to Back Democrats With Less Cash
Stephen Silvia, professor in the School of International Service, spoke with Reuters about the political impact of limiting public sector unions' ability to collect fees. Silvia said, “In the short run, it will starve resources.” The story ran in 20 outlets including The New York Times and U.S. News and World Report. (6/27)
Do Posh Waterfronts Make a City World-Class? D.C. Is Betting Hundreds of Millions on It.
Director of the Metropolitan Policy Center Derek Hyra spoke to The Washington Post about gentrification and D.C.'s waterfront project, the Wharf. Hyra said, “We have authentic neighborhoods with real history. If D.C. can pair its history with a stable economy, it will continue to attract people with its vibrancy.” (6/26)
New Tax Form Is a Sign of Shift Toward Turbo Tax, Away From H&R Block
Kogod Tax Policy Center Executive Director Don Williamson spoke to Bloomberg News about the IRS's new 1040 tax form and how it will affect tax software companies. Williamson said that “as filing taxes become easier, more people will opt for low-cost software rather than pricier in-person services.” (6/27)
How We Got Here: America's Relationship With Immigration, Detention and Belonging
Ibram Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, appeared on GPB-FM's ‘On Second Thought' to discuss immigration and detention in America's past and present. Kendi said, “It's hard to talk about this issue without talking about politics, but I think in talking about any issue, whether partisan or non-partisan, we should talk about people as people.” (6/22)
The U.S. Leaves United Nations Human Rights Council
Michael Schroeder, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio about the U.S. departure from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Schroeder said, “We're probably overall worse off, in terms of the United States being able to influence both the long-term changes in the structure and the membership [of the UNHCR].” (6/25)

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