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AU in the News 1.17-1.24, 2020
Top Story
Senate Impeachment Hearings
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman talked with The Miami Herald about impeachment and his presidential prediction process, the 13 Keys. Lichtman also spoke to EuroNews, Business Insider and wrote an opinion piece for The New York Daily News. James Thurber, distinguished professor of government, spoke to CBC News about the importance of impeachment. Assistant Professor of Communication Scott Talan spoke to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group and Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to The Guardian. Kim Wehle, visiting professor in the Washington College of Law, wrote an article for The Atlantic about impeachment evidence, and spoke to the BBC World News. (1/18, 1/19, 1/20, 1/21, 1/22, 1/23)

Additional Feature
Exclusive Poll: Women Lock in on 2020
Axios featured the results of a survey on female political participation conducted by Gender on the Ballot, a partnership between the Women & Politics Institute and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation. The survey found that 39 percent of Democratic women said they would be more involved in the 2020 elections. (1/22)

Faculty Author
The Age of Open Assassination
School of International Service Professor Audrey Kurth Cronin wrote an article for Lawfare about the increase in killings of U.S. enemies with ties to terrorism. Kurth Cronin wrote, “The hit on Soleimani demonstrates that we are in a destabilizing era of open assassination.” (1/19)

Argentine Governor Rattles Markets With Plans to Delay Bond Payment
Arturo Porzecanski, economist-in-residence in the School of International Service, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about concerns that an Argentinian governor might hold off on paying back foreign debt. Porzecanski said, “The hard-line, antibusiness wing of the government is making a lot of noise.” (1/21)
Textbooks Are Pricey. So Students Are Getting Creative.
Max Paul Friedman, professor of history, spoke to The Washington Post about the high cost of textbooks for college students. Friedman said, “For generations, textbook publishers have enjoyed captive markets of students who don't have a choice when it comes to what they have to pay for and who have paid fairly high, if not inflated, prices for books.” The article also notes that American University is one of several colleges around the country to adopt open-source educational resources. (1/17)
Justice Department Official Sees Fertile Ground for Encryption Legislation in Wake of Pensacola Shooting
Jennifer Daskal, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Washington Post about potential encryption legislation. Daskal said, “There's a good reason why Congress has failed to legislate up to now. Once you get past the talking points, the range of security, privacy and economic risks become apparent.” (1/17)
Chaos as Militants Overran Airfield, Killing 3 Americans in Kenya
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Tricia Bacon spoke to The New York Times about an Al-Shabab attack in Manda Bay, Kenya. Bacon said, “The recent threats and attacks are likely in part a reaction to the U.S. air campaign against the group.” The article was reprinted in 24 outlets, including the Chicago Tribune. (1/22)
DirecTV Says Battery Cells on One of Its Satellites May Blow Up
Professor of Public Affairs Howard McCurdy spoke to Bloomberg News about the risks posed and faced by satellites in space. McCurdy said, “This is part of the overall ‘space junk' problem and one that could affect everyone's ability to operate in space.” The article was published in 68 outlets, including the Los Angeles Times. (1/23)
Virginia Gun Rally
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of sociology and education, spoke to BBC World News about the gun rights rally that occurred in Virginia. Miller-Idriss said, “I think the first thing to understand about a rally like this is that it drew a spectrum of groups, and so there is also a spectrum of reasons why people came.” (1/20)
Peace Efforts in Libya
William Lawrence, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Al Jazeera English about the Berlin summit for peace efforts in Libya. Lawrence said, “This is sort of the fifth shot at a Libya peace accord.” (1/18)
Maryland's New Senate President Represents a Generational Shift
Professor of Public Affairs David Lublin spoke to WAMU-FM about the generational shift that Maryland's new senate president represents. Lublin discussed how the new president, Bill Ferguson, is aligned with some progressive senators. (1/20)
Impact of Women's March on Washington
Betsy Fischer Martin, director of the Women and Politics Institute, spoke to WTTG-Fox5 about the impact of the Women's March on Washington. Fischer Martin said, “I think it's just bringing women together, engaging women, mobilizing women, and having women feel like they are standing up, and speaking out, and being engaged in the political process.” (1/17)
Sinclair Launches New Channel to Stream Campaign Events Without Commentary- Is That Dangerous?
Associate Professor of Communication Jane Hall spoke to Media-ite about concerns surrounding Sinclair's launch of a new channel to stream election events. Hall said, “Whose rallies are they going to carry? Is every Democratic rally and every Trump rally going to be covered?” (1/22)
Witchcraft Triple Murder Trial
Gwendolyn Reece, associate librarian, spoke to Court TV about paganism in connection with a crime in Florida. Reece said, “Contemporary paganism is a group of religious traditions that take inspiration from the pre-Christian, mostly European, traditions.” (1/17)

Bonus Clips
WJLA Rising Star: Connor Nelson
AU Men's Basketball's Connor Nelson was featured as WJLA's Rising Star. Nelson spoke to WJLA about his passion for basketball and career at AU.
Hidden Gems: American University Arboretum
American University's Arboretum was featured as a D.C. "hidden gem" in Washingtonian Magazine's January print edition. Link unavailable.

''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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