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AU Newsmakers 1.31-2.7, 2020
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Impeachment and the Public Trust
Joseph Campbell, professor in the School of Communication, spoke to Spectrum News about the impact of impeachment trials on public trust. Campbell said, “It's not a topic that's gripping the country or a suspenseful topic, as the Nixon impeachment proceedings were.” Bill Sweeney, distinguished practitioner of public affairs, spoke to the Voice of America, and James Thurber, distinguished professor of public affairs, spoke to CQ Roll Call and NBC News. Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to MSNBC's Morning Joe and The Hill. Washington College of Law Professors Robert Tsai also spoke to The Hill. Kim Wehle, visiting professor in the Washington College of Law, wrote an article for The Atlantic and spoke to NPR's Morning Edition. (1/31, 2/3, 2/4, 2/5, 2/6)

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When Teachers Are Tough Graders, Students Learn More, Study Says
Education Week featured new research by Seth Gershenson, associate professor of public affairs, that found that students learn more when teachers are tougher graders. Gershenson said, “That contradicts the concern that kids are going to get discouraged by having a realistic grade.” (2/4)

Buttigieg and Sanders Lead in Iowa. Full Returns Still to Come
Carrie Giddins, instructor in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to The Los Angeles Times about the Iowa Caucus. Giddins said, “Democrats need to take a long, hard look at what happened. If we don't learn from last night, from low turnout to the computer debacle, we have the potential to be in trouble for November.” (2/4)
Black Americans Got the Right to Vote 150 Years Ago, But Voter Suppression Is Still a Problem
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to USA Today about voting rights for African Americans. Lichtman said, “The debates over the 15th Amendment are incredibly relevant today in the new wave of these restrictive measures. We need a constitutional right to vote. We need to join virtually every other democracy and do that.” The article appeared in 35 USA Today affiliate outlets. (2/3)
John Calabrese on Asia's Response to the Soleimani Crisis
John Calabrese, assistant professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to The Diplomat about the Asian response to the Soleimani killing. Calabrese said, “The Indo-Pacific's four biggest economies – China, Japan, India and South Korea – are heavily dependent on Middle Eastern oil. This leaves them particularly vulnerable to rising geopolitical tensions.” (1/31)
Trump, Bloomberg Escalate 2020 Ad War With $11 Million Super Bowl Spots
Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group about Mike Bloomberg and Donald Trump's Super Bowl ads. Cafaro said, “While people know Mike Bloomberg's name, they may not be familiar with his record as mayor of New York. It gives him an opportunity to present his case to a larger audience.” The article appeared on 29 Sinclair-affiliated stations. (1/31)
A U.K.-U.S. Trade Deal is Harder Than It Sounds, Even After Brexit
Garret Martin, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke to Newsy about U.K.-U.S. trade relations in the aftermath of Brexit. Martin said, “If they diverge too much from the EU to conform to American practices, that will facilitate the trade agreement with the U.S. But it will affect trade access to the EU single market. So the U.K. is very much caught between a rock and hard place.” (1/31)
Marketing to the Poor: Walmart, Amazon Tread Lightly
Kogod School of Business Professor Ron Hill spoke to MediaPost about the challenges companies face when marketing to low-income consumers. Hill said, “To grow, marketers need to stop looking at who buys from them and start looking at who wants to buy from them.” (2/5)

''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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