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AU Newsmakers 12.11-12.18, 2020
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Two AU Professors Use Humanities Truck to Deliver Food to the Needy Every Week
WJLA featured the work of two AU professors who use AU's Humanities Truck to help deliver food assistance to members of the D.C. community hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. (12/14)
How QAnon's Lies Are Hijacking the National Conversation
CNN featured a new report, co-produced by the Polarization & Extremism Research and Innovation Lab, about the QAnon movement and its impact on public health, American democracy and national security. PERIL Director Cynthia Miller-Idriss said that the expansion of the QAnon movement intersects with several other conspiracy ideas. (12/15)

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Why Lisa Montgomery Shouldn't Be Executed
Associate Professor in the Department of Literature Rachel Louise Snyder wrote an opinion article for The New York Times about the pending execution of federal death row inmate Lisa Montgomery. Snyder wrote, “Retribution is one method of accountability for criminal acts. But Ms. Montgomery's life, however much she has left of it, is already irreparably shattered. For many of us, that might seem punishment enough.” (12/18)
For Biden's Cuba Policy, Quid Pro Quo Incrementalism Is Doomed to Fail
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, co-wrote an article for the South Florida Sun- Sentinel about President-elect Joe Biden's Cuba policy. LeoGrande and his co-author wrote, “The reciprocity approach is a recipe for failure—as the opponents of normalizing relations with Cuba know perfectly well.” (12/15)

Kenyan Planned 9/11-Style Attack After Training as Pilot, U.S. Says
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Tricia Bacon spoke to The New York Times about a terrorist plot by a Shabab operative. Bacon said, “We really hadn't seen them relinquish authority in that kind of way in the past.” (12/16)
What's Next for Trump Voters Who Believe the Election Was Stolen?
The New York Times spoke to Keith Darden, associate professor in the School of International Service, about Trump supporters. Darden said, “If enough people believe that a government is not elected legitimately, that's a huge problem for democracy.” (12/14)
Pandemic Leaves More Military Families Seeking Food Assistance
Daniel Gade, professorial lecturer of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times about how military families have been impacted by the pandemic. Gade said, “Military families are often rather isolated, which means they have a thinner social network.” (12/16)
Hackers Have Vaulted Into the Heart of America's Government
Joshua Rovner, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The Economist about reports that Russian hackers targeted the U.S. government. Rovner wrote in an email, “Deterrence is mostly irrelevant in an intelligence contest.” (12/14) This story requires an account to read.
Barr Exit Hints at Further Tumult Under Trump
Jeffrey Crouch, associate professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to The Hill about the resignation of Attorney General Barr. Crouch said, “I don't know that Barr's presence or absence will make any difference to who Trump may be planning to pardon, or when.” Crouch also spoke to PEOPLE and the Times of San Diego about Trump's use of the executive pardon. (12/15)
Hope and Fear in Sudan Two Years After Protests Erupted
Washington College of Law Associate Professor Rebecca Hamilton spoke to the Agence-France Presse about tensions in Sudan between military and civilian leaders. Hamilton said, “A rupture between civilians and the military is a constant risk.” (12/16)
As Hunter Biden Probe Widens, Analysts Assess Impact on President-Elect's China Policy
Associate Professor of History Justin Jacobs spoke to Sinclair Broadcast Group about how federal investigations into Hunter Biden's business connections could impact President-elect Biden's foreign policy. (12/14)
Violence Flares at Election Protests as Trump, GOP Continue to Challenge Results
Assistant Professor of Communication Kurt Braddock spoke to Sinclair Broadcast Group about the violence that has accompanied protests contesting the election results. Braddock said, “Trump has laid the groundwork for people to dismiss any and all evidence against him.” (12/14)

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