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AU Newsmakers 1.15-1.22, 2021
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AU Experts Discuss the Inauguration and Presidential Transition
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to CBS News, NBC News, FOX, CTV, the Voice of America, Reuters, WTTG-Fox5, NBC4, Voice of America, and ABC7 about the work needed to transition the White House from one administration to another. Lara Schwartz, director of the Project on Civil Discourse, spoke to Sinclair Broadcast Group about how the inauguration presents an opportunity for civil discourse. Distinguished Professor of Government James Thurber spoke to PolitiFact about the campaign promises Donald Trump wasn't able to fulfill. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to USA Today about the challenges Joe Biden will face once he takes office. Barker and McBride were also quoted in a South China Morning Post article about the transition. Robert Lehrman, adjunct professor of public communication, wrote an article for The Hill with tips for President Biden's inaugural address. Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to WTOP, CBS News and the Voice of America about how the inauguration and Donald Trump's second impeachment breaks with presidential tradition. Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to WTTG-Fox5. (1/17, 1/18, 1/19, 1/20, 1/21)
AU Experts Discuss Extremism in America
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab, wrote an article for Politico offering suggestions for how President Biden can begin to unite America after the protests last year and early this year. Miller-Idriss also spoke to WLS-TV, NPR, The New Yorker, CNN, GPS with Fareed Zakaria and ABC News about extremism in America. Kurt Braddock, assistant professor of communication, spoke to WTOP, The Houston Chronicle, and Salon about extremism and the security concerns at the inauguration, and wrote an article for The Commons about how Donald Trump's rhetoric empowered extremist groups during his time in office. Leonard Steinhorn, professor of communication, spoke to PolitiFact about claims from Donald Trump's supporters that he needed access to his social media accounts to address the riots that took place earlier this year. Carolyn Gallaher spoke to The Hill about the additional security around the Capitol and wrote an article for The Hill about long-term strategies to address the issues that prompted the riots. Gallaher also spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about the different ways Americans characterized the events. Joseph Young, professor in the School of International Service and the School of Public Affairs, spoke to CBC News about increased security in D.C. for the inauguration, and Michael Brenner, professor of history, spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about how false claims of voter fraud prompted the chaos during the last leg of the Trump administration. (1/17, 1/18, 1/19, 1/20, 1/21)

Faculty Authors
If Trump Issued Secret Pardons, They Won't Work
Jeffrey Crouch, assistant professor in the School of Professional & Extended Studies, wrote an article for The Washington Post about secret presidential pardons. Crouch wrote, “Although the framers imagined a broad pardon power, secret pardons are untenable, likely inadvisable and perhaps unconstitutional.” Crouch also co-wrote an article for The Hill and spoke to Newsweek and Insider about presidential pardons. Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to The Washington Post about the president's pardon power compared to other countries. (1/20)
Biden's Trade Policy Needs Effective Commercial Diplomacy
Earl Anthony Wayne, distinguished diplomat in residence in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Hill about the Biden administration's trade policy. Wayne and his co-author wrote, “The Biden team must forge a clear national strategy with a unified vision that can empower international economic policies to reinforce domestic prosperity and national security.” (1/15)
Trump Sees Power as a Private Property – A Habit Shared by Autocrats Throughout the Ages
Washington College of Law Professor Fernanda Nicola co-wrote an article for The Conversation about Trump's attitude towards power. Nicola and her co-author wrote, “By inciting a predominantly white crowd to lay siege to an institution that was ratifying what they had been told was a ‘stolen' election, Trump was trying to preserve his presidency as if it were private property – his to keep or give away.” (1/19)

Businesses Aim to Pull Greenhouse Gases from the Air. It's a Gamble
Simon Nicholson, co-director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, spoke to The New York Times about corporate plans to invest in carbon removal. Nicholson said, “If this doesn't work, or if carbon removal at scale isn't as cheap as everyone hopes, then what's Plan B?” (1/18)
Cuba Hopes Biden Will Quickly Resume Obama-Era Détente
Professor of Government William LeoGrande spoke to Reuters about U.S.-Cuba relations under the Biden administration. LeoGrande said, “There's a danger… the Biden administration will fall back into the old habit of a piecemeal, quid pro quo approach in which the United States takes only limited steps and demands Cuban concessions on its internal politics.” (1/21)
We're in a War with This Virus': Biden Lays Out COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
Washington College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to NPR about the Biden administration's vaccine distribution plan. Wiley said, “It's the right place to start.” (1/15)

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