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Second Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump
Lead Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin, professor emeritus in the Washington College of Law, was featured in USA Today for his work in constitutional law. James Wallner, professorial lecturer of public affairs, spoke to Newsweek about the role Vice President Harris might play in the impeachment trial. Associate Professor of Communication Kurt Braddock wrote an article for The Conversation about how Donald Trump's rhetoric incited the riot, a major argument of the impeachment team. Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman wrote an article for The Hill about the evidence to support impeachment. Lichtman also discussed the impeachment trial with CBC News, BBC World News, WTOP-FM and WUSA-TV. Daniel Freeman, research fellow in residence, discussed the impeachment with Sky News. (2/5, 2/8, 2/9, 2/10, 2/11)

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The Military Coup in Myanmar Presents Opportunities to Buddhist Nationals
Tazreena Sajjad, senior professorial lecturer, and Anders C. Hardig, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Conversation about the military coup in Myanmar. Sajjad and Hardig wrote, “The current crisis unfolds in an environment of heightened tensions between Buddhist nationals and minority groups.” (2/8)
Life Is 'Better in the Bahamas'? Not With an Oil Rig Offshore
Patrick Griffin, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, co-wrote an article for The Hill about oil exploration in the Bahamas. Griffin and his co-author wrote, “The dream of drilling as a way to boost the Bahamian economy has to be offset by other efforts that will provide a path forward for the Bahamian people.” (2/9)

Radicalization and the Capitol Riots
Brian Hughes, associate director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab, spoke to The Washington Post about how extremists abandon their radical views. Hughes said, “As a rule of thumb, the hard core (individuals) don't leave these movements until they're ready to.” Hughes also spoke to USA Today about the topic. PERIL Director Cynthia Miller-Idriss spoke to The Washington Post about eradicating extremist elements in the military, and the financial struggles of the people charged with attacking the Capitol. Miller-Idriss also spoke to The New York Times and BBC Radio about right-wing extremism. (2/5, 2/6, 2/9, 2/10)
Biden Wants the IRS to Drive His Recovery Plan. It Can Barely Function as Is.
Caroline Bruckner, professor and managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke with The Washington Post about the IRS' staffing challenges during tax season and delays in delivering pandemic stimulus funds. Bruckner said, “The IRS itself as a government agency has become such a political football and they have really struggled with recruiting, but it hasn't really translated or risen to the top of the concerns.” (2/12)
6 Women Who Are Changing Chemistry as We Know It
Raychelle Burks, associate professor of chemistry, was recognized by BBC Science in Focus for her contributions to the field. (2/11)
'Dystopia Prime:' Amazon AI Van Cameras Spark Surveillance Concerns
Andrew Ferguson, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to Reuters about the surveillance concerns sparked by Amazon's AI cameras. Ferguson said, “While the inclination to use AI technology to enhance driver safety is commendable, the failure to think about the privacy and surveillance issues and equities is troubling.” (2/5)
Air Force Prepares for Budget Battle Over Nuclear Weapons
Sharon Weiner, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Politico about budget issues concerning the Air Force's nuclear program. Weiner said, “If it turns out that ICBMs are further reduced as part of that [future] agreement, you don't need to replace as many, or you may not even need to replace them.” (2/11)
Biden Has a Plan to Address COVID-19 Disparities. Here's What Experts Recommend.
Lindsay Wiley, director of AU's Washington College of Law Health and Policy Program, discussed the government's role in funding state and local efforts during a public health crisis with PBS. (2/5)
Jan. 6 Riot Weakened Congress' Soft Power Abroad, Experts Say
Jordan Tama, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CQ Roll Call about the Capitol riot impact on U.S. soft power. Tama said that “the most important thing Congress can do to strengthen the credibility of U.S. efforts to promote democracy abroad is strengthening democracy in the United States.” (2/9)
Showdown: AOC vs. Chuck Schumer in the 2022 Primaries?
Jane Hall, associate professor of communication, discussed the possibility of a Schumer-Ocasio-Cortez Senate primary challenge with The National Interest. (2/9)
Facebook Weighs Pivotal Decision on Trump Ban
Assistant Professor of Communication Scott Talan spoke to The Hill about Facebook's decision to ban Donald Trump from the platform. Talan said, “Zuckerberg has no way out, no way to please everyone, which he seems to try and do.” (2/7)
Joe Biden Has His Work Cut Out on Human Rights
Sarah Snyder, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke with the Financial Times about the U.S. commitment to human rights under the Biden Administration. Prof. Snyder said, “Biden is very deliberately rolling back [Donald] Trump's claims that the United States shouldn't be commenting on essentially the internal affairs of foreign countries.” (2/11)

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