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New Study Finds That Planting Trees Can Help Drop Early Evening Temperatures
Fox 5 featured new research by Michael Alonzo, assistant professor of environmental science, which found that individual trees can play a role in cooling their environments. Alonzo said, “When it's still pretty hot out these days, they can actually cool by about the same amount as larger clumps or park trees.” (7/14)
Cuba and Haiti Upheaval Could Mean Twin Migration Crises
Professor of Public Affairs William LeoGrande spoke to The Washington Post about the political crises in the Caribbean. LeoGrande said that recent protests were “a manifestation of the economic desperation and frustration that people are feeling.” LeoGrande also discussed the protests in Cuba with the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Vox, DW, BBC World News, National Geographic, and wrote about the issue for The Conversation, The Nation and the National Interest. Phillip Brenner, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, discussed the protests with Al Jazeera and The Washington Post, and Fulton Armstrong, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke to The Hill. (7/11, 7/12, 7/13, 7/14, 7/15,)

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QAnon Moves From Pro-Trump Rallies to Local Schools
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab, wrote an article for MSNBC about the proliferation of conspiracy theories in classrooms, and how education can combat it. (7/10)

Millennials Face Challenging Landscape Amid Housing Crunch
Gray Kimbrough, adjunct professorial lecturer of public affairs, spoke to the Associated Press about the challenges millennials are facing in the housing market. Kimbrough said, “Millennials are less likely to be white than previous generations and historically, we have made it very difficult for those who are not white to build wealth through homeownership.” (7/11)
Jerusalem, City of Faith and Fury
Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies, participated in a CNN expert panel about the history of Jerusalem. Brenner also provided his expertise as a consultant for the new CNN series, Jerusalem, City of Faith and Fury. (7/13)
Demorats Mull Keeping Debt Limit Out Of Budget Reconciliation
Tom Khan, fellow in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to CQ Roll Call about the budget reconciliation process and the debt ceiling. Khan said, “To put the debt ceiling in there just gives the Republicans an opportunity to attack them next year in the election.” (7/12)
Trump Pours Gas on Tribalism with Jan. 6 Rewrite
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to The Hill about Donald Trump's attempts to reframe the events of January 6th, 2021. Lichtman said, “His ego simply requires him to rewrite the history of Jan. 6.” (7/12)
Push to Raise IRS Funding in Infrastructure Deal Faces Growing GOP Resistance
Donald Williamson, executive director of the Kogod Tax Center, spoke to the Sinclair Broadcast Group about the push to increase IRS funding in the new infrastructure deal. Williamson said, “The dirty little secret is there aren't very many audits going on at all.” (7/9)
Lawmakers Examine Income Eligibility for SNAP as Americans Face Tough Decision
Bradley Hardy, associate professor of public affairs, discussed eligibility for SNAP benefits with Nexstar. Hardy said that SNAP “provides a buffer against income volatility and job loss.” (7/12)
Cosby Case Rips Open Wounds That Just Won't Heal. Here's Why
Sherri Williams, assistant professor of communication, spoke to the York Daily Record about Bill Cosby's release and its implications for gender and race relations. Williams said the release demonstrated an example of “sacrificing the protection of Black women and girls in order to uphold Black patriarchy.” (7/12)

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