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Cuba Government Rallies Backers Following Big Protests
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Associated Press about the protests in the Caribbean. LeoGrande said, “There is no question that the demonstrations in Cuba and the assassination of Haiti's president and the resulting unrest there have pushed the Caribbean to the top of President Biden's foreign policy agenda.” LeoGrande also discussed the Caribbean with Voice of America. LeoGrande and Philip Brenner, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, discussed the protests with EFE, and Fulton Armstrong, research fellow in the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to The Guardian. (7/17, 7/16)

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Election Polls in 2020 Produced 'Error of Unusual Magnitude,' Expert Panel Finds, Without Pinpointing Cause
W. Joseph Campbell, professor of communication, wrote an article for The Conversation about polling errors in the 2020 elections. LeoGrande wrote, “Survey experts examining what went wrong say they have no definitive answers about why polls erred as markedly as they did.” (7/20)

Testing Britney Spears: Restoring Rights Can Be Rare and Difficult
Washington College of Law Professor Robert Dinerstein spoke to The New York Times about Britney Spears' lawsuit to dissolve her conservatorship and restore her rights. (7/23)
'We Didn't Have a Voice': How the Pandemic Spurred a Museum Workers' Rights Movement
Director of the Arts Management Program Ximena Varela spoke to the Boston Globe about workers' rights for museum workers. Varela said, “The pandemic really lights a fire, [exposing] injustice within museums, and the lack of protection that primarily people of color have in the museum world.” (7/19)
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Targets Bigger Space Goals
Professor of Public Affairs Howard McCurdy spoke to The Wall Street Journal about Jeff Bezos' space voyage. McCurdy said, “[Bezos] is doing what he did with Amazon, which is to roll over every nickel he could get into equipment and innovation.” (7/18)
College Students and Scholars Concerned with DACA in Limbo, Again
Associate Professor of Sociology Ernesto Castaneda spoke to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about the DACA program. Castaneda said, “Most of the American public is in favor of the Dreamers. This court case reminds Congress that DACA people are very vulnerable.” (7/19)
Timeline: Six Key Moments That Shaped Jerusalem
Michael Brenner, director of the Center for Israel Studies, spoke to CNN about key moments in history that shaped the formation of Israel. (7/18)
Supreme Court Excessive Force Ruling Could Be 'A Big Deal,' Lawyer Says
Washington College of Law Professor Elizabeth Beske spoke to ABC News about the impact of a new excessive force ruling. Beske said, “By sending the case back, the Supreme Court is signaling to the Eighth Circuit that excessive force cases require a hard look at specific facts and circumstances and can't be dismissed lightly.” (7/22)
Newspaper Shooting Leaves Enduring Mark on Maryland Capital
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Aparna Soni spoke to the Associated Press about the long-term health impacts of mass shootings. Soni said they “pose significant societal costs and their impacts extend beyond those directly exposed to the shooting.” (7/16)
Chinese Tourists Throng 'Red Tourism' Sites to Mark Communist Party Centennial
Joseph Torigian, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to NPR about the 100th anniversary of the CCP. Torigian said, “Part of that means seeing the Chinese Communist Party as the only historic force that can save China.” (7/21)
Feds Step Up Pressure On Social Media Over False COVID-19 Claims
Assistant Professor of Communication Saif Shahin spoke to The Hill about the federal government's crackdown of misinformation on social media companies. Shahin said, “There is a significant demand for disinformation.” (7/18)
Inside the Effort to Make a January 6 Martyr
Brian Hughes, associate director of the Polarization and Extremist Research & innovation Lab, spoke to WUSA9 about the idolization of Ashli Babbitt. Hughes said, “By turning her into a hero, it helps to justify what was an unjustifiable action.” (7/21)

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