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AU Newsmakers 7.23-7.30, 2021
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Representative Luria's Pro-Navy, Centrist Identity May Get Jan. 6 Test
Carolyn Gallaher, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to the Associated Press about the January 6th riot's impact on the military's efforts to root out extremism. Gallaher said, “There are definitely people trying to do something. It's going to depend on how powerful they are and how well they're going to be able to get the levers of the military bureaucracy to do what they want to do.” Gallaher also spoke to Deseret News about cooperation between the police and paramilitary groups. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab, wrote an op-ed for MSNBC about the January 6th hearings, and spoke to MSNBC about the testimonies. (7/24, 7/29, 7/25, 7/28)

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COVID-19 Isn't the Reason That U.S. Life Expectancy Is Stagnating
Michael Bader, associate professor of sociology, wrote an op-ed for Vox about COVID-19 and life expectancy in the United States. Bader wrote, “The COVID-19 dip in life-expectancy is less surprising and less important than many people might think.” (7/28)
Polling Misfired in 2020 – and That's a Lesson for Journalists and Pundits
W. Joseph Campbell, professor of communication, wrote an article for The Hill about the results of a task force that examined polling errors in the 2020 elections. Campbell wrote, “The task force report also represented a cautionary reminder to journalists and pundits about the risks of leaning too heavily on election polls and the certainty their numbers seem to project.” (7/26)

Rescuing China's Muzzled Past, One Footnote at a Time
School of International Service Assistant Professor Joseph Torigian spoke to The New York Times about a new book that unveils parts of China's past. Torigian wrote, “You really need to spend years slowly accumulating sources from a wide variety of places, carefully putting the pieces together to get the basics right, and only then drawing some hypotheses.” (7/25)
As Coronavirus Surges, GOP Lawmakers Are Moving to Limit Public Health Powers
Lindsay Wiley, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Washington Post about GOP efforts to curb public health powers. Wiley said, “Please don't constrain authority as a reaction in a way that will tie officials to the mast for a future crisis.” Wiley also spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the city requiring vaccines or regular COVID-19 tests for city employees. (7/25, 7/27)
Deaths of 5 Cuban Generals in 9 Days Mark Passing of Old Guard Amid New Crises
Professor of Public Affairs William LeoGrande spoke to The Washington Post about the death of five Cuban generals while the country undergoes a shift in governance. LeoGrande said that the deaths are “a stark reminder that the ‘historic' generation of leaders that made the revolution and founded the revolutionary regime is quickly passing from the scene.” LeoGrande also spoke to Democracy! Now. (7/28, 7/27)
A Lawsuit Against Jan. 6 Rally Speakers Forces DOJ to Consider Who's Legally Immune
Washington College of Law Professor Paul Figley spoke to NPR about whether speakers at the Jan. 6th rally are legally responsible for the riot. Figley said, “Generally speaking, if you're in the place where they hired you to be and you're generally doing what they hired you to do, you're within the scope of your employment.” (7/26)
Small County's Big Role in War on Drugs
Matthew Pembleton, adjunct professorial lecturer of history, spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about government responses to the war on drugs. Pembleton said, “It's true that drugs are a problem with real social consequences. But [dealing with them] has always served as justification for state power.” (7/29)

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