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Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan
Gordon Adams, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Adams wrote, “In Afghanistan, American hubris – the United States' capacity for self-delusion and official lying – has struck once again, as it has repeatedly for the last 60 years.” Adams also discussed the takeover with Indus News. Susanna Campbell, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Marketplace about the takeover's implications for aid groups in the region. Associate Professor of Public Affairs Tricia Bacon, spoke to Newsweek about Taliban leaders, and Anita McBride, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Good Morning America about the future of women and children in the country. Tazreena Sajjad, senior professorial lecturer in the School of International Affairs, spoke to tbs eFM, and Amb. Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, discussed Sharia law with USA Today. (8/17, 8/16, 8/19)

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Bipartisan Support for Clean Energy Appears to Be Growing
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer at the Center for Environmental Policy, wrote an article for The Hill about growing bipartisan support for clean energy. Bledsoe wrote, “There is a growing, if grudging, recognition by many Republicans that clean energy technologies, not unfettered coal emissions, are the future.” (8/16)

D.C. Teacher Evaluation System Has Academic Benefits, but Is Racially Biased, New Study Finds
The Washington Post featured the results of a new study from the School of Education, which found that the DCPS teacher evaluation system is racially biased. (8/13)
FAQ: What to Know About COVID, Masks, Kids and Schools in the DC Area
Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars program, spoke to NBC4 about masking in schools. Hawkins said, “Delta is really a game-changer for where we were, even a couple of months ago.” Lindsay Wiley, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Washington Post about the school-masking debate. (8/16, 8/13)
The Tweeters Behind Feeds Like DC REALTIME NEWS Make Every Shooting Known
Margot Susca, assistant professor of communication, spoke to the Washington City Paper about the prevalence of Twitter accounts providing public safety updates. Susca said, “It fills a void and that's great, but it shouldn't be someone's only source for news and information in the District.” (8/19)
Fossil Fuel Companies Are Quietly Scoring Big Money for Their Preferred Climate Solution: Carbon Capture and Storage
Simon Nicholson, co-director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, spoke to Inside Climate News about fossil fuel companies' support for carbon capture and storage. Nicholson said, “It's a little tricky trying to treat it as a zero-sum game.” (8/17)
Why Are the Waitlists for Child Care so Long?
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Taryn Morrissey spoke to Marketplace about the high demand for child care. Morrissey said, “It gets quite expensive quite quickly – and that means that child care providers don't really have a market incentive to enter.” (8/19)
Could Joe Biden Challenge Florida, Texas on Mask Policies? Probably Not
Washington College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to Poynter about the federal government's ability to override state mask policies. Wiley said, “The president and the administrative officials he can direct to act are limited to exercising authority given to them by Congress.” (8/16)
Clubhouse Reaches Undisclosed Settlement With the Owner of a Sports-Networking Site
Christine Haight Farley, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to Business Insider about a copyright-infringement case involving Clubouse. Haight Farley said, “It is interesting that Clubhouse, a company valued at $4 billion, has no registered trademark and appeared not to have even applied for registration in the U.S.” (8/15)

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