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The Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology co-hosted a town hall on police-community relations Post-Ferguson with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Ed Maguire, professor of justice, law, and criminology, was included among a panel of influential experts. NBC4 Washington, WUSA9, NPR's WAMU, and the Washington Post each covered the event.

Connie Morella, ambassador in residence, was quoted in McClatchy DC on March 26 for an article providing 10 things to know about the Senate's "vote-a-rama," a cram session for lawmakers to set up a budget resolution.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, talked to USA Today on March 25 about Republican attempts to attach abortion language to unrelated bills in Congress.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, provided analysis for the Washington Post for an article detailing the successes and failures of President Obama's promise to curb the influence of lobbyists.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, spoke with the Financial Times on March 22 about Cuba's small steps towards liberalism, especially opening up avenues for free speech.

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SPA professor Elizabeth Suhay started at AU in 2014. Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government
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