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Among the charges facing former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his right-hand man Richard Gates is failing to register as agents of a foreign government, and making false and misleading statements about that. The grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses the men of working on behalf of Ukraine and telling the Justice Department their activities "did not include meetings or outreach within the U.S."

Those charges are controversial, in part because violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act are rarely enforced. Kevin Downing, a lawyer for Manafort, told reporters outside the courthouse that prosecutors have used that "very novel" charge only six times since 1966, winning just one conviction.

On Capitol Hill, however, Senate Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa offered praise for that approach: "It's good to see the Justice Department taking seriously its responsibility to enforce" the law, Grassley said in a written statement.

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On this day 500 years ago, an obscure Saxon monk launched a protest movement against the Catholic Church that would transform Europe. Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation changed not just the way Europeans lived, fought, worshiped, worked and created art, but also how they ate and drank. For among the things it impacted was a drink beloved throughout the world and especially in Luther's native Germany: beer.

The change in beer production was wrought by the pale green conical flower of a wildly prolific plant: hops.

Every hip craft brewery today peddling expensive hoppy beers owes a debt of gratitude to Luther and his followers for promoting the use of hops as an act of rebellion against the Catholic Church. But why did Protestants decide to embrace this pretty flower, and what did it have to do with religious rebellion?


Interview Questions

1. Tell us one thing that you are really good at teaching in intro to micro or macro. Give us the specific technique that you use and how you are sure it is effective?

2. Tell us one thing you have difficulty teaching at the introductory level.

3. How do you incorporate current events into your classes? Give us readers, websites, sources of information you send your students to get informed. Give a specific example of a current events assignment you recently gave students.

4. Ditch the 5 minute speech. Tell your aunt at the dinner table why your research is important, explaining results and implications.

5. Tell economists what are the contributions of your research to your subfield and economics in general.

6. What's wrong with the economics profession?

7. Do you use the internet/computer for teaching? How? Give us a site that you have sent your students to complete an assignment. What was the assignment?

8. Why did you apply to this department/job?

9. How do you fit in with our department and college?

10. Why do wanted to be a teacher?

11. Are you an easy grader or a hard grader?

12. Who is your favorite economist and why?

13. Give us your 5 minutes dissertation pitch.

14. If you could write a letter or paper for economists, what would it be about?

15. If you could write a letter or paper for the general public, what about it be about?

16. How do you run your classes?

17. What classes do you want to teach? What is your dream class?

18. What class do you NEVER want to teach?

19. Tell us about your teaching philosophy.

20. What journals do you plan to submit your research to?

21. What questions do you have for us?

22. Have you ever thought about being a department chair, dean, or university administrator?​



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