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Media Report for May 12-25, 2018

June 5, 2018   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for May 12-25, 2018 is now available online.

Wake grads: 'Let go of something to get to the next level'

May 22, 2018   |  Winston-Salem Journal

The 1,800 Wake Forest University graduates were told on Monday to own their power, and embrace the choices, chances and changes that lie ahead of them. Carla Harris, the vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, told the graduates that choice is a powerful thing, and it can have a huge influence on their lives. “Choose what will position you to be a leader and what will stretch you the most,” she said. “Graduates, you must be intentional about what will put you in the driver’s seat of your life.”

Tax break, or kickback? Energy benefit becomes a lightning rod

May 25, 2018   |  The New York Times

Over the past decade, hundreds of public projects have benefited from a federal incentive meant to encourage investments in energy-efficient technology. In a paper on the subject in The ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research, Jonathan Duchac, a professor of accounting at Wake Forest University, and his co-authors argue that simply giving away the deductions violates most state constitutions, which have anti-gift provisions. “Government can’t give away things of value without being compensated.”

The Memo: Will Mueller play hardball with Trump?

May 20, 2018   |  The Hill

Special counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview President Trump — but how far is he willing to go to get the president’s testimony? Katy Harriger, a Wake Forest professor and the author of several books about special prosecutors and constitutional law, raised the possibility that Mueller might already have gathered enough ammunition for prosecutions. “What we don’t know is what they have. For the people they’ve indicted so far, they clearly didn’t need the president’s testimony,” she said.

Insurer balks at paying for ER visits for certain ailments

May 19, 2018   |  The New York Times

Anthem denied thousands of claims last year under its “avoidable ER program,” according to a sample of emergency-room bills analyzed by the American College of Emergency Physicians. But the definition of the rule may be a little murky, said Mark Hall, a professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law, who studied the state laws in 2004.  “I could see how this approach could easily start to violate the spirit of the law,” Hall said. “But on the other hand, there has to be some system in place to make these determinations.”

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