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Nov 11, 2015, 13:43 ET from ProfNet

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • NY Attorney General Tells DraftKings and FanDuel to Stop Taking Entries in New York
  • President Obama's Keystone XL Decision
  • Should Democrats and Republicans Date? Pros and Cons


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  • Political Reporter – Cape Cod Times (MA)
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NY Attorney General Tells DraftKings and FanDuel to Stop Taking Entries in New York
Jodi Balsam
Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School
"The DraftKings/FanDuel scandal invites closer scrutiny of the daily fantasy phenomenon and its threat to the integrity of sports. With AG Schneiderman now ordering DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets from New York residents, the DFS industry has been dealt a major blow."
Balsam is a former attorney for the NFL, where she managed litigation in all areas of law, oversaw a variety of policy and operational matters, negotiated contracts for league special events, and administered the league's internal dispute resolution processes and compliance program. She is frequently quoted in media (including USA Today, The New York Times and L.A. Times) on NFL legal matters.
Contact: John Mackin,

President Obama's Keystone XL Decision
David Konisky
Associate Professor
Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
"President Obama's decision to deny the permit for the Keystone XL has more political, than substantive, significance. This is unquestionably a major victory for the environmental community. The decision, with the UN climate summit occurring next month in Paris, might be seen as a way to signal a strong U.S. commitment to dealing with climate change. Further, the pipeline has taken on enormous political significance for organized interests in the U.S., a key front in the ongoing fight between the fossil fuel industry and environmentalists about the economy, energy, and climate change. It is unlikely to be a pivotal issue in the 2016 presidential election, but it also will not go away -- for this reason, the presidential candidates of both parties are likely to continue to voice their support or opposition to the project."
Contact: Agata Porter,

Should Democrats and Republicans Date? Pros and Cons
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
"When it comes to dating, if the other person respects you and treats you well, it shouldn't matter what their political affiliation is. Dating someone who sees the world from an entirely different perspective could make the relationship a great learning experience. You also likely won't run out of things to talk about. However, you're probably going to be arguing a bit more than the average couple, and one of both of you may try to influence or change the other, which will provoke anger, sadness and resentment."
Based in the NY metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is the author of "What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship." She's an expert on depression, women's issues, and attaining happiness, and has been featured on "Oprah" and "20/20" as the oldest woman in the U.S. to have twins.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,



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