Mason in the News

Posted: May 2, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national and international news coverage Mason recently received.

Wednesday, April 23, Montreal Gazette

Clinton Clings to Symbolic Victories

“Fresh from beating Barack Obama in Pennsylvania’s presidential primary, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday boasted about winning a ‘double digit’ victory in the state and taking the popular-vote lead in the overall Democratic race. The bad news for Clinton is that neither of her claims is quite true. The good news is that hardly anyone has noticed. ‘The psychological impact remains that it was a double-digit win’ because that’s how it was reported, said Mark Rozell, a political scientist at George Mason University.”

Monday, April 28, CTV News

Interview: Jeremiah Wright Speaks Out on Race in America

Solon Simmons, assistant professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, was interviewed on Canadian TV analyzing the recent statements of Rev. Jeremiah Wright at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) conference in Detroit and at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Simmons examined the impact of Wright on the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

Wednesday, April 30, Associated French Press

Report Shows Sharp Rise in U.S. Domestic Flight Delays

“Passengers flying domestic routes in the United States faced a dramatic rise in delays in 2007, according to a report released Tuesday. Delays were up 29 percent last year compared to 2006, said the report from George Mason University’s Center for Air Transportation Systems Research. No U.S. airline managed to reduce delays for passengers last year. ‘The United States has a very brittle air transportation system,’ said Lance Sherry, professor at George Mason University and lead author of the report. ‘Fewer empty seats on each flight combined with over-scheduling at key airports create a system that does not have capacity to handle moderate, let alone major disruptions,’ Sherry said.”

Wednesday, April 30, Washington Post

United’s New Plan Could Cost D.C.

“The next potential act in Airline Merger Mania 2008: United Airlines and US Airways are negotiating a tie-up that could have profound implications for Washington-area air travelers, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Spurned by Continental Airlines over the weekend, Chicago-based United has focused its attention on smaller US Airways for the second time in the past eight years. In 2001, a similar proposed merger was dashed after regulators said it violated antitrust laws. US Airways and United will probably have an easier time reducing costs by eliminating hubs and cutting flights on overlapping routes, analysts said. However, those cost savings may be short-lived, according to Kenneth Button, a professor of public policy at George Mason University. He said that labor problems — both carriers have them — and economic issues, ranging from low-cost competition to high oil prices, will probably gnaw away at any benefits. ‘This is a short-term treatment of a problem without actually curing it,’ he said.”

Thursday, May 1, Middle East Times

Dogs of War: Cost Effective: Myth or Fact?

“Governments and corporations turn to private military contractors because it is more cost-effective than using regular military forces. But is it true? What little cost-benefit analysis there has been to date has focused on narrow economic cost comparisons and generally avoided addressing equally important political factors, such as avoiding tough choices concerning military needs, reserve call-ups and the human consequences of war. As Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, wrote, ‘Excessive use of private contractors erodes checks and balances, and it substitutes market transactions, controlled by the executive branch, for traditional political mechanisms of accountability. When it comes to Iraq, we’ve yet to see the evidence of a large practical gain in return; instead, use of contractors may have helped to make an ill-advised venture possible.’”

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