Mason in the News

Posted: July 18, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage Mason recently received.

Thursday, July 10, CBS Morning News: The Early Show

Jesse Jackson Apologizes for Crude Comments Made about Barack Obama

Michael Fauntroy, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy, was interviewed on CBS’ “Early Show” on the remarks Rev. Jesse Jackson made about Barack Obama. “I think it hurt Reverend Jackson — him more so than anyone else,” Fauntroy said. “I think his reputation has been in trouble for years among some African-Americans and this is just one more in a long line of missteps that he’s made that I think cast him in a very bad light amongst those African-Americans who are in my generation. Some of whom view him very differently than those who come from his generation.”

Friday, July 11, National Post (Canada)

A Campaign in Trouble

“The Republican presidential candidate, trailing Democrat Barack Obama in the polls and struggling for a coherent campaign message, embarked on a five-day barnstorming tour of the American heartland. The goal: to tout his command of the U.S. economy, promote the extension of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and, perhaps above all, to show empathy with folks struggling through some hard financial times. ‘There is real concern that McCain hasn’t found his genuine voice,’ says Mark Rozell, a political scientist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The central complaint among Republicans — and conservatives in particular — is that they never know which John McCain will show up on a given day. Will it be the self-styled maverick who woos independent voters, or the Ronald Reagan torchbearer of the GOP primaries?”

Monday, July 14, Philadelphia Inquirer

Governors Say They’d Like More Federal Help

“Many of the nation’s governors, dealing with crumbling schools, roads, bridges and water systems, would like economic stimulus checks of their own. Gathered in Philadelphia for a conference of the National Governors Association, state leaders suggested that a federal infusion of cash could create jobs and rebuild vital underpinnings of state economies. As states scramble to try to help residents losing their jobs and their homes, the governors were warned they should not expect a lot of help from the federal government. Paul Posner, an economist at George Mason University, said the trend is toward ‘coercive federalism,’ with Washington mandating state programs but not paying for them.”

Wednesday, July 16, Newsweek

Closing the Door: An Unusual New Privilege Claim Shields Cheney in Plame Probe

“In two letters released Wednesday, the Justice Department revealed that, upon the recommendation of Attorney General Michael Mukasey, President Bush had invoked executive privilege rather than turn over to Congress a never-released FBI report (known as a ‘302’) recounting a confidential 2004 interview with Cheney about his knowledge of the Plame affair. But a number of former federal prosecutors and legal scholars said that Mukasey’s argument that future White House officials wouldn’t cooperate with the Justice Department if Cheney’s 302 report were to be publicly disclosed seemed a stretch. ‘Creative is a good word to describe it,’ said Mark Rozell, another executive-privilege expert who is a professor at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, about the attorney general’s contention. ‘This is really an argument to protect the White House’s own political interests and save it from embarrassment.’”

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