Mason in the News

Posted: October 3, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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

Saturday, Sept. 6, Jerusalem Post

A Presidential Welcome for the School Year

“On the final day of the seventh annual Sulha, a three-day festival that took place in Latrun last week, Rabbi Mark Gopin, professor at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, delivered a message from the Syrian mufti. ‘The dream is to establish peace in the region based on good neighborliness. I deliver to Muslims, Jews and Christians in the Holy Land my blessings for cooperative action and believe that if enough people want peace and make small steps in its direction, everything is possible,’ wrote the Syrian mufti. Gopin said that during his visits to Syria, he had met not only with the mufti but with other religious representatives. ‘They respected me as a rabbi and I had the rare opportunity to speak in front of large audiences,’ he said, adding that ‘statesmen understand today that the central way to open diplomatic channels is through spiritual and religious figures.’”

Saturday, Sept. 27, Star Tribune (Minnesota)

Minnesota Voter Registration Soaring

“Voter registrations in Minnesota have already surpassed the record set in 2004, and the state could have nine out of every 10 possible voters signed up in time for November’s election. According to the Secretary of State’s office, 84 percent of eligible voters in Minnesota — about 3,145,000 — are registered. That’s 12,000 more voters than the record set in 2004. The national average for voter registration is 68 percent. No uniform standards are observed in collecting data, said Michael McDonald, an associate professor of government and politics at George Mason University. But, McDonald said, with Minnesota possessing ‘one of the best election administrations in the country’ and posting traditionally high voter registration and turnout, it ‘probably is correct.’”

Sunday, Sept. 28, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Debtor Filings Surge in Georgia

“Georgia has the third-highest rate of consumer filings in the country, behind Nevada and Tennessee. Nevada pushed its way to the top of the bankruptcy charts during the second quarter with a stunning 75 percent increase in filings over the same period last year. As the mortgage meltdown persists, most experts expect bankruptcy filings to continue to rise. The latest figures support those predictions. Chapter 13 filings in the Northern District of Georgia jumped from 1,261 in July to 1,964 in August, according to Yvonne Evans, the court’s clerk. ‘I would expect to see the numbers continue to rise over the next couple of quarters until the residential real estate situation gets straightened out,’ said Todd Zywicki, a bankruptcy expert at George Mason University’s law school. ‘I don’t think we have reached the finale of that.’”

Monday, Sept. 29, USA Today

The Question Now: Will It Work?

“They met. They argued. They wheeled and dealed. Now Congress has a tentative agreement on how to bail out the nation’s financial system, and leaders are promising approval by midweek. The $700 billion question: Will it work? If all goes well, U.S. taxpayers will pour billions into shaky securities, many held at tottering financial institutions. Many people object to how quickly Congress has dealt with the largest government bailout program since the Great Depression. ‘This plan is going to affect the economy and the political system for decades to come, and we’re racing to do this in a matter of hours,’ says Alex Tabarrok, associate professor at George Mason University and director of research at The Independent Institute. ‘It’s overstated to think the world is going to end in 24 hours. We ought to take our time.’”

Tuesday, Sept. 30, Boston Globe

Minds Made Up, Millions Voting Early

“If you have already made up your mind in the presidential race, is there any point to waiting until Election Day to vote? For millions of voters over the next few weeks, the answer will be no. Confident in their choice of John McCain or Barack Obama, they will line up around the country to cast early ballots. ‘In many of these places, the polling place is a thing of the past,’ said Michael McDonald, a voting and elections specialist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. This year, some voting specialists believe that as many as one in three voters could have their decision banked before Nov. 4, compared with one in five who cast early ballots in 2004 and roughly one in seven who did so in 2000, according to Census surveys and Associated Press tallies.”

Tuesday, Sept. 30, Washington Post

Ex-CIA Official Pleads Guilty to Fraud

“The CIA’s former top administrator pleaded guilty yesterday to steering agency contracts to a defense contractor and concealing their relationship, making Kyle ‘Dusty’ Foggo the highest-ranking member of a federal intelligence or law enforcement agency to be convicted of a crime, officials said. Prosecutors and defense attorneys declined to comment yesterday. Nathan Sales, an expert on national security law at George Mason University, said the defense tactic might have accounted for the government’s relatively light sentencing recommendation. ‘The government may have been afraid that Mr. Foggo’s lawyers would actually succeed in introducing some of this information into court,’ he said.”

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