Mason in the News

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

Following are highlights of national news coverage Mason recently received.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, National Journal

Disparities Persist in Voting Experience

“Voters were overwhelmingly positive about their Election Day experiences, but African-Americans and absentee and early voters didn’t fare as well as their counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday. There was also a sharp split in ballot confidence between voters who made the trek to the polls and those who mailed in their ballots. Seventy-five percent of in-person voters were ‘very confident’ their choices were correctly tabulated, compared with just 60 percent of those who used absentee ballots. Those worries are well-founded: More than 1 percent of mail-in ballots were disqualified nationally in 2004, with some states rejecting as many as 4 percent. ‘One of the easiest ways for a voter to disenfranchise himself is with a mail-in absentee ballot,’ George Mason University government professor Michael McDonald said.”

Wednesday, Dec. 10, USA Today

Urine Test for HGH Gets Boost from Scientific Journal

“Researchers have found a process that is the first to capture ‘a reliable detectable concentration’ of human growth hormone from urine, according to an article appearing today in the journal Nano Research. The peer-reviewed paper takes Lance Liotta and Emanuel ‘Chip’ Petricoin, professors at George Mason University in suburban Washington, D.C., a step closer to providing anti-doping authorities a tool to catch athletes using synthetic human growth hormone. Synthetic HGH has long been thought to be one of the most popular performance-enhancing drugs. ‘This is very big,’ Petricoin said. ‘People like those at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency like to see rigorous science behind a test before it’s accepted.’”

Wednesday, Dec. 10, Wall Street Journal

Washington Maps Pact for Bailout of Big Three

“The White House and top Democrats on Capitol Hill reached agreement in principle on a sweeping rescue package for the nation’s auto makers, hoping to propel action this week on billions of dollars in aid, a senior administration official and congressional aides said. The legislation would provide billions in loans to the car industry in return for the U.S. government taking a potentially substantial ownership stake and a direct role in the industry’s restructuring, setting the stage for one of the most far-reaching government interventions in American industry in decades. Government attempts to set strategy for individual industries are unusual, said David Hart, an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University, noting that ‘the last big effort’ in which President Harry S. Truman tried to seize steel mills was declared unconstitutional.”

Thursday, Dec. 11, Rolling Stone

Bush’s Final F.U.

“With president-elect Barack Obama already taking command of the financial crisis, it’s tempting to think that regime change in America is a done deal. But if George Bush has his way, the country will be ruled by his slash-and-burn ideology for a long time to come. In its final days, the administration is rushing to implement a sweeping array of ‘midnight regulations’ — de facto laws issued by the executive branch — designed to lock in Bush’s legacy. While every modern president has implemented last-minute regulations, Bush is rolling them out at a record pace — nearly twice as many as Clinton, and five times more than Reagan. ‘The administration is handing out final favors to its friends,’ says Véronique de Rugy, a scholar at George Mason University who has tracked six decades of midnight regulations. ‘They couldn’t do it earlier — there would have been too many political repercussions. But with the Republicans having lost seats in Congress and the presidency changing parties, Bush has nothing left to lose.’”

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