This Week in the News…

Posted: February 4, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, Jan. 30, Washington Post

Beltway Collision: States’ Divergent Views May Doom Efforts to Fix Artery

“‘Maryland’s planning tradition is completely unthinkable in Virginia,’ said Jonathan Gifford, a transportation expert at George Mason University…. Scott Keeter, a political scientist at George Mason University, said the trade union and urban traditions of Maryland make it more open to projects such as mass transit and land-use planning. But Virginia has long been ruled, he said, by a rural aristocracy that looks askance at such collective endeavors and is more jealous of individual property rights. ‘That continues today, though we have a much more urbanized society in Virginia,’ he said. ‘ Land-use planning is very difficult in [a state] that says planning interferes with the right of individuals to do what he or she wants to do with their property.'”

Monday, Jan. 31, Time Magazine

Where Are They Now?

“A year is a long time in politics–especially after you are part of a scandal that almost topples the President. Our Monicagate one-year update, rhyming-couplets edition: …. Ken Starr THEN: Independent counsel accused of overreaching. NOW: At George Mason University, doing a spot of teaching.”

Tuesday, Feb. 1, Kansas City Star

Bankruptcy Measure Faces Senate Test

“Those who favor changes see American morals breaking down. ‘We have to weed out and stop abuse by people who…. are manipulating the system to their own advantage,’ said George Mason University law professor Todd Zywicki, who gave testimony to Congress.”

Wednesday, Feb. 2, Fox News

McCain’s Secret Weapon: The World Wide Web

“‘The way McCain is using his Web campaign is right on the money,’ said Alan Rosenblatt, professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University. ‘All the things that a political site should do, he’s doing.’ Rosenblatt did say, however, that McCain’s site isn’t much different from Bush’s. ‘The key is what the site tells the viewer about the candidate.’ And, according to Rosenblatt, viewers of McCain’s site can find just about anything through full text search engines. ‘This is incredibly valuable,’ said Rosenblatt. ‘The idea of the Internet is to focus on an audience that comes looking for information–which is the opposite of a TV commercial, where repetition just shoves information down the viewers’ throats.'”

Thursday, Feb. 3, Wall Street Journal

Gore’s Strong Support Among Blacks Could Prove an Edge in Next Primaries

“Mr. Bradley has his fans in the black community. Roger Wilkins, a professor at George Mason University, of Fairfax, Va., and a longtime civil-rights activist, says voters are mistaken if they think Mr. Bradley is less committed than Mr. Gore to issues that blacks care most about. Mr. Bradley, he says, has a ‘powerful message’ for blacks, and that message will become more clear now that the campaign has left Iowa and New Hampshire.”

Thursday, Feb. 3, Christian Science Monitor

Vending-Machine Owners Sue FDA for Business Lost After New Tobacco Regulations

“The U.S. Supreme Court is sharply split on the issue of regulatory takings, and there is a need for clarification by the high court, says Steven Eagle, a law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. ‘There is merit to both sides of the argument,’ Mr. Eagle says. ‘The government has the right to prohibit products or activities that clearly harm the public health.’ On the other side, ‘the cigarette companies may well argue that they are selling a legal product and they have contracts, and the government is in effect taking away their legal right to sell these products,’ he says. ‘It is not a question of whether the government can act. It is a question of whether the costs of that action have to be borne by the tax payers, in which case public officials have to justify the action to tax payers.'”

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