This Week in the News…

Posted: October 20, 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, Oct. 15, Houston Chronicle

President Creates Policy with Slew of 11th-hour Rules

A new mother or father wishing to stay home for months with a newborn but unable to afford to go without pay may be allowed unemployment benefits. A company embroiled in a labor-union battle may find it more difficult to compete for government contracts.

And tougher emission standards may be required of buses and trucks. These and other rules the administration is imposing run the gamut of hotly politicized issues. But a recent study indicates that Clinton’s administration is no different than others dating to 1948. “Republicans do this just as much as Democrats,” said Jay Cochran, a research fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The center, run by Wendy Gramm, wife of Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, is a watchdog of federal regulations.

Cochran this month completed a study that looked at end-of-year regulation frenzies in every administration since Harry S. Truman’s. “The Eisenhower midnight regulations were the highest in percentage (increase),” he said.

Tuesday, Oct. 17, United News of Bangladesh


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the United States to grant Bangladeshi readymade garments and textiles duty-and quota-free access to US market as provided to 33 of the least developed countries. She also sought such free access of Bangladesh and other developing nations to markets of the developed world as well as increased official development assistance (ODA) for the LDCs. The Prime Minister made the appeal in a lecture she delivered at a meeting at the Lewis Preston Auditorium of the World Bank Headquarters, sponsored by the Association for Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh. Shahabuddin Mosharraf Hossain of IMF spoke on Building Competitiveness for the 21st Century: Role of IT and Telecommunications and Mahmud Farooque of George Mason University delivered a paper on Transferring Global Knowledge and Expertise: The Role of Non-resident Bangladeshis.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, U-Wire

U. Virginia: Gore, Bush Tout Individual Environmental Policies

“Al Gore is much more likely to favor an activist Environmental Protection Agency that is engaged in rule making,” said Scott Keeter, director of the center for public policy at George Mason University. While Gore takes a more active role in environmental policy, Bush concentrates on individuals to voluntarily clean the environment. “George W. Bush is much more likely to favor more informal enforcement and is less likely to rely on the EPA,” Keeter said.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, USA Today

From the Experts

Roger Wilkins, George Mason University history professor: “I thought Gore was the best he can be. He was clear, he was contained. He was on top of every issue that was given to him, and, by and large, he was in control of his emotions, and he drew distinctions with the governor. I thought Bush was at his worst. He looked like a nervous college debater. I thought it was an unconvincing and quite weak showing. “He says he’s a leader, but when asked, ‘What are you going to do about the military?’ his response is, ‘I’ll handle it because I’m a leader.’ The only people who would be persuaded by Bush were with Bush from the beginning. Bush was uncomfortable.”

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