This Week in the News…

Posted: January 26, 2001 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:

Saturday, Jan. 20, National Public Radio, Weekly Edition

Effects of the Iranian Hostage Crisis on Jimmy Carter’s Presidency

Shaul Bakhash, George Mason University: “The American people tend to see themselves, I think, as a benign power, one that always wants the good for the entire international community and, therefore, I think, very insensitive to the impact of American policies, however well meant, on the peoples of different countries.”

Sunday, Jan. 21, News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

When Democracy Gets Hyper

“[John] Ashcroft is suffering from an affliction that Hugh Heclo, a political science professor of George Mason University, calls ‘hyperdemocracy.’… ‘The activists are seldom satisfied with moderate, non-doctrinaire solutions to public problems–just the sort of solutions that ordinary Americans tend to favor,’ Heclo wrote in a recent issue of Wilson Quarterly. ‘The arena in which public policy is made today is filled with activists and groups pursuing their own ideological agendas. To the advocates behind such banners, reaching a settlement on a particular issue is often far less important than “framing the issue,” “setting the agenda,” or “sending messages.” Indeed, since the long-range settlement of an issue would, in effect, render it useless as a weapon, that may well be the last thing the advocates want.'”

Monday, Jan. 22, Associated Press Newswires

In Small Ways and Large, Presidents Eager to Get a Quick Start

“Because first impressions can be so lasting, early mistakes hurt the most. ‘They stick around longer, and set a tone,’ said James Pfiffner, a government professor at George Mason University.”

Monday, Jan. 22, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bush Pressured on Issuing Orders: Conservative Groups Want Him to Reverse Clinton’s Actions

“Timber, mining, and oil companies have denounced as ‘land grabs’ Clinton’s orders that made federal lands off-limits for mining, drilling, and logging. Rescinding those orders would create such anger from Democrats and environmental groups that it would damage Bush’s attempts to encourage bipartisanship, said Jay Cochran, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center, a regulatory studies program at George Mason University in Virginia.”

Monday, Jan. 22, Computerworld

The NSA Wants You!

“The National Security Agency (NSA) says it wants colleges to graduate IT professionals who are ready to ‘enter the workforce better equipped to meet challenges facing our national information infrastructure.’ So it sponsored an outreach program called Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Education. As of October, 14 schools had achieved this designation, including Carnegie Mellon University, James Madison University, George Mason University, Purdue University, Stanford University, the Naval Postgraduate School, and several state universities, including Florida State, Idaho State, and Iowa State.”

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