This Week in the News…

Posted: November 21, 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:

Sunday, Nov. 18, New York Times

Testing the Resilience of American Values

“Now that several generations have come to regard an ever more rigorous protection of free speech as fundamental, the bar for what government can acceptably do has been raised. But no citizens’ rights of free speech have been suppressed by government so far. ‘Freedom of association is the bedrock of who we are,’ said Roger Wilkins, a history professor at George Mason University. ‘That came under withering attack in the 1950’s, but I don’t see any threat to it now.'”

Monday, Nov. 19, BusinessWeek

Settlement or Sellout? Justice’s Plan Gives Microsoft Lots of Room to Run Over Rivals

“George Mason University antitrust professor Ernest Gellhorn says [Justice antitrust chief, Charles] James is taking a reasonable position. The court of appeals ‘made clear that product integration is acceptable–even by a monopolist,’ says Gellhorn. ‘What they held to be unlawful was exclusive dealing, retaliation, giving an advantage to their favored ones, manipulating prices, refusals to deal–and each one of those is dealt with in the settlement.'”

Monday, Nov. 19, Los Angeles Times

Congress’ Unity Fades, Political Polarity Returns to Government

“Issues that have been eclipsed by the terrorist attacks–like election procedures and campaign finance reform–are beginning to peek out from under the legislative bedcovers. And after enjoying wartime deference to his requests, President Bush now has to work harder to persuade Congress–even members of his own party–to hold the line on spending. ‘There’s less of a sense of crisis now,’ said Catherine Rudder, a professor of public policy at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘That lessens the need to act quickly and cooperate so fully with the president.'”

Monday, Nov. 19, Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

As the Global Economy Suffers…

“When a company finds its way to one foreign market blocked, ‘there’s always a window in some other country for something else,’ said Nalin Jain, director of the Small Business Development Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. When an overseas economy is down, look for products that naturally do well in recessionary times, he said. For example, some U.S. companies, Jain said, are doing well in the Asian aftermarket for car parts, as consumers there seek to keep older cars running.”

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