This Week in the News…

Posted: December 7, 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, Dec. 1, National Journal

United They Totter

“Warner’s willingness to let voters determine their own priorities stood in stark contrast to the aggressive anti-tax policies favored by Republicans Gilmore and Earley–policies that many voters blamed for the growing budget shortfall. ‘It’s clear that the handling of the budget was a major issue in the campaign,’ said Scott Keeter, a professor of government and international politics at George Mason University.”

Sunday, Dec. 2, New York Times

Book Review: Glass Houses: Congressional Ethics and the Politics of Venom

Susan J. Tolchin, a political scientist at George Mason University, and Martin Tolchin, editor of The Hill, a Washington weekly, argue that the reformists’ rhetoric is a bit overheated: ‘Lawmakers are more honest and more ethical today than ever before.’ Their short book, Glass Houses, explains how Congress cleaned up its act–indeed, how it grew so obsessed with ethics that the subject became the central battleground between the two parties.”

Sunday, Dec. 2, Baltimore Sun

War Powers Come into Question

“‘When will we know the war on terrorism has slowed down enough and we can go back to civil liberties and due process again?’ said James P. Pfiffner, a George Mason University professor and contributing editor to Presidential Studies Quarterly. ‘I don’t know if there’s an answer to that.’… Pfiffner said there has been little outcry from the general public over how Bush has expanded prosecutorial powers over those suspected of a connection to terrorism because a relatively few have felt their sting. ‘People don’t see this as affecting them,’ Pfiffner said. ‘People think it’s only suspected terrorists that are affected.'”

Monday, Dec. 3, Los Angeles Times

The Unprecedented Nature of the Sept. 11 Attacks Fuels Hostility, Experts Say

“Fits of anger also can knock recovering alcoholics, drug users, and smokers off the wagon, according to health professionals. ‘People tend to make use of such substances as mood regulators, trying to regulate negative moods, and anger is certainly one of those,’ said June Tangney, a psychologist who studies anger response at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Tuesday, Dec. 4, Associated Press Newswires

Bankrupt Enron Corp. Receives Financing to Operate, Cuts 20 Percent of Staff

Todd Zywicki, a professor of law and bankruptcy expert at George Mason University, said Enron’s lawsuit will at least temporarily keep the pipeline in its hands as the bankruptcy case buys the company some time to try to restore its financial health. ‘It does look like it will be quite a messy battle between the two,’ he said.”

Thursday, Dec. 6, New York Times

In the Future, the Fax Machine May Fall Victim to the Advances of E-Mail

Peter J. Denning, a professor of computer science at George Mason University, said In boxes have reached the point where 90 percent of the incoming mail is immediately disposed of. Though better filters will help, he said, ‘we will need radically different practices of time management to cope, or else we’ll give up on e-mail entirely.'”

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