This Week in the News…

Posted: December 14, 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, Dec. 9, Straits Times (Singapore)

Bush’s New Start

“Professor Jim Pfiffner, a presidential scholar at the George Mason University in Virginia, said Americans have historically rallied around the flag in times of peril, and sent the approval ratings of the President soaring.… ‘Social scientists call this a rally event. Usually it’s for a short time and then public opinion goes down slowly. If there is another terrorist attack, the rating will probably go up,’ Prof. Pfiffner said.”

Monday, Dec. 10, USA Today

Experts Kick Tires of States’ Antitrust Plan: Proposal Is Tougher on Microsoft Than Settlement

“Antitrust sanctions against Microsoft proposed last week by nine states and the District of Columbia represent a grab bag, legal and industry analysts say…. ‘The states were restrained in what they asked for,’ says Ernest Gellhorn of George Mason University Law School.”

Monday, Dec. 10, Wall Street Journal

Bookshelf: The Glories of Commerce, Properly Understood

“In How the Dismal Science Got Its Name, David M. Levy takes this argument about race and markets back a century…. A professor of economics at George Mason University, Mr. Levy shows that, indeed, the classical economists’ premise that all men shared a common nature was ‘of great use to biblical literalists, for whom black slaves were both men and brothers.’”

Tuesday, Dec. 10, Associated Press Newswires

600 Enron Employees Got Bonuses

“While those payments may appear unseemly, they’re legal and common, said Todd Zywicki, a law professor and bankruptcy expert at George Mason University. About half of those bonuses, given to 75 traders in early November when Enron was planning to merge with smaller rival Dynegy Inc., may have to be repaid because the merger collapsed, Zywicki said. ‘It’s conceivable that there could be some way of recovering those bonuses since the merger didn’t consummate,’ Zywicki said. ‘It would be a judgment call whether to pursue it. It has at least the smell of fraudulent conveyance.’”

Tuesday, Dec. 11, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cable News Channels Battle to Keep Youth

“Many young adults are more comfortable getting their news online, said Scott Keeter, a professor of government at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Viewers under 30 have been losing interest in politics for decades, he said, adding that argumentative political shows on TV don’t appeal to young viewers struggling to understand the context of the discussions.”

Wednesday, Dec. 12, Prague Post

Salikh Released: Uzebek Dissident Awaits Court Ruling on Extradition

“The case of prominent Uzbek dissident Mohammed Salikh has divided Czech and international observers into two camps: the embarrassed and the perplexed. ‘Those of us interested in human rights simply can’t believe that the Czech government would arrest this man and are truly baffled that it would hold him,’ said Mark Katz, a political scientist and an expert on Islamic fundamentalism at George Mason University in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.”

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