This Week in the News…

Posted: August 8, 2003 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, Aug. 3, The New York Times

Blacks Counsel Caution On Liberia

“Black intellectuals and activists cite several reasons for their reluctance to commit troops. African-Americans, they note, are a disproportionately large group within the armed forces. Nearly 20 percent of active service members are black, while blacks make up about 13 percent of the overall population. ‘I don’t like the fact that a segment of the population that is poorer and darker bears this particular burden,’ said Roger Wilkins, a professor of history at George Mason University who supports sending troops to Liberia with great reluctance.”

Sunday, Aug. 3, The New York Times

Betting on Terror: What Markets Can Reveal

“The people who designed that market thought of that possibility, and proposed that the names of traders be kept secret from the Defense Department. Want to bet whether that secrecy would have been maintained if there was a new terrorist attack? And anyway, said Robin Hanson, the assistant professor of economics at George Mason University who dreamed up this idea and persuaded NetExchange to propose it to the Defense Department, there were plenty of bets that would not offend the government. ‘The F.B.I. would not knock on my door,’ he said, ‘if I bet that if we invade Iraq there will be more terrorist deaths in the United States.'”

Monday, Aug. 4, The Washington Post

GKV to Pilot Airline’s Ad Campaign

“Atlantic Coast is in a prime position to develop its own image to market to smaller regions, said Kenneth Button, a public policy professor at George Mason University. ‘If you’re advertising to the regional market, you have to have niche advertising,’ Button said. ‘It’s like selling Coca-Cola as opposed to a local cola. If you’re an upstart, you’ve got to establish that brand image.'”

Monday, Aug. 4, The Boston Globe

In Defense of DARPA Programs

“The terrorism futures idea sounds even more shocking, but it turns out to be more firmly grounded in solid science. It’s based in part on the work of Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon Smith of George Mason University, who thinks that prices on futures markets embody remarkably accurate information about the real world. People with a financial incentive to get the facts right will constantly ferret out new information and use this knowledge to get on the right side of the trade, thus bidding prices up or down. So a market made up of well-informed political and military experts – maybe even a few terrorists – would be likely to provide accurate warnings of future events.”

Monday, Aug. 4, The Seattle Times

GOP-led Congress starts to buck Bush

“Lawmakers might be feeling less pressure to side with Bush on every issue because his once-stratospheric public-approval ratings have begun to drop. ‘Whenever a president’s popularity goes down, so does his ability to influence Congress,’ said Catherine Rudder, a professor of public policy at George Mason University.”

Wednesday, Aug. 6, The Wall Street Journal

Ashcroft Intensifies Campaign Against Soft Sentences by Judges

“On March 27, Representative Tom Feeney, a Florida Republican, proposed amending the bill to address what he called ‘long-standing and increasing problems of downward departures from the Federal Sentencing guidelines.’ Members of the Sentencing Commission viewed the Feeney amendment as an end-run around the independent agency, which was never notified about it in advance. ‘Clearly, you’d like to have had a lot more debate,’ says Commissioner Michael O’Neill, a criminal law professor at George Mason University.”

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