This Week in the News…

Posted: February 13, 2004 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:

Friday, Feb. 6, Associated Press

LBJ’s Son-in-Law Was Once Democrats’ Hope and Security Expert

“In appointing Charles Robb to a panel investigating botched intelligence on Iraq’s weapons capabilities, President Bush selected a former senator as renowned for his security expertise as he was for his stiff campaign style. Robb, 64, and retired judge Laurence Silverman will head the seven-member panel that Bush appointed to find out why intelligence reports said Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. In the four years since his retirement, Robb has taught government and public policy at George Mason University near his home in Fairfax County, spent a semester as a lecturer at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and renovated a room in his house.”

Sunday, Feb. 8, The Washington Post

Students’ Standards of Lobbying

“Sitting across from Del. Timothy D. Hugo in his sunny office on Monday, George Mason University student body President Sarah Godlewski made her best pitch. Her generation has become so disengaged in politics it’s embarrassing, the 22-year-old senior told the legislator. He could help, she said, by supporting a bill that would allow Virginians to request absentee ballots online. Godlewski has been to Richmond in previous years to ask for more money for her school. But this year, for the first time, she is lobbying for specific bills, with data and anecdotes from students statewide to back up her positions. That’s because this year, she is part of Virginia21, a new lobby led by an energetic 23-year-old executive director and some big names in Virginia business.”

Sunday, Feb. 8, Sacramento Bee

Can 2 Be Sentenced for the Same Crime?

“The attorney general has told Allison’s federal judge that any discrepancy in the presentations was a mere shift in emphasis. The prosecution used the jury ‘for its proper function–to attempt to find the truth amid conflicting evidence and human uncertainties,’ the attorney general said. Some experts support that practice. Often facts of a crime fall into areas of gray, said Michael O’Neill, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which sets sentencing guidelines for the federal courts. A prosecutor can argue ‘Mr. White did it’ and then ‘Mr. Blue did it,’ said the George Mason University law professor, as long as he or she doesn’t purposely distort facts or withhold evidence that could exonerate a defendant.”

Monday, Feb. 9, Associated Press

Edwards Looks Beyond Tuesday Contests in Virginia, Tennessee

“Democrat John Edwards campaigned Monday in Virginia and Tennessee, but was looking ahead to presidential contests in the Midwest and beyond, places where campaign advisers believe he has a better chance to distinguish himself from rivals Wesley Clark and John Kerry. At a rally in suburban Washington, Edwards assailed President Bush’s annual economic report that hailed the nation’s economy as ‘strong and getting stronger. Did you know our economy’s doing just fine?’ Edwards said sarcastically. ‘This will be another news bulletin to you: outsourcing of jobs is a good thing for America.’ The crowd of more than 1,000 packed into a ballroom at George Mason University, and several hundred others filling an adjoining atrium, erupted in laughter, hoots and hollers.”

Tuesday, Feb. 10, Associated Press

Kerry Says Win Proves Cross-Country Appeal

“John Kerry accepted his twin victories Tuesday night by looking toward a fight with the president, declaring that ‘the wreckage of the Bush economy can be seen all around us.’ Kerry’s wins in Virginia and Tennessee, his first in the South, completed his electoral puzzle by adding to his domination in every other region of the country. While his remaining rivals scrambled for a last-ditch strategy to stop him in Wisconsin, site of the next big test, Kerry was retreating to his Washington home for two days of rest, secure in his front-runner status. ‘We will fight for every vote and we will carry our cause all across this land,’ Kerry said in a speech at George Mason University.”

Thursday, Feb. 12, The Washington Post

Companies Taking Stock of Opportunities

“Big banks see the opportunity to grow geographically by using their own shares to buy financial institutions that operate elsewhere in the United States. ‘The consolidation in the banking industry is going to be accelerating,’ said Gerald Hanweck, a finance professor at the George Mason University School of Management. ‘These companies have shown good earnings in the past, they are going to show good appreciation and a lot of them are ripe for takeover.’ Hanweck pointed out that big banking deals are getting done without the acquirer offering a premium price. ‘There is still some degree of conservatism. We haven’t reached the euphoric state yet,’ he said.”

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