This Week in the News…

Posted: April 30, 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:

Saturday, April 24, The Washington Post

Surreal Estate; Washington’s Market Is Spinning Beyond Crazy Toward Unattainable

“What sets the Washington area apart is the employment situation, according to regional economy watcher Stephen S. Fuller of George Mason University. ‘The difference between here and Chicago is that we have jobs and they don’t,’ Fuller said. ‘And job growth is almost a 100 percent predictor of price increases in housing.’ From February 2003 through February 2004, 54,900 new jobs were created in the metropolitan area, according to the Department of Labor. Local economists predict that some 80,000 more will be created this year, and that tens of thousands of people will move here to fill them.”

Sunday, April 25, Charleston Gazette

Politics Outweighs Law in Cheney Dispute, Observers Say

“The White House has framed the case as a major test of executive power, although it has toned down some of the rhetoric. Lawyers for Bush have argued that the forced disclosure of confidential records intrudes on a president’s power to get candid advice and act on it as he sees fit. ‘I think the case has gotten an importance beyond the actual substance. It’s being touted by both sides as a dramatic decision that will weaken the presidency or strengthen the presidency,’ said Ronald Rotunda, a conservative law professor at George Mason University. ‘I don’t think it’s going to affect the presidency much one way or the other.'”

Sunday, April 25, The Oregonian

The Many Meanings of Marriage

“As all sides of the debate calculate their next steps, some central questions about the meaning and manner of marriage swirl through the air like a thrown handful of rice. Here’s what anthropologists, sociologists, legal scholars, historians and religious leaders have to say as Oregon contemplates same-sex unions. Q: Is there a single definition of marriage? A: No. ‘In the big sweep of human history and broad cross-cultural comparison, monogamous, heterosexual marriage, voluntarily entered into, is a pretty rare form of marriage,’ says Roger N. Lancaster, a professor of anthropology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Thursday, April 29, Chicago Tribune

Appearance before Sept. 11 Panel Carries High Political Stakes for Bush

“Keeping America safe, largely through the war on terrorism, rests at the heart of Bush’s re-election bid. If details emerge that the administration did not do all it could to prevent the attacks, it could make it harder for Bush to argue that Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is weak on national security. ‘It’s important symbolically,’ said James Pfiffner, a professor of government at George Mason University. ‘But there’s enough conflicting evidence and enough plausible explanation that I don’t think many voters would say, “Oh, gosh, if he had only done something different or been responsive, this wouldn’t have happened.”‘”

Thursday, April 29, The Washington Post

New Jobs Signal Stronger Recovery; Area Payrolls Up Sharply This Year

“About half of the region’s total output is tied, directly or indirectly, to spending by the federal government, according to the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. The federal government put $6.1 billion more into the local economy in 2003 than in 2002. But with the federal budget deficit soaring and many government modernization projects running their course, the government might increase spending more slowly. George Mason researchers figure that local spending by the federal government will increase 6.5 percent in 2004, compared with 7 percent in 2003 and 10.4 percent in 2002.”

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