This Week in the News…

Posted: August 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:

Sunday, Aug. 8, The Washington Post

Va. Business Leaders Putting Their Money Where the Middle Is

“Virginia’s extended debate over taxes during the 2004 General Assembly session exposed a deep rift between some top members of the Republican Party and many of the state’s leading executives. The state’s largest business groups and many individual company officials backed Warner’s push for higher taxes as a way of investing in the state’s struggling schools, colleges, roads and health care systems. Now, many of those same business leaders say they are ready to pay back lawmakers who supported their philosophy and punish those who did not. ‘It’s no longer rocket science to see who the good guys are and who the bad guys are,’ said Alan G. Merten, president of George Mason University and a supporter of the fundraising effort. ‘The business community now sees who voted against them and then came to a cocktail party and said, “I’m your friend.” You can’t have it both ways.'”

Sunday, Aug. 8, The Washington Post

Space for Employers, Not for Homes

“During the 1990s, the number of jobs in the Washington region grew much faster than the supply of housing, according to a study by George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, leaving a shortfall of 43,200 homes. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, which compiles job and housing projections based on reports from each of the local governments, says the number of jobs in the region will increase by 550,000 this decade, while the number of homes will rise by only 312,000. Assuming the typical 1.5 workers per home, that leaves a shortfall of 82,000 homes.”

Sunday, Aug. 8, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘The Catholic Vote? No Such Thing’

Editorial by Mark J. Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University and the author of numerous books and articles on religion and politics

“The conventional wisdom holds that certain ‘swing voters’ will decide the presidential election outcome this year. One such group is Catholics, particularly those in the battleground states of the Midwest. Unfortunately, many observers speak of the Catholic vote as though it were a united force waiting to be mobilized by one of the presidential nominees. The reality is not so simple, but important to understand in this closely contested election year. There are 44 million adult Catholics in the United States. During the 2000 presidential campaign many observers suggested that the Catholic vote was the key electoral constituency. Indeed, Republican George W. Bush fared much better with Catholic voters than did the GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole in 1996.”

Monday, Aug. 9, The Wall Street Journal

War-Crimes Defense Lawyers Say They Lack Resources

“In June, Pentagon General Counsel William J. Haynes II hired Prof. Ronald Rotunda, of George Mason University, Arlington, Va., to assist with the military commissions. Prof. Rotunda, an adviser to former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr who helped prepare the report on President Clinton, declines to describe his current assignment on the grounds that much of it is classified or falls under attorney-client privilege. ‘I’m just a small cog in a machine,’ he says. The commissions, he says, will give ‘defendants more rights than we gave the defendants at Nuremberg,’ where Nazi war criminals were tried after World War II.”

Thursday, July 12, The Globe and Mail

U.S.-Iran Tension Adds to Iraq’s Instability

“Besides avoiding the emergence of a U.S.-dominated state on its doorstep, Iran wants to avoid the breakup of Iraq along ethnic or religious fault lines, said Shaul Bakhash, a professor of Middle Eastern history at George Mason University and a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington. There are close linkages among the Shiites of the two countries, despite the long Arab-Persian enmity that divides them. Iranian and Iraqi clerics have studied at the same schools, and Shia holy sites in Najaf and Karbala have drawn hundreds of thousands of Iranian pilgrims—a traffic that has sharply increased since Mr. Hussein was ousted. But Mr. Bakhash said Iran’s government has not simply sought influence among its co-religionists.”

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