George Mason in the News

Posted: February 25, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received in the past week:

Thursday, Feb. 17, the New York Sun

Study Shows Steady Slowing of Judicial Confirmations

“Judges who have been nominated to appellate courts by President Bush face confirmation delays almost three times as long as judges nominated for the same jobs by his father, President George H.W. Bush, a new study shows. The findings are consistent with past studies on the subject, said a professor of law at George Mason University, Todd Zywicki, who was read the paper. ‘We have moved from a presumption of confirmation to the presumption of obstruction,’ he said.”

Friday, Feb. 18, Associated Press

Buyouts Highlight Long Distance’s Demise

“The acquisitions of AT&T and MCI by larger rivals are the most dramatic evidence of long distance calling’s steady decline as a business distinct from “local” phone service. But other signs are aplenty. This past week, in addition to the $6.7 billion takeover of MCI Inc. by Verizon Communications Inc., came news of a large budget hotel chain, Microtel Inn & Suites, whose list of amenities has been expanded to include free unlimited long distance and wireless Internet access. ‘When you have to dedicate a line to connecting two people on opposite ends of the country, that uses a lot of resources,’ said Jerry Ellig, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. With VoIP, ‘You can cram a lot more phone calls into the same amount of network at the same time.'”

Sunday, Feb. 20, the New York Times

To Win Subscribers, Satellite Radio Sells Surprises

“Why pay a monthly fee for satellite radio when you can get terrestrial AM/FM radio free? Why cope with another console and add to the tangle of wires and cables in your house when you can listen to radio stations around the world on the Internet — not to mention download almost any kind of music you want? Sure, satellite radio is superfluous. You can live without it, but you may not want to, particularly if you get a kick out of hearing a soul-strumming song you have never heard before or may have forgotten you love. ‘My theory is that people enjoy music much more if they hear it as a surprise rather than if they’d carried a CD to the car and played it,’ said Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., who has written several books on the economics of the arts. Moreover, he said, ‘satellite radio is an endless ocean of offbeat, great stuff that you might never hear otherwise.”’

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