George Mason in the News

Posted: March 18, 2005 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, March 12, The Seattle Times

Efforts on Iran Likely Ineffective

Shaul Bakhash, an expert on Iran at George Mason University, said that despite the beliefs of some in Washington that the U.S. administration ‘wants or expects the negotiations to fail, it seems to me the commitment to the negotiating track is pretty genuine. The question is, is it enough? This is going to take more investment on the American part and some flexibility on technical capacity.'”

Sunday, March 13, The New York Times

Bankruptcy, the American Morality Tale

“Elizabeth Warren, a law professor at Harvard, is the co-author of a study arguing that more than half of all bankruptcies are linked to medical costs (the study is controversial in part because its trigger for medical expenses is just $1,000). In Senate testimony, she said, ‘Most debtors are filing for bankruptcy not because they had too many Rolex watches and Gameboys, but because they have no choice.’ But Todd J. Zywicki, a professor at George Mason University School of Law, said that financial distress cannot explain the surge in personal bankruptcies in the 1990s. They were not preceded, he said, by equally steep increases in unemployment, divorce or health-care costs. Professor Zywicki has a number of theories on why bankruptcies have increased, but if asked to rank them, he said that the No. 1 would be ‘the generosity of the bankruptcy code—it makes it so easy.'”

Tuesday, March 15, Associated Press

Nation’s Most-Watched Governor’s Race Debuts

“Once a candidate, Warner logged 45 swings through the region—often with a bluegrass band in tow—while his GOP opponent, Mark L. Earley, spent only a fraction of the time there. Kilgore, with a mountain twang still sharp after more than a decade in Richmond, won’t be as easy for Kaine—a Missouri native with a Harvard law degree—to outflank in the hills as Earley was for Warner, said George Mason University political science professor Mark Rozell. ‘I’m skeptical,’ Rozell said. ‘Somehow, I just don’t see this guy (Kaine) being followed around by a bluegrass band and showing up with NASCAR racers.'”

Tuesday, March 15, Denver Post

Mandate Puts Red “F” on Schools

“It’s not a matter of money, though many have complained that the requirements of the unfunded federal mandates are a hardship on financially strapped districts. But no amount of money will change the fact that by 2014, the target date set by the program for vast improvement in education across the country, most of the nation’s school districts will be dubbed failures under the law. They can’t succeed, as Gerald Bracey, associate professor of education at George Mason University and a former administrator in Cherry Creek, explains, because the federal government’s measuring formula is absurd. ‘Expecting schools to show a gain every year is like expecting a new world’s record in the 100-meter dash every year,’ he said.”

Wednesday, March 16, The Washington Post

U.S. Courting Shiites on Three Fronts

“The Bush administration’s promotion of democracy is a primary factor, forcing Washington to interact with emerging players and parties, officials and experts said. ‘America is going to have to deal with newly empowered groups in the region for whom religion clearly has much greater centrality than for the Sunni elites with whom the U.S. has been dealing up to now,’ said Shaul Bakhash, an Iranian-born Middle East expert at George Mason University. ‘It’s a turning point in the sense that it recognizes the realities in the region.'”

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