George Mason in the News

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

Sunday, March 20, The Washington Post

Keeping Some Hiding Places

“Further, critics noted, anyone prescient enough to set up a trust and move assets into it well before getting into trouble would likely be untouched by the new rule. Schumer offered an amendment, rejected by the Senate, that would have allowed the bankruptcy court to simply void transfers of more than $125,000 to an asset protection trust if they occurred within 10 years of the debtor’s bankruptcy filing. However, George Mason University law professor Todd Zywicki said the fact that concern over these trusts has surfaced only recently, though the bill has been under consideration for eight years, suggests the trusts don’t pose a crisis. ‘Judges have tools, such as denying discharge’ of debts, for dealing with cases where they think assets are being hidden, he said. ‘If it turns out to be a problem, Congress can go back and amend the law,’ he said.”

Sunday, March 20, The Baltimore Sun

More and More, Baltimore Region Becomes Washington, D.C., Suburbs

“And why first-time home buyers are giving up on Howard and trying Baltimore County. The less you earn, the more trapped you may be. ‘It’s likely to price Baltimore residents working in Baltimore out of the housing market,’ said Stephen S. Fuller, professor of public policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘There aren’t as many high-paying jobs in the Baltimore region as there are in the Washington region, so all the way along, people are pushing people further north.'”

Sunday, March 20, Houston Chronicle

U.S. Beginning To Court Shiites

“Ironically, the Bush administration’s own promotion of democracy is a primary factor, forcing Washington to interact with emerging players and parties, officials and experts say. ‘It’s a turning point in the sense that it recognizes the realities in the region,’ said Shaul Bakhash, an Iranian-born Middle East expert at George Mason University.”

Sunday, March 20, The Washington Times

Making a Self To Brag About

“As admission to the nation’s top universities has been getting increasingly competitive in the past few years, the ‘extracurriculars’ are becoming more and more important in the application process, local college admissions counselors say. ‘The first thing to do is to do well in school. Take difficult courses. Be a great student,’ says Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions for George Mason University. ‘Beyond that, having experiences which develop you as a person, leader and member of society is always in your favor.'”

Monday, March 21, The Star-Ledger

Life-or-Death Fight Tests Congress’ Limits

“Many of the potential issues present novel questions about the nature of our government. Ilya Somin, a professor at George Mason University, said he thinks Congress has ‘dubious policy grounds’ for the law but doesn’t think lawmakers went beyond the Constitution to enact the legislation. ‘Basically, this is about the difference between substantive and procedural rights in federal court,’ Somin said. ‘I think if they had said there was a substantive federal law that said you can’t remove these feeding tubes, it would be unconstitutional. Instead, they just said her parents can file their claims in federal court, and they have to come up with a federal claim, which won’t be easy.'”

Monday, March 21, Omaha World-Herald

Congress’ Behavior Wars

“In recent weeks, the Washington Post has published articles questioning whether DeLay and several other lawmakers and staffers may have taken an improperly financed trip to South Korea and whether DeLay voted with gambling interests after taking a trip to Scotland indirectly paid for by them. An aide to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi also took a trip paid for by the Korean group. Susan Tolchin, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia and the author of a book on congressional ethics, said ‘the ethics problems DeLay has are very serious.'”

Tuesday, March 22, The Washington Post

Going Back to Roots, Kilgore Gets Started

“Local officials in some jurisdictions have responded by cutting tax rates. But even with those reductions, most homeowners will pay hundreds of dollars more. ‘This is the hot issue right now that cuts across partisan lines,’ said Mark Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University. ‘People are opening up these new assessment letters, and people are angry. It’s a core pocketbook issue. We have seen in Virginia and elsewhere that these issues can drive elections.'”

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