George Mason in the News

Posted: January 20, 2006 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.

Friday, Jan. 13, San Francisco Chronicle

Questions Raised about Having Judges Testify

“When seven current or former federal judges sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to laud their colleague Samuel Alito, it sparked a debate about the propriety of their appearance in the politically charged setting of a Supreme Court confirmation fight. Some legal analysts were dismayed. But another ethical commentator said he saw nothing amiss. ‘These hearings have an educational value,’ said Ronald Rotunda, a law professor at George Mason University in Virginia who supports Alito. He said judicial colleagues can enlighten the public by revealing, for example, whether the nominee gets along with everyone or blows up during legal disagreements.”

Saturday, Jan. 14,

U.S. Curtailed on Reforming Iran

“Despite all the tough talk in Washington and Europe last week about Iran’s nuclear program, the reality is that the diplomatic options are limited and, in part because of Iraq, the military option is almost nonexistent. ‘There are no really feasible military options at the moment – not only because of Iraq, but because it would take sustained bombing over a prolonged period,’ said Shaul Bakhash, a leading Iran expert at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘The political range of practical sanctions seems also to be limited.’”

Saturday, Jan. 14, New York Times

Governor Finds New Middle Ground in Death Penalty Debate

Mark Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University in Virginia, said he saw ‘little political traction’ for Mr. Warner in death penalty issues because Democratic primary voters seemed more concerned about abortion, judicial nominations and the war in Iraq. But Mr. Rozell also said Mr. Warner’s approach could appease liberals while not angering conservatives. ‘There is a little bit for everybody in his stance,’ he said.”

Sunday, Jan. 15, Los Angeles Times

A Reversal of Fortunes Transforms Washington

“Overall, the greater Washington area’s economy is twice as robust as its nearest competitor, Phoenix, according to George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, which conducts research on regional economic issues for local governments. According to the George Mason center, 62 percent of Washington-area workers sit in offices. And one in every 10 workers is associated with high-tech firms, twice the national average; AOL, for instance, is headquartered in suburban Virginia.”

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