George Mason in the News

Posted: March 30, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason recently received.

Thursday, March 22, USA Today

Life Quickly Gets a Lot Harder for White House

“President George W. Bush and his defenders contend that requiring White House aides to testify could discourage them from offering their most candid advice. Analysts who have studied executive privilege said that a political accommodation is more likely than a drawn-out court fight. ‘Somebody blinks,’ said Mark Rozell, a [public policy professor] at George Mason University and author of ‘Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy and Accountability.’”

Saturday, March 24, Washington Post

After a Dismal Year, Condo Market Remains Shaky

“Condos bore the brunt of the housing slump in 2006. But the first two months of 2007 have been promising. Lisa Fowler, a researcher at the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, said the market could start rebounding by the middle of the year. ‘We’re kind of at the bottom of things shaking themselves out,’ she said. Fowler said condos took a heavy hit because so many investors bought them, then tried to unload them once the market weakened. At the same time, many developers were too far into the building process to terminate their projects. ‘You go up faster and you have farther to fall,’ Fowler said. Still, Fowler said, condos are less expensive than most single-family houses and will continue to appeal to first-time home buyers and retirees looking to scale down. ‘The condo market is not dead by any means,’ she said.”

Sunday, March 25, Boston Globe

The Momentum Equation; In Politics, It’s Much Harder to Calculate

“Many analysts worry that the new, front-loaded primary season will be particularly momentum-prone. Without much time between the start of the primaries and Feb. 5, a candidate could ride the momentum from an early victory right through to a commanding lead in delegates before prospective voters have had a chance to see him or her tested over the course of a long campaign. The simplest explanation for electoral momentum is that people like to vote for winners. ‘There are a lot of people out there who don’t follow politics all the time,’ says Michael McDonald, a political scientist at George Mason University. When a candidate wins an early primary, ‘that’s a signal that this might be a candidate you need to look at.’”

Monday, March 26, San Francisco Chronicle

Proposed Car-Smoking Ban Angers Foes of ‘Nanny’ Laws

“A proposal to ban smoking in cars with children inside is the third bill in three months that has taken California’s Legislature into arenas some say are better left to parents. The first would have outlawed spanking, and debate continues over whether to mandate vaccinating seventh-grade girls against a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer. California is one of at least 16 states considering bans on smoking in cars with children present. Critics call it the ultimate in ‘nanny government.’ Even if smoking around children is a bad idea, it isn’t the government’s job to stop people from doing it, said Walter Williams, a conservative commentator who has written about the nanny state. ‘If we justify things on the basis of what’s good for people, there’s no end in sight,’ said Williams, an economics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Williams, a smoker himself, asked if government should require an 8 p.m. bedtime for children, or educational television over video games.”

Monday, March 26, Washington Post

January Jobless Rate Breaks a Pattern

“The unemployment rate for the Washington area rose to 3.4 percent in January, from 3.1 percent in the same month last year, marking the first rise in joblessness after four years of January-to-January declines. ‘It’s probably too early to say this is a trend,’ said John McClain, a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. ‘This is probably a more normal rate, because for much of last year, we were around 2.9 percent, which is really stressed.’ McClain said an unemployment rate below 3 percent is abnormal and shows local businesses can’t recruit enough people to meet their demands. The unemployment rate is still lower than that of most metropolitan areas around the country and lower than the national rate of 4.6 percent in January, he noted.”

Tuesday, March 27, Fox News

Is America Ready for a Bald President?

“The sudden prominence in national and local polling of G.O.P. contenders Rudy Giuliani and the as-yet-unannounced Fred Thompson suggest we may soon, for the first time in almost half a century, hail a follically challenged chief executive. The real turning point came with the Nixon-Kennedy debates, suggests presidential historian Richard Shenkman, professor at George Mason University and author of, among other books, ‘Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History and Presidential Ambition: How the Presidents Gained Power, Kept Power and Got Things Done.’ ‘It wasn’t until John F. Kennedy’s election in 1960 that we really start talking about the television presidency,’ Shenkman remarked in a recent interview on Fox News’ ‘Weekend Live.’ ‘There was television during Eisenhower’s era, but still people were making their decisions at that time based more on the traditional criteria that Americans had always based their decisions on: party loyalty, whether or not they agreed with the party’s particular agenda. But all that changed once we got television in.’”

Wednesday, March 28, Washington Post

Webb Is Vague about Gun Incident

“U.S. Sen. James Webb expressed support yesterday for a top aide caught with a handgun in a Senate office building but shed little light on his role in what he described as an ‘unfortunate’ situation. ‘Having a gun is not a liability in this state for a politician,’ said Mark Rozell, a [public policy] professor at George Mason University. ‘The fact that he carries a concealed weapon confirms his credentials with gun owners.’”

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