This Week in the News…

Posted: December 22, 2000 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, Dec. 15, Wall Street Journal

Lines That Divide Markets Likely to Blur Under Bush

Tim Muris, a conservative former antitrust enforcer at the Federal Trade Commission and a George Mason University law professor, is the No. 2 official at the Bush transition office, helping craft a budget. But he is also the resident antitrust expert on the Bush team, and will have a major role in picking the next Justice Department antitrust chief–if he doesn’t take the post himself…. Wendy Gramm, another Reagan administration regulator who heads up regulatory studies at George Mason University, is soon to become the transition team’s chief of regulatory policy.”

Sunday, Dec. 17, News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

What Will it Take to Govern?

“‘I think you will see a lot of black protest upcoming, I suspect, in the next few weeks,’ said Roger Wilkins, a professor of history at George Mason University. Wilkins, who is black, said Bush needs to reach out to the minority community. One way would be to appoint a ‘moderate white’ to a high post, someone with a good relationship with the minority community, such as Bush’s father did with Jack Kemp, Wilkins said.”

Monday, Dec. 18, Washington Post

Outlying Airports Signal for Flights; Terminals See Major Upgrades

“As Americans move beyond the first ring of suburbs around cities, demand has intensified for airports devoid of clogged roads and accessible by corporate jets. ‘Plus, smaller airports provide more reliable services than the hubs, where any break in the network can cause delays,’ said Ken Button, professor of public policy at George Mason University and author of more than 60 books about the transportation industry.”

Tuesday, Dec. 19, Boston Globe

Gore to Harvard? He May Lack the Votes

“‘Does he want to spend his time raising money and mediating among all the deans, or will he be laying the groundwork for 2004?’ said James Pfiffner, a professor at George Mason University’s Center for the Study of the Presidency.”

Wednesday, Dec. 20, Associated Press Newswires

‘Bipartisans’ Have Had Limited Influence, Opportunity

“‘It may be a nice gesture to appoint someone from another party,’ said James Pfiffner, a George Mason University professor who wrote about crossovers in ‘Report to the President-elect 2000,’ published last month. ‘But it is not power-sharing.'”

Wednesday, Dec. 20, Newsday

2000 Vexation Will Spur 2004 Exaltation

By Susan J. Tolchin, professor of public policy at George Mason University and author of “The Angry American–How Voter Rage Is Changing the Nation”

“It is hard to see how anything good can emerge from all the anger that accompanied the tortuous election of our 43rd president with its multiple lawsuits and curbside confrontations. But political anger expressed openly can be healthy for the nation, and ultimately good for democracy…. Progress of all kinds has arisen from indignation–civil rights, social welfare and desegregation, to name a few. Despite the chaos of the moment, we can predict some positive changes that will be wrested from this very palpable political anger.”

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