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Vol. LXII, No. 10
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
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COVERING THE CANDIDATES: NPR political correspondent Mara Liasson recently spoke about the 2008 election at the Woodrow Wilson School. A veteran who has covered four previous presidential races, Ms. Liaisson won the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and again in 1997.

NPR Reporter Liasson Looks Forward to a “Fabulous, Fabulous” Campaign

Ellen Gilbert

The room was packed and the speaker was late. Organizers of National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Mara Liasson’s talk on the 2008 Presidential race at the Woodrow Wilson School last week solved the first problem by relocating the unexpected throng to a larger auditorium. Ms. Liasson, who arrived a short while later, had an eminently appropriate excuse for being late: she was so engrossed in reading William F. Buckley’s obituary that she missed the Princeton Junction stop.

County, Chamber Gear Up for Third Economic Summit

Matthew Hersh

The Mercer County Office of Economic Opportunity and Sustainability and the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce are once again slated to host the third annual Mercer County Economic Summit this month, and amid statewide and national concerns of a shaky economy, county representatives were out in force last week, saying that the county’s fundamental economic core was intact.

Proposed Jewish Campus Project Becoming an Eighty-Acre Reality

Ellen Gilbert

“Between 16,000 and 20,000 Jewish people live in the Princeton-Mercer-Bucks area,” notes the website for the area Jewish Community Campus (JCC) that will open, if all goes as planned, in West Windsor by the end of 2009.

From Executive Coach to Small Business Aide, Borough Entrepreneur Focuses on Strengths

Matthew Hersh

It’s interesting to hear Tamara Jacobs talk about the 2008 presidential campaign. In fact, it’s refreshing.

King of Jordan: U.S. Needs to Guide Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Matthew Hersh

Calling for the United States to create a “critical path” to peace in the Middle East, Jordanian King Abdullah II warned Friday that the diminishing time scale for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could disturb the regional balance for decades to come.

Guatemalan Children’s Advocate Speaks to Students at Stuart Country Day School

Ellen Gilbert

In his job at an agency called International Compassion, the Guatemalan children’s advocate Leonel Xuya is responsible for some 16,000 youngsters. Last week he shared some of the threads of his life with several dozen students at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.

Book by Princeton Professor Emeritus Introduces Young Readers to ‘Wicked History’

Matthew Hersh

“It’s not enough to know what people say, you’ve got to know what they do,” according to Norman Itzkowitz, a professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at the University and a subscriber to the psychohistorical practices of Sir Lewis Namier, who used wills and tax records to reflect 18th-century parliamentary voting patterns in Great Britain. “I’ve made my reputation doing that for the Ottoman Empire.”

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