Monthly Archives: August 2009

Journalist Robert Novak dead at 78

Conservative columnist Robert “Prince of Darkness” Novak, who died of brain cancer at 78, left an indelible impression on most.  Journalism professors and former journalists Robert Zelnick (ABC News) and Elizabeth Mehren (Los Angeles Times) can reflect on Novak and his impact on the news industry. Contact Robert Zelnick, 617-353-5007, bzelnick@bu.edu Contact Elizabeth Mehren, 617-358-4806, […]

Identity-thief hacker swindler charged

In what is being called the largest cyber-hacking identity-theft case in U.S. history, Albert Gonzalez, a 28-year-0ld American, is accused of masterminding the rip-off of more than 130 million credit cards in a global scheme to steal data.  School of Law Professor David Breen, a former prosecutor, can discuss what it will take to prosecute […]

Bing gaining on Google, Yahoo

Latest user data shows that Microsoft’s new Internet search engine, Bing, continues to gain ground on those of industry leaders Google and Yahoo.  With Microsoft now joining forces with Yahoo in taking on Google’s command of the lucrative Net ad market,  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman says the next key milestone will be […]

White House targets DOMA

Even as government lawyers keep defending the law, the Obama administration today filed court papers claiming the federal Defense of Marriage Act discriminates against gays and the law should be repealed.  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and gay rights, can talk about where this may be headed. Contact Linda […]

New York to sue Schwab

The Charles Schwab brokerage form is reportedly expected to be sued by New York’s state attorney general on civil fraud charges involving the marketing and sales of auction-rate securities.  School of Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law, can discuss the fiduciary responsibilities of brokers. Contact Tamar Frankel, 617-353-3773, tfrankel@bu.edu

U.S. chasing UBS tax cheats

The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. government is widening its probe against the Swiss bank UBS to target tax cheats allegedly hiding income in Hong Kong.  School of  Law Professor Daniel Berman, director of the schools Graduate Tax Program and a former deputy international tax counsel to the Treasury Department, can discuss the case […]

“Public Option” may be dropped

The White House is signaling that the “public option” for healthcare insurance to compete with private plans may be dropped from reform proposals now before Congress.  A compromise would consider nonprofit health cooperatives.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “In Urgent Need of Reform: Saving the U.S. Healthcare System,” says the public option […]

Karzai’s re-election bid

Afghan President Hamid Kazai’s re-election bid will be decided this week.  Polls are predicting a win, but not necessarily with an outright majority to avoid a run-off election with former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, author of “Karzai: The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,” can comment.  He’s know Karzai […]

Communications Dean Tom Fiedler comments on President Obama’s approval rating

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