Beijing’s usually clotted skies were relatively clear for a few days, a welcome improvement that some residents of the Chinese capital generously attributed to the presence of American First Lady Michelle Obama.
Nine Senate Republicans yesterday joined 169 of their House colleagues in defying the small- government Tea Party movement by voting to pass a bipartisan budget deal, the latest marker in an internal power struggle that could redefine the party.
She’s a billionaire businesswoman who says she wants to cut taxes and regulation to create jobs. He’s a career politician who says government is key to energizing an economy with a 12.4 percent unemployment rate.
As California lawmakers rushed to wrap up their work before going into recess until January, Governor Jerry Brown was seen playing Wiffle Ball in the courtyard of his office at the state capitol in Sacramento.
Behind the crimson walls of the former imperial compound that is Beijing’s equivalent of the White House, Communist Party leaders cranked China’s decades-old propaganda machine into overdrive. Tapping a system used to quell public dissent since Mao Zedong’s anointed heir was accused of treason in 1971, apparatchiks distributed internal documents to bring more than 80 million party members into line.