“My First Trip to China” may sound like a high-school writing assignment. Don’t get put off by the title. This collection of short essays by scholars, journalists and businessmen provides insightful and often entertaining early glimpses into the Middle Kingdom.
U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes newly minted Chinese President Xi Jinping today to the secluded gardens of a 200-acre California estate for what could be considered the world’s most important weekend get-away.
John Catsimatidis, a self-made billionaire who wants to be New York’s next mayor, sat in his cramped wood-paneled office wearing a $190 Jos. A. Bank suit. His light blue shirt bore stains where his belly bulged, and his frizzy, salt-and-pepper hair darted in all directions.
Former White House health policy adviser Ezekiel Emanuel said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that the Internal Revenue Service will have a limited function in administering President Barack Obama’s health-care law, and that concerns about the agency’s role are “a tempest in a teapot.”
James Comey is the grandson of an Irish cop. But it’s not the policeman in his DNA that makes him the right choice to run the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It’s his deep understanding of the power of secret intelligence.
During President Barack Obama’s May 16 news conference, reporter Jeff Mason asked as part of his question: “And, more broadly, how do you feel about comparisons by some of your critics of this week’s scandals to those that happened under the Nixon administration?” The president responded, “I’ll let you guys engage in those comparisons, and you can go ahead and read the history, I think, and draw your own conclusions.”
Whether the Internal Revenue Service controversy explodes into something bigger comes down to this: Did anyone in the Obama administration know before the Nov. 6 election that the agency singled out Tea Party groups for extra screening?