China’s broadening national-security commitments, including a warning of defensive measures against foreign aircraft in its new East China Sea air zone, risk straining a military still catching up with its rivals.
It’s the day after Congress voted to fully reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling. The senator I’m meeting, who would fall roughly in the middle of the Senate’s Republicans if they were lined up by ideology, voted with the majority. “I’m being shredded by the Tea Party radio people today,” he says, although he doesn’t seem concerned about it. “That is what it is.”
Lawrence Wright’s “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief” is a colossus of documentation, with 42 pages of endnotes, plus quite a few on-the-page footnotes, often in spots where a subject or a lawyer has disagreed with something the author reports.
The masterly cinematographer Caleb Deschanel gives “Jack Reacher” something of a grainy look, which is just right. Expensive production values weren’t a hallmark of the 1940s noir this thriller efficiently emulates.
The washing facility for armored howitzers, set in Germany’s Black Forest, helped convince Daimler AG’s Lothar Ulsamer that he’d found the place to build a testing ground for Mercedes-Benz luxury cars.
Imax Corp., the maker of giant- screen movie-projection systems, rose to a six-month high today after saying box-office revenue increased 45 percent this year through Feb. 12 from the same period in 2011.