It's an American tradition that museums and libraries are built to celebrate past presidents, even while they're still alive. We hear about the inside, the outside, the intended meaning and the historical significance of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Also, Congress scrambles to end air traffic furloughs, and Hollywood's troubles in China.
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Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Django Unchained, was suddenly pulled two weeks ago, after it had started to run in Chinese theaters for the first time. It was a stunning surprise, but not the first for Hollywood in China. With a billion consumers, China's a potential pot of gold for every industry, including Hollywood. But the search for financing, partnerships and potential viewers has been full of obstacles. The big question is, what does China really want? Kim Masters is editor at large of the Hollywood Reporter and host of The Business on KCRW.
With most members on their way to the airport for a week-long recess, the House today joined the Senate with a vote to end the furloughs of air-traffic controllers. Iowa Republican Tom Latham stated, "We are taking this action to end the administration's political games that threaten our passengers' rights and their safety." The vote was 361 to 41, but Democratic whip Steny Hoyer said it didn't go far enough. "Instead of dressing this serious wound with a small band-aid, let's get to work on a real solution." Lori Montgomery reports on economic policy for the Washington Post.
America's 43rd President now has the country's 13th presidential library. The George W. Bush Presidential Center houses the bullhorn from Ground Zero, the pistol from Saddam Hussein's spider hole and a statue of two favorite dogs. How much is there on missing weapons of mass destruction or Wall Street bailouts? Do Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld or Karl Rove get much attention? Every president since FDR has a similar mix of historical fact and self-serving propaganda assembled on his behalf. We look at the contents, the architecture and the symbolism of Bush's Center in Dallas and at the role of presidential libraries in our political life.
Wayne Slater, journalist and author (@WayneSlater)
Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times (@hawthorneLAT)
Benjamin Hufbauer, University of Louisville (@uofl)
Gary Langer, ABC News (@LangerResearch)
Jon Ward, Huffington Post (@jonward11)