Why do I have the feeling that if hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of Chinese imports and of American business investments in China were not at stake, quiet diplomacy wouldn't be the slogan du jour?
Trio of films offers eclectic choices.
Two years after the USA Patriot Act became law, Jewish groups are still searching for the balance between law enforcement and civil liberties.
The passage of the legislation in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks divided Jewish groups who were ambivalent about the legislation from allies in the civil-rights community that immediately sought to have the law revoked.
The central reason for the Jewish groups' hesitancy to defend civil liberties -- one of the causes Jews generally champion -- is that the act's provisions were designed to target groups viewed as hostile to Jews.
As networks rushed to excise programming that might evoke the Sept. 11 tragedy, a record 25. 2 million viewers tuned in to watch a stand alone episode of "The West Wing" last week that explored issues raised by the attacks.