Nov 29, 2016
Bà Elaine Chao - Triệu Tiểu Lan, sinh 1953, BT Lao Động thời TT George W. Bush, được TT đắc cử D. Trump đề cử vào chức vụ BT Giao Thông.
| Elaine Chao and her husband |
Senator Mitch McConnell
ambitious parts of Mr. Trump’s agenda.
Mr. Trump, a real estate magnate, has said infrastructure redevelopment is a priority. And Ms. Chao has experience — politically and personally — in navigating the competing centers of power in the capital. She is married to Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and majority leader.
Ms. Chao was born in Taiwan, and moved to the United States as a child.
As secretary of Labor, she was the only official in Mr. Bush’s cabinet to serve with him for all eight years. While enjoying the praise and admiration of her colleagues, she also invited scorn from organized labor, whose leaders accused her of being too cozy with business interests.
After she left the Bush administration in 2009, Ms. Chao remained quietly active in politics. She has always been a close and, by many accounts, savvy adviser to her husband, immersing herself in even the most minute details of his campaigns like who had donated and who had not.
Nov 28, 2016
Nov 26, 2016
(CNN) Approval ratings for South Korean President Park Geun-hye have dipped into single digits -- and protests calling for her ouster swelled to hundreds of thousands of people Saturday.
In the face of cold and snow, demonstrators filed into the streets of Seoul over the growing scandal that has engulfed Park's presidency and plunged the nation's government into uncertainty.
Massive protests have broken out since late October, and the latest marked the fifth consecutive week of such an immense demonstration.
Organizers of Saturday's protest had called for 2 million people to hit the streets -- no small feat for a country of 50 million. Protesters clutched umbrellas, signs and candles near the Blue House, the presidential residence, in Seoul. Organizers also had called for rallies in other cities, too.
There were small gatherings of support for Park, but they were a fraction of the demonstration against her.
Nov 23, 2016
Còn Hơn Là Một Ngày
More Than A Day
by Karl Fuchs
As Thanksgiving Day rolls around,
It brings up some facts, quite profound.
We may think that we're poor,
Feel like bums, insecure,
But in truth, our riches astound.
Và mùa Lễ Tạ Ân nhộn nhịp đây đó,
Mùa Lễ đem về những, căn phúc.
Người có thể nghĩ mình nghèo túng,
Cảm thấy vô dụng, phập phồng âu lo,
Nhưng thật ra, ta giàu sang vô cùng.
We have friends and family we love;
We have guidance from heaven above.
We have so much more
Than they sell in a store,
We're wealthy, when push comes to shove.
Ta có những bạn và gia đình thương yêu;
Ta còn lời khuyên cung cao tầng trời.
Nhiều thật nhiều
Hơn những gì người ta trưng bán,
Ta giàu có, khi dám lăn mình đương chịu.
So add up your blessings, I say;
Make Thanksgiving last more than a day.
Enjoy what you've got;
Realize it's a lot,
And you'll make all your cares go away.
Vậy cứ hãy chúc lành, tôi nói;
Để ngày Tạ Ân mãi hơn là một ngày
Nếm vị ngon mà bạn có;
Biết rằng còn hơn là hiện hữu,
Và bạn sẽ xua đi những phiền não lo toan.
Northwest, Nov. 2016