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06 декабря, 16:05

All Eyes and Ears -- Timely Documentary about China, Trade, and Jon Huntsman

The documentary "All Eyes and Ears" is a timely exploration into the complex links between the U.S. and China. It uses the stories of then-U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, his adopted daughter born in China, Gracie Mei, who narrates the film, and blind civil rights advocate Chen Guangcheng for what director Vanessa Hope calls "the yin and the yang of American relations with China." The film is now available streaming on most platforms, including Amazon and iTunes. President-Elect Donald Trump was outspoken during the campaign on his commitment to renegotiate our trade agreements with China. His phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen following the election rattled the diplomatic community and provoked a strong rebuke from China. Now the possibility that Jon Huntsman is being considered for a position in the Trump administration makes this film of special interest. Huntsman has spoken out in support of President-Elect Trump's call with Taiwan. Our relationship with China is a complicated one, involving geopolitics, trade, outsourcing and the $1.157 trillion in United States IOUs China holds as the owner of 30 percent of our national debt. Each element of that relationship challenges and sometimes impedes our ability to negotiate on the others. Hope's documentary feature debut evokes the personal and the international with its accent on diplomacy, activism, and individual experience. The film follows Huntsman and his family during his tenure as ambassador and traces Chen Guangcheng's journey from house arrest to asylum at the U.S. Embassy, and his thoughts on China's ambitions as an emergent world power. This exclusive clip raises the issue of the fragility of a relationship where one country is producing and the other is consuming and corporations have more bargaining power than governments. China's low-paid workers produce goods that they cannot afford to buy for US consumers whose manufacturing jobs -- and the ability to pay for consumer goods with the wages from those jobs -- are disappearing. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

06 декабря, 02:23

Trump’s ‘Who Wants To Be A Secretary Of State?’ Enters Third Week

WASHINGTON – For fans disappointed that Donald Trump no longer hosts “The Apprentice,” here’s good news: The president-elect will continue a real-life version of his series over the coming days or even weeks. “Apprentice, Secretary of State Edition” is already in its third week, with fresh contestants apparently still being added to the mix – and with no clear date yet for the big finale when the cabinet’s most prestigious job gets filled. “He actually is choosing his apprentice at this point,” said Seth Grossman, a producer of series like “Big Fish Texas” and “Hollywood Hillbillies.” “We are now thinking about this in terms of a reality show rather than thinking about the policy implications.” Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told reporters Sunday that the search was, indeed, widening beyond the four “finalists” the campaign had talked about. “That list is expanding because at the moment, there are no, there is not a finite list of finalists only because he will interview with additional candidates early this week,” she said. “More than four but who knows how many finalists there will be. It’s a big decision and nobody should rush through it.” That was just days after spokesman Jason Miller told reporters that Trump was down to four choices. Miller actually named former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, while numerous published reporters mentioned Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and retired Army Gen. David Petraeus. “The secretary of state position has been narrowed down to four potential candidates,” Miller said. But now, Trump plans to meet with Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson on Tuesday and former NATO Commander James Stavridis – who actually was being considered as a running mate for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton – on Thursday. Other names reportedly under consideration: former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. All of which raises questions about Romney, the biggest and most unlikely name to date to emerge as a candidate for Trump’s cabinet. Romney not only opposed Trump during the Republican primaries, he was also among the most outspoken Republicans to denounce Trump as wholly unqualified for the presidency. Romney nevertheless made a visit to Trump’s golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, last month, spending nearly an hour and a half meeting with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Two weeks later, he journeyed to New York to dine with Trump and incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. The menu included frogs’ legs soup, and photos from the meeting showed Romney’s tight smile. Ryan Williams, an aide to Romney during his unsuccessful 2012 White House run, was glad to see his former boss work for the greater good of the country, even if it meant setting aside his differences with Trump. On Monday, Williams wasn’t sure what to make of the latest turn. “I don’t think anyone really knows what’s going on,” he said. Other Romney aides have suspected all along that Trump is more interested in humiliating Romney by subjecting him to a very public courting process before ultimately choosing someone else. One prominent GOP consultant, not a former Romney aide, said that it seemed like Trump is at this point intentionally stringing things out. “If you wanted to torment Mitt Romney, what would do it more than this?” he said on condition of anonymity to criticize the incoming president from his party. The consultant added that he wouldn’t be at all surprised if, in the end, the job goes to either Romney or Huntsman – because of their looks. “That’s the only criteria we know of from Trump himself, right? That you look like a secretary of state?” he said. Grossman, the reality TV show producer, said he also wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Romney – one, because it makes Trump seem magnanimous for even considering him, and, two, it would let him send Romney all over the world on errands that Trump doesn’t want to do himself. “He’s a famously vindictive person, so he’s thinking it would be great to have this person under my thumb for a few years,” Grossman said of Trump. “He’s a simple person to understand, but we all want to see what he’s going to do next.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

05 декабря, 21:59

Meet Billionaire Scion Jon Huntsman Jr., Possible Secretary Of State For Trump

Jon Huntsman Jr., former Utah governor and ex-U.S. ambassador to China. (AndrewHarrer/Bloomberg) President-elect Donald Trump has already tappedtwo members of American billionairefamilies to help him run the country. A third might jointhe party. The New York Times reportedSunday that former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. now figures among Trump's candidates under consideration [...]

05 декабря, 05:11

Trump revels in the secretary of state show

The president-elect is in no hurry to choose his top diplomat, people close to the transition say.

04 декабря, 19:54

Trump expands search for secretary of state beyond Romney and three other finalists

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman is among the others who might get a look.

29 ноября, 19:37

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman mulling 2018 Senate run

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is considering a run for the Senate in 2018, he told Bloomberg in a podcast interview released Tuesday.“I’ve always said that I’ve got one more run left in our bones. And I don’t know what that will be. But I love this country,” Huntsman said. “We’re going to take a good look at maybe a future Senate run in the state of Utah.”Whether or not the two-time Utah governor runs for office will depend on whether or not longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) seeks an eighth term in the upcoming midterm elections. Hatch had previously said he will not run in 2018 but told Roll Call earlier this month that Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election had given him cause to reconsider retiring from the Senate.In addition to serving as Utah’s governor, Huntsman was the U.S. ambassador to China for President Barack Obama. He ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 but dropped out after failing to register significant support in either Iowa or New Hampshire, the first two primary states.

21 ноября, 01:55

10 Celebrities Who Broke Up Because of a Movie Role

Sadly, most celebrity relationships end on bad terms. Here are 10 celebrities who couldn't stay faithful to their partners on set.

15 ноября, 00:32

Trump's attack dog on climate

Myron Ebell dismisses the science on global warming, mocks environmentalists and has made a career of attacking Republicans for being too soft. And he could soon be leading the EPA.

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10 ноября, 02:48

7 Sequels and Reboots We’re Not Looking Forward To

We're all a little sick of sequels and reboots by now, but these ones seem especially rotten. Who was clambering for a remake of 'Jumanji', anyway?

07 ноября, 21:37

Gideon's Band Blogging: Ana Navarro Is a Mensch...

One of far too few Republican mensches, I must say... **Ana Navarro**: _[I'm voting for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump][]_: "I didn't want to write this. I avoided making a decision as long as I could... [Ana Navarro: I'm voting for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump - CNN.com]:...

06 ноября, 21:03

Why Penn Won’t Talk About Donald Trump

As Trump becomes the university’s most famous alum, campus leaders scramble to protect its brand.

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04 ноября, 20:00


I’M NOT AN ARACHNOPHOBE, BUT THAT’S A GOOD THING BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE A LAND CRAB: The internet is freaking out about this terrifyingly large huntsman spider.

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20 октября, 00:03

Hatch may reverse himself and run in 2018

The Senate’s most senior Republican — Utah's Orrin Hatch — is seriously considering a run for an eighth term, a move that would reverse his 2012 declaration that he would retire at the end of his current term.Hatch is mulling a run for an eighth term in the 2018 midterms, according to Republicans in Washington and Utah, though he has made no final decision and will likely wait until the current election is over to do so. And if he were to run again, he could draw a primary challenge from Republicans that have been itching to run for a statewide seat since Hatch first announced his retirement plans.“I don’t think he’s made a decision. I don’t think that will happen until after the election. He should wait and see if he wins the majority,” said one top Utah GOP consultant operative on Tuesday. “He is legitimately thinking about it but I think one reason to stay on the fence for as long as possible is you maintain relevance and legitimacy.”“He hasn’t ruled it out. And he’s also going to wait and see what happens in this election,” said a second Republican operative in the state. “He hasn’t really decided what he’s going to do for sure.”Hatch’s office said late Tuesday he's concentrating on the most immediate task at-hand: Keeping the Senate majority. "Senator Hatch is working overtime to help elect fellow Republicans in November. Although many have urged him to consider serving another term, he won't even begin to think about the 2018 cycle until after this year's elections," said Rob Porter, Hatch's chief of staff. Some Republicans think he’s leaning toward another run, with the 82-year-old Hatch sending strong signals to supporters and donors that he’s gearing up for another tussle with the state’s conservatives. Hatch is viewed by some some conservative activists as too moderate, though he easily dispatched a challenger from the right in 2012 after former Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) lost his primary in 2010.Hatch has given top GOP fundraiser Heather Larrison an expanded role on the political side, said several sources close to Hatch’s political operation. Larrison, who served as finance director for Jeb Bush's failed 2016 presidential bid, has helped fundraise for him in the past and is currently assisting Hatch with raising money for Senate Republicans, but she would be a serious asset for Hatch if he were to run again.And multiple Republicans interviewed by POLITICO confirmed they’ve talked to Hatch about running, many of them making the case that he should run both to help his state and to keep the upper rungs of Senate leadership relatively stable. Hatch is the president pro tempore of the Senate when Republicans are in the majority, with a security detail and in the line of succession for the presidency, and is currently the Senate finance chairman with several terms of eligibility left to stay as the top Republican on the powerful tax-writing panel. “Sen. Hatch is an asset for the state of Utah. It would be a huge thing for the state of Utah to not have him there,” said Bill Simmons, the managing director for Dutko Grayling, a lobbying firm with several Utah clients. “My advice to him was: ‘Sir, this is a big decision you’ve got to make, but before you make this decision please consider the state of Utah and how important the work that you’ve done for the state.’”Indeed Hatch has never been more powerful in the Senate than he is today. But several prominent Republicans have been eyeing Hatch’s seat, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., a moderate and former ambassador to China for President Barack Obama.“Sen. Hatch is beloved in Utah, and I've heard nothing indicating he's thinking of running again,” said Huntsman in an email. He did not respond to a follow-up on whether he is considering running for the Senate seat himself. Huntsman and Chaffetz, along with much of the state’s political leadership, have disavowed Donald Trump in the wake of audio demonstrating him bragging about making unwanted sexual advances towards women. Hatch called those comments “offensive and disgusting” but did not unendorse Trump, and recently he has been a prominent voice in the Senate backing Trump, particularly in September when Trump’s electoral chances were rosier.“I think Utah is going to go for Evan McMullin. They’re smart to shut up about it,” said the first Republican consultant in Utah. “A month ago Hatch held onto the illusion that Trump might win and wanted to maintain a friendly stance. It’s a difficult spin to abandon him right now.”

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14 октября, 13:49

Jon Huntsman supported Trump before last Friday. Foreign policy experts think they know why.

Huntsman wants to be somebody's secretary of state. But whose?

13 октября, 12:11

Trump’s lurid tape just made Evan McMullin relevant

For the first time, the 'independent conservative' candidate has a chance to make a mark in 2016.

08 октября, 19:58

Which Republicans want to fire Trump?

An explosive report that Donald Trump once made a series of demeaning sexual comments about women, bragging about groping them, is prompting an unprecedented number of Republicans to rebuke their own presidential nominee, condemning him Saturday in harsh terms. His campaign reeling and Republicans in panic as the revelations threaten to be the fatal blow to their bid to retake the White House, some are even demanding that Trump drop out of the race and let his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, assume his place at the top of the ticket.The comments, made in a private conversation in 2005 and caught by a hot microphone before the Washington Post published them on Friday, do not mark the first time Trump has drawn criticism for his history of making inflammatory statements targeting groups of people. But they have clearly struck a new chord among major players in the GOP. Here are the prominent Republicans who have condemned Trump’s remarks, from those who simply criticized them to those who rescinded their endorsements and others who want to remove him as the party’s nominee. Some of them had endorsed Trump before Friday, while others never had.Republicans who have called for Trump to be replaced as the GOP nomineeSen. Kelly AyotteRep. Bradley ByrneAl CardenasRep. Mike CoffmanRep. Barbara ComstockSen. Mike CrapoGov. Dennis DaugaardRep. Rodney DavisRob EngstromCarly FiorinaSen. Deb FischerSen. Jeff FlakeRep. Jeff FortenberrySen. Cory GardnerRep. Scott GarrettHugh HewittJon HuntsmanSen. Mark KirkBill KristolSen. Mike LeeRep. Mia LoveSen. Lisa MurkowskiGeorge PatakiCondoleezza RiceRep. Martha RobySen. Ben SasseA.J. SpikerSen. Dan SullivanRep. Chris StewartSen. John ThuneRep. Fred UptonRep. Ann WagnerFormer GE chief Jack WelchRepublicans who have said they will not vote for Trump/withdrawn an endorsement because of his remarksGov. Robert BentleyRep. Jason ChaffetzGov. Gary HerbertGov. John KasichRep. Steve KnightRep. Frank LoBiondoSen. John McCainRep. Erik PaulsenSen. Rob PortmanRep. Tom RooneyArnold SchwarzeneggerRepublicans who have denounced Trump's remarks(some of these Republicans had not previously endorsed Trump)Sen. Roy BluntSen. Richard BurrJeb BushSen. Bill CassidySen. Susan CollinsSen. Ted CruzGov. Doug DuceyRep. Joe HeckSen. Ron JohnsonMichigan Republican chair Ronna Romney McDonaldSen. Mitch McConnellLt. Gov. Dan PatrickRNC chair Reince Priebus Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersMitt RomneySen. Marco RubioRep. Paul RyanGov. Rick ScottSen. Pat ToomeyRep. Todd Young

08 октября, 14:41

Why Trump won't get dumped from the GOP ticket

There's a little-known rule that gives party leaders the authority to choose a new nominee, but RNC members are so far showing no appetite for invoking it.

08 октября, 07:21

Donald Trump 'Apologizes' In Recording That Looks Like A Hostage Tape

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump apologized for lewd comments about women he made in 2005.  In the audio of the video, Trump talked about trying to have sex with a married woman and being able to grab women “by the pussy” because of his fame. “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am ... I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize,” Trump said in a video statement released early Saturday morning. “This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today,” Trump added. He once again pointed to former President Bill Clinton’s past infidelity. Trump was widely criticized after a recording of the comments, which were made to then-”Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, was published by The Washington Post and NBC News on Friday.  Trump initially issued a nonapology for those comments, calling them “locker room talk.” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ― notably the first female candidate for president for a major party ― condemned Trump’s comments on Friday, calling them “horrific”: This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president. https://t.co/RwhW7yeFI2— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2016 After the recordings were made public, many Republicans called for Trump to drop out of the presidential race, including one-time presidential hopeful and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).  .@realDonaldTrump should drop out. @GOP should engage rules for emergency replacement.— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) October 8, 2016 Other Republicans rescinded their endorsements of Trump, including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). Other Republicans denounced Trump’s comments but refused to take back their endorsement of him for president, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who said he was “sickened” by Trump’s comments. That recording was just one instance in a wave of damning comments by Trump about women unearthed throughout his campaign. Days before this audio was released, The Associated Press published a report detailing Trump’s lewd behavior toward women when he worked on his NBC show “The Apprentice.” Clinton kicked off controversy after the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, when she brought up comments Trump had made about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.  Machado claimed Trump had called her “Miss Housekeeping” and “Miss Piggy” after she gained some weight. Trump added fuel to that fire with several late-night tweets that called Machado “disgusting” and accused her of having a sex tape. Trump has used many offensive phrases to describe women’s looks, including “a young and beautiful piece of ass” and “no longer a 10.” He has accused women of being gold diggers, had Miss Universe contestants parade in front of him and once questioned whether Fox News host Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” after the two butted heads at a debate. He has repeatedly made questionable comments about his own daughter, Ivanka Trump, once saying if she weren’t his daughter, “perhaps, I would be dating her.” In a HuffPost/YouGov survey taken earlier this week, 54 percent of registered voters said Trump does not respect women, while just 32 percent said he does. A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Friday showed almost one-third of Trump supporters would rather cast their ballot for Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=56f6f0a5e4b0a372181a2480,55f5a780e4b077ca094f64b3,57011b48e4b0daf53aefe877 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.