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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Spy Games

(Fox News) - Foreign-owned hotels in China are being told to install government software that can spy on Internet use by guests coming for the Olympic Games.

Tuesday, Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas produced a document from China's Public Security Bureau that requires hotels to use the surveillance software. Several international hotel chains confirmed the government order to Brownback, but are declining to identify themselves for fear of reprisal.

The senator says hotels are in a bind because they do not want to comply, but they also do not want to jeopardize their investments. Failure to install the software could result in the loss of a license to operate a hotel in China.


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