Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says the U.S. should do everything it can to protect a Chinese activist who escaped house arrest and was reported to be hiding in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
In a statement released Sunday, Mr. Romney said the incident involving Chen Guangcheng points toward the broader issue of human rights and that the U.S. should help to reform the communist regime. Mr. Chen exposed forced abortions and sterilizations as a result of China’s one-child policy.
“Any serious U.S. policy toward China,” said Mr. Romney, “must confront the facts of the Chinese government’s denial of political liberties, its one-child policy and other violations of human rights.”
President Obama has not spoken publicly on the incident, which comes on the eve of diplomatic talks with Beijing.
Scandal highlights lack of women in program
The prostitution scandal embroiling the Secret Service has highlighted the dearth of women in the agency.
It’s also raising questions about whether more females in the ranks would prevent future dishonor.
The Secret Service says women make up about 25 percent of the entire workforce, though only about 11 percent of special agents and uniformed officers. That’s lower than the 19 percent of female special agents in the FBI, but still higher than the percentage of female agents in the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the agency is working to recruit more women and that there are women in leadership positions. Those recruitment efforts may be set back by the scandal in Colombia, which has implicated a dozen Secret Service employees and a dozen military personnel.
Maine’s governor calls state workers ‘corrupt’
PORTLAND — Maine’s blunt-speaking governor is again creating a ruckus with his offhanded remarks — this time by calling state government middle managers “about as corrupt as can be.”
At a town hall-style meeting in Newport on Thursday night, Republican Gov. Paul LePage was asked why there are so many fees associated with getting a cosmetologist license.
In response, the governor said state government is too big and too costly and that the state workforce is part of the problem. Mr. LePage told the crowd that he has control over appointed state workers, but has little authority over middle managers and other unionized state employees.