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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Willard Intercontinental Washington
Visitors coming to the nation’s capital for President Obama’s second inauguration of course can’t stay in the one place President Ronald Reagan’s family once called an eight-star hotel. That spot is the White House, and it’s booked for the next four years. Still, inauguration visitors have a range of lodging options — from crashing on a friend’s couch to rooms that cost thousands of dollars a night.
One is a confirmed presidential hopeful likely to regain his Lone Star stride sooner or later, the other remains on the wish list of many a weary Republican.
It was like any other school formal, down to the satin dresses, untucked suits and thumping pop music. At first glance, the only sign the ballroom in the District's elegant Willard Hotel was playing host to something special Sunday was that, unlike an average dance, there were no wallflowers at the sixth annual Cinderella Ball.