China’s Ministry of Culture has ordered music download sites to delete songs by Lady Gaga (photo), Katy Perry, the Backstreet Boys and other pop stars within two weeks or face punishment. The ministry posted a list of 100 songs — including Lady Gaga’s “Judas” and Perry’s “Last Friday Night” — that had to be purged from the Chinese Web because they had never been submitted for mandatory government screening. Six Lady Gaga songs in all were on the list, all from her latest album. The 12-year-old ballad “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys was also targeted. The ministry said the rule was meant to preserve China’s “national cultural security.” … Former Vice President Dick Cheney provides an unapologetic defense of the George W. Bush administration in his memoir “In My Time” to be released next week. He explains his own decisions about contested national security and domestic policies, explanations that often come at the expense of former Cabinet members and colleagues. Those include the justification to invade Iraq in 2003, a judgment he blames on CIA failures. Although he praises Bush for his leadership and many of his decisions, Cheney says he warned the president that nominating then-White House counsel Harriet E. Miers to the Supreme Court would be “a tough sell.” Bush eventually withdrew the nod amid questions about her qualifications. Cheney’s “personal and political memoir” confirms the central role he played in the Bush administration. He notes that “from the transition onward, there were media stories that I was somehow in charge,” echoing accounts of his time in office that portray him as one of the nation’s most powerful vice presidents. “They weren’t true,” Cheney adds. “And stepping out too publicly would only have fed them.”
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011,
PROGRESS A tractor goes by the 125-by-65-foot American flag flying on the first day of the Half Century of Progress Show at the Rantoul National Aviation Center Airport in Rantoul, Ill., on Thursday. The show, which features one of the largest exhibits of vintage farm equipment, runs through Sunday.
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