Charles T. (Chuck) Manatt passed away late last month at the age of 75. As Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 1981 to 1985, Chuck rebuilt that organization into a much more powerful force in the national political scene.
Robert Gates agreed to hold talks with China next year. Cybersecurity, oil politics, and China's expanding role in Latin America will all be on the agenda. And if Liu Xiaobo doesn't have his 'get out of jail' card by then, he might be too.