TOKYO - If you want to silence a room filled with Japanese politicians, suggest they should learn from China.
The conventional wisdom favors the flip side of this dynamic: China should be studying Japan's playbook.
A year from now, the federal government will start collecting a new tax on medical devices from tongue depressors to imaging machines, thanks to the sweeping health-care overhaul that Democrats enacted in the spring of 2010.
Billions of dollars are lost each year to online piracy, which stifles the ability of writers, songwriters and others in the creative arts to earn the royalties they are due and drains profits from legitimate manufacturers.
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts turned to John Sasso for help in getting a health-care bill through the state legislature, may want to solicit the Democratic operative's advice again, this time on how to handle Ron Paul.
In 1918 a German scholar named Oswald Spengler produced a weighty tome titled "Decline of the West," which had quite a vogue in the first half of the 20th century and probably still sits unread in American homes.