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Read this: Tai Shan headed back to China, 'Up in the Air' soars, Salahi investigation continues


Tai Shan is hard at work . . . being adorable. (Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian's National Zoo via Getty Images)

UPDATED: Salahis in court in Warren County, Va., today. Tareq forced to lose the watch off his wrist to settle unpaid bill from landscaper. The couple left court to find a ticket on their car, reports our colleague James Hohmann.


Happy Friday, everyone! So many important things to cover today:

  • Tai Shan, the cutest living thing to ever have been known as "Butterstick," will be sent back to China soon. We knew this day was coming -- he's been on an expensive loan to the U.S. -- but still, it smarts! Adorable panda video footage here.

  • Ann Hornaday says "Up in the Air" is "smart, alert, supremely entertaining." I suppose that means we should all go see it, immediately.

  • Neely Tucker continues to peel back the layers of Michaele and Tareq Salahi's business dealings and charitable foundation. The state of Virginia has launched an investigation into the couple's America's Polo Cup, and the Indian Embassy -- the couple's stated connection to last week's state dinner -- has dropped out of the event.

  • Meanwhile, Michael Shear looks to how the Salahi debacle -- and how White House social secretary DesirĂ©e Rogers is being protected from having to testify about her role therein -- tests the Obama administration's stated desire for transparency:

    Obama's top aides -- echoing former president George W. Bush and other past Oval Office occupants -- say the idea of sending the woman in charge of White House parties to a congressional committee runs counter to years of history and to the separation of powers built into the Constitution.
    It's an argument that some scholars found to be a stretch. "It doesn't even pass the laugh test, to be quite blunt about it," said Mark Rozell, a public policy professor at George Mason University and author of a new book on executive privilege. "This definitely goes against the president's own pledge for a more open administration, and to move beyond the secrecy practices of the Bush era."

    Elsewhere in Style: George Stephanopolous is mulling over a plum job offer: co-hosting "Good Morning America." ABC keeps standing Adam Lambert up. And Paul Farhi looks at Tiger Woods's recent crisis PR meltdown.

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