Jintao Visit: The arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao in the United States brings him face to face with an Obama administration that has grown more hard-nosed about the course of what is arguably the most important relationship the United States maintains with a foreign power, the Washington Post reports.
Golden Ticket: Goldman Sachs executives have long been among the most richly paid on Wall Street in the best of times. They are now poised to reap a windfall that was sown in the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008, according to The New York Times.
Green Light: After more than a year of review and pointed debate, the Federal Communications Commission approved the controversial merger between Comcast and NBC Universal today in a 4-1 vote, Politico reports.
On Trial: Former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer admitted on Wednesday he sent private client data to tax authorities as he went on trial for breaching bank secrecy, but denied blackmail and a bomb threat against Julius Baer, Reuters reports.
Passing: R. Sargent Shriver, who was tapped to create the Peace Corps by his brother-in-law John F. Kennedy and crafted 1960s-era programs that remain cornerstones in the federal government's efforts to combat poverty, died Jan. 18 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, the Washington Post reports.