Washington Daybook: Smackdown! Bruce Lee v. Betty White

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Bruce Lee in "Enter the Dragon."

The ghost of Bruce Lee takes on Betty White for the attention of fans at competing events tonight in the nation’s capital, after Congress and the Obama Administration stage events that both celebrities might have starred in:

“Enter the Dragon”: The Commerce Dept. announces whether it will add duties to imports of solar panels from China based on allegations that Chinese companies are selling the products at a loss to drive out U.S. competition.

Trade with China has become a hot-button issue in the U.S. presidential campaign after the trade deficit with China widened to $295 billion last year, with some U.S. leaders calling for a harder line on the Asian nation to help drive down the 8.2 percent U.S. unemployment rate. Additionally, U.S. actions to support its own solar industry have come under fire from Republicans after Solyndra LLC, which was backed by the Obama administration, went bankrupt.

“Hot in Cleveland”: Vice President Biden speaks at a Chevrolet dealer in Ohio at 11:45 a.m. to highlight the rescue of the auto industry, while Karl Roves’ Crossroads GPS, an independent Republican organization, begins airing ads in the state that contend President Obama broke campaign promises.

“Golden Guys:” The Senate votes on two Federal Reserve Board nominees — Harvard University professor Jeremy Stein and Jerome Powell, an attorney and private equity investor who was a Treasury undersecretary for President George H.W. Bush. Then the chamber debates taking up a bill to reauthorize fees paid by industry to the FDA for human drug applications and medical device reviews. If Congress doesn’t act, the FDA has to stop collecting the fees after Sept. 30.

Meanwhile, the House will be plowing through proposed amendments to defense authorization.

“FISTS OF FURRY:” Actor Betty White signs copies of her books and discusses her love of animals in an interview at George Washington University at 7 p.m., while Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.; Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla.; Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill.; and Rep. Honda, D-Calif., participate in a reception and film screening of Spike TV’s documentary “I Am Bruce Lee.” Shannon Lee, daughter of the late martial-arts master, receives a Congressional Resolution, H.Res.654, honoring the contributions of Bruce Lee and the ongoing work of her foundation. Motion Picture Association of America, 1600 I Street NW. 6:30 p.m.

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