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says Sixto Malato, a Republican who served under former President George W Bush says he will vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election Paulson wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post saying that Republicans stand at a crossroads “The GOP in putting Trump at the top of the ticket is endorsing a brand of populism rooted in ignorance prejudice fear and isolationism” Paulson wrote “This troubles me deeply as a Republican but it troubles me even more as an American Enough is enough Its time to put country before party and say it together: Never Trump” Paulson wrote about why Trump is not qualified to be president and that he would not be able to bridge the US’s partisan divide He encouraged a bipartisan approach to policy solutions to address the most challenging domestic problems Paulson endorsed Clinton saying “Ill be voting for Hillary Clinton with the hope that she can bring Americans together to do the things necessary to strengthen our economy our environment and our place in the world To my Republican friends: I know Im not alone” Paulson is not the only Republican backing Clinton Earlier this week Brent Scowcroft a top national security adviser to several former Republican presidents endorsed Clinton saying that her experience in politics gives her a "truly unique experience and perspective" to "lead our country at this critical time” Write to Rosalie Chan at RosalieChan@timeinccom"I said to President Obama Im the best ever actress in the East even better than Elizabeth Taylor" Liu Xiaoqing says matter of factly "He just replied yes yes indeed" In the pantheon of great Chinese actresses few names come as revered as Liu The star of more than 60 films and TV shows Madame Liu as she likes to be called has a résumé that includes four marriages once being Chinas richest woman and a jail term for tax evasion Now 61 years young she is keen to discuss her latest role over dinner at Beijings Four Seasons Hotel It’s a role she has already played four times over "The tale of Empress Wu is like jade" she tells TIME dressed in a black tee bearing the slogan "Little Cutie" over a green military-style shirt "Were on a treasure hunt for this most precious of treasures unraveling the mysteries of that period and person" That person is Wu Zetian the only woman to have ever ruled China and that period is the Tang Dynasty (AD618 to 906) Liu is due to reprise the role in a 14-part series entitled Empress due to hit American screens late next year Empress Wu is legendary in China for using her wit intelligence and cunning to eclipse all rivals and rise from her position as Emperor Taizongs favorite concubine to the very apex of court life She also had scores of lovers ruled through 72 prime ministers and is believed to have killed her own daughter "Only after I acted as Empress Wu did people start thinking positive things about her" says Liu Thats evidently why Peter Luo the CEO of Chinese movie company Starlight Films asked Liu to rekindle the role in his new production Game of Thrones executive producer Christopher Newman has signed onto the project Luo says and he is eyeing a "leading most cutting edge" director for the first season tossing out names like Roland Emmerich of Independence Day fame Whoever is chosen "they have to be the very best of the best" says Luo "The show could even expand over five ten or more than ten seasons" Those are big ambitions for a project without a broadcasting deal Still Luo doesnt seem fazed "Once when we finalize the script and the cast will we finally negotiate with HBO" he says "We have them in mind because we have a production team pretty much from Game of Thrones" It becomes clear over the conversation that Starlight plans to adapt the Empress Wu story to produce a Chinese equivalent of Game of Thrones winner of a record 38 Emmys and maker of hundreds of million of dollars for its network The timing maybe right: there will be a Seven Kingdom-sized hole in American viewing schedules after the eighth and final season of the fantasy drama airs possibly as early as next year Could the Middle Kingdom fill it Liu is adamant stressing that Empress will not be a cheap knock-off "Ive watched every episode of Game of Thrones and Ive every confidence that well beat them in every possible way" she says "Otherwise there will be no point in expending so much energy" Having watched the series so exhaustively she must have a favorite character "All of them" Liu answers magnanimously Born in the southwestern province of Sichuan shortly after Mao Zedong declared the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949 Liu always dreamed of stardom But she came of age during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution (1966 to 1976) when plays and films besides those made for propaganda were banned as bourgeois vanities After toiling as a farmhand and a railways worker Liu spent ten years in the army where she finally managed to break through as a propaganda performer earning around ten dollars a month "I couldnt support my family" she says But China began opening up in the late 1970s and Liu quickly established herself as a leading name in a resurgent film and television industry With her name and her earnings she was able to start businesses in real estate beverages alcohol apparel cosmetics and household appliances In 1999 she appeared at number 45 on Forbes list of the 50 richest people in China and was the highest placed woman But three years later came the tax evasion conviction and a year and two months in Beijings notorious Qincheng Jail "When I went in I was the boss and didnt even know how to open a door for myself" she says It was a tough time of bad food and cold showers enlivened only by the odd game of badminton with prison wardens Liu had to sleep with up to seven other inmates on the floor of a small cell "I used to jog diagonally across the cell and the other inmates had to stand against the wall to give me enough space" she says After her release Liu had "nothing only debts" she says "I used to walk around Beijing and say I used to own this house and this house and this house" Despite her celebrity she could only secure roles as a non-speaking extra earning five or ten dollars a day Eventually though better work started arriving: "I was such a wonderful actress that I earned the respect of everyone who met me" Today Liu may not have riches of old but hes happy being "comfortable" Empress Wu of course suffered her own tribulations She was dispatched to a nunnery upon the death of her husband Emperor Taizong and like Liu hauled herself back to glory through guile and determination She won the heart of the new Emperor Gaozong dispatched rivals using fleet-footed assassins but importantly built a following among the common people though wise governance and meritocracy Strong female characters like the Empress remain in short supply in Chinese politics however Mao might have enthused that "women hold up half the sky" but there are no female faces in the upper echelons of todays ruling Communist Party In fact China has only one female provincial governor and one female provincial party secretary Women make up less than a quarter of Chinas National Peoples Congress the nation’s rubber-stamp legislature and are poorly represented in boardrooms too Oddly Liu doesn’t seem to mind "Its the choice of women" she says "Maybe women are not so pushy and attracted to politics" Besides her affinity for the character lies on a far more mystical plane When the Empress production team visited Empress Wus tomb in Chinas ancient walled city of Xian "there was a very beautiful rolling cloud with a silver tint and the local people said it was a miracle because their Empress had returned" Liu says "And a Buddhas halo followed me wherever I went" Write to Charlie Campbell at charliecampbell@timecom The security agencies have standing instructions to arrest and prosecute any and all persons found with illegal arms.IDEAS Sarah Begley is a staff 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