Thursday's intriguing people
Bob Dylan performs with his band at The Worker's Gymnasium in Beijing on Wednesday.
April 7th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Bob Dylan

The rocker played a show in China on Wednesday night to a crowd who mostly didn't know who he was, just days after artist and activist Ai Weiwei was arrested for alleged "economic crimes." Dylan's set list had to be approved by the Ministry of Culture, and a few of his most popular songs, including "The Times They Are a-Changin'," were not played, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Foreign acts coming into China are watched much more closely than native Chinese bands," said Nevin Domer, booking manager at D-22, a mecca for student rock in Beijing.

Paul Ryan

The Wisconsin congressman is speaking out about his ideas to fix the budget. Ryan, who is the House Republican Budget Committee chairman, tells Time magazine, "This is an actual budget that sets spending levels in all the budget categories for government for the 10-year window and then it gives the [Congressional Budget Office] the ability to carry its numbers out on a trajectory to see what it does." Fareed Zakaria writes that he applauds Ryan's budget proposal because "it is a serious effort to tackle entitlement programs, even though any discussion of cuts in these programs — which are inevitable and unavoidable — could be political suicide. If Democrats don't like his budget ideas, they should propose their own."

Carl Jackson

The 64-year-old Augusta, Georgia, native is caddying his 50th Masters this week. He told some of his favorite stories of the tournament at Augusta National, recounting when the exclusive club started allowing personal caddies for the golfers rather than the locals and how Ben Crenshaw thought it was beneficial to keep a local caddy to help him navigate the course. Jackson was Crenshaw's caddy when he won his first Masters in 1984.

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  1. JAZZ

    Turely one of the best from my day, U go Bob

    April 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. JAZZ

    Truely one of the greats from my day, U go bob 🙂

    April 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. super rich

    Having plenty is not important.
    The thing is having more then the next person.
    Thank you Paul Ryan!

    April 7, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. blogging?

    Bob Dylan is one of the GREATS!
    his inspiration and influence on the world and music is something to admire and applaud. it will be there for generations and generations to come!

    April 7, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. blogging?

    paul ryan scares me and his agenda is very disturbing. just for even one of many proposals – slashing medicaid/medicare. i am very upset at the direction he is heading to with his proposal and if accepted i'm afraid we will be in a very dangerous situation.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    I remember when Tiger Woods was kicked off Augusta National's driving range when he was a youngster. Augusta has a long history marred by racism. Amazing golf course though.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @blogging?...i'd say we are in the middle of your "dangerous situation" even now.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. blogging?

    @Philip – yes, agree 100%! we are on the verge of a gov't shutdown, unbelievable. i don't like these wars we're in but i read that military personnel would not be paid if the shutdown happens. these guys are putting their lives on the line and they won't pay them? crazy. crazy situation.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. blogging?

    can't recall. have we ever had a gov't shutdown? and if so when did that occur?

    April 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Katie

    come to chicago!!!!!! WE ALL KNOW AND LOVE YOU HERE!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. blogging?

    I really don't care about this crap, all of you can kiss my behind

    April 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. paula

    Love Bob. I'm skocked he would play in China. They just arrested Ai Weiwei, an amazing artist and so much more. While I sit here trying to think what I could do with one small voice I reflect on the fact that people just turn their backs on the fact that China is communist gov. they have no respect for human rights or life. Not to mention all are jobs are there. I wish CNN would report on Ai Weiwei and show China for what it really is.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. blogging?

    I would like to inform you guys that I'm gay, feel free to join me, its the best way to cope with it, thanks everyone for your friendship and love.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    To slightly rewrite Caesar:
    This is a man with guts.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. blogging?

    the sick people are at it again. that is not me above, someone is playing sick, demented games. i've reported this person(s) and will continue to. from what happened yesterday, i am confident that the main person behind this is the one who has posted frequently in the past as "The Devil", "Satan" and "Lucifer" – how fitting. i am going to do everything in my power, professionally and legally, to get this individual stopped. i am very sick about this and also very angry. the wheels are in motion. this person has threatened me on other threads. death threats. he/she will be stopped.

    no more cnn for me. any other comments you read with my screen name are NOT me. sick, evil individual.....

    April 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
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