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China has urged its young guns to play their part in making this year’s FIBA World Cup
a tournament to remember after the host nation discovered its group-stage opponents over the weekend.
Saturday’s star-studded draw ceremony at Shenzhen Bay Arena, where the 32 teams were assigned to eight groups, heig
htened anticipation levels for the event, which will be staged from Aug 31-Sept 15 in eight Chinese cities.
Rising forces such as Spain and Argentina are expected to pose a stiff challenge to t
wo-time defending champion the United States, but after being drawn in a relatively easy Group A with
Cote d’Ivoire, Poland and Venezuela, Team China is also planning to make its mark.
“After the dust settles, I would love to hear from our players that they’ve done their utmost and they’ve made their coun
try proud,” said Yao Ming, chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, at the ceremony.
Still, presidential vetoes occur more often than you might think. Every president since Garfield has vetoed at least
one bill. The younger Bush was the first president since John Quincy Adams to go a full four years without a veto, acco
rding to the Congressional Research Service. The House, which was Republican-led for Bush’s entire first term,
was protecting him from bills he opposed. Barack Obama, similarly, had help on Capitol Hill for most of his pr
esidency, just as Trump has. But Obama did veto two bills even when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.
The President with the most vetoes was Democrat Roosevelt, wi
th 635, although he also served the longest in the White House (12 years). All those vetoes cam
e even though Roosevelt enjoyed Democratic majorities for his entire time in the White House.
If you plot vetoes alongside how closely aligned Congress is
to the president, it used to be quite common for a president to veto bills from a House and Senate ali
gned with him. This data comes from The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.