• Power Players

    Would you live in an 8-by-40-foot shipping container that’s been to China and back?

    Two young real estate developers in Washington, D.C., say their new apartment building of converted steel hulks, once used to haul cargo across oceans, has people lined up to move in.

    “It was a great feeling to know that … we could repurpose these and that we could put them into this use and the finished product is going be beautiful,” said Sean Joiner, who is behind the project with business partner Matthew Grace.

    If the idea of living inside an 11,000 pound box of steel doesn’t sound “beautiful,” Joiner and Grace say the completed space will be convincing.

    “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?” Joiner said. “A lot of people would argue that living in a steel glass building, people pay a lot of money for that, right? That's what this is.”

    The three-story building, made of 18 repurposed containers, will have all the amenities of a standard apartment structure.

    “It's going to have a

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    As a crab boat captain, Captain Keith Colburn spends much of his life at the mercy of Mother Nature off the coast of Alaska.

    “I love what I do, and I love being on the water,” Colburn told “Power Players.” “There's something about being out there and being in the middle of something that you can't control.”

    But the crab boat captain -- made famous for his starring role in Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” -- said during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., that the ripples of political gridlock and policy decisions have also rocked his boat.

    Just last year, Colburn’s business weathered the government shutdown.

    “With over 8 million pounds of king crab to harvest among the fleet, we probably lost over $100,000 to $150,000 a boat,” Colburn estimated. Crab boats had little choice but to stay docked during the 15-day shutdown, because the government regulators who issue permits and manage catch quotas were off the job.

    Though the shutdown is now a thing of the past, Colburn

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  • Politics Confidential

    Warren Harding is typically remembered as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history. But a soon-to-be-released trove of love letters between the 29th president and his longtime mistress also reveal that he may have been one of the most passionate.

    “Some of them are truly beautiful -- about what does it mean to be in love,” said James David Robenalt, the author of “The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage during the Great War.” “‘This is the big love,’ he says, ‘This is the surpassing love.’”

    Some of the letters include soaring poetry and lurid sexual fantasies.

    “Three weeks ago [this robe] touched and covered your beautiful form, and that made it hallowed to me, and I wanted contact with it, to make me seem nearer to you,” Warren wrote to his mistress Carrie Fulton Phillips in one letter. “And I wanted to sit before the fire afterward, in freedom of dress, and dream of you and of loving you, intimately.”

    “It gets very explicit in there,” said Robenalt, who went on

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