If I Were President... - Interactive Feature Opinion We've heard from the media and from experts — incessantly. What if we entered a pundit-free zone? THERE’S a near-total disconnect between our real, large, urgent problems and the who’s-up-who’s-down cage match that is the daily bread of our pundit class. Annie Murphy Paul: Your Morning Routine Is Making You Dull Brrriiinnng. The alarm clock buzzes in another hectic weekday morning. You leap out of bed, rush into the shower, into your clothes and out the door with barely a moment to think. A stressful commute gets your blood pressure climbing. Once at the office, you glance through the newspaper, its array of stories ranging from discouraging to depressing to tragic. Harry T. Burn Harry Thomas Burn, Sr. (November 12, 1895 – February 19, 1977) was a member of the Tennessee General Assembly for McMinn County, Tennessee. Burn became the youngest member of the state legislature when he was elected at the age of twenty-two. He is best remembered for action taken to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment during his first term in the legislature. Education
Take Back the Senate, Senators The current condition of the Senate constitutes a national emergency. Not long ago, Americans looked to the Senate to be, in Walter Mondale’s words, the “national mediator,” reconciling regional and ideological differences through thoughtful legislating, serious debate, hard bargaining and principled compromise. Today, however, after a 20-year downward spiral, the once great Senate is polarized, paralyzed and dysfunctional. Last month, as she announced her decision to retire, Olympia Snowe, Republican of Maine, described a Senate that “routinely jettisons regular order,” “serially legislates by political brinksmanship” and “habitually eschews full debate and an open amendment process in favor of competing, up-or-down, take it or leave it proposals.”
Like a Roomba for outer space! Swiss scientists launch “janitor satellite” to clean up space junk Swiss Space Center/AP The Swiss Space Center launched the "CleanSpace One", a project to develop and build the first installment of a family of satellites specially designed to clean up space debris. GENEVA — The tidy Swiss want to clean up space. Swiss scientists said Wednesday they plan to launch a “janitor satellite” specially designed to get rid of orbiting debris known as space junk. The 10-million-franc ($11-million) satellite called CleanSpace One — the prototype for a family of such satellites — is being built by the Swiss Space Center at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne, or EPFL. EPFL said Wednesday its launch would come within three to five years and its first tasks are to grab two Swiss satellites launched in 2009 and 2010. The U.S. space agency NASA says over 500,000 pieces of spent rocket stages, broken satellites and other debris are being tracked as they orbit Earth.
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball The Trumpmare: Can the Republicans Save the Senate? Larry J. Sabato and Kyle Kondik, Sabato's Crystal Ball March 3rd, 2016 Let’s have some speculative fun, if such a thing is possible in this election year. After recent primaries, it’s not a stretch to imagine Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee; in fact, the odds at the moment favor this outcome. Now, add a second, more controversial projection: Trump loses the general election handily to Hillary Clinton.
Congressional Performance Congressional Performance Incumbents, Beware: Just 29% Think You Deserve Reelection to Congress Email this Whitney Drug Probe: Investigators to quiz doctors who wrote Houston’s multiple sedative prescriptions Tibrina Hobson/WireImage Whitney Houston's death probe focuses on prescription drugs. Investigators will question Whitney Houston’s doctors to determine who gave the dead diva the sedatives that may have played a role in her untimely death. "We will try to obtain medical records from her doctors,” said Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. “There were some prescription bottles that were not identified in terms of what they were.” Winter told the Daily News that cops did not find a large number of pill bottles in the fourth-floor luxury suite at the Beverly Hilton where she died. Winter said there were a couple of older pill bottles in Houston’s hotel room and one that had been filled recently.