- GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends
- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
- Minnesota guardsman charged with stealing private soldier data for fake IDs
- Florida appeals court rules universities can’t regulate guns
- Vladimir Putin defends Russian conservative values
Inside the Beltway: Chris Christie the noun
Meanwhile, the restless pundit soon hits the road. He embarks Saturday on a sold-out, six-city “Bolder and Fresher” speaking tour with talk-radio host Dennis Miller.
Does a certain space agency still have its 1960s-era space-age mojo intact? Maybe.
“NASA is looking for far-out ideas,” the agency points out in a solicitation for its Innovative Advanced Concepts program, which has so far yielded feasibility studies for “printable spacecraft,” along with a “landsailing” exploration rover for Venus.
“Creating technologies needed to keep our explorers — robotic and human — alive and well is a terrific challenge, and these transformative concepts have the potential to mature into the solutions that enable future missions,” explains Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology.
The agency expects to initiate five studies this year, and, amazingly enough, there’s funding afoot. Selected proposers will receive as much as $500,000. See more here: nasa.gov/niac.
CLASH OF THE COMMUNICATORS
Interesting how rival spokesmen monitor one another. Republican National Committee Communications DirectorSean Spicer has looked askance on the recent doings of a counterpart.
“Some of you have already read Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse’s desperate fundraising plea Friday in which he actually accused Republicans of ‘making up so-called scandals out of thin air.’ I don’t need to tell you all how bizarre that statement is,” Mr. Spicer declared in an open memo to journalists.
The now familiar trio of events centered on Benghazi, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service are not fiction, he said.
The Democratic Party is “either in denial or desperate. I’m not sure which is worse: pretending the gross incompetence and unaccountability displayed by the federal government is a farce, or attempting to distort these serious scandals for the sake of monetary gain,” Mr. Spicer added.
“Maybe the Democratic National Committee has decided that if they can’t defend their party, they’ll just deny reality. It’s sad and shameful. And I wish I were making this up.”
POLL DU JOUR
• 45 percent of Americans say they disliked the 2010 federal health care law when it passed, and “still” dislike it.
• 82 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of conservatives, 13 percent of Democrats and 10 percent of liberals agree.
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