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  • Executive Director of GOP Strategy Group Fired

    12/11/2013 2:07:44 PM PST · by HenryArmitage · 18 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2013 | DANIEL STRAUSS
    Paul Teller, the executive director of the conservative Republican Study Committee, has reportedly been fired, a senior GOP aide confirmed to TPM on Wednesday. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA, pictured), the chairman of the RSC, asked for Teller's resignation, according to Politico on Wednesday. The RSC serves as the policy group for roughly 170 conservative members in the House. A senior GOP aide said that Teller had been "divulging private, member level conversations and actively working against strategies developed by the RSC members." Teller's firing is also notable given that when Scalise took the reigns of the RSC in 2012 he...
  • McConnell Shoots Down Ted Cruz's Plan To Risk Shutdown Over Obamacare

    09/23/2013 2:54:24 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 87 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT | SAHIL KAPUR
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) broke with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday, revealing that he won't filibuster legislation to fund the government in service of conservative goals to defund Obamacare. The Republican leader's decision is a major blow to the push by Cruz and powerful conservative activist groups, who wanted Republicans to unite and filibuster a continuing resolution until Democrats caved agreed to gut funding for the Affordable Care Act. "Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans' bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny,"...
  • China Refuses to Send Envoy to N. Korea

    04/04/2013 9:58:10 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 10 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | 4.4.2013 | Choi Hyung-kyu
    BEIJING - Pyongyang has allegedly asked Beijing to send them an envoy in order to improve their soured relations, but Beijing turned it down, seen as a warning regarding the regime’s recent warmongering rhetoric. Multiple sources in Beijing told the JoongAng Ilbo on Tuesday that “North Korea asked China to send a high-ranking envoy at the deputy-ministerial-level, but China rejected it. “China said ‘if they want an envoy, North Korea should send their envoy [to China] first,’” the source said. However, the North hasn’t sent an envoy to Beijing so far, the sources said. If they do, China is likely...
  • HOUSE REPUBLICANS CIRCULATE PLAN TO OUST BOEHNER FROM SPEAKERSHIP

    12/21/2012 6:34:07 PM PST · by HenryArmitage · 85 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 12,21,2012 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Several conservative House Republican members are contemplating a plan to unseat Speaker John Boehner from his position on January 3, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Staffers have compiled a detailed action plan that, if executed, could make this a reality. The Republicans, both conservatives and more establishment members alike, are emboldened after the failure of Boehner’s fiscal cliff “Plan B” on Thursday evening. Dissatisfaction with Boehner is growing in the House Republican conference, but until now there hasn’t been a clear path forward.
  • The Night A Computer Predicted The Next President

    11/01/2012 1:28:19 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 17 replies
    NPR.com ^ | October 31, 2012 | STEVE HENN
    Some milestone moments in journalism converged 60 years ago on election night in the run between Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democratic Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson. It was the first coast-to-coast television broadcast of a presidential election. Walter Cronkite anchored his first election night broadcast for CBS. And it was the first time computers were brought in to help predict the outcome. That event in 1952 helped usher in the computer age, but it wasn't exactly love at first sight. The 'Electronic Brain' CBS' Charles Collingwood was the reporter assigned to UNIVAC, one of the world's first commercial computers. "This...
  • Visual representation of political ideology through the years

    10/29/2012 7:39:30 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 4 replies
    xkcd.com ^ | 10/29/2012 | xkcd (Randall Munroe)
    a graphic of how the political parties and ideologies shifted in the two houses through history .. click link to view
  • IBM creates new method to pack nanotubes on chip

    10/29/2012 7:09:27 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 7 replies
    ZDnet ^ | 10/29/2012 | David Meyer
    IBM's researchers have made another breakthrough in their development of carbon nanotube technology, packing more than 10,000 working transistors made of the substance onto a single chip. It is now a decade since IBM first announced a process for fabricating carbon nanotubes in a way that could make them usable for processors. Although silicon has allowed the industry to keep making transistors smaller and smaller, it does not work properly at the nanoscale. Another substance will have to take over for the really tiny processors of the future. Such processors will be needed to make computing devices and sensors smaller...
  • Romney cedes Ohio TV airwaves to Obama (at least for now)

    09/06/2012 12:24:41 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 67 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 6, 2012 | Michael Finnegan
    CLEVELAND — If you switched on a television in northern Ohio this week, chances are you saw an ad for President Obama’s reelection campaign. Or two. Or three. Over and over again. Mitt Romney? Nothing. Obama’s Republican challenger has spent much of the summer racing around the country gathering campaign donations to pay for advertising. And the legal restraints that kept him from spending money raised for the general election were lifted a week ago, when the party officially nominated him for president. Yet for reasons that his advisors declined to discuss, Romney has ceded the advertising airwaves to Obama...
  • Alleged Apple UDID Hack Raises Potential Privacy Questions for FBI

    09/04/2012 11:07:19 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 7 replies
    SlashDot ^ | September 4, 2012 | Nick Kolakowski
    Hackers have allegedly stolen millions of Apple UDIDs from an FBI laptop, raising some potentially uncomfortable questions about privacy. It could turn out to be a very bad week for Apple and the FBI. On Sept. 4, news began to circulate around the Web that hackers associated with AntiSec had stolen more than 12 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) for iOS devices from an FBI agent’s laptop. In a Sept. 4 posting via Pastebin, those attackers offered download links to what they ..
  • Occupy blocks DNC busses .. live video (preview to bloody DNC?)

    09/04/2012 10:30:37 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 15 replies
    ustream ^ | 9-4-2012 | OccupyEye
    live video of occupy getting arrested for blocking DNC busses
  • smallest government in 45 years? (be ready for a talking point)

    08/07/2012 7:20:58 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 8/3/2012 | Jordan Weissmann
    Since the official end of the Great Recession, America's public sector has shrunk. And shrunk. And shrunk some more. We've said goodbye to about 600,000 government jobs, handing the economy a nasty self-inflicted wound in the process. But how small has our public sector really become? Here's one way to think about it: Compared to our population, it hasn't been this size since 1968. Your dreams are coming true Baby Boomers. We're almost all the way back to the Summer of Love! First, credit where it's due. The Hamilton Project has produced a beautiful graph illustrating the government employment to...
  • Taxed By The Boss (State Taxes pocketed by business)

    04/15/2012 1:25:10 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 12 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 4-12-2012 | David Cay Johnston
    Across the United States more than 2,700 companies are collecting state income taxes from hundreds of thousands of workers – and are keeping the money with the states’ approval, says an eye-opening report published on Thursday. The report from Good Jobs First, a nonprofit taxpayer watchdog organization funded by Ford, Surdna and other major foundations, identifies 16 states that let companies divert some or all of the state income taxes deducted from workers’ paychecks. None of the states requires notifying the workers, whose withholdings are treated as taxes they paid. General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, Chrysler, Ford, General...
  • DARPA robot uses stairs

    04/15/2012 1:17:08 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4-12-2012 | Youtube
    Click here to watch DARPA and Boston Dynamic robot strut his stuff This video shows versions of DARPA and Boston Dynamics robots climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill and doing pushups. A modified platform resembling these robots is expected to be used as government-funded equipment (GFE) for performers in Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2012/04/10.aspx). The GFE Platform is expected to have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head, and will be physically capable of performing all of the tasks required for the disaster...more at link..
  • North Carolina Researchers communicate without wires through 240 meters of solid rock.

    03/15/2012 6:48:40 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 27 replies
    tgDaily ^ | March 15, 2012 | Kate Taylor
    Scientists have for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos, through 240 meters of solid stone. The team's not telling us how long the message - which said, simply, 'Neutrino', took to arrive. "Using neutrinos, it would be possible to communicate between any two points on Earth without using satellites or cables," says Dan Stancil, professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University. "Neutrino communication systems would be much more complicated than today's systems, but may have important strategic uses." The most intriguing thing about using neutrinos to communicate is that they can...
  • DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

    03/05/2012 2:01:30 PM PST · by HenryArmitage · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 03.05.2012 | Youtube
    Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots - video
  • Taxpayers fleeced in bailout of Senate barbershop ‘institution’

    02/13/2012 1:12:40 PM PST · by HenryArmitage · 7 replies
    The Daily ^ | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 | MARK STRICHERZ
    America’s most distinguished leaders get their hair cut at the Senate barbershop, but taxpayers are the ones really getting clipped. The barbershop ran almost $300,000 in the red last year but received an infusion from Senate coffers that is keeping it in business, the Senate sergeant at arms, Terrance Gainer, told The Daily. A federal bailout isn’t that unusual since the economic downturn, but some senators didn’t even know their salon was in hot water — and don’t think it should be, considering what they pay for a little off the ears. A shampoo, cut and blow dry is $27...