The 12 disruptive technologies include: mobile Internet, automation of knowledge and work, Internet of things, cloud technology, advanced robotics, autonomous and near-autonomous vehicles, next-generation genomics, energy storage, 3D printing, advanced materials, advanced oil and gas exploration and recovery, renewable energy.
MOBILE - U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, confirmed today that he intends to resign from Congress later this year and take a job at the University of Alabama.
Bonner will leave Congress effective Aug. 15 for a position as vice chancellor of government relations and economic development at the University of Alabama System …
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s governor, who has gained attention in the past for telling the NAACP to “kiss my butt” and comparing the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo, has moved out of his office at the State House and says he’ll work out of the governor’s mansion because of a dispute over a television screen.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage has temporarily moved his working space, and Democratic legislative leaders said Thursday he’s threatened to move out for good by July 1.
The squabble stems from LePage’s placement of a television in the hallway outside his State House office, an area that’s under the control of legislative leadership. The TV was showing a repeated message that draws attention to two of LePage’s priorities, which he says lawmakers have been slow act on: his proposed $6.3 billion state budget and repayment of a $484 million debt to the state’s hospitals.
“What’s the holdup?” the message says. It also cites a section of the state Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech.
But no partisan or political messages are permitted to be displayed outside offices in the State House, said the executive director of the state’s Legislative Council, David Boulter, who’s an unelected, nonpartisan official.
“There’s a long history of decorum in public areas,” he added.
Democratic leaders said they were disappointed by the latest in a pattern of behavior by the blunt-speaking governor. Two years ago, LePage became the center of controversy after murals depicting scenes from Maine’s labor history were ordered removed from a state office. The matter went to federal court, and the murals were eventually displayed in the state museum. And after LePage became governor in 2011, he declined invitations to attend National Association for the Advancement of Colored People annual Martin Luther King events. Asked to respond to the group’s statement that it was disappointed, LePage told a reporter: “Tell them to kiss my butt.”
Last year, LePage attacked the Supreme Court decision that upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law, saying in a radio address that the decision “made America less free” and that people have no choice but to buy health insurance or “pay the new Gestapo - the IRS.”
In March, he reportedly pressured state Labor Department workers to decide more appeals claims over unemployment benefits in favor of businesses. Bennett said he was just encouraging them “to follow the letter of the law.”
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) tore into Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on the floor Thursday over his objection to beginning House-Senate conference negotiations on the budget until a debt limit increase is taken off the table.
“Perhaps the senator from Utah doesn’t know about that — the fact that even if they did raise the debt limit, it could not become law because it doesn’t go to the president of the United States,” McCain said. “So again, maybe the senator from Utah ought to learn a little bit more about how business has been done in the Congress of the United States.”
“Budget resolutions are not signed by the president of the United States,” he said.
You think they grow up watching PBS as they grow up in Nevada?
It’s been burbling up from the conservative media for nearly six months, starting with Fox News. Last year, the network’s reporter Catherine Herridge reported on a ship that had arrived to Turkey from Libya laden with weapons. Ordnance left unsecured after the fall of Gaddafi was being taken to Syria to overthrow another dictator.
This isn’t in much dispute. The dispute, and the theory, is that the weapons used to kill Americans in Benghazi were made available by bungling American gun-runners. That’s the theory floated by Roger Simon, who talks to two “Benghazi whistleblowers” (multiplying like rabbits now).
[Chris] Stevens’ mission in Benghazi, they will say, was to buy back Stinger missiles from al-Qaeda groups issued to them by the State Department, not by the CIA. Such a mission would usually be a CIA effort, but the intelligence agency had opposed the idea because of the high risk involved in arming “insurgents” with powerful weapons that endanger civilian aircraft.
It’s a nearly perfect scandal—Fast and Furious plus Benghazi, a sort of Neapolitan sundae of outrage and disgrace. If the anonymous accusers are wrong, we have plenty of other ways to explain the loose weapons in Benghazi and the transfer to Syria. And making it possible for the stray weapons to get to Syria is the sort of thing both parties in Congress largely favor. But the darkest version of the theory is gaining ground on the right.
Mississippi’s state Supreme Court is currently considering a case that could lead to women being prosecuted for manslaughter if they miscarry or otherwise experience unintentional pregnancy loss, according to a report from Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones.
In 2009, two months after Nina Buckhalter’s pregnancy ended in stillbirth, a Mississippi grand jury indicted her for manslaughter, citing her use of methamphetamine while pregnant as “culpable negligence.” Buckhalter’s attorneys challenged the charge; the Supreme Court hearing began in April and a ruling is expected soon.
Buckhalter’s lawyers, as well as reproductive health advocates in Mississippi and across the country, contend that the charges, in addition to criminalizing countless women, could deter women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction during pregnancy from seeking prenatal care or treatment for substance abuse for fear of being prosecuted and create barriers to safe abortion care.
Slippery slope alert - If not taking care of yourself when you are pregnant because of the negative effects on the developing fetus be legislated then why can’t sending your kids to a school that teaches creationism so that when they grow-up, they can’t work any other place but Walmart be?
In case you were worried you’d ever get a good night’s sleep again, here are some stuffed animals that go way beyond wrong.
Just noticed this but if you click the link, then click of the first photo (the bear) and hover over the photo with your cursor you get “annotations” (comments) left by others. Not only are they funny but an interesting technology. Anyone know what it is and how it works?
The big news today is that a bridge in Washington collapsed, throwing cars into the water. Amazingly, nobody died.
This may revive debate about the need to spend more on infrastructure, which would have multiple positive effects.
Nothing is likely to happen, however.
That being said, here’s a chart of public construction spending (TLPBLCONS) as percentage of GDP.
You can see, public construction spending is lower than its been in over 20 years.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) feuded this week. Then they feuded some more. It wasn’t the first time tensions between the longtime senator and the freshman tea party favorite flared up. And it’s a pretty safe bet that it won’t be the last.
The dispute between McCain and his allies and Cruz and his cohort lays bare a new fault line in the Senate GOP Conference — one that threatens to further stall movement in a legislative chamber already seized by partisan gridlock.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), pictured in center. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
At issue this week: the budget. The setting: the Senate floor. Cruz, along with Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Mike Lee of Utah have called for Senate Republicans to block efforts to move the budget debate to a conference committee (both the House and Senate have separately passed budgets) without a guarantee Democrats won’t surreptitiously try to insert an automatic increase to the nation’s debt limit through a procedural tactic.
n the wake of President Obama’s big speech about restraining the war on terrorism, a member of the House intelligence committee is working on a bill to undo the basic authorities to wage it.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is preparing a piece of legislation that would “sunset” the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), a foundational law passed in the days after the 9/11. “The current AUMF is outdated and straining at the edges to justify the use of force outside the war theater,” Schiff tells Danger Room.
Repealing the AUMF would be the boldest restriction of presidential war powers since 9/11. Both the Bush and Obama administrations have relied on the document to authorize everything from the warrantless electronic surveillance of American citizens to drone strikes against al-Qaida offshoots that did not exist on 9/11. Getting rid of it is certain to invite fierce opposition from more bellicose members of Congress, who have repeatedly demagogued efforts to roll back any post-9/11 wartime authority, let alone the most important one.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the only legislator to vote against the authorization in 2001, has long fought unsuccessfully to repeal the AUMF. But Schiff is a moderate, not a firebreathing liberal, and while sunsetting the AUMF is sure to be a big legislative challenge, even conservative legislators like Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are raising fundamental questions about the merits of a never-ending war.