“Congress Shutdown Has Dems Feeling Emboldened, But Worried It May Last A While”


By Sam Stein

Nancy Pelosi, James Clyburn, Steny Hoyer, Steve Israel, Joseph Crowley

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats emerged emboldened Monday night from the breakdown in efforts to avert a government shutdown, confident that President Barack Obama had the political upper hand and would stand firm in future negotiations.

Just outside the House floor, many of those members lingered leisurely, even as the chamber took several largely party-line votes to fund the government while delaying aspects of Obamacare.

This was pure theater, they argued. And regardless of how Republicans arranged the stage, the ending wouldn’t change.

“I don’t blame the president for one second,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) told The Huffington Post. “I wouldn’t negotiate this stuff either.”




New King James Version


MATTHEW 5:11-12

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”





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On Mars and thirsty? Drink from the dirt

This Just In

Mars might appear dry as a desert, but astronauts may someday be able to tap its soil to quench their thirst. Research recently published suggests that the dust from the Martian’s surface contains about 2% water by weight.

This is one of several insights emerging from data that the Mars rover Curiosity has been collecting. Five studies in the journal Science were published last week based on data from the rover’s first 100 days on the Red Planet.

Thanks to Curiosity, scientists now know more than ever about the composition of the Martian soil.

“It’s the first time that the soil has been analyzed at this level of accuracy,” said Chris Webster, manager of NASA’s Planetary Sciences Instruments Office.

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Greece’s Golden Dawn Crackdown: Can Far-Right Group Be ‘Eradicated’?


When Nikos Michaloliakos, leader of the Golden Dawn party, spoke to the Greek media on May 6, 2012 — after it had become clear that his party had gained seats in the country’s Parliament for the first time — he quoted Julius Caesar. “Veni, vidi, vici,” he bellowed at the gathered members of the press, translating the Latin dictum liberally as: “You slandered me; you muzzled me; I defeated you.”

As it turned out, Michaloliakos’ bravado proved premature. On Saturday morning, he was arrested along with several other Golden Dawn parliamentarians and party members and charged with forming a criminal organization. The far-right nationalist Golden Dawn — which in recent years grew into one of the most controversial political parties in all of Europe — is now the subject of a massive political backlash in Athens. Speaking in New York City on Monday, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras insisted he…

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