Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
When it comes time to pass a final healthcare reform bill, Senate Democrats may need help from Maine’s Olympia Snowe, the only Republican senator thus far to vote for a Democratic proposal. And if they do, that could spell doom for the public option.
Snowe was asked Thursday whether she’d vote for cloture — that is, to end a filibuster — on a bill that includes a provision for a government-run insurer. “I’d say I’m against a public option, so yes,” she replied. Pressed further, “But would [the public option] be enough for you to say, ‘I’m not going to proceed to this bill,” Snowe reportedly nodded as she walked away.
The senator also voiced her opposition to a compromise public option plan that’s been floated, one that would allow individual states to opt out of the federal insurer.
Like it or not, Snowe really may be a pivotal vote. Democrats have made preparations, just in case, to bring a reform bill to the floor using the reconciliation process, which doesn’t allow filibusters, but seem loath to do so. Without Snowe, they’d have to hold every member of the Senate’s Democratic caucus in order to defeat a filibuster, and that could be a very difficult task — Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., appears ready to join with the Republicans on a cloture vote, to say nothing of moderate Democrats like Sens. Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Mary Landrieu and others.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.
On March 21, 2010, the House voted to approve a healthcare bill intended to overhaul the system and guarantee Americans access to health insurance. The vote was 219 to 213. Problem solved? Hardly.