Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., won’t be “bullied or intimidated” out of a race for Senate in New York. That, at least, is what his new spokesman is saying, and that in and of itself is a sign that Ford really might be serious about mounting a primary challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
In addition to the spokesman Ben Smith reports that Ford has also hired a fairly prominent pollster, Doug Schoen, and Bradley Tusk, who was the campaign manager for New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg last year. And it looks like they’re gearing up for a fight; here’s the full statement that the spokesman, Davidson Goldin, put out:
Harold is not going to be bullied or intimidated. It’s good for New York to have a dialogue. It’s good to have credible candidates exploring this race. So what are they so afraid of?
Let’s be clear: New York needs a senator who will fight for jobs fight to improve our economy, fight for small business and have the independence to stand up and do what’s right for our state, regardless of what the party bosses in Albany or Washington want.
But, as Gabriel Winant wrote in this space on Wednesday, Ford — who’s spent his time in politics living on the center and right of the Democratic Party — is not going to have an easy time in a Democratic primary in one of the country’s most liberal states.
The difficulty Ford and his new statff would face was underscored Friday, when NARAL Pro-Choice New York came out swinging against Ford and his position on abortion. The group released a video compilation (viewable below) of some of Ford’s comments on the issue, repeatedly emphasizing one in which he said, “I was not pro-choice” and another in which he told Tucker Carlson, “I’m pro-life, I’m pro-life, so I mean, I don’t run from that.”
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.