Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Charlie Crist refuses to say whom he will caucus with, should he be elected to the Senate. Which is smart. But it’s also hard to keep up that guessing game when you have to actually explain how you would vote on things, in the Senate. That is when independent Florida Gov. Charlie Crist keeps getting mixed up!
Last week, he said that while the healthcare reform bill was flawed, he would’ve voted for it. His campaign immediately issued a “clarification” explaining that he would not have voted for it.
Then, yesterday, he told CNN that he backs a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, even though he is “OK” with two dudes living together, or whatever. A few hours later, the Crist campaign “clarified” that the governor just meant an amendment to the Florida constitution. That is, apparently, the “moderate” compromise on the issue.
Crist’s refusal to say whom he’ll caucus with is actually making it impossible for voters to make an informed decision, but if elected it is almost certain that he will be either the sort of senator who will occasionally randomly decide to withhold his support from something until it is made worse, or he will be the sort of senator who will occasionally dangle the carrot of his support for something and then never follow through.
So if voters like the gridlock that makes them hate Congress, go nuts and vote Charlie Crist.
(To be fair, some people do like gridlock. There are people who do things like vote for Obama and then decide, one year later, to sabotage his major domestic policy proposals by voting for Scott Brown — but there are not many of them. Even though all of them seem to work in political journalism or punditry.)
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
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.