Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The thing about wave elections is that you never know until the very end who will wash ashore.
That the Republicans will gain seats — probably a lot of seats — in next week’s midterms is not in dispute. But don’t be fooled by their claims of a looming mandate: They really haven’t done anything to deserve it. The GOP is simply benefiting from the same rule of politics that boosted Democrats in 2008 and 2006: When voters are angry, they take it out on the party that runs Washington.
In House districts across the country, many voters will head to the polls next week intent on voting for the Republican candidate, even if they don’t know a thing about him or her — a perfect opportunity, in other words, for GOP candidates with checkered backgrounds to slip undetected into the halls of Congress.
We’ve looked around and identified the 10 Republican House candidates with the most bizarre, unnerving and downright alarming baggage who just might sneak through next week. So when someone expresses bafflement that, say, a guy who allegedly dry-fired a gun outside his estranged wife’s bedroom could become a member of Congress — well, don’t say you weren’t warned.
Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. You can follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustinMore Justin Elliott. More Mark Benjamin.
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!)
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.