Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to overhaul Iowa’s collective bargaining law and cut back the negotiating rights of public workers.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is not expected to pass. Republicans who support the bill control the House, while Democrats have a majority in the Senate.
The measure backed by Republican Gov. Terry Branstad would force state workers to pay at least $100 a month toward the cost of their health care and would not allow them to negotiate layoff procedures. It also gives arbitrators new options when the two sides come to an impasse.
Backers say the measure is needed to cut costs as the state faces a big budget deficit, while critics say it’s part of a national Republican assault on public employee unions that are a bedrock of the Democratic Party. Those critics point to similar legislation that has passed in Ohio and Wisconsin.
The Iowa House had debated the issue all day Wednesday and Thursday and still faced 100 amendments pushed by Democrats on Friday.
Faced with more lengthy debate, Republican voted to cut off discussion and force a vote on the issue. The bill passed 58 to 38 in a vote along party lines. Four representatives did not vote.
Democrats in the Senate say they have no intention of allowing debate on the legislation.
Iowa’s collective bargaining law was approved in 1974.
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.