Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Updated – Feb. 22, 6:56 p.m.: Democrats have soundly rejected the House Republican version of the bill. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who wrote the senate version, said in a statement:
“The Republican House leadership has decided to replace the Senate-passed version with a substitute that will not provide critical protections for rape victims, domestic violence victims, human trafficking victims, students on campuses, or stalking victims. This is simply unacceptable and it further demonstrates that Republicans in the House have not heard the message sent by the American people and reflected in the Senate’s overwhelming vote earlier this month to pass the bipartisan Leahy-Crapo bill.”
And Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., added that “This partisan bill is a non-starter in the Senate.”
House Republicans unveiled a version of the Violence Against Women Act that strips new protections for LGBT women, and changes the provision that would offer increased protections for Native American women.
From the Huffington Post:
The House GOP bill entirely leaves out provisions aimed at helping LGBT victims of domestic violence. Specifically, the bill removes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” from the list of underserved populations who face barriers to accessing victim services, thereby disqualifying LGBT victims from a related grant program. The bill also eliminates “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” from the list of groups who may not be denied funding under VAWA.
Additionally, the bill proposes compromise language aimed at helping Native American victims of violence. Under the Senate bill, tribal courts would gain new authority to prosecute non-Native American men who abuse Native American women on reservations. The House bill also grants that new authority — a major change from their VAWA bill in the last Congress — but adds a caveat that would allow those people to move their case to a federal court if they feel their constitutional rights aren’t being upheld.
The House Rules Committee will hold a hearing on the bill on Tuesday, and leadership is planning to fast-track it to a floor vote. Though the bill has no sponsor, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has emerged as a possible leader on the legislation.
Earlier this month, the Senate passed a version of the bill with all of the expanded protections, by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. The bill had been allowed to stall and expire in September 2011, because of the increased protections for LGBT women, undocumented immigrants and Native Americans.
Jess McIntosh, the communications director for EMILY’s List, said in a statement to Salon: ”At every turn, the GOP tells women their health and safety just isn’t a priority. At least they’re consistent? What’s astonishing is Republicans don’t seem to understand that women are watching – and they cannot win elections without them.”
Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at email@example.com.More Jillian Rayfield.
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.