Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Rush Limbaugh is not a fan of the new report released this morning by the Republican National Committee about what the party needs to do to rebrand itself, saying the RNC completely misunderstood the lessons of the 2012 election.
“The Republicans are just getting totally bamboozled right now. And they are entirely lacking in confidence. Which is what happens to every political party after an election in which they think they got shellacked,” the influential conservative radio host told his listeners this morning. “They think they got landslided, but they didn’t.”
The report is a surprisingly earnest and clear-eyed look at the GOP’s current problems and lays out some smart fixes. These kinds of self-induced political postmortem studies are often watered down and overly apologetic, but the report’s authors should be credited for pulling no punches in their calls to moderate, modernize and expand the Republican Party.
But Limbaugh wants none of this. “The Republican Party lost because it’s not conservative, it didn’t get its base out,” he said. “People say they need to moderate their tone — they don’t.”
The real purpose of the report, Limbaugh said, was to soothe a concerned “donor base.”
Still, he said he had to be “careful” what he said about the report and that it wasn’t today’s most important story anyway, so he quickly moved on.
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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.