Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
According to her voter registration, obtained online via the New York State Board of Elections, Lena Dunham is not, at present, a member of any political party. And good for her! [Story updated with response from Dunham via Twitter below!]
But it complicates her endorsement of a New York City comptroller candidate.
Dunham has, on Twitter and last night in person, been very vocal on behalf of Scott Stringer, who’s running against former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. But since she’s not a registered Democrat, Dunham will not be able to vote for Stringer in the primary.
According to the website of the New York State Board of Elections, Dunham, as of today, is registered to vote, independent of party, in her parents’ Tribeca neighborhood (her registration as of today is screenshotted here). She, unlike registered Democrat and fellow Stringer endorser Scarlett Johansson, will need to hustle to register to vote for the candidate she endorsed at a hip gathering last night — she has until Aug. 16.
Stringer has explicitly campaigned for the youth vote in New York with endorsements from folks, like Dunham, who wouldn’t necessarily be expected to weigh in on local elections. (Her last endorsement, of Barack Obama for reelection, was colored by a raunchy, punny ad and the revelation she hadn’t bothered to vote in 2004, when she was eligible.) Stringer’s spokeswoman, Audrey Gelman, is a college friend of Dunham’s and has appeared on “Girls.” Dunham’s endorsement (the first thing she did after meeting him, she said, was “Google the word ‘comptroller.’ Then I told him I’d do anything to help his campaign”) is the sort of thing that generates buzz and ink — even if she herself isn’t, right now, able to commit her vote.
We’ve reached out to Gelman and Dunham and will update this post if they get in contact.
UPDATE: Dunham notes via Twitter that she had been a registered independent until recently; presumably her registration with the state Board of Elections will denote her status as a registered Democrat by the time of the primary election!
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
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.