Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a Sept. 6 memo to Republicans vows to follow Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) previously revealed strategy to “dismantle, defund, and delay” Obamacare, and says the president has already signed seven bills repealing parts of the law or significantly reducing ACA-related spending. Cantor also says the House oversight committee will continue to monitor ACA implementation as part of its agenda.
Cantor tells his fellow Republicans that the coalition supporting the health law “cracks” when forced to vote on unpopular aspects of the law, and reminds his colleagues that, in addition to the laws signed by the president, earlier this summer a number of Democrats voted for GOP-led legislation to repeal the individual and employer mandates.
The Congressional Budget Office on Friday said that repealing the individual mandate would save $35.4 billion over 10 years, but would increase the number of uninsured by 11 million in 2014, 2 million in 2013, 1 million in 2016 and 500,000 in the other years.
Cantor’s memo states that actions in recent months have shown the law is “unworkable” and notes the administration missed deadlines and delayed several provisions. “As the October 1 implementation approaches, we will continue to pursue the strategy of systemically derailing this train wreck and replacing it with a patient-centered system which removes Washington from health care decisions,” Cantor says.
Speaker Boehner’s dismantle strategy, presented in late July, indicated that the House planned to vote on legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, require the exchanges to verify income, and eliminate ACA “slush funds.” The chamber plans to vote on the income verification bill Wednesday (Sept. 11). The House also plans to hold ACA oversight hearings over the next week.
Cantor’s memo also notes that the debit limit is set to expire in October, and says that Republicans will demand fiscal reforms and pro-growth policies in exchange for another increase in the limit. “Over the past three decades during times of divided government, increases in the debt limit have been accompanied by major spending, regulatory reforms, and I expect that model to play out once again,” Cantor said, and cited the Congressional Review Act, the Budget Review Act and Gramm-Rudman (the 1985 balanced budget act that introduced the concept of sequestration) as examples.
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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.