Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Elizabeth Warren took the opportunity of the five-year-anniversary of the financial crisis striking to assail her fellow Congress members of enabling a system of banks “too-big-to-fail” to continue.
In a speech Wednesday, Warren stated her support for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act — a favorite among policy-focused Occupy Wall Street participants — which would force a separation between commercial and investment banking. Warren also criticized government regulatory agencies for failing to ensure banking institutions follow through with the rules required by the Dodd-Frank Act, initially passed in 2010 to strengthen financial sector regulations. Warren said she failed to understand the “logic” of policymakers in this regard, according to her prepared remarks:
Since when does Congress set deadlines, watch regulators miss most of them, and then take that failure as a reason not to act? I thought that if the regulators failed, it was time for Congress to step in. That’s what oversight means. And that’s certainly a principle that would have served our country well prior to the crisis… So what I want to know is this: how much longer should Congress wait for regulators to fix this problem? Another three months? Another three years? Until the next big bank comes crashing down?
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email email@example.com.More Natasha Lennard.
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.