Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Topics: Senator Mark Pryor, Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor, Arkansas Senate Race, Arkansas Senate Election, Election 2014, Tom Cotton, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, News, Politics News
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is going to have to work hard, and probably get a little lucky, if he hopes to hold onto his seat and defeat his Republican challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton. It’s early yet, but the polls show Pryor to be consistently behind Cotton, albeit not by an insurmountable margin.
In news that’s possibly completely unrelated (though we doubt it), Pryor has become the first Democratic senator to go on record in opposition to President Obama’s support for raising the minimum wage.
“I know $10.10 still isn’t a whole lot of money, but I think it’s too much, too fast,” said Pryor, according to a report from Bloomberg. “I’m not supportive of that.”
Pryor’s always been one of the more conservative members of the Senate Democratic caucus. And as Bloomberg notes, the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation — two major Pryor donors — both oppose the measure. Wal-Mart, headquartered in Arkansas, has not officially weighed in on a possible Senate bill, but it is a member of the National Retail Federation.
But Pryor’s opposition may be less than meets the eye. Despite opposing Obama’s decision, Pryor is supportive of raising Arkansas’ minimum wage, which at $6.25 is less than the federal level, to $8.25 over a period of three years.
Further, Pryor’s office attacked Cotton in September of 2013 for opposing a hike in the minimum wage and bragged about Pryor’s record of voting in favor of a hike.
Pressed to explain this seeming inconsistency, a spokesperson for Pryor’s office told the Huffington Post that Pryor “is the only candidate in this race that supports raising the minimum wage for hardworking Arkansans. Given that Arkansas’ minimum wage is well below the federal level, Mark came to the conclusion after listening closely to folks here that raising it at the state level is the best first step for Arkansans.”
Another possible explanation for Pryor’s decision was offered to Bloomberg by an editor at the Rothenberg Political Report: “Pryor has to demonstrate his independence from President Obama and the national party,” the editor said, “and I think there’s an opportunity for him to use this vote as an example.”
A minimum wage hike is very popular. A January poll found roughly seven-out-of-10 respondents registering their support for an increase, including over 50 percent of Republicans.
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.