Thursday May 16
Gerrie Schipske Could Be Long Beach's First LGBT Mayor?
"My dad and mom met at the Pike," Gerrie Schipske began. For the broadly accomplished, 62-year-old, Long Beach City Councilwoman, that was the beginning - the chance interaction of a couple of teenagers on the bright, bustling midway of a classic old amusement park in 1948.
Sun May 12, 2013
The Epoch Times
US Congressman Urges Taiwan to Support Press Freedom in China
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher at a hearing in Washington D.C. on March 19, 2013. Congressman Rohrabacher has called on the Taiwan administration to resist pressure from the Chinese Communist Party over press freedom.
Space policy viewed through an exoplanetary lens
On Thursday, the space and research subcommittees of the House Science Committee held a joint hearing on "Exoplanet Discoveries: Have We Found Other Earths?" . Exoplanet research, as you might imagine, is not particularly controversial, and seems far removed from big issues facing NASA today on Capitol Hill.
Fri May 10, 2013
Overnight Tech: New cellphone unlocking bill targets copyright law
THE LEDE : Four House lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to allow consumers to unlock their cellphones, which allows them to switch carriers.
Lawmakers urge NASA to be mindful of budget constraints
Lawmakers on Thursday urged NASA to be more realistic about developing space technology in light of budget constraints.
Thu May 09, 2013
The Huffington Post
AlaskaDispatch.com: Republicans from California, Alaska Co-Sponsor Protections for Marijuana Farmers
Alaska's Rep. Don Young has signed on to a bill in Congress that would protect marijuana users from federal prosecution in states where it is legal, saying that the states should be left to decide whether to legalize marijuana or not, and the federal government should stay out of it.
Lawmakers Not Stoked About Protecting State's Pot Laws
LEGALIZE POT: Demonstrators demand the legalization of cannabis as they walk in downtown Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2009.
Cornucopia Institute: Not Good Enough for Pet Food
May 9 - The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats gathered information today regarding concerns being raised about imports of food from China that are entering the U.S. "We don't trust, for good reason, the Chinese to supply ingredients for our dog and cat food," said hearing witness Mark A. Kastel, ... (more)
Wed May 08, 2013
Huntington Beach Independent
Council won't oppose Poseidon as a group
The Huntington Beach City Council decided Monday not to send a group letter to the state Coastal Commission opposing a proposed desalination plant for fear they may be sued.
Islam not at fault in Boston bombings
There is a wonderful Quranic passage placing primacy on the sanctity of life: "If anyone kills another without a just cause ... it is as if he has killed the whole of mankind.
Tue May 07, 2013
US News & World Report
Hollywood Couple Champions Plight of Pakistani Doc Who Helped in Bin Laden Raid
When subscribers to Military Times receive their latest issue of the paper this week, they'll see an ad posing a poll with a seemingly obvious answer: "Which would you rather be? Captured and Tortured, or Rescued and Set Free." The ad directs readers to choose their answer online at www.freeafridi.com. Dr.
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Space advocacy organizations, educational institutions and companies from around the world are among the 22 groups which will be presenting as exhibitors at this year's International Space Development Conference.
Global warming as real as Obama's jobless numbers, GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says
If you believe in man-made climate change - and think the nation's unemployment rate truly has fallen to 7.5 percent - then Rep.
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Cybercast News Service
Lawmaker Slams 'Quiet Diplomacy' in Case of Doctor Who Helped Find Bin Laden
The Obama administration's "quiet diplomacy" aimed at securing the release of a Pakistan doctor who helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden is not working and should be replaced by tough steps against Islamabad, a Republican lawmaker said Monday.
Mon May 06, 2013
'Free Afridi':Power Couple Steps Up Push to Free Hero Doc
The California activist behind a campaign to free a Pakistani doctor who helped hunt down Usama bin Laden has put the issue before the men and women who risk their own lives and freedom fighting for America.
Fri May 03, 2013
Lawmakers debate extraterrestrials, asteroids and moon bases. Yay, moon bases
Remember the mock hearings being held at the National Press Club this week on whether the government is engaged in a massive coverup of extraterrestrial visitations? The one held by a group of conspiracy-believers, paying six ex-lawmakers $20,000 to listen to a week of testimony and decide these things? Yeah, that was a thing .
Thu May 02, 2013
Rep. Jared Polis: Getting past Washingtona s war-on-drugs mentality
The elephant in the room of all attempts by states to regulate marijuana is the current federal prohibition, which began in earnest under President Richard Nixon.
Interview: U.S. Congressman Says Deal With Serbia Gave Kosovo 'Nothing'
U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher says a chance has been missed to solve the problem between Kosovo's ethnic Serbs and Albanians permanently.
Wed May 01, 2013
The Huffington Post
Does Climate Change Drive Prostitution?
The Internets were abuzz this week with tales of how Rep. Barbara Lee , that notorious Berkeley liberal, introduced a resolution claiming that climate change forces women to be prostitutes.