President Obama announced Tuesday he is ordering a new round of fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy duty vehicles by March of 2016. “Improving gas mileage for these trucks is going to drive down our oil imports even further. That reduces carbon pollution even more, cuts down on businesses’ fuel costs, which should pay off in lower prices for consumers. So it’s not just a win-win; it’s a win-win-win. We got three wins.”
The unmanned flying aircraft has a growing number of possibilities, according to drone tester Chad Frazer. During a contest in Texas, operators used their machines in a faux search and rescue scenario.
President Obama declared 2014 a year of action in his State of the Union Address. Crafting new immigration laws and retirement savings, reducing the economic inequality gap and creating a pathway for cheaper college education are all on his agenda. The likelihood of getting all of accomplishing all of these priorities is highly unlikely though, Mercury managing editor Morris Reid said on Bloomberg Tuesday: "if I were him I would focus on getting this healthcare thing fixed before he leaves office and I would focus on immigration."
The upcoming Paramount motion picture Noah, starring Russell Crowe, is controversial among some Christians due to its lack of biblical accuracy. After a test-screening of the movie Christian viewers found the lead character, Noah, to be too dark and negative. Watch the trailer for yourself and decide.
When asked by a Fox news reporter for examples of Tea Party racism liberal protesters get uneasy. According to one woman, "they're racist against Blacks, Hispanics...I think their racist against...women."
"The Obama Administration is celebrating its nuclear breakthrough with Iran," American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Rubin stated, "the agreement is less a break through deal, however, then a break out deal for Iran." The deal does not address Iran's nuclear defiance, Rubin said.
Roll Call's weekly medley of amusing moments on Capitol Hill showed a clerk struggling with Roman numerals and Sen. Richard J. Durbin, (D-Ill.) recalling the familiar situation of the frog on the stove in a pot of hot water.
A new State Department review of the Keystone pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska shows minimal impact on climate change. The creation of thousands of jobs and a decreased reliance on Saudi oil is also expected to be a benefit of the pipeline. However, environmentalists continue to argue that carbon emissions will have a negative impact on the environment.
Virginia's same-sex marriage ban has been ruled unconstitutional. Seemingly impatient Attorney General Mark Herring notes that it is "unfair" that gay couples should wait "even a day longer to exercise their fundamental rights"
The Republican National Committee is taking on a resolution that would confront Democratic challengers on issues such as parental consent, health warnings, and waiting periods. Ellen Barrosse, the author of the plan, states confidently, "I know Republicans have real muscle here."
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) insisted on a 60-vote threshold for the Senate to proceed with the clean debt-ceiling bill which ended up passing Wednesday. "Republicans should stand together and do the right thing. We should have every Republican stand together and follow the responsible course of action, which is to insist on meaningful spending reforms before raising the debt ceiling," Cruz stated. Since the Democratic caucus is only 55-member, the threshold meant at least five GOP members would have to support the bill in order for it pass.
In the past in order to carry a concealed weapon, you'd have to give law enforcement a reason why and proof. For example, if you said someone was stalking you, you'd need documentation to prove it. Now an opinion from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals say that portion of the law is no more, it was called "good cause."