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"The goal is to convey why science matters to the person, to our society, to us as shepherds of this planet. It involves presenting science in ways that connect to you, so Cosmos can influence you not only intellectually but emotionally, with a celebration of wonder and awe,” says Tyson. “Science should be part of everybody’s life. The prerequisite is not that you become a scientist. It’s that at the end of the series, you will embrace science and recognize its role in who and what you are.”
Host Tyson traveled to several locations around the world as part of the big-budget production, but he ventures much farther onscreen via the Ship of the Imagination, a souped-up, modern version of the vehicle in astronomer and author Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos on PBS. This ship can go near — as in a nine-minute voyage to the bottom of a dew drop — and far, as in the Kraken sea on Saturn’s moon Titan. And even farther, as Tyson speculates about the Multiverse, an infinite sea of universes.
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will meet with President Obama in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Crimea and possible peaceful solutions for the Eastern European country.
“The visit will highlight the strong support of the United States for the people of Ukraine, who have demonstrated inspiring courage and resilience through recent times of crisis,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Sunday. “They will also discuss support the international community can provide to help Ukraine confront its economic challenges, and the importance of uniting Ukraine and working to fulfill the aspirations of the Ukrainian people as they prepare for May presidential elections.”
Charlie Crist, the former Republican Governor of Florida who is now running for the same position this year as a Democrat, was on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. In his conversation with Candy Crowley, he hit on a number of subjects, such as the state of the Republican Party, CPAC, Chris Christie’s 2016 chances and his own gubernatorial campaign. However, the subject he was most passionate about was how Democrats are not running strongly this year on the Affordable Care Act.
Basically, Crist used his time on the program to promote the ACA and point out that Democrats should not be fearful of using the health care law as a positive campaign issue. He stated that in the end the law will be very popular with the American people and those who supported it from the beginning will reap the rewards in subsequent elections. He also pointed out that Democrats should not be afraid of showing their support for President Obama.
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A Reuters news agency journalist said no shots were fired and negotiations between the two sides were going on.
Interfax-Ukraine earlier reported that about 100 Ukrainian servicemen had been deployed at the base before the raid.
Troops wearing Russian uniform without insignia and their supporters have blockaded bases in Crimea since taking control of the peninsula last week.
SALLY KOHN: Republicans are practically cheering for Vladimir Putin today. He’s given them a new excuse to bash President Obama. Republicans are out in droves, suggesting that, if the president weren’t such a weak leader, Putin wouldn’t be threatening the Ukraine.
First of all, did the same Republicans call George W. Bush weak when Putin invaded Georgia in 2008? No. Second, what do Obama’s Republican critics want? They want economic sanctions and political boycotts to be on the table. Well…
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There’s something magical about the number 50. There are 50 states in the Union. The 50th Wedding Anniversary is called the Golden Anniversary. It’s the fifth magical number in nuclear physics; it’s the smallest number that’s the sum of two non-zero square numbers. In Kabbalah, there are 50 gates of wisdom, and 50 gates of impiety.
Being the special number that it is, it’s no small wonder that the House GOP firmly believes that its 50th attempt to repeal or dismantle Obamacare and appease the caitiffs, the braggarts, and the other aggressively ignorant stock characters of the Tea Party “KamikazeCaucus” farce will work.
President Obama was dismissive of the diehard Kamikaze Caucus in their attempt to bravely stand their ground against the “unworkable law” of their own design: “Maybe when you hit your 50th repeal vote, you will win a prize. Maybe if you buy 50 repeal votes, you get one free. We get it. We understand. We get you don’t like it. I got it.”
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Military commanders will keep their authority over sexual assault prosecutions, after the Senate blocked a proposal to radically overhaul the way the military justice system deals with serious crimes.
This is a major setback for New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, who has spent much of the last year holding hearings, talking to survivors, and collecting support for her proposal, which would have removed decisions about serious crimes like sexual assault from the chain of command and placed it with military prosecutors. The vote on whether to move forward failed to cross the 60 vote threshold, 55-45.
“Despite earning the support of the majority of the Senate, we fell five votes short of overcoming the 60-vote filibuster threshold. But we will not walk away, we will continue to work harder than ever in the coming year to strengthen our military,” Sen. Gillibrand said in prepared remarks distributed after the vote. “Without a doubt, with the National Defense bill we passed, and Senator McCaskill’s Victims Protection Act, we have taken good steps to stand up for victims, and hold offenders accountable. But we have not taken a step far enough. We know the deck is stacked against victims of sexual assault in the military, and today, we saw the same in the halls of Congress.”
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That’s where the crisis in Ukraine stood Thursday after lawmakers in Crimea voted in favor of leaving the country for Russia and putting it to a regional vote in 10 days.
This act drew widespread condemnation, with Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk calling such a referendum “an illegitimate decision.”
"Crimea was, is and will be an integral part of Ukraine," he said.
It was a sentiment echoed by several world leaders, who called the scheduled vote and possible pullout violations of Ukrainian and international law.
"Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine," said U.S. President Barack Obama. "In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders."
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Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday by imposing visa restrictions on officials for “threatening the sovereignty of Ukraine” and signing an executive order enabling further sanctions against Moscow.
The White House said the measures were a response to Russia’s “ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”, a reference to its intervention in the southern peninsula of Crimea.
In Brussels, European leaders were at an emergency meeting to decide whether to impose their own sanctions on Russia. Before the summit, the European Union froze the assets of Ukraine’s ousted Russia-backed leader Viktor Yanukovych and 17 other officials suspected of violations of human rights and misuse of state funds.
Berlin made clear that it wanted to give a “political process” a chance before opting to introduce sanctions. The summit was likely to reserve the option of minor sanctions against Moscow in the event of no diplomatic breakthrough that would see the establishment of a “contact group” to mediate in negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.
In Washington, the Obama administration did not say how many people were subject to the visa bans or reference their nationality. However, the targets described as “officials and individuals” are believed to be Russians held responsible for the week-old occupation of Crimea.
The White House said the visa restrictions reflected “policy decision to deny visas to those responsible for or complicit in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” and was in addition to visa denials for figures close to the government of former president Victor Yanukovych, over oppression of protesters.
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Negotiations to end the crisis in Crimea foundered Wednesday over Russia’s refusal to recognize Ukraine’s new leaders much less sit down with its ambassador.
"I wish I could give you some good news," said Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski outside the talks in Paris. "But unfortunately it hasn’t been possible to bring together the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia."
Wednesday’s gathering of diplomats in Paris came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to calm fears of further military incursion by saying he has no intention to “fight the Ukrainian people.” Russian troops took over key points of Crimea after the parliament in Kiev ousted Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president, Viktor Yanukovych.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and several European diplomats met Wednesday to discuss whether there are peaceful ways to end Russia’s occupation of Crimea, a peninsula where many Russian-speaking people say they want more autonomy from Kiev.
But Lavrov refused to meet with the Ukraine ambassador, saying he represents an “illegitimate” government.
"I don’t think any of us had an anticipation that we were coming here at this moment, in this atmosphere of heightened tension and confrontation, that we were suddenly going to resolve that here, this afternoon," Kerry said after talks ended for the day.
Rand Paul, Asshole of the Day for March 5, 2014
In a few short months gay marriage bans are disappearing in this country due to federal judges, but not without a lot of whining and sore losers.
Of course it started with the Supreme Court invalidating the Defense Of Marriage Act, with Scalia claiming the Supreme Court couldn’t overturn laws Congress passed only 24 hours after he led the charge overturning the Voting Rights Act.
Then judges in Utah and other states overturned state bans against gay marriage, with Trestin Meacham going on a hunger strike to protest that his state must persecute gays in accordance with his religion.
And now a federal judge has overturned Kentucky’s law refusing to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. On top of that Kentucky’s Attorney General has refused to defend the law, saying in part that “I got to a point where I realized that if I took it any further I’d be defending discrimination, and that I couldn’t do.”
So then here comes Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky to try to stop the march of history, claiming that states have a right to define marriage and federal courts have no legitimate basis for interfering:
"I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage. I also believe this power belongs to the states and the people, not the federal government. It is illegitimate for the federal courts to intrude here," he told Reason when asked about a federal judge’s February ruling that Kentucky must recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
But Rand Paul knows that the federal government does overrule the states on this, especially the courts when invoking Supreme Court precedent.
Rand Paul knows that 50 years ago the Supreme Court overruled states who banned interracial marriage.
So for him to say that states alone have the right to define marriage is to say that states interracial marriage bans should still be allowed if the people in those states want them. It’s no different. But for acting like it is, Rand Paul is the Asshole of the Day.
It’s not surprising either, since in the past Rand Paul has said that business owners should be allowed to refuse to serve blacks if they want to. He doesn’t think they should, but he thinks they should be allowed to. Yeah.
It is Rand Paul's fourth time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous win were for
- attacking reporters who proved he was plagiarizing on multiple occasions
- saying no one has done more for minorities than he has
- saying Obama is working with anti-American globalists plotting against the Constitution
Full story: Talking Points Memo
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As Russian president Vladimir Putin flexes his military muscles by invading Ukraine in violation of multiple international treaties, right-wing pundits are fawning over the “macho” leader’s strength while complaining that President Obama wears “mom jeans” and is weak on foreign policy.
In the wake of Russia’s apparent invasion of the Crimean Peninsula — an area within the sovereign territory of Ukraine — right-wing media have renewed their crush on the Russian leader, praising his strength and equestrian skills after TIME’s Michael Crowley tweeted a photo of Obama on a bicycle and Putin on a horse, saying the juxtaposition “does kind of capture the moment.”
Fox Nation made the photo its “Pic of the Day" and published a “highlight reel of Putin doing macho things” like “performing karate,” riding a horse and a motorcycle (though disappointingly not at the same time), and tranquilizing a tiger.
Fox host Bill O’Reilly discussed the photo on his primetime show March 3rd, saying the photo depicted the “contrasting styles” of Putin and Obama. “Putin sees himself as a macho man who’s going to do pretty much what he wants,” O’Reilly said. “The president sees himself as a renaissance man who wants to accommodate.”
On the March 3 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, contributor Sarah Palin questioned the “potency” of President Obama saying, “People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.”
Other Fox pundits have followed the same theme. Foreign policy expert KT McFarland tweeted, “Putin seizes countries, Obama threatens maybe to kick Russia out of the G-8 club. Bet Putin’s sorry now! Winners write history, not whiners”. Frequent Fox guest Rudy Giuliani lavished Putin with praise, saying that in contrast with Obama, Putin is “what you call a leader.”
Of course, no one praising Putin’s leadership mentions his penchant for repressing dissent and stymieing the freedoms of his people. But at least he can fend off a wild animal without his shirt on.
While Obama runs occupation of two countries, started wars in Syria and Libya, and kills children while bombing wedding parties by drones. Shut up, you hypocrites.
As we all know Obama forced Putin to invade Ukraine.. When in doubt blame Obama and yell “BENGHAZI”, like a Republicans. Putin is no better than Bush. They are both right wing tools bent on power and money. Putin invaded Ukraine for the same reason Bush invaded Iraq, oil. Iraq posed no threat to the U.S and Ukraine was not unstable or causing any threat to Russian citizens.