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Using Drones in the Search for Flight 370

Using Drones in the Search for Flight 370

At 15,000 feet down, underwater drones have limitations. Side-scanning sonar is a slow process and newest drones can only stay down 20 hours. Search could take years for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Issa: IRS coordinated with Dems to attack tea party group

**FILE** House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (right), California Republican, with the committee's ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, continues his probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service as the panel questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on March 26, 2014, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Issa: IRS coordinated with Dems to attack tea party group

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa on Wednesday accused his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, of coordinating with the IRS to attack one of the tea party groups that was targeted by the tax agency for intrusive scrutiny and long delays.

Mr. Issa and five other top Republicans said they have just last week been given emails showing Mr. Cummings sought information from the IRS about True the Vote, a conservative tax-exempt organization that drew the ire of liberals for pushing states to eliminate potentially bogus names from their voter rolls.

Is Casual Sex Psychologically Healthy?

Is Casual Sex Psychologically Healthy?

By Robert Biswas-Diener

In a recent study nearly 19% of college men reported having sex with someone they had known less than one week. What happened next?

Can Clever Campaigns Save the Democrats in 2014?

Can Clever Campaigns Save the Democrats in 2014?

Molly Ball

The party's only hope to save the midterms is a tactical silver bullet—the underlying forces are arrayed against them.

 But for Democrats, the emphasis on magic tricks is a symptom of something else as well: the difficult landscape the party confronts in 2014. The underlying factors the political scientists look at to make their predictions—a middling economy, an unpopular Democratic president—are stacked against them. Redistricting tilts the House against them, while their Senate incumbents were last elected in 2008, when the heady Obama coattails helped power them to victory in normally red states. The demographic groups from which the party drew its strength in 2012 and 2008—minorities, young people, single women—have been less inclined to vote in non-presidential elections in recent years. And so, to stave off disaster, Democrats need to get more of those people to vote. All the tools in their arsenal—as well as a stable of “election protection” efforts targeting alleged vote suppression—are aimed at finding those latent Democratic voters and shaking them out of their houses.

Priced Out of Silicon Valley


Priced Out of Silicon Valley

By Zusha Elinson 

As housing costs have skyrocketed in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, more people have been forced to live in their vehicles, and cities are cracking down.

The San Jose/Santa Clara County region's homeless population—about 7,600 on any given night, the fifth-highest among major metro areas—edged up in 2013, even as the number of homeless nationwide dropped, according to U.S. data. About 46% of the homeless here are living on the streets for the first time, while 48% previously rented or owned a home, according to a county survey. 

Poachers Attack California’s Redwoods

Brett A. Silver, a ranger at Redwood National and State Parks in California, examined the scars on a tree from which multiple burls were cut.

Poachers Attack California’s Redwoods

Thieves who target the trees’ burls, protrusions valued for their intricately patterned wood, are driven by a sluggish economy and costly methamphetamine habits, officials said.

The thieves who butchered this and other 1,000-year-old arboreal giants were after the burls, gnarly protrusions on the trees that are prized for their intricately patterned wood. Although timber theft has long plagued public lands, a recent spate of burl poaching, with 18 known cases in the last year, has forced park officials to close an eight-mile drive through old-growth forests, the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, at night to deter criminals. More closings are expected.


Although scientists are not entirely sure how burls are formed or why, they do consider them to be marvels of biodiversity: Giant burls perched like penthouses above the canopy are habitats for mollusks, salamanders and other creatures. “It’s as if you took a chunk of the forest floor and suspended it into the air,” said Stephen C. Sillett, a professor at Humboldt State University, in Arcata just south of here, who specializes in the ecology of the redwood forest.

The 7 Secret Habits of Navy SEALs

The term habit generally has a negative connotation, but if you form the right habits that drive you toward success, you can't lose. To be an effective team member, people usually need to break old habits and develop new ones by letting selfishness fall by the wayside. The SEAL community forces you to break habits that don't positively contribute to mission success. If you can't make that happen, you're done.

#5 Assume you don't know enough. Because you don't. Any effective team member understands that training is never complete. It's true in the SEAL teams, and it's true in any elite team. Those who assume they know everything should be eliminated. Those who spend time inside and outside of the workplace developing their knowledge and skills will provide the momentum for their team's forward progress.

The Utter Smugness of Donald Rumsfeld

The Utter Smugness of Donald Rumsfeld

Peter Osnos 

Errol Morris's new documentary, The Unknown Known, explores the hubris that led to Iraq.

With Robert McNamara in The Fog of War, the filmmaker captured a painful redemption bid. But the star of The Unknown Known doesn't think he needs redemption at all.
Rumsfeld’s jousts with Morris are built around his stream of memos—he estimates there were 20,000 in his years at the Pentagon—and linguistic formulations, the most famous of February 4, 2002, in which he wrote, “There are knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. ... There are also unknown knowns: things you think you know that it turns out you did not.” Whereas McNamara is a man grappling with the consequences of his actions, Rumsfeld, as characterized by Morris, “is a man using language to obscure the world from himself as well as from others.”
Special Ops’ Weapons Wish List

By Michael Peck

America’s special operators are already some of the best-equipped troops in the world. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use a laser blaster or two.

Tactical biometrics. It's not fun to conduct a hazardous snatch of an insurgent leader, only to find you grabbed the wrong guy. Commandos currently can't collect and identify a suspect's DNA records on the spot. USASOC is looking for an instant biometric system, possibly on a smartphone, that can be used in covert operations. 

Can You Find Happiness Through Passion?

Can You Find Happiness Through Passion?

By Susanna Halonen , MAPP

You might have heard the terms 'follow your passion' and 'find your passion' many times. These limit passion to one activity, or one thing. Recent positive psychology research has suggested this focus on 'one passion' is not the path to happiness. Instead, choosing to live your whole life with passion, by pursuing a passionate way of being, is. Here's how to do it.

GOP, say bye to votes from women

GOP, say bye to votes from women

GOP, say bye to votes from women

Dana Milbank

Republicans make their ‘war on women’ worse.

This was not the way Republican leaders had planned to observe Equal Pay Day.

On the eve of Tuesday’s commemoration — the day symbolizing how far into 2014 women must work to catch up to the wages men earned in 2013 — a small newspaper in Louisiana, the Ouachita Citizen, reported that its congressman, Republican Rep. Vance McAllister, had been videotaped making out with a low-paid staffer.

McAllister, called the “Duck Dynasty” congressman because of his defense of the Robertson family’s Christian values, issued a statement asking for forgiveness from God, his family, his staff and constituents, and he declared that he still plans to run for reelection. And the woman, a part-timer paid less than $22,000 a year who also received $300 from McAllister to clean out his campaign office? She was terminated as the story broke, the congressman’s chief of staff told another Louisiana paper.

It takes chutzpah to observe Equal Pay Day by sacking the low-wage employee you’ve been snogging.

U.S. Won’t Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine


U.S. Won’t Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine

American spies have spotted all the signs of an all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine. Why won’t they tell the Ukrainians about the forces on their border?

U.S. intelligence agencies now have detailed information that Russia has amassed the kind of forces needed for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. But the Obama administration hasn’t shared with Ukraine the imagery, intercepts, and analysis that pinpont the location of the Russian troops ready to seize more Ukrainian land, The Daily Beast has learned.

President Obama has repeatedly and publicly expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people—and warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin that there will be consequences if he takes over any more Ukrainian territory. Yet Obama’s administration has so far been reluctant to hand over the kind of intelligence the Ukrainians could use to defend themselves. U.S. officials and members of Congress briefed on the crisis in Ukraine tell The Daily Beast that senior U.S. military officers have been instructed to refrain from briefing their Ukrainian counterparts in detail about what the United States knows about the Russians troops amassing on the border.

It's not a sneeze, it's a multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud

It's not a sneeze, it's a multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud

Sneezes can travel far further than we thought - and even form their own cloud to move, researchers have found. The study by MIT researchers found that coughs and sneezes are far more adept at spreading viruses than they had thought. They say the discovery means office ventilation systems play a far bigger role in spreading disease that previously thought.

McCain, Kerry trade personal shots during heated Senate exchange

Seen here at a Senate hearing in December 1992 long before either ran for president, Sen. John Kerry (left) listens to Sen. John McCain. Mr. Kerry offered Mr. McCain the No. 2 spot on his ticket in 2004, but now says he is not fit for the White House.

Pals no more: McCain, Kerry trade personal shots during heated Senate exchange

By Guy Taylor and Ashish Kumar Sen - The Washington Times

“My hero, Teddy Roosevelt, used to say, talk softly but carry a big stick. What you’re doing is talking strongly and carrying a very small stick — in fact, a twig,” McCain said to Kerry.

“I think you’re about to hit the trifecta,” said Mr. McCain, who asserted that peace talks Mr. Kerry has pursued for Syria are in “total collapse,” and that nuclear negotiations with Iran, as well as talks between Israel and Palestine are “finished.”

Top Colleges’ Acceptance Rates Hit New Low

Top Colleges’ Acceptance Rates Hit New Low


In the just-completed admissions season, Stanford University, above, accepted only 5 percent of applicants, with the odds nearly as bad at its elite rivals.

Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are, inevitably, rejecting a vast majority, including legions of students they once would have accepted. Admissions directors at these institutions say that most of the students they turn down are such strong candidates that many are indistinguishable from those who get in.

“For most kids, this really used to be a regional process, but they have access to so much information online now, so every school seems local,” said Richard H. Shaw, the dean of undergraduate admission at Stanford. Admissions directors at several top Eastern colleges agreed, saying that they now received more applications from California than any other state, which would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

Calipari to Lakers a "done deal"?

John Calipari

Former Kentucky Star Rex Chapman Says Coach Cal To Lakers A “Done Deal” Win Or Lose

Matt Lombardi

It’s hard to know what to make of this – many in the industry have said that they believe that this is Calipari’s last year in Lexington. But Cal himself has always been vocal about his desire to stick around. Could Chapman be trolling his own fan base ahead of the title game? Sure, but why? We’ll find out soon enough if there’s any truth here.

Eric Holder explodes at GOP rep: 'You don't want to go there, buddy!'

 Caroline May

United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the Human Rights Campaign's 13th annual Greater New York Gala

Holder unloads after congressman mentions contempt

“I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said.

“You don’t want to go there, buddy! You don’t want to go there, okay,” Holder shot back.

“I don’t want to go there?” the Texas Republican responded.

“No,” Holder said, leaning forward in his seat.

Why Women Don’t Vote for Women

Despite generations of women striving for better representation in politics, female candidates do not necessarily get a bump from women voters.

“Party trumps gender. Overwhelmingly, people usually vote their parties,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who frequently polls female voters. “With that said, gender is important for independent voters—the gender of the candidate and the gender of voters. In a general election— it’s usually independent women voters that you fight for at the end.”

Withdrawn, Irritable Teen? Is It A Migraine?

Withdrawn, Irritable Teen? Is It A Migraine?

By Nancy Darling, Ph.D.

Migraines often begin around puberty, are triggered by stress, lack of sleep, and hormone cycles, and manifest themselves as irritability, withdrawal, the inability to focus, and absentmindedness. Often they arrive without a headache. Are you sure that's a teen funk and not a migraine?

Is organic food really better for you?

Is organic food really better for you?

Tamar Haspel

A look at nutrition and contamination in organic and conventional meat, milk, produce, eggs and fish.

Contamination: There are two issues for foods that grow in the ground: pesticides and pathogens. There is widespread agreement that organic produce, while not pesticide-free, has lower residue levels and fewer pesticides. A study using USDA data found that 73 percent of conventional produce sampled had residue from at least one pesticide, compared with 23 percent of organic, though that study is more than 10 years old. There also isn’t agreement about whether that’s meaningful for human consumption.

China named ‘most powerful nation’ by economic group

In this file photo taken on Nov. 17, 2009, a bank clerk stacks up renminbi banknotes at a bank in Hefei in central China's Anhui province. China on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, criticized a U.S. congressional report that called on Washington to do more to force Beijing to increase the value of its currency. (AP Photo)

China named ‘most powerful nation’ by economic group

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

When it comes to competing on the world market, China is tops, finds a group that tracks nations’ abilities on the economic front.

Tea Party to Jeb Bush: Don’t Tread On Us

Tea Party: We’ve Had Enough Bush

The former Florida governor’s ‘act of love’ immigration comments and support for Obama’s Common Core haven’t endeared him to the grass roots. But it’s his name they really can’t stand.

“I like the gentleman, but I think his comments on immigration are a little screwy,” said Mark Skoda, a Memphis-based talk radio host and the co-founder of the National Tea Party Federation. “It is this notion that the rule of law no longer applies because it is somehow not compassionate. We don’t need ‘compassionate conservatism.’ Conservatism is compassionate because it is about freedom and restoring individual liberty.”

Rand Paul’s Michael Moore Moment

 Dick Cheney may be sniping at the 2016 hopeful now, but Paul once hit even harder—accusing the ex-veep of going into Iraq to help Halliburton. And there’s more where that came from.

Wow. Forget “No blood for oil.” For Paul, America’s Iraq debacle was a mercenary swap of blood for several billion dollars in federal contracts to Cheney’s former company to do everything from put out oil field fires to provide housing for soldiers. That is some serious military-industrial complex paranoia.

The curious case of Julia Louis-Dreyfus

HBO's Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party - Red Carpet

This 'Veep' keeps getting hotter and hotter

Ukraine crisis: US warns Russia of more sanctions over 'saboteurs' in east

Alexander Ermochenko/AP

The US and Russia said their top diplomats would meet soon to seek a way out of the Ukraine crisis, but their starkly opposed interpretations of the turmoil in the east offer little prospect of common ground.

“What’s clear is that this [weekend unrest] is a result of increased Russian pressure on Ukraine,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “We see it in the troops that have massed on the border.” The US suspects Russia is sending paid outsiders into Donetsk and other cities to feed anti-Ukraine sentiment – a suspicion the White House aired with reporters.

Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran


Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran

It’s Washington’s nightmare scenario: an aggressive Moscow deciding it’s time to arm Tehran with sophisticated weapons. And it may be closer to reality than you think.

The trade between Moscow and Tehran would alleviate the economic pressure on Iran that the White House has said helped bring the Islamic Republic to the bargaining table. It may even sink the talks President Obama is hoping will persuade Iran to defang its nuclear program.

If those talks fail, then Russia has the leverage to equip Iran with the missile that could defend its centrifuges and reactors from allied air strikes, the S-300.

“I could see as part of this deal [between Tehran and Moscow] that they would agree to transfer advanced missiles to Iran,” said Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the hawkish Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and an expert in the Iran sanctions. “If [Russian president Vladimir] Putin became angry enough over the West’s financial punishment of Russia, he could put in play the S-300 deal.”

The S-300 has long been Moscow’s top-of-the-line air defense system. The current model is comparable to U.S. Patriot missile batteries. The S-300 deploys sophisticated radars, launch vehicles and missiles to shoot aircraft and even ballistic missiles out of the sky. Russia has also threatened to sell the system to Syria, whose hapless air force was hacked by Israel in 2007, rendering its anti-aircraft defenses useless when Israel bombed the al-Kibar nuclear facility.

20 Unusual Things 20 Successful People Do Every Day

Where success is concerned, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference.

I grew up in an entrepreneurial family so I feel it's never too early to start. Every morning I take my 21-month old son out of his crib and have a 5-minute conversation about how my day went yesterday and what my plan is for today.

So every morning around 7 a.m. we talk about all things Jeremy Argyle. He nods, claps, smiles, offers a few words of encouragement. It probably sounds a bit silly but I love that I get to share what I'm doing with my Jack Maverick, my son, and I also feel like it helps me get a summary of my previous day out and helps me plan to tackle the current day.

-- Brian Guttman, founder of Jeremy Argyle

The Culture of Shut Up

The Culture of Shut Up

Jon Lovett

Too many debates about important issues degenerate into manufactured and misplaced outrage—and it's chilling free speech.

The right to free speech begins and ends with the First Amendment, but there is a vast middle where our freedom of speech is protected by our capacity to listen and accept that people disagree.
Meet Al Sharpton: FBI informant

 Jim Treacher

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to the media outside Macy's after meeting with company officials in New York

We all know the Rev. Al is a fashion plate, but have you seen his snitch jacket? The Smoking Gun:

Beginning in the mid-1980s and spanning several years, Sharpton’s cooperation was fraught with danger since the FBI’s principal targets were leaders of the Genovese crime family, the country’s largest and most feared Mafia outfit. In addition to aiding the FBI/NYPD task force, which was known as the “Genovese squad,” Sharpton’s cooperation extended to several other investigative agencies.

TSG’s account of Sharpton’s secret life as “CI-7” is based on hundreds of pages of confidential FBI affidavits, documents released by the bureau in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, court records, and extensive interviews with six members of the Genovese squad, as well as other law enforcement officials to whom the activist provided assistance…

Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush & the Politics of Exhaustion

By Nick Gillespie

For partisan and media elites, ‘the past is never dead. It’s not even past,’ which means with these two candidates likely to lead the race in 2016, the future doesn’t look so different.

The Washington Post reports, “Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.” For once, I found myself agreeing with Jesse Jackson. Can’t we just “stay out the Bushes” this one time at least?

On the other side of the aisle, it’s a given that Hillary Clinton is not only the presumptive Democratic nominee, but the only possible Democratic nominee anyone can name with a straight face (sorry, Joe Biden, but this just ain’t your century any more than the 20th was). “There was a Bush or a Clinton in the White House and cabinet for 32 years straight,” notes Maureen Dowd at The New York Times, whose headline writer adds, “Brace Yourself for Hillary and Jeb.” As it was, it shall always be. About the only cause for optimism is that there’s no Kennedy in the mix.

How Good Food Can Fight Chronic Illness

How Good Food Can Fight Chronic Illness

Erin N. Marcus 

Nearly one in three U.S. adults with a chronic disease has problems paying for food, medicine, or both.

Of the 10,000 adults who reported that they had a chronic disease such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, stroke, a mental health problem, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, nearly one in five said they said they had problems affording food during the past 30 days, a condition called “food insecurity.” Nearly one in four said they had skipped medication dosages because of cost. More than one in ten said they had problems paying for both food and medication.

"It's not just the effect of getting the prescription, it's the effect of engaging in a conversation about the connection between food and health."
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