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NASA´s ´Flying Saucer´ Lands
in Pacific After Successful Test

NBC News, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/29/2014 4:40:12 AM

NASA’s “flying saucer” device made a hard landing in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, ending what the space agency deemed a successful test after attempts earlier in June were cancelled due to high winds. A large helium balloon lifted the device, called a low-density supersonic decelerator, 120,000 feet. During its descent, an inflatable so-called “doughnut” apparatus functioned properly, but a newly-designed supersonic parachute failed to deploy, causing the rough landing. NASA will hold a teleconference Sunday to release initial data from the test. The trial, which began at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, took about three


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NASA´s ´Flying Saucer´ Lands
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NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/29/2014 4:40:12 AM     Post Reply
NASA’s “flying saucer” device made a hard landing in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, ending what the space agency deemed a successful test after attempts earlier in June were cancelled due to high winds. A large helium balloon lifted the device, called a low-density supersonic decelerator, 120,000 feet. During its descent, an inflatable so-called “doughnut” apparatus functioned properly, but a newly-designed supersonic parachute failed to deploy, causing the rough landing. NASA will hold a teleconference Sunday to release initial data from the test. The trial, which began at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, took about three




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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/29/2014 4:35:42 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber´s modest productivity this election season to a near halt. With control of the Senate at risk in November, leaders are going to remarkable lengths to protect endangered Democrats from casting tough votes and to deny Republicans legislative victories in the midst of the campaign. The phobia means even bipartisan legislation to boost energy efficiency, manufacturing, sportsmen´s rights and more could be scuttled. The Senate´s masters of process are finding a variety of ways to shut down debate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., now is requiring an

This Ingenious Plot By The Allies
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Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/28/2014 5:08:31 AM     Post Reply
Here’s a story about WWII you never learned in school or from the history books: “Operation Mincemeat.” In what’s being called “the greatest act of deception” of the war, the British government’s elaborate operation involved taking a corpse from a London morgue, dressing it up as a British soldier and planting it on a Spanish beach for the Germans to discover. The detail to which they went was incredible. We don’t want to give it away, but the Nazis took the bait. Kudos to Buzzfeed for this fascinating video.

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/28/2014 4:15:29 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/28/2014 4:06:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Citing "significant and chronic system failures" in the nation´s health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of medical and mental health care needs. The scathing report by deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors says the Veterans Health Administration, the VA sub agency that provides health care to about 8.8 million veterans a year, has systematically ignored warnings about




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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/28/2014 4:01:45 AM     Post Reply
BEIRUT -- The Syrian rebels that the U.S. now wants to support are in poor shape, on the retreat from the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria, with some rebels giving up the fight. It is not clear whether the new U.S. promise to arm them will make a difference. Some, more hard-line Syrian fighters are bending to the winds and joining the radicals. The Obama administration is seeking $500 million to train and arm what it calls "moderate" factions among the rebels, a far larger project than a quiet CIA-led effort

The Manufactured Immigration
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The Federalist, by John Daniel Davidson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/27/2014 5:30:40 PM     Post Reply
Explanations of the immigration crisis unfolding in Texas fall roughly into two categories: violence and poverty in Central America have prompted tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and seek illegal entry into the United States via Mexico, or the Obama administration is to blame for neglecting the border and giving the impression that children and youth entering the country illegally will not be deported. The first view is, of course, the one espoused by the administration. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the Senate Judiciary Committee as much last week: “Violence, poverty—I believe that is principally what is

Rep. Charles Rangel must amend financial
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all-expenses paid trip to China
New York Daily News, by Dan Friedman    Original Article
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WASHINGTON - Rep. Charles Rangel, fresh off a tight primary win, is scrambling to amend his annual financial disclosure form after failing to report an all-expenses paid junket to China last year. While members routinely update financial disclosures, Rangel´s mistake stands out because was censured by the House in 2010 for ethics missteps including accepting improper trips to the Caribbean that were improperly funded by corporate donors. Rangel was part of a 10-member delegation from the Congressional Black Caucus who took a free trip to China last August. Rangel, a decorated veteran of the Korean War, also took a separate,

Tea Party vs. Establishment Round 2: Primary
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/27/2014 5:24:18 PM     Post Reply
With Mississippi´s Thad Cochran-Chris McDaniel showdown in the rearview mirror, the Peach State is set to play host to the next big battle between the establishment and tea-party wings of the Republican Party. Unlike in Mississippi, however, this split is not manifesting itself in Georgia´s Senate runoff election, where Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue are duking it out. Rather, it´s coming in the much lower-profile race to succeed Kingston in his conservative Savannah-based district. On one side in Georgia´s 1st Congressional District, there´s Earl "Buddy" Carter, a Republican who´s held elected office for more than two decades, serving in both

The VA failed my veteran son
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Much has been written in recent days about secret waiting lists for Veterans to get a medical appointment at Veterans Administration facilities. An audit released on Monday uncovered widespread problems, including the fact that more than three quarters of VA hospitals and clinics had manipulated data about wait times. Still to be determined are allegations over whether these secret delays led to the deaths of 40 Arizona veterans. The controversy, which led to the resignation of the VA Secretary, Eric Shinseki, is certainly cause for outrage, and possibly criminal charges. But as tragic as this may be, we cannot help but wonder



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With Chris McDaniel losing an extremely tight Republican primary for U.S. Senate, questions about his options for a general election shot are being batted around. So, can McDaniel make a run for the Senate seat in November as a third-party candidate or through a write-in campaign? Nope, and here´s why. If you want to run for office in Mississippi, you have to qualify by a statutorily set deadline. Candidates can either qualify as a Democrat or Republican via the appropriate state party or as an independent by collecting the requisite number of signatures and filing with the Secretary of State´s

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