Braley: Reconvene Congress to address Islamic State


Congress should reconvene to figure out how to deal with militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Democrat Bruce Braley said today.

“We haven’t had a classified briefing since we left Washington, and there have been additional developments that we need to be aware of,” Braley, a congressman who is running in Iowa’s fiercely competitive U.S. Senate race, told The Des Moines Register’s editorial board.

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Clayton Hardiman: Marathons show how we continue to evolve and live to make …

Clayton Hardiman: Marathons show how we continue to evolve and live to make ... #915

MUSKEGON, MI — From my house to Fremont. That’s roughly the distance he ran, in a paltry 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds.

Or to put it another way, from my neighborhood in eastern Muskegon to downtown Grand Haven. And back.

Like most non-distance runners, I have to struggle to put Dennis Kimetto’s recent achievement in perspective.

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US Secret Service chief resigns over security breaches

US Secret Service chief resigns over security breaches #6

The US Secret Service director resigned on Wednesday, paying the price for a string of security lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an armed intruder ran into the White House.

Julia Pierson stepped down a day after enduring a withering public grilling by lawmakers, who pronounced themselves baffled at failures by Secret Service agents, another of which saw an armed former felon get on an elevator with US President Barack Obama.

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Republicans Governors Facing Extinction As Democratic Wave Looms

Republicans Governors Facing Extinction As Democratic Wave Looms #324

While the mainstream media is obsessed with the contest for control of the Senate, Democrats are poised to wipe out the Republican governor class of 2010. Rick Snyder, Sam Brownback, Rick Scott, Tom Corbett, Scott Walker and others are facing a growing Democratic wave.

Politico reported, “The unsettled gubernatorial landscape has drawn a fraction of the attention of the seesawing battle for the Senate. Yet the state of play is dramatic in its own right: The fate of big-name Republicans such as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Florida’s Rick Scott and Michigan’s Rick Snyder are all on the line, and Democrats such as Colorado’s John Hickenlooper and Illinois’ Pat Quinn are locked in tough reelection races that could go either way.”

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Here comes the future: We’re making robots that feel!

Here comes the future: We're making robots that feel! #397

It’s an Anthropocene magic trick, this extension of our digital selves over the Internet, far enough to reach other people, animals, plants, interplanetary crews, extraterrestrial visitors, the planet’s Google-mapped landscapes, and our habitats and possessions. If we can revive extinct life forms, create analog worlds, and weave new webs of communication—what about new webs of life? Why not synthetic life forms that can sense, feel, remember, and go through Darwinian evolution?

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Florida voters have an eye on the environment

Florida voters have an eye on the environment #438

File photo dated Sept. 26, 2007 — Christina Panko, a water quality assistant at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, searches for marine life with three other employees at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007. The animals found on the search will be used in one of the two touch tanks at the Environmental Learning Center that is opening to the public on Saturday and will include fiddler crabs, a moon snail, spider crab, crown conch and a pear whelk that will be placed in one of the two touch tanks. The National Estuaries Day celebration event will also

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