For the first time ever, the United States is deploying a solid-state laser weapon. The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) successfully destroyed a drone in flight during a test run and will head to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Ponce as part of what the military is calling an “at-sea demonstration.”
For the first time in four decades of polling, a majority of Americans support legalizing the use of marijuana.
While rhythm can often be hard enough to find among humans, finding it in the animal kingdom has been even more rare.
Earlier yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
The most aggressive attempts to change federal gun law since 1994, when Congress passed a ban on assault-style weapons, come up for key votes today.
There were 198,000 jobs added to private employers’ payrolls in February, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report — a privately produced snapshot of the employment picture that’s sometimes a signal of what the Bureau of Labor Statistics will say when it releases its data from the same month.
The controversy over President Obama’s targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is to side with national security over civil liberties. That instinct has been true throughout history, and has been acted on by liberal presidents and core conservatives.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Gun control historically has been one of the most divisive issues in Congress, between the parties and even inside the Democratic coalition. Yet some in President Obama’s own party say he has put together a gun agenda that is sweeping without being too painful for most Democrats to support.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The president endorsed the proposals unveiled Monday by a bipartisan group of senators. He called for a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million illegal immigrants. But he avoided issues such as how long those in the country illegally could be forced to wait before applying for citizenship.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
How many presidents have chosen to affirm (rather than swear) to “faithfully execute the office … “? Try your hand at inaugural trivia.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us