Up in the sky, nano-drones

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British troops in Afghanistan are the first to use Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicles on the frontlines.  Photo courtesy of SkyNews

British troops in Afghanistan are using Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicles on the frontlines.
Photo courtesy of SkyNews

 

“Do you believe that the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial?”

That’s the question Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky posed of President Obama’s nominee for CIA chief. Continue reading

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‘Human’ in trouble

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time dewey

Time’s cover boy on Oct. 23, 1944: Gov. Thomas E. Dewey
Photo courtesy of Time Inc.

Dewey or don’t we?  Time for a change.

It’s 1944. The popular Republican governor of New York — Thomas Dewey — is in a race for the White House. FDR is in his 12th year as president. The war in Europe is entering its fifth year. And a conservative weekly starts publication … Continue reading

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The defense rests

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Preston Abrams' mother tries to comfort him as the boy  gets upset while saying good-bye to his dad, during a send off for the 1-214 Field Artillery in Elberton, Ga., on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 1-214 Field Artillery will leave Elberton for Mississippi on Feb. 26, 2013 and then deploy to Afghanistan.  AP | The Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds

Preston Abrams’ mother tries to comfort him as the boy says good-bye to his dad, a member of the 1-214 Field Artillery in Elberton, Ga., during a send-off on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 1-214 Field Artillery will be deployed to Afghanistan.
AP | The Athens Banner-Herald

 

It’s a three-day weekend, do you know where your lawmaker is?

On Friday, Congress got out of Dodge for nine days, and the president took off for a weekend getaway with golf buddies in Florida. Is there time left to dodge the deep cuts when the sequester kicks in on March 1? Continue reading

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African popes

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Cardinals who could become the next pope include:  (Top row from left) Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodrigues Maradiaga, Argentine Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Brazilian Joao Braz de Aviz, Philippines' Luis Antonio Tagle, and Nigerian Peter Turkson. (Bottom row from left ): Austrian Cristoph Schonborn, Hungarian Peter Erdoe, Italian Angelo Scola, Canadian Marc Ouellet, Nigerian Francis Arinze, Nigerian John Onaiyekan, and USA's Timothy Dolan.        AFP | Getty Images

Papabili, or the cardinals who would be pope: (Top row from left) Brazilian Claudio Hummes, Honduran Oscar Andres Rodrigues Maradiaga, Argentine Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Mexican Norberto Rivera Carrera, Brazilian Joao Braz de Aviz, Philippines’ Luis Antonio Tagle, and Nigerian Peter Turkson. (Bottom row from left ): Austrian Cristoph Schonborn, Hungarian Peter Erdoe, Italian Angelo Scola, Canadian Marc Ouellet, Nigerian Francis Arinze, Nigerian John Onaiyekan, and New York’s Timothy Dolan. AFP | Getty Images

Seemingly within minutes of the increasingly frail Pope Benedict XVI announcing his resignation, Aussie, Irish and British bookies started taking bets on who would be his successor. Continue reading

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