Florida’s Space Coast has been hit hard by NASA budget cuts and a dwindling interest in space exploration on the part of the US government. And while private space companies like SpaceX are working on their own bold steps to go where no private company has gone before, this is cold comfort to a region […]
Twitter is drawing some flack for its new censorship policies. In the past, the micro-blogging service has helped dissenters across the globe communicate quickly with one another, helping spread information quickly and in ways that are difficult for repressive governments to crack down on. That may all be changing. Jeff Bercovi has the scoop: Twitter’s […]
So it turns out that many of the worst provisions in ACTA, once they saw the light of day, were scaled way back. Nate of Ars Technica writes: US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, whose office negotiated the US side of the deal, issued astatement this morning about the “tremendous progress in the fight against counterfeiting […]
Few games rival Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City in terms of game play or graphics. I’m sort of overwhelmed with various amazing video games at the moment in my project to catch up on the last four years of gaming abstinence. Between Skyrim, Killzone, and the occasional Little Big Planet level, I haven’t had nearly enough […]
Newt Gingrich has repeatedly hidden behind a veil of Republican unity when it was to his advantage, while pulling out daggers when it wasn’t. I don’t begrudge him that. He’s running a campaign to be president of the United States. That’s his interest. In a debate setting, the interest of reporters (among others) is to make candidates defend their statements in detail.
Often those two interests collide. That’s a feature, not a bug. It was good to see Wolf Blitzer–even with the crowd turning on him–lean into that collision a bit last night. The ref isn’t there to make sure the crowd cheers for him, or to make sure the combatants “approve” of him.
Nobody really likes Wolf Blitzer anyways, right? So he had nothing to lose.
More seriously, Romney took advantage of this moment beautifully, dealing Newt the killing blow. Once Gingrich lost his footing it was just done. And this race is done. Romney is the nominee – or he will be soon enough.
More damning revelations about the Ron Paul newsletters probably won’t hurt Paul too badly at this point, but the congressman really doesn’t have a chance at winning at this point anyways. He’d be wise to go third party at this point, even though it guarantees Obama’s victory.
Obama is still better – in spite of his many civil liberties shortcomings – than Romney or Gingrich on innumerable issues of war and peace and torture. Paul going third party makes sense because sinking the real hawks in the Republican party makes sense, even if Obama is way to the left of Paul.
Updated below. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was signed yesterday by the European Commission, leading to protests across Europe but especially in Poland where thousands of citizens took to the streets over concerns of online censorship. See Also: Final Draft of ACTA watered down; TPP still dangerous on IP. Some EU leaders are unhappy as well. […]
The debate went well for Romney. He’s up on Intrade to 91.3% at the time of writing.
Gingrich needed a comeback coming into this debate and he didn’t get one. Tuesday may be a long ways away, but it’s unclear to me what could shake Romney at this point, or propel Gingrich the seven or eight points he needs for the win.
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