Fox News has been criticized by the White House for its perceived right-wing bias. It was surprising therefore that President Barack Obama yesterday gave an interview to the channel.
Fox News has been criticized by the White House for its perceived right wing bias. It was surprising therefore that President Barack Obama yesterday gave an interview to the channel. Obama used the interview to step up his efforts to gain support for his embattled healthcare reform bill and he faced tough questioning from interviewer Bret Baier. He even had to chide the interviewer at one point for interrupting his answers, saying: "Bret, you've got to let me finish my answers," he said. "Sir, I know you don't like to filibuster, but..." Mr Baier said. "Well, I'm trying to answer your question and you keep on interrupting," the president replied. The BBC declared the interview as "largely unproductive" with the president extolling the virtues of healthcare reform while Baier grilled him on some of the controversial congressional procedures being explored by the Democrats as they attempt to pass the bill. But there was some good news for Obama, as Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who had previously voted against healthcare reform, publicly pledged his support for it.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
- Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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