For much of the weekend pre-health care House Vote, Republican Bart Stupak was hammering out an executive order making it clear that no federal money would be spent on abortion.
"Late into Saturday night and again Sunday morning, U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan negotiated with President Barack Obama's top lawyer, hammering out an executive order that made clear that no federal money would be spent on abortion. It helped save the Democrats' signature effort on health care overhaul -- a victory that had eluded the party for decades. Without Stupak and as many as nine other Democrats opposed to abortion, the chances of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., finding the 216 votes needed for passage looked bleak. With them, it was all but done. The breakthrough came at midafternoon Sunday. ‘Thirty-one million more Americans will have health insurance,’ Stupak said at a news conference. He and the other Democrats -- including Ohio's Marcy Kaptur and West Virginia's Alan Mollohan -- said they were prepared to let the legislation fail if their concerns weren't addressed. In November, the House passed an amendment written by Stupak -- a former state trooper and a Catholic from Menominee in the western Upper Peninsula -- that prohibited payment of federal subsidies to any insurance plan that covered elective abortions, even if a separate, segregated amount to pay for the procedure was collected from the insured person."
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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