New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez speaks at the hangar facility at Spaceport America, northeast of Truth Or Consequences, on October 17, 2011 in New Mexico. Sir Richard Branson was on hand to host guests and media at the Keys To A New Dawn event, for the dedication of Virgin Galactic’s new home at Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport in southern New Mexico, where the Spaceport America Terminal Hangar Facility will serve as the operating hub for Virgin Galactic and is expected to house two WhiteKnightTwos and five SpaceShipTwos, in addition to all of Virgin’s astronaut preparation facilities and mission control.
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Chris Christie just picked up an amazing 2016 endorsement, albeit one that’s tucked in the middle of an article about how conservatives “recoil” at the thought of him being the GOP’s nominee. “I love his authenticity, I love who he is,” Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico told the New York Times, adding, “I will support Governor Christie in anything he decides to do in life.” There’s already speculation that Martinez might be Christie’s running mate (yes, the 2016 veepstakes is already underway), but she should probably hold off, just in case Christie tries to annex Delaware orsomething.
The Washington Postreports that the offer “centers on Ukraine.”
What did Trump “promise” the leader of Ukraine? TBD, but important context: US has been holding back millions in military/intel aid for Ukraine. At same time, Giuliani has made clear Trump team wants Ukraine to pursue probe that might implicate son of Joe Biden.
In some spots, Imelda is looking worse than Harvey
Life-threatening flooding continued across southeastern Texas Thursday morning as Tropical Rainstorm Imelda continued to dump prolific amounts of rain across the region, inundating homes and streets and prompting numerous requests for rescue.
As of early Thursday morning, Imelda, which became a short-lived tropical storm on Tuesday before making landfall in Freeport, Texas, had produced over 40 inches of rain near Hamshire, Texas, about 65 miles east of Houston. Over 25 inches of that rain fell in 12 hours.
AccuWeather meteorologists are predicting an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 55 inches of rain.
Trump weighs in, unconvincingly, on report that he made alarming, unspecificed promise to foreign leader
Another Fake News story out there - It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!
….Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavily populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!
Netanyahu is trying to cling to power, but his central rival isn’t having it
Benny Gantz rejects Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer of a unity government, saying that he will not enter into any coalition led by an Israeli premier facing corruption charges. Bibi, looking increasingly desperate, says he is “surprised and disappointed”. Oh I’m sure you are, Bibi.
Buttigieg’s health plan is more like Biden’s than Bernie’s
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Thursday unveiled his plan to reform the U.S. healthcare system by offering everyone coverage under the federal Medicare program, but not forcing people to give up private heath insurance plans.
“For years, Washington politicians have allowed the pharmaceutical industry, giant insurance companies, and powerful hospital systems to profit off of people when they are at their sickest and most vulnerable,” said Buttigieg, who is mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
“My ‘Medicare for All Who Want It’ plan will create a health care system that puts power in the hands of each American.”
Kamala Harris has a plan to fix her tanking campaign
Kamala Harris is putting her stumbling campaign on the line with a new Iowa-or-bust strategy: She’s shifting away from the closed-door fundraisers that dominated her summer calendar to focus on retail politicking in the crucial kickoff state.
Harris huddled with top campaign officials Tuesday in Baltimore to discuss the next steps as a series of polls show her plummeting into the mid-single digits. She’s not expected to significantly alter her message. Instead, Harris is planning to make weekly visits to the state and nearly double the size of her 65-person ground operation, sources familiar with the discussions told POLITICO.