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Changing The Shape Of Your Furniture With A Wave Of The Hand

Designers at MIT are developing furniture that can change shape when you wish. Imagine a table that can become a bed, or a bed that can then become a chair. We’re probably a long way away from that, but MIT’s Tangible Media Group — an arm of the US university that’s dedicated to exploring “the [...]

Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the second ranking House Democrat, says the party positioned to take back the House in 2014. Hoyer pointed to a fundraising advantage for Democrats, lower poll numbers for congressional Republicans, divisions inside the GOP ranks, and a good recruiting class of Democratic challengers, and said “all of those combined in my [...]

In 8 years, Utah reduced homelessness 78% and believes it can end it by 2015. The state is giving away apartments, no strings attached. In 2005, Utah calculated the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for an average homeless person was $16,670, while the cost of providing an apartment and social worker would [...]

The Republicans have a delicate balancing act.  They want to keep stringing along their base for the 2014 Congressional election.  And it looks like they plan on using the demonization of government programs to keep doing so.  And they are counting on voters like Terry Rupe to believe them. “I don’t have any use for [...]

There is greater support for mandatory drug-testing of elected federal legislators than for welfare recipients. And we’re not surprised in the least: While most Americans like the idea of drug testing for welfare recipients, they LOVE the idea of drug testing for members of Congress. According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 64 percent of Americans [...]

They say there isn’t time to address immigration reform, and so that is off the table for this session of Congress. The third-ranking House Republican told immigration advocates that lawmakers won’t vote this year on the issue, confirming what many had long assumed. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, said in a meeting with [...]

He is running in the reddest of red territory, and this sort of hate speech is de rigeur in those parts if you’re running a serious Republican campaign: Republican congressional candidate Dean Young, who will face off against fellow Republican Bradley Byrne in a runoff election in Alabama’s 1st district on Tuesday, said in 2002 that [...]

Rep. Scott Tipton a Town Hall meeting in Montrose, Colorado over the weekend. It did not go so well: Shouts erupted at Rep. Scott Tipton’s (R-Colo.) town hall in Montrose, Colo., on Saturday, according to the Montrose Daily Press, with the congressman facing heat for the government shutdown. “You don’t hold America hostage,” one attendee [...]

The latest poll numbers should prove cause for concern for House Torquemada Inquisition Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa: A poll commissioned by the left-leaning MoveOn.org contends that Vista GOP Rep. Darrell Issa could be vulnerable in 2014. Public Policy Polling surveyed Issa’s 49th Congressional District encompassing coastal North County and southern Orange County during the [...]

We usually keep an eye on Down With Tyranny and Daily Kos for our Democratic “up’n’coming names” fix. This morning, we’re looking at an interesting profile of a Democrat poised to challenge incumbent Rep. Mike Honda: It is a Thursday night in mid-May in San Francisco’s North Beach and Silicon Valley is feeling its oats. [...]

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