Does Bush have time, ability to secure his legacy?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But the clock is running. And Bush may already have passed the point of no return, suggested Paul C. Light, a professor of public policy at New York University. “Unless Bush and his advisers do something dramatic to reposition the administration and stop the slide in public approval, they’re going to find they have very few friends who want to come to the White House, let alone friends who want them to come to their districts,” Light said. “And that’s about the worst possible position for a president to be in.” Some presidents tried but failed to mount successful comebacks. Nixon wasn’t able to recover from Watergate and was forced to resign in August 1974, a year and a half into the second term he won by a landslide. Presidents Ford, Carter and George H.W. Bush never recovered from their slumps – and were denied new terms by voters. Democratic presidents Truman and Lyndon Johnson, both hobbled by unpopular wars – Korea for Truman, Vietnam for Johnson – declined to seek re-election. Bush has been buffeted by the war in Iraq, the poor federal response to Hurricane Katrina, soaring fuel prices, a failed effort to revamp Social Security, the botched Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, investigations of top Republican leaders, budget setbacks on Capitol Hill, and the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff. “Presidents always get in trouble in second terms. He’s in more trouble than most,” said Steffen Schmidt, professor of political science at Iowa State University. “When bad luck comes along, you’ve got to have a lot of momentum and a lot of forward motion. But Bush didn’t do a lot of things that would have gotten him through those moments,” Schmidt said. “When the hurricanes hit, when Katrina hit in particular, he already had lost momentum. And he slammed into a wall.” Bush’s approval rating is at the lowest of his presidency – 37 percent in the most recent AP-Ipsos poll and at similar levels in comparable polls. Johnson, Reagan and Clinton also slipped into the mid-to-high 30s at some point during their terms. Truman, Nixon, Carter and George H.W. Bush saw their numbers slump into the 20s, with Truman’s at one point dipping to 23 percent. Some Republican advisers have proposed a major shake-up of Bush’s White House staff as part of any comeback plan. His top political adviser, Karl Rove, escaped charges from the federal grand jury that indicted Cheney aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. But Rove remains under investigation, and under a cloud, making him an easy target for Democrats. Eisenhower was forced to accept the resignation of his top aide, Sherman Adams, in 1958 after Adams was accused of accepting gifts from a textile manufacturer in exchange for regulatory favors. Yet even with the 1960 U-2 spy plane controversy, Eisenhower’s approval ratings snapped back into the 60s as he neared the end of his term. Reagan replaced his chief of staff and his national security adviser in 1987 after his administration confirmed it had been selling weapons to Iran, with profits going to anti-communist rebels in Nicaragua. His approval rating when he left office rebounded to around 60 percent. Clinton proposed an ambitious agenda in his 1998 State of the Union address, a week after an investigation began into his relationship with White House intern Lewinsky. He traveled extensively. And his approval ratings rose to as high as 70 percent even as the Republican-controlled House voted to impeach him. He was acquitted in early 1999 by the Senate. White House officials disputed suggestions that Bush could prematurely become a lame-duck political liability for Republicans on next year’s ballot. But GOP national chairman Ken Mehlman conceded that, while Bush loves to help congressional candidates, in some cases the candidates themselves “believe it’s better if he didn’t.” Former Nixon speechwriter Stephen Hess cautioned it’s always dangerous to write the obituary of prominent politicians, recalling Nixon’s 1968 comeback after losing the presidency in 1960 and the California governorship in 1962. Bush still has three years in office, “and three years in the life of a president is an eternity,” Hess said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Other presidents have recovered from ratings slumps like the one George W. Bush is in right now: Dwight Eisenhower came back after the Sherman Adams scandal; Ronald Reagan rebounded after Iran-Contra; Bill Clinton triumphed after Monica Lewinsky. Republican strategists say Bush, too, has time to snap out of a three-month run of bad luck and setbacks, including GOP losses Tuesday in gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey. Still, a comeback will be tough, and will get increasingly tougher the closer the 2006 midterm elections come, strategists in both parties agree. Bush might want to look back to successful predecessors for pointers. He could shake up his White House staff, as Eisenhower and Reagan did in their troubled second terms. Or he could follow Clinton’s lead and engage in a flurry of domestic and foreign policy initiatives. last_img read more

16 people trapped on SeaWorld San Diego ride

first_img Posted: February 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — UPDATE: Technical Rescue Team firefighters have rescued 14 of the 16 passengers stuck on the Bayside Skyride. They are being evaluated by medical crews as they are brought to a dock. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — UPDATE: 16 people trapped on SeaWorld San Diego ride Updated: 10:25 PM February 18, 2019 SEAWORLD RESCUE UPDATE: 8 rescues have been performed by our Technical Rescue Team firefighters. 4 adults and four juveniles have been rescued. 8 victims remain.— SDFD (@SDFD) February 19, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police say 16 people are trapped on the Bayside Skyride at SeaWorld in San Diego.Due to an unusual gust of significant wind, the operations of the Bayside Skyride stopped. A number of guests are currently on the Skyride seated in five gondolas. SeaWorld San Diego is currently working with San Diego Fire & Rescue and the San Diego Lifeguards to evacuate the guests from the ride.There are blankets on board each gondola and evacuations will be conducted in accordance with the highest safety standards.The National Weather Service says it was about 49 degrees in San Diego at the time. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter SEAWORLD RESCUE UPDATE: All 16 persons trapped in the gondola ride are safe on the ground. Great job by our Technical Rescue Team firefighters, @SDLifeguards & support staff.— SDFD (@SDFD) February 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — UPDATE: All 16 guests have been rescued from the gondolas at SeaWorld San Diego and are safe on the ground. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

CBO Pentagon Costs to Grow in Coming Years

first_img ADC AUTHOR Plans outlined in the Pentagon’s Future Years Defense Program would cause the base defense budget to balloon to $735 billion (in today’s dollars) by 2033, according to new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.The base amount requested for 2019 was $617, plus overseas contingency costs. It is expected to be higher when the administration sends its budget request to Capitol Hill mid-March.“About 25 percent of the total growth from 2024 through 2033 would be in military personnel costs, 55 percent in [operations and maintenance] costs, and 20 percent in costs to develop and purchase weapon systems,” the report said.last_img read more

David Gilmour Guitar Collection Heads To Auction In June

first_imgGilmour looks to the future as he parts with more than 120 guitars, to be auctioned by Christie’s to benefit charityPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 29, 2019 – 5:01 pm Auction house Christie’s has announced The David Gilmour Guitar Collection will go under the hammer to benefit charity on June 20 in New York. Pre-auction displays of the more than 120 guitars will begin with the full collection at Christie’s King Street in London March 27–31, followed by highlights shown in Los Angeles May 7–11 and finally the New York sale preview on June 14–19. David Gilmour’s haunting guitar explorations with Pink Floyd can obscure his solo accomplishments, musically, as a producer and as a philanthropist. While influential releases piled up on Gilmour’s discography, his collection of guitars also grew and grew. While it might seem drastic to leave himself a smaller collection of 20 guitars, Gilmour vows he’s moving ahead with new music, so this is no liquidation sale. News Twitter Facebook David Gilmour Guitar Collection Heads To Auction In June David Gilmour Guitars Head To Auction In June david-gilmour-guitar-collection-heads-auction-june Email “These guitars have been very good to me,” Gilmour told Rolling Stone. “I just think it’s time that they went off and served someone else. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention.”While all the instruments in the Christie’s auction catalog have their own unique history, what’s grabbing the most attention is the 1969 Fender Black Strat used by Gilmour on most of Pink Floyd’s iconic studio recordings. “The notes for the beginning of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ fell out of it one day,” said Gilmour. “It’s on so much stuff, but Fender have made replica ones that they sell, and I have two or three of those that are absolutely perfect. One of those might be my future guitar of choice.”Green Day To Auction Instruments And Gear On ReverbRead more read more

DCB Bank launches DCB UPI mobile app

first_imgDCB Bank on Monday launched its Unified Payment Interface (UPI) app, a month after the application developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) went live. The DCB UPI app is aimed at enhancing banking experience for customers, the lender said in a statement. The app dispenses with the need to swipe debit or credit cards while making payments at merchandise outlets by creating a “virtual payment address” for customers, which in turn serves as an identifier for enabling transactions.”In the coming months, UPI is likely to create a significant change in the way transactions are done, especially peer-to-peer transactions, known as P2P. A very important and powerful feature of UPI is the ability to send a ‘collect’ request, which did not exist in the industry,” Murali Natrajan, DCB Bank MD and CEO, said in a statement.The UPI interface was billed as a revolutionary of sorts in digital banking by the NCPI.”This is a success of enormous significance. Real-time sending and receiving money through a mobile application at such a scale on interoperable basis had not been attempted anywhere else in the world. Now the UPI App will be made available on Google Play Store by banks,” AP Hota, MD and CEO of NPCI, had said in a statement last month.last_img read more

Improving lasers with microring mirrors

first_img( — We use lasers everyday, though many of us may not think about it. “Lasers are in a number of consumer products,” Lynford Goddard tells “We have them in DVD players, printers, and in other products.” More information: Amir Arbabi, Young Mo Kang, Ching-Ying Lu, Edmond Chow, and Lynford L. Goddard, “Realization of a narrowband single wavelength microring mirror,” Applied Physics Letters (2011). Available online: Explore further New VECSEL could mean a step forward for spectroscopy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Right now, many consumer products make use of linear Bragg reflectors for laser mirrors. However, as a desire for ever-smaller and more complex devices pervades society, some of these conventional lasers are too big to densely pack in a photonic integrated circuit. “Our goal originally was just to make a smaller device. We took the conventional linear Bragg reflector and rolled it on itself to save space,” Professor Goddard explains. He worked with Amir Arbabi, Young Mo Kang, Ching-Ying Lu and Edmond Chow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to create a design integrating a distributed Bragg reflector inside a microring resonator.“What we found,” Goddard continues, “was that our geometry solved other problems associated with the linear distributed Bragg reflector. Not only did we make a smaller device, but we were also able to engineer a more ideal spectral response. It was narrower and free of side mode ripple.” The results of the team’s work can be found in Applied Physics Letters: “Realization of a narrowband single wavelength microring mirror.”“Bragg reflectors are found in telecommunication systems, sensors, diagnostic equipment – including medical equipment, as well as in consumer products,” Goddard says. “One of the issues, though, is that you can get ‘mode partition noise’ because there are several different wavelengths competing for power due to side mode ripple. Our design is such that only a single wavelength is strong. The other wavelengths are there, but they are greatly suppressed. This reduces noise, and allows for better spectroscopy, and would also be ideal in telecommunications applications.”Microring resonators aren’t new. “This is a well-known device,” Goddard says. “However, we added the Bragg reflector, patterning it along a specific fraction of the circumference of the ring. This is what allows it to be reflective at exactly one resonance and not others.”Goddard and his colleagues created the reflective microring structure using common materials. “We used materials already common in the semiconductor industry,” he explains. “The real novelty is in terms of device design.” Using materials that are already common and accessible also increases the chance that this new version of reflector could be put into wider use sooner than a device that requires the development of new materials.Graduate student and lead author Amir Arbabi describes the long process involved in realizing this novel device: “We quickly developed an intitial device model, and then spent over two years refining it, developing new simulation methods, writing proposals to support the research, perfecting the fabrication process, and building the testing station.” He is also quick to point out that the work received the support of a NSF grant.“Even though our original goal was to simply create a way to shrink laser devices, there are a number of uses for this design,” Goddard insists. The improved performance, along with the smaller size, is a real advantage. “This device will also be useful in metrology, medicine and telecommunications as well as in consumer products.” Citation: Improving lasers with microring mirrors (2011, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of read more