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Colbert: Gohmert’s jobs bill is a ‘parliamentary cock block’

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Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert explained Thursday that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) had filed his American Jobs Act with the House of Representatives before President Barack Obama could file his bill with the same name.

“I love the American Jobs Act,” Colbert announced. “Not Obama’s bill. That thing is a heat-seeking turd.”

“I am talking about the other American Jobs Act released yesterday by Texas Republican Congressman and tequila worm stunt double Louie Gohmert. You see, despite running around with their hair on fire, the president and the Democrats forgot to the file their bill with the House of Representatives. So, Gohmert got there first and filed his own bill with the exact same name. That is what political scientists call a parliamentary cock block.”

Citing a report by Raw Story’s Eric W. Dolan, Colbert noted that Gohmert’s bill had only one feature: it would reduce corporate tax rates from 35 percent down to zero percent.

“Now zero percent may sound pretty low, but that is still more than G.E. paid last year,” the Comedy Central host observed.

Watch this video from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, broadcast Sept. 15, 2011.

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Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight

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A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."

It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.

The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.

The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.

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Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank

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Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.

The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.

Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.

Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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