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GOP’s Bob Corker erupts on the Senate floor — and mocks Republican who are afraid of Trump

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) on Tuesday afternoon blew up on the floor of the Senate at his colleagues who are too afraid of the president to bring tough legislation to the upper chamber of Congress.

He began his tirade by noting that in the past year and a half, under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the chamber had brought very few amendments to the floor. Instead, he suggested, his fellow Republicans keep blocking bills out of fear of how President Donald Trump may view them.

“We’ve been here a year and a half and because senators, United States senators that are elected by the people in their state,don’t want to cast a tough vote, they block everybody from voting,” he charged.

Last week, Corker introduced an amendment that would counter some of Trump’s recent tariffs, and the senator said that although he believes a vast majority of Republicans agree with him, they’re too afraid to vote on it. Instead, the bill known as the Corker Amendment has been blocked by his fellow Republicans.

“I heard the senator from Texas, the senior senator from Texas, saying the other day, ‘Well, gosh, we might upset the president,'” Corker recounted, referencing Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate’s number two Republican. “We might upset the president of the United States before the midterms. So, gosh, we can’t vote on the Corker Amendment because we’re taking, rightly so, the responsibilities that we have to deal with tariffs and revenues.”

“We can’t do that because we’d be upsetting the president, the president of the United States,” he continued.  “I can’t believe it.”

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Corker claimed that a lot of Senate Republicans would vote for his amendment restricting the president’s tariff powers if it came to a floor vote, but they continued to block it.

“No, no, no, gosh, we might poke the bear, is the language I’ve been hearing in the hallways,” the Tennessee Republican said. “We might poke the bear. The president might get upset with us as United States senators if we vote on the Corker Amendment, so we’re going to do everything we can to block it.”

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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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