Bipartisan Victory as Republicans and Democrats Agree Poor People Should Go Hungry
The Senate pushed its version of a Farm Bill through a procedural cloture vote on Thursday, paving the way for a full Senate debate on the massive piece of legislation that will guide agricultural and food policy over the next five years. Advocates for the poor, however, are up in arms as representatives from both major political parties are readying dramatic cuts to the nation's food assistance program that will negatively impact millions of the nation's most vulnerable families.
NASA Trailer To Be Shown Before Star Trek: Into Darkness
Tired of seeing ads for cars and soda before the films you watch at the theater? Well, a successful crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo will see a trimmed down version of NASA's 'We Are Explorers' video aired before showings of the upcoming Star Trek: Into Darkness in theaters all over the country. "Most people recognize space as a key expression of our character. They know our space programs as a globally recognized brand of ingenuity. The recently landed Mars Curiosity Rover was the latest reminder that space systems are the crown jewels of our scientific and technical prowess. Less known is the indispensable value space systems bring to our everyday lives. Space provides irreplaceable capabilities for defense, public health, finance, medicine, energy, agriculture, transportation, development and countless other fields. Investments in space programs are precisely about improving and protecting life on Earth. ... By funding this campaign, we can remind students and the general public that ...
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Julep Beauty Raises $10.3M From Andreessen Horowitz And Maveron To Disrupt The $160B Cosmetics Industry
Julep Beauty Incorporated, a new cosmetics brand and e-commerce platform has raised $10.3 million in Series B financing led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from Maveron, the venture capital firm co-founded by Dan Levitan and Howard Schultz. Existing investors also include Troy Carter and Precedent Investments, a joint venture capital fund financed by James Lassiter, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z’s music group Roc Nation. Western Technology Investments and Version One Ventures are also participating.
Law Would Force Patent Trolls To Pay For Failed Lawsuits Against Innovators
America’s esteemed lawmakers want heavy penalties for those who abuse the patent system. A bipartisan bill has been proposed to force so-called patent trolls, those who hoard patents for the sole purpose of suing innovators, to pay the legal costs if their frivolous patent lawsuits fail in court. The Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act has been widely praised by major tech companies and acronym enthusiasts. “Patent trolls add no economic benefit to our nation,” said co-sponsor Representative Jason Chaffetz (CrunchGov Grade: A). Indeed, one study found that trolling activity accounts for 61 percent of all patent disputes. Penalties for patent trolls have support from two influential people in the government: President Obama and the new chair of the House Judiciary Committee. During a Google+ hangout earlier this month, Obama said, “They don’t actually produce anything themselves. They’re just trying to essentially leverage and hijack someone ...