THOMAS Top Ten for 9/27/2015 | THOMAS (Library of Congress)

  • H.R. 36 [114th]
    Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
  • H.R. 3134 [114th]
    Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
  • H.R. 213 [114th]
    Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2015
  • H.J.Res. 61 [114th]
    Hire More Heroes Act of 2015
  • H.R. 3504 [114th]
    Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
  • S. 553 [114th]
    End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015
  • H.R. 1599 [114th]
    Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
  • S. 1533 [114th]
    Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
  • H.R 1735 [114th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
  • S. 1359 [114th]
    E-Warranty Act of 2015

Source: THOMAS Top Ten for 9/27/2015 – THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Lindy Boggs inspires history performance | The New Orleans Advocate


Inspired by the leadership and legacy of Lindy Boggs, the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana, Macy Mateer, 15, of Pensacola Beach, Florida, won the 2015 Silver Medal in the National History Day competition.

Source: Lindy Boggs inspires history performance | Community | The New Orleans Advocate — New Orleans, Louisiana

Unlikely alliance pushes for criminal justice reforms


Congressional Republicans and Democrats have formed an unlikely alliance around criminal justice reform, teaming up on legislation and even planning a bipartisan trip to a prison in West Virginia

Source: Unlikely alliance pushes for criminal justice reforms

Area congressmen push to lift oil export ban | DailyComet.com

“Lifting the ban on crude oil exports, a relic of the 1970s, is a common-sense change that will create good jobs here at home while strengthening America’s energy security by increasing domestic oil production,” said U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, a member of the committee.

“Permitting the export of domestic crude oil would create thousands of Louisiana jobs, strengthen American energy security and lower gas prices at the pump.”

Source: Area congressmen push to lift oil export ban | DailyComet.com

Pope’s speech unites Congress in admiration | NOLA.com


The pope’s call to embrace immigration, to commit to efforts to combat climate change and to work to eradicate poverty, differed from the priorities of many congressional Republicans.

The pope’s plea against abortion, as he spoke of “our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development,” runs counter to pro-abortion rights views of many Democrats.

Source: Pope’s speech unites Congress in admiration | NOLA.com

Blackburn, Eshoo Renew Effort to Protect Musicians’ Creative Content | U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn


House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, today (Apr 23) re-introduced the Protecting the Rights of Musicians Act.

Source: Blackburn, Eshoo Renew Effort to Protect Musicians’ Creative Content | U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 9/28/15


WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28TH

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 9/28/15

Pope Gets a YouTube Welcome from McConnell |West Kentucky Star


McConnell praises the pope’s “unique and engaging style” and says Americans have watched the pope reach new and different audiences, “both from within his flock and far beyond it.”

Source: West Kentucky Star – News

If there is liquid water on Mars, no one—not even NASA—can get anywhere near it | Quartz


All space missions to an alien world are bound by planetary protection protocols. On Mars, these protocols determine which areas a mission can and cannot land, and how far it can explore after landing.

And the more we learn about Mars, as a 2014 report makes it clear, the more special regions are being found where we can’t send missions.

Source: If there is liquid water on Mars, no one—not even NASA—can get anywhere near it – Quartz

Robots are about as bad as humans at assembling IKEA furniture | Quartz


Although robots are great at assembling complex things like cars, they’re not so great at doing so on their own.

That’s because robots can complete individual, programmed tasks efficiently and indefinitely. But right now, most robots aren’t so great at seeing the world as humans do, or picking up random objects and trying to make sense of them.

Source: Robots are about as bad as humans at assembling IKEA furniture – Quartz