• Power Players

    When you’re on a plane, do you ever worry about what would happen if it is struck by lightning? Will the aircraft survive?

    “Power Players” traveled to Seattle to meet Boeing’s lightning guy: Rob Steinle, who along with a team of engineers, literally makes lightning – a million volts of electricity worth – and tests its effects on plane models.

    “In here, we're learning where the attachment [lightning strike] is going to happen so we can beef up the materials in those areas, so we can be sure that they can sustain a major lightning attachment,” Steinle explained from inside Boeing’s lightning lab.

    As shocking as it may seem, lightning doesn’t actually severely damage a plane. Jets are designed to shed the electricity -- acting like an extension cord that channels the electric current through the plane’s exterior shell without penetrating its interior. And it’s Steinle’s job to keep it that way.

    “We have to make sure that the thicknesses are adequate, that the locations of

    Read More »from Flying in a storm? The shocking truth about what lightning does to a plane
  • The Fine Print

    Rep. Tammy Duckworth is no stranger to realities of the Iraq war. She lives with the consequences every day, as a veteran who lost both legs when the National Guard helicopter she was piloting was shot down in Iraq.

    And as President Obama prepares to send up to 300 Special Forces troops to advise the Iraqi military in its effort to combat the militant Islamist group ISIS, the Illinois Democrat said she is “disheartened.”

    “I'm pretty appalled that the Iraqi military just abandoned their post after all of the time that American forces invested in training them…in both training but also arming them and equipping them,” Duckworth told “The Fine Print.”

    “This is also a tragedy for the American people with all of the resources we put into that nation, as well as all the men and women who served in uniform there,” she added.

    While proud of her military service, Duckworth said she didn’t agree with the United States decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003 and doesn’t support

    Read More »from Wounded warrior Rep. Duckworth “appalled” by Iraq’s spiral into violence
  • Top Line

    The movement to legalize gay marriage has gained momentum nationwide in a way almost unthinkable just a few years ago — but one of its heroes says there was no feeling of inevitability about her Supreme Court victory that toppled California's Proposition 8.

    "We didn't know we were going to win until we won," former plaintiff Kris Perry told "Top Line" during a discussion of a new HBO documentary that gives viewers a front-row seat for her five-year legal battle.

    Perry and a co-director of “The Case Against 8,” Ben Cotner, talked about the moment when the nation's highest court effectively declared unconstitutional Prop. 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that said only heterosexual marriages would be recognized in California.

    “So, we’re sitting in the courtroom waiting and waiting for the rulings to be read and, actually, the case was the last case ruled on that day, so it was down to the wire,” Perry said. “And Chief Justice Roberts was reading the ruling, which gave us all a pause,

    Read More »from ‘The Case Against 8’: How the fight for LGBT marriage rights in California was won

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