• Politics Confidential

    For as long as there has been politics, there have been sex scandals.

    But what is new, Yahoo political columnist Matt Bai writes in a new book “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,” is the media’s tabloid-style obsession with the personal lives of our political leaders — an obsession that he argues has resulted in the corruption of modern political reporting.

    Bai traces the beginning of the tabloid-style era of political reporting to 1987, when the campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, whom Bai describes as the “Hillary Clinton of his moment,” fell apart after reports surfaced that he was having an extramarital affair.

    “It unravels in the kind of scandal and sensationalism that had never existed in presidential politics before that moment,” Bai told “Politics Confidential” in an interview.

    “Because all of these things churning in the culture — from the effects of Watergate to the birth of satellite television to the changing

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  • The Fine Print

    Carly Fiorina is hitting the campaign trail in all the key presidential battleground states.

    The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and unsuccessful 2010 Senate candidate makes no secret of the fact that she has not closed the door to a bid for the White House in 2016, but says her recent trips to places like Iowa and New Hampshire are for the express purpose of helping to elect Republicans this fall.

    “We're trying to unlock the potential of conservative women to persuade other women to get out and vote,” Fiorina told “The Fine Print” during a recent interview at “The Iron Gate” restaurant in Washington, D.C.

    It’s all part of her “Unlocking Potential Project” aimed at building a network of engaged Republican women voters to close the “gender gap” that Fiorina says gives Democrats an “undeniable” advantage among women.

    “As a conservative woman, I'm tired of the Democrats’ war on women,” she said. “I'm tired of [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi saying outrageous things like a

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  • Power Players

    It sounds like the stuff of a science fiction movie: Unmanned crafts, lasers and super-powered railguns.

    But these are actually the latest in warfare technologies developed by the Navy for use in the real world, and “Power Players” got a sneak peek.

    “It is really is becoming real,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder during an interview at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

    “I never want to see our Sailors and Marines in a fair fight,” Klunder said. “I always want to have them to have the most effective technologies, the most affordable weapons systems, and with the most innovative technology available.”

    Among the most innovative technologies the Navy is rolling out is an “autonomous” boat that can drive itself under the control of a sophisticated computer module hardly larger than a Rubik’s cube. There is absolutely no one at the controls, and the vessel not only drives itself but can operate together with other boats as a “swarm” to

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