• Politics Confidential

    When Sen. Rob Portman found himself in the middle of a river in Chile, unable to swim following a kayaking accident that dislocated his shoulder, he had one thought: Mel Gibson.

    “I'm there alone on this big river in the middle of nowhere in Chile and what went through my mind was Mel Gibson in ‘Lethal Weapon 2,’” Portman, a longtime kayaking enthusiast, told “Politics Confidential” during a recent interview at the Washington Canoe Club on the Potomac River.

    In the movie, Gibson’s character relocated his shoulder by jamming it into a filing cabinet. And though Portman didn’t have a filing cabinet in the middle of the river, he did have a rock.

    "Didn't work the first time,” Portman recalled of jamming his limp shoulder into the rock. “It worked the second time, and I made it to shore.”

    The first-term Ohio Republican -- elected by an 18-point margin in the most important swing state of all -- just helped to lead Republicans through a successful midterm cycle as the

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  • Power Players

    At the heart of the deadly 20-year-long civil war that rages in the Democratic Republic of Congo sits the home of the world’s last 800 mountain gorillas in Africa’s oldest national park.

    Virunga National Park – and the human and gorilla populations that rely on it for their way of life – are locked in a struggle for their very existence against poachers and outside parties looking to exploit the park’s natural resources.

    And a new documentary, “Virunga,” set to premiere on Netflix tomorrow, goes to the front lines of the battle to protect the park and tells the story of the park rangers who put their lives on the line to do so.

    “Not only is it Africa's oldest national park, it's also home to the world's last mountain gorillas,” said the film’s director, Orlando von Einsiedel. "But this is a park which is really people-focused. It really represents one of the best chances the region has to push forward.”

    Einsiedel sat down recently for an interview with “Power Players”

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  • Power Players

    You may be looking forward to catching an extra hour of shut-eye this Sunday as most of the country prepares to roll their clocks back an hour for Daylight Saving Time, but have you ever wondered where time actually comes from?

    In this episode of “Power Players,” we ventured to the U.S. Naval Observatory in search of answers.

    Situated atop a hill overlooking much of Washington, D.C., the observatory is perhaps best known as the home of the vice president’s mansion, but it is also home to the nation’s master clock.

    Every time you turn on your cell phone or plug an address into your car’s GPS, you are actually communicating with the Naval Observatory.

    “Everything is tied in to the master clock here,” Naval Observatory’s Public Affairs Officer Geoff Chester explained during a recent tour. “So, if you use anything that remotely touches GPS as a timing source, then you are essentially getting your time from us.”

    Chester explained how the job of keeping the nation on time is a

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