"First of all I think it's important to distinguish between this particular project, this health care project, where it is obvious that we needed additional controls in place, because it didn't deliver on time the way we wanted. And how we've managed incredibly complex problems for the last five years.
My theory has been, number one, that yes, I've got a strong Chief of Staff but I'm holding every cabinet member accountable and I want to have strong interactions with them, directly.
Number two, is I have an open door policy where I want people bringing me bad news on time so we can fix things.
The challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization. It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier which is we had these big agencies, some of which are outdated. Some of which are not designed properly."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first drug treatment for Peyronie's disease, a condition that results in severe and sometimes painful curvature of the penis, officials said.
The action marks a new use for the drug Xiaflex, which is already used to treat Dupuytren's contracture, a disease of the hand that impairs a person's ability to straighten their fingers.
Xiaflex is a bacterial enzyme -- collagenase clostridium histolyticum -- that is believed to reduce the build-up of collagen, the structural protein that makes up scar tissue.
Treatment with Xiaflex involves two injections of the drug into the penile scar tissue and a penile "modeling" procedure that involves manipulation of the penis by a healthcare provider.
The Navy has launched a drone from a submerged submarine, a feat that could prove valuable in providing intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities for military special operations for decades to come.
The small drone was fired from the Providence submarine's torpedo tube, where it unfolded its wings, took off and flew a "several hour" mission demonstrating live video capabilities streamed back to the sub, the Navy said.
The project, which took $15 million and about six years to accomplish, was carried out by the Naval Research Laboratory. It took place at the Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center in the Bahamas.
The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to rule on the divisive issue of what kinds of software are eligible for patent protection in a case being closely watched by the technology industry.
By at least one measure, 2013 was a banner year: When America's right-wingers opened their mouths, astonishing words fell out of them. Our nation's political arena has long been graced by men and women who fearlessly stand up to proclaim stupid shit.
During an appearance on Fox News Thursday night, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) discussed the death of Nelson Mandela, saying the former South African president fought "great injustice" just like Republicans who are battling Obamacare.
The statement, pointed out by Slate's Dave Weigel in a tweet Friday morning, came after Fox News host Bill O'Reilly claimed Mandela "was a great man, but he was a communist."
"I would never attack Nelson Mandela," O'Reilly said next. Read more
Reminds Us That Vader's Just A Poor Boy, He Needs Your Sympathy
The Star Wars saga has nearly 40 years of story and legacy behind it as it enters this new, Disney-fied era. Decades' worth of Jedi and Sith and droids and bounty hunters and incestual kisses and Wookiees and gold bikinis and roguish smugglers and midi-chlorians and Jar Jar Binkses and holding me like you did by the lake on Naboo and holy crap that got away from me, I should have stopped while I was ahead.
With Episode VII and a Disneyfied future looming before us, how should we celebrate that long history? What perfect form can sum up the width and breadth of George Lucas' fictional universe? Howzabout a bunch of cosplayers singing a Star Wars version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody?"
That lovely video up top is the creation of the students and faculty from the Digital Video Program at University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona Read more
get out yer calculator and a #2 pencil.
Documentarian James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, is worried about robots too. Only he's not worried about them taking our jobs. He's worried about them exterminating the human race.
In Barrat's telling, we are on the brink of creating machines that will be as intelligent as humans. Specific timelines vary, but the broad-brush estimates place the emergence of human-level AI at between 2020 and 2050.
"intelligence explosion" -- an onrushing feedback loop where an intelligence makes itself smarter thereby getting even better at making itself smarter. This is, to be sure, a theoretical concept, but it is one that many AI researchers see as plausible, if not inevitable. Through a relentless process of debugging and rewriting its code, our self-learning, self-programming AGI experiences a "hard take off" and rockets past what mere flesh and blood brains are capable of.
The notional postal workers may be flying some exceedingly unfriendly skies. Read more
President Obama's repeated use of presidential powers is causing a tough problem -- his own supporters now expect him to use it to achieve everything they want.
From immigration to the minimum wage, congressional Democrats and liberal activists this week urged Mr. Obama to declare an end run around Capitol Hill, assert executive authority and make as much progress as he can on the expansive agenda he laid out for his second term.
I'm sure that this will be one of many posts dealing with the death of Nelson Mandela. On this day I don't want to dwell on the negative, but it will be interesting to see how the right wing, tea party, etc. handles the event. I didn't have to go far to see how right wing radio would react, I turned on Hannity and he never mentioned it. That isn't surprising seeing as Nelson Mandela's life was the antithesis of everything the tea party stands for.
Nelson Mandela was probably the most recognized, admired, respected, admirable figure of the 20th Century. His commitment to equal justice was unappalled and his willingness to compromise and forgive was a lesson for all of humanity. Read more
It's the first time the use of a tool has been documented in reptiles, according to the study published in the current edition of Ethology, Ecology and Evolution.
"This study changes the way crocodiles have historically been viewed," the study's author, Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee, said in a news release. "They are typically seen as lethargic, stupid and boring."
Here's what the crocs do that takes a big bite out of that impression.
Eastern Kentucky coal country is filled with people competing for non-existent jobs, tied to the area by family and unable to sell their homes even if they want to leave.
People such as 50-year-old Frank Dixon, who was laid off from a coal mine right before Christmas. He has a son in college, another in high school and a mother in failing health. Dixon has worked in the coal industry since he was 21 years old, and he's struggling to figure out how to make a living.
As part of his visit to Asia this week, Vice President Joe Biden is driving home a message: After three years of talks, it's time to wrap up the largest trade deal in U.S. history.
U.S. negotiators hope to do just that as they head to Singapore to begin more talks on Saturday, seeking to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as the TPP, a pact with 11 other countries that would set new trade rules in the Pacific Rim.
The winning song of the Healthy Young America Video campaigning to get more young people to sign up for obamacare. Read more