Sen. Jeff Merkley Stages All-Night Protest On Senate Floor Against Gorsuch Nomination

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) began an all-night protest on the Senate floor late Tuesday, promising to speak “as long as I’m able” in protest of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“By stealing a Supreme Court seat for the first time in American history, the Senate is undermining the Court and the rule of law, and turning the highest court in the land into a political committee,” Merkley wrote on his official Facebook page. “This assault on our democracy demands as robust a resistance as we can possibly mount.”

Merkley began speaking around 7 p.m. Tuesday, lambasting his Republican colleagues over their refusal to hold a vote on Judge Merrick Garland during the administration of President Barack Obama.

“The majority team in this chamber decided to steal a Supreme Court seat…. The majority said, ‘We intend to pack the court of the United States of America,’” Merkley said. “It was a warfare tactic of partisanship.”

Democrats on Monday hit the magic number of votes need to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination after Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced he’d join the effort led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Schumer has said it’d be “virtually impossible” to come to an agreement with Senate Republicans over Gorsuch and has called on President Donald Trump to put forth a less politicized nominee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused any such plan, saying Gorsuch would be confirmed no matter what. He has continued to threaten the “nuclear option” when it comes to the judge’s confirmation vote ― a rule change that will allow the nomination, and any future ones for the Supreme Court, to go forward with a simple majority rather than needing a 60-vote threshold.

But despite some reservations among Republicans, McConnell said Tuesday that he has the votes to do just that.

Merkley’s protest was met with celebration from other Democrats on social media.

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Nier: Automata Shipments And Digital Sales Pass 1 Million Units

The new Square Enix RPG Nier: Automata has reached a new sales milestone. About a month after the game launched on PlayStation 4 and PC.

The Japanese publisher announced today that the Platinum Games-developed game has passed 1 million in combined worldwide shipments and digital sales.

Nier: Automata is available on PS4 and PC, though Square Enix did not provide a sales breakdown by platform. If you’re interested in trying it out, a free demo is available on PS4.

GameSpot’s Nier: Automata review scored the game a 9/10, while a number of other outlets praised the RPG highly as well. You can see a roundup of reviews here.

Platinum was also developing the Xbox One and PC-exclusive game Scalebound, before that game was canceled by publisher Microsoft. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has since said the game’s cancellation is “better for Xbox gamers.”

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Chirp provides soundwave communication to the Internet of Things

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It’s not every day that you meet a startup with showcasing technology that sounds like something of out of the Cold War. Like the use of sound waves to transmit data from one device to another, eschewing the need for QR codes, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or NFC. But this exists thanks to the work of the… Read more »

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