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Both parties choose to ignore the problem of record federal spending and debt

One of the Republican Party’s most compelling arguments against the Obama administration was the endless stream of federal debt-fueled spending that took place under the former president’s watch. His various economic bailouts during the thick of the recession propelled deficits and the federal debt into the stratosphere. By the end of Obama’s terms, his budgets added, by some estimates, $9 trillion in red ink. Uncontrolled federal spending hampers the economy, drives up inflation and imposes gra...
Tags: Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Washington, White House, Barack Obama, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Editorials, Social Security, Lausd, Republican Party, Treasury Department, Newsweek


White House proposal to tap Pell Grant fund casts a pall over NASA’s moon plans

Will NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the moon by 2024 fly with Congress? The Artemis program’s implications are still sinking in on Capitol Hill, but there’s already a political problem having to do with where the money’s supposed to come from. Trump administration officials confirmed that the $1.6 billion being sought as a “down payment” for accelerating the push to the moon would be taken from a roughly $8 billion reserve account for the popular Pell Grant program, which funds education for ...
Tags: Science, Congress, White House, Nasa, Capitol Hill, Pell Grant, Trump Administration


Fly Me to the Moon: Trump Wants to Shift $1.6 Billion from Pell Grants to NASA

As President Trump tweeted that he wants the U.S. to “return to Space in a BIG WAY!,” the White House updated its 2020 budget request Monday to include more money for a 21st century trip to the moon.The administration is asking for an additional $1.6 billion for NASA as part of an effort to move up the target date for landing astronauts on the lunar surface to 2024, four years earlier than Vice President Mike Pence proposed two months ago.NASA will receive $21.5 billion in 2019 and Trump’s origi...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Science, White House, Nasa, Pennsylvania, Associated Press, Everglades, Administration, Trump, Mike Pence, Pell Grant, Army Corps Of Engineers, Trump Wants, Ohio Michigan, Roll Call


Trump faces backlash over plan to dip into Pell reserves

The plan aims to redirect $1.9 billion from the largest source of federal aid for low-income students and use it to jumpstart other projects, primarily a NASA initiative to put astronauts back on the moon.
Tags: News, Education, Nasa, Nation, Trump, Pell, Nation & World Politics


Trump faces backlash over plan to dip into Pell education-grant reserves

The plan aims to redirect $1.9 billion from the largest source of federal aid for low-income students and use it to jumpstart other projects, primarily a NASA initiative to put astronauts back on the moon.
Tags: News, Education, Nasa, Nation, Trump, Pell, Nation & World Politics


A Crash Program or Modest Proposal?

The White House released a long-awaited supplemental budget request for NASA today. It proposes an additional $1.6 billion for an accelerated human spaceflight effort to land on the Moon in 2024. This boosts the President's budget request for NASA to $22.6 billion in fiscal year 2020, which is approximately $1.1 billion or 5% more than the amount provided by Congress last year.
Tags: Congress, White House, Nasa, Moon


Blue Origin: Jeff Bezos to help Trump administration build outpost on moon within five years

In the six weeks since US Vice President Mike Pence announced a crash program to get humans to the moon within five years, the White House has provided no details on how it would achieve that and no cost estimates.The rocket NASA wants to use to get there has suffered years of delays, is billions over budget and NASA lacks the space suits necessary for astronauts to walk on the moon.But the growing space industry has sensed an opportunity in the White House’s passion for space, and on Thursday, ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, White House, US, Nasa, Earth, House, Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, Shackleton, Blue Origin, Maui, South Pole, Princeton University


Billionaire Bezos unveils moon lander mockup, embraces Trump's lunar timetable

The world's richest man and Amazon.com Inc's chief executive waved an arm and a black drape behind him dropped to reveal the two-story-tall mockup of the unmanned lander dubbed Blue Moon during an hour-long presentation at Washington's convention center, just several blocks from the White House. The lander will be able to deliver payloads to the lunar surface, deploy up to four smaller rovers and shoot out satellites to orbit the moon, Bezos told the audience, which included NASA officials and ...
Tags: Science, Washington, White House, Nasa, Trump, Bezos, Amazon com Inc, Blue Moon


Jeff Bezos aims Blue Origin at the Moon

Today at a packed event blocks from the White House, Jeff Bezos took the stage in front of select members of the media, executives, government officials and a gaggle of middle schoolers to reveal new details of his plan to get to the Moon by 2024.  Blue Origin is going to send humans to space on New Shepard later this year and has unveiled a lunar lander, called “Blue Moon”, to access the resource-rich lunar surface, Bezos said. Setting the stage with Neil Armstrong’s famous words as the...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Spacex, White House, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Space Tourism, Space Travel, Virgin Galactic, Moon, President, Vice President, Mars, Lockheed Martin


Jeff Bezos reportedly set to unveil moon plans today

Blue Origin is hosting a media event later today in Washington, D.C. TechCrunch will be on the ground, reporting live, though details around precisely what will be announced are still pretty minimal. According to new reporting from Reuters, however, boss man Jeff Bezos is set to unveil his plans to help the U.S. government establish a lunar outpost over the next five years. That word arrives via “people familiar with the matter.” Blue Origin hasn’t responded yet — though we’ve only got to wai...
Tags: Space, Washington, White House, Tech, Nasa, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Trump, Reuters, Mike Pence, Bezos


Nasa to pretend asteroid is about to smash into Earth

Nasa is going to pretend a deadly asteroid is on its way, to practise for a real one.The "tabletop exercise" will allow the space agency and the other government organisations that will be tasked with responding to such an event to simulate their response, ahead of the possibility of a real example.The scenario will see a very realistic but nonetheless fictional disaster, in which an asteroid will be headed for Earth. The scenario has been developed by one of the Nasa organisations tasked with s...
Tags: Science, White House, US, Nasa, Earth, Fema, European Space Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Lindley Johnson, Leviticus Lewis, Response Operations Division, FEMA NASA, Nasa s Planetary Defense Coordination Office PDCO, International Asteroid Warning Network IAWN


NASA and FEMA are contingency planning for a potential asteroid armageddon

When it comes to planning for a potential asteroid strike on planet Earth, The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency don’t want to miss a thing. Alongside international partners like the European Space Agency’s Space Situational Awareness-NEO Segment and the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN), NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office will participate in a “tabletop exercise” that will simulate a scenario for how to respond...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, White House, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Earth, United States, Fema, European Space Agency, State Department, Asteroid, Prevention, Simulation, Johnson, U.s. Government


NASA, FEMA and International Partners are planning an asteroid impact exercise

When it comes to planning for a potential asteroid strike on planet Earth, The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency don’t want to miss a thing. Alongside international partners like the European Space Agency’s Space Situational Awareness-NEO Segment and the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN), NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office will participate in a “tabletop exercise” that will simulate a scenario for how to respond...
Tags: Startups, TC, Astronomy, White House, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Earth, United States, Fema, European Space Agency, State Department, Asteroid, Prevention, Simulation, Johnson, U.s. Government


NASA's administrator lavishly praised an influential Evangelical ministry during its $10,000-a-table fundraiser. Some experts say his speech violated the Constitution.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine gave a speech in February at a Christian ministry's fundraising dinner, which advertised $10,000-a-table sponsorships. NASA said Bridenstine was approved to attend the event in his official capacity. Bridenstine expressed his support for the ministry and its mission, saying he likes the idea of "institutional" but not "influential" separation of church and state. Some government-ethics experts said Bridenstine's speech ran afoul of the First Amendment of the ...
Tags: Spacex, Congress, Washington, White House, Virginia, US, America, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Washington Dc, House, House Of Representatives, Christian, Donald Trump, Boeing


Real-life video game on the way: NASA chooses SpaceX to slam a rocket into an asteroid

Wire reports  Atari fan Elon Musk has been awarded a U.S. government contract to essentially play a real-life version of the arcade shooter game Asteroids with his rocket company, SpaceX. NASA has awarded Space Exploration Technologies Corp. a $69 million contract to provide launch services for the agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission. The program is seeking to be the first ever to demonstrate the ability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a space craft into one at high speed. The ...
Tags: Business, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, News, Washington, White House, Uncategorized, Alabama, Tesla, Bloomberg, Sport, Nasa, Earth, Soccer, Orion


Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan: Fund Space Force As a Separate Military Branch or Risk Economic Apocalypse

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos by GettyTrump administration officials trekked to a space-industry conference in Colorado Springs on Tuesday to deliver a thinly-veiled message to Democrats in Congress: Fund the President’s Space Force or risk a $3 trillion hit to the economy.But Democrats have been clear: The space force is expensive and dumb, and Congress won’t pay for it.That hasn’t stopped the Trump administration from pushing for it.“Space is fundamental to our mo...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, New York City, Defense, Nasa, United States, Commerce, House, San Diego, Republican, Air Force, Illinois, Smith


Word of the week: Hoax

Welcome to April Fools’ Day, which is what every day has felt like, to me at least, for the last few years. Every day another bit of trumpery (a word related etymologically to French tromper, to deceive). Every day another affront to denizens of the reality-based community, as Karl Rove infamously put it back in 2004. It’s a good day, as days go, to consider hoax, a word that, appropriately enough, has no clear origins. It was documented first as a verb, in 1796, in Grose’s Classical Diction...
Tags: London, Media, Holidays, Washington, White House, America, San Francisco, Nasa, Chicago, Current Affairs, Linguistics, Fox News, Donald Trump, Alex, Sandy Hook, Irony


Through the Brexit looking glass, we now know less than we did | John Crace

Our PM can’t manage her own resignation, and even the ERG is at war with itselfMondayAs a child growing up with the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions I became obsessed with space travel and dreamed of getting a job with Nasa. Not as an astronaut because I was far too scared for that, but maybe as someone who helped them to get into their suits and bolted the capsule door shut on the launch pad. 50 years later, I could be in with a shout as Nasa is offering people £14,000 to spend 60 days in be...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Nasa, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Parliament, Brexit, John Crace


"[T]he temperature setting in most workplaces is calibrated to men’s metabolic rates, so women are often uncomfortably cold..."

"... especially when the air conditioning kicks in. Or that until recently, even the White House did not have enough lactation rooms for the moms who wanted to work there. These are unfortunate realities that shouldn’t be ignored.... This week’s news from NASA reminds us why it’s so critical to talk honestly about the lasting legacies of a gender-biased era — the 'little' things that will affect the daily lives and careers of women for decades to come. When we don’t, it turns out that even the w...
Tags: Cold, Law, White House, Nasa, Breastfeeding, Astronauts, United States Navy, Ann Althouse, Gender Difference, Employment Discrimination, Marisa Porges


Here's a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019

Earth is now the warmest it's been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- are likely the highest they've been in 15 million years. The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it's understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here's a list of climate-relevant news that has transpired in 2019, from historically unprecedented disappearances of...
Tags: Texas, Science, California, Washington, White House, China, India, New York City, Nasa, Earth, Afghanistan, United States, Harvard University, International Space Station, House, Antarctica


White House budget proposal tightens the screws on science, from space to salmon

The White House’s $4.7 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2020 aims to give a boost to the Space Force, but would dial down work on NASA’s Space Launch System, zero out the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, leave salmon in the lurch and slash science spending on other fronts. When it comes to outer space, the brightest spotlight falls on lunar exploration and space commercialization — which is in line with the priorities of the National Space Council, headed by Vice President Mike Pence....
Tags: Science, White House, Nasa, Mike Pence, National Space Council, Space Force


SXSW Startups: Fluidity

Scott Parazynski, founder/CEO of Fluidity Technologies The Forrest Four-Cast: February 26, 2019 Fifty diverse startups will aim to impress a panel of judges and a live audience with their skills, creativity and innovation at SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx. Winners in 10 categories will be announced at the Pitch Award Ceremony at 6:30 pm Sunday, March 10, at the Hilton Austin.A finalist in Hyper-Connected Communities, which will pitch at 5 pm Saturday, March 9, Fluidity Technologies is redefini...
Tags: Startups, Space, White House, Startup, Nasa, Drones, Innovation, Houston, Sxsw, Trump, Thomas Edison, Yuri Gagarin, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Hugh Forrest, Hilton Austin


8 Black American Technologists Who Changed the Future of MarTech

Computers permeate nearly every aspect of our existence. According to the , a computer is in 93.6% of white homes and 89.3% of Black homes in the United States. The prevalence of digital experiences has also created a significant increase in tech industry jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics collectively defines the tech industry as any industry in which at least 14.5% of jobs are in STEM occupations. STEM workers include engineers, IT, scientists, and the managers of those employees. In the 20...
Tags: Google, India, Marketing, Barack Obama, Nasa, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States, Professional Development, Ibm, Fast Company, Hulu, B2b, Thompson, Bryant, Dean, Martech


Highlights Of The Funding Bill Likely To Pass And Avert Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just about President Donald Trump’s border wall. The border security issues that sparked a 35-day government shutdown are but one element of a massive $330 billion-plus spending measure that wraps seven bills into one, funding nine Cabinet agencies, including the departments of Justice, State, Agriculture and Commerce. End-stage fights over unrelated policy provisions produced a deadlock, so efforts to extend soon-to-expire laws like the federal flood insurance prog...
Tags: News, Maryland, Congress, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon, Senate, White House, Ap, Nasa, House, State Department, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Cabinet, Irs


2018 was the fourth hottest year on record, say both NASA and NOAA

President Trump and other politicians have routinely dismissed climate change as a hoax.Data from NASA and NOAA show 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record.Collectively, the last five years have represented the hottest in the 139-year record.At a time when a majority of Americans worry over climate change, politicians and the fossil-fuel industry continue to drag their feet over regulating human-made greenhouse gases. The Fourth National Climate Assessment, released last November, warned tha...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Politics, Climate Change, Australia, Government, Russia, Environment, Economics, Nasa, United States, New York Times, Middle East, Innovation, Noaa, Natural Disaster


After escaping the Trump chopping block twice, NASA's carbon sleuth will get blasted into space

In early 2017, the Trump Administration tried to ax NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, or OCO-3. It didn't work. Then, again in 2018, the White House sought to terminate the earth science instrument. Again, the refrigerator-sized space machine persisted.   Now, SpaceX is set to launch OCO-3 to the International Space Station in the coming months, as early as April 25. Using a long robotic arm, astronauts will attach OCO-3 to the edge of the space station, allowing the instrument to pe...
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After escaping the Trump chopping block twice, NASA's carbon sleuth will get blasted into space

In early 2017, the Trump Administration tried to ax NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, or OCO-3. It didn't work. Then, again in 2018, the White House sought to terminate the earth science instrument.  Again, the refrigerator-sized space machine persisted.    Now, SpaceX is set to launch OCO-3 to the International Space Station in the coming months, as early as April 25. Using a long robotic arm, astronauts will attach OCO-3 to the edge of the space station, allowing the instrument t...
Tags: Florida, Science, White House, New York City, Ipcc, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, House, North America, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Boston University, Stephens, SpaceX Falcon, Kennedy Space Center, Trump White House


Trump Honors 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing in State of the Union Speech

During his State of the Union speech on Tuesday (Feb. 5), President Donald J. Trump gave a shout-out to NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin as he commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. "In 2019, we also celebrate 50 years since brave young pilots flew a quarter of a million miles through space to plant the American flag on the face of the moon," Trump said. "Half a century later, we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that flag, Buzz Aldrin," he added befo...
Tags: Spacex, Science, White House, Russia, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Orion, Pentagon, Air Force, Boeing, Defense Department, Neil Armstrong, Administration, Trump, Mike Pence


IRS workers calling in sick by thousands during shutdown

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. Central Time: A deal to reopen the federal government fully for the next three weeks was announced by Donald J. Trump this afternoon. The government will reopen; Trump gets no funding (yet) for his campaign-promised physical border wall. This should solve the current furloughed workers' sick-out crisis. Will this truce last beyond Feb. 15, or will we go through this again? Stay tuned. The Internal Revenue Service plans to open the 2019 filing season on Monday, Jan. 28. Tha...
Tags: Post, Taxes, Washington Post, White House, Nasa, House, New York Times, Treasury, Irs, Trump, Congressional, Internal Revenue Service, Donald J Trump, Transportation Security Administration TSA


Trump reportedly offered NASA 'all the money you could ever need' to land on Mars during his presidency

President Donald Trump reportedly offered the NASA "all the money you could ever need" to land on Mars by the first term of his presidency, according to a report from New York Magazine that cited an upcoming memoir by the former White House communications official Cliff Sims. The story said Trump appeared "distracted" at times during the discussion and asked a NASA official: "What if we sent NASA's budget through the roof, but focused entirely on that instead of whatever else you're doing now....
Tags: Amazon, White House, US, Trends, Nasa, Mars, Donald Trump, New York Magazine, Space Station, Trump, Coast Guard, US Coast Guard, Lightfoot, Trump White House, Whitson, Peggy Whitson



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