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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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Watch SpaceX Launch its First Reusable Rocket to the International Space Station

December 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elon Musk’s space company launched its fourth previously flown booster rocket today (Dec. 15) in a mission to the International Space Station. Then, while a Dragon spacecraft carried more than two tons of research and supplies to the orbiting lab, the booster attempted to return to land at Cape Canaveral...

Why Donald Trump Wants to Go Back to the Moon

December 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today Donald Trump will sign Space Policy Directive 1, an order to send humans back to the moon and beyond. A draft copy of the order seen by Quartz declares that “the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by...

Why Donald Trump Wants to Go Back to the Moon

December 11, 2017 Today Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, an order to send humans back to the moon and beyond. A draft copy of the order seen by Quartz declares that “the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human...

The Next Trump Legal Crisis: Who Is In Charge at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

November 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who will lead the only US financial regulator focused on protecting regular people? That’s a problem that will need to be solved by the courts, thanks to a legal mess created by president Donald Trump. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was set up after the financial crisis, when it became...

U.S. Is On the Verge of Abandoning a Key Global Advantage: Honest Data About Itself

November 22, 2017 In another case of the “America First” president cutting off his nose to spite his face, Donald Trump is considering the appointment of someone with no background in statistics to run the U.S. census. Running a shoddy survey, out of political opportunism or simple incompetence, would compromise one of the...

The Most Urgent Call For Trump To Solve the U.S. Opioid Crisis Comes From the White House

November 20, 2017 Donald Trump has resisted calls to throw resources into the fight against opioid addiction, but now the call is coming from inside the White House: New research from the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) says the cost of the crisis in 2015 was more than $500 billion, almost 3% of...

Donald Trump’s Choice to Lead America Back to The Moon Has a New Take on Climate Change

November 1, 2017 On Wednesday, senator Bill Nelson leveled a broad attack: You are unqualified, too divisive, and too extreme, with a history of questioning climate science, advocating discrimination against LGBT Americans, and personally attacking people like former president Barack Obama and senator John McCain. He wasn’t talking about president Donald Trump. Nelson...

Cuba Says Cicadas Are Behind the 'Sonic Attacks' That Injured U.S. Diplomats in Havana

October 27, 2017 The US pulled the bulk of its diplomats from Cuba in September, blaming attacks on its staff that caused hearing loss and concussions. Cuba has denied any involvement, and now it is offering a counter-explanation: The alleged “sonic attacks” are coming from cicadas and crickets. That detail comes from an...

The US Is Funding Silicon Valley’s Space Industry to Spot North Korean Missiles Before They Fly

August 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The US doesn’t have the information it needs to stop an attack by North Korea. But it knows where to get it, thanks to a small unit within the Department of Defense that works like a Silicon Valley investment firm. North Korea’s recent ICBM test has analysts convinced that it...

The Pentagon is Funding Silicon Valley’s Space Industry to Watch North Korean Missiles

August 2, 2017 The US doesn’t have the information it needs to stop an attack by North Korea. But it knows where to get it, thanks to a small unit within the Department of Defense that works like a Silicon Valley investment firm. North Korea’s recent ICBM test has analysts convinced that it...