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What a Trump Presidency Means for NASA and Future of Space Exploration

November 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA’s scientific mission doesn’t make the U.S. space agency immune to the politics of presidential transitions. After all, there are billions of dollars of programs and funding at stake. Witness the hand-off in 2008 from President George W. Bush to Barack Obama: The future of an expensive plan known as...

What a Trump Presidency Means for NASA and the Future of Space Exploration

November 22, 2016 NASA’s scientific mission doesn’t make the US space agency immune to the politics of presidential transitions. After all, there are billions of dollars of programs and funding at stake. Witness the hand-off in 2008 from US president George W. Bush to Barack Obama: The future of an expensive plan known...

Trump’s Attorney General Could Scrap Rule Protecting State-Legalized Marijuana

November 21, 2016 The US marijuana industry’s vibrant growth in the grey area of federalism could be threatened by president-elect Donald Trump and his preferred choice for Attorney General, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions, an early backer of Trump’s presidential campaign and an outspoken critic of US immigration policy, is also an opponent...

How Far Behind is Donald Trump's Presidential Transition Compared to Obama's?

November 18, 2016 Donald Trump disputes claims that his presidential transition is in disarray, blaming leaks from job-seekers for a creating a false picture. But we don’t need to look at what anonymous sources are saying to see that the transition is falling behind. We can compare Trump’s efforts to what Barack Obama...

Hacked Emails Show Eric Schmidt Played a Crucial Role in the Clinton Campaign's Election Tech

November 2, 2016 “I met with Eric Schmidt tonight,” John Podesta, the longtime Hillary Clinton adviser, told campaign manager-in-waiting Robby Mook in April 2014, more than a year before Clinton announced her candidacy for president. The e-mail, stolen by Russian hackers and published by Wikileaks, details the billionaire Alphabet chairman’s interest in backing...

Hacked Emails Show Eric Schmidt Played Crucial Role in Team Hillary’s Election Tech

November 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “I met with Eric Schmidt tonight,” John Podesta, the longtime Hillary Clinton adviser, told campaign manager-in-waiting Robby Mook in April 2014, more than a year before Clinton announced her candidacy for president. The email, stolen by Russian hackers and published by WikiLeaks, details the billionaire Alphabet chairman’s interest in backing...

The Space Industry’s New Bet: Putting an 'App Store' in Orbit

October 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The influx of Silicon Valley talent and money into the space sector has naturally brought with it some classic Silicon Valley business plans—and now, space firms are eager to replicate the market-creating power of an app store in orbit. Apple’s iPhone, the proliferation of mobile OS devices in the Android...

A Startup’s Constellation of Tiny Satellites is Now Photographing Half of Earth’s Landmass Every Day

October 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you ready for the coming era of global transparency? After two years in operation, the satellite-imaging startup Planet tells Quartz it is now photographing more than 50 million square kilometers of the earth every single day. That’s about a tenth of the world’s surface area, or half its landmass....

A Handful of People Makes Majority of U.S. Airport Noise Complaints

October 17, 2016 Eli Dourado, a researcher at the libertarian Mercatus Center, recently examined the public records of noise complaints for American airports and came to a disturbing conclusion. “We are letting crazy people make our airport noise policy,” is one way he summarized his findings. Dourado and his co-author on a new...

Barack Obama’s Plan For the US to Go to Mars is Six Years Old and Still a Work in Progress

October 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Why is Barack Obama touting his six year-old plans to explore Mars today? There’s a space conference later this week, but we’ll guess that it has more to do with generating goodwill toward the president’s political party ahead of November’s elections than actually laying a new marker down for what...

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