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Poll: Americans believe space exploration is ‘essential’ (but don’t actually want to go to space)

A majority of Americans believe the United States should remain the global leader in space exploration, according to new Pew Research. Unfortunately, few of them actually want to explore space. In a poll released today, more than 70 percent of Americans believe it’s “essential” to be a world leader in space exploration. And while nearly three-fourths of those polled feel strongly about the issue, fewer than 20 percent believe it’s worth prioritizing missions to Mars or the Moon. According to the respondents, NASA’s top priorities should be monitoring the Earth’s climate (63 percent), remaining on the lookout for asteroids and… …read more

Federal Judge Backs Philadelphia in ‘Sanctuary City’ Case

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the city of Philadelphia in attempts by the Trump administration to withhold federal funds from the city over how it deals with undocumented immigrants.

U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson ruled Wednesday that the city’s policy to defy the administration’s demand was “reasonable, rational” and “equitable.” He ruled that the Trump administration’s attempt to enforce new conditions before releasing law enforcement grants was “arbitrary and capricious.”

Philadelphia had agreed to hand over undocumented immigrants to officers of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency only when provided with a warrant signed by …read more

EPA Head Laughs Off Chick-fil-A Questions; Senior Aide Quits

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt laughed off questions Wednesday about whether he used his office to try to help his wife get a “business opportunity” with Chick-fil-A, while a close aide abruptly resigned amid new ethics allegations against her boss.

Pruitt said in a statement that his scheduling director, Millan Hupp, 26, had resigned. It came two days after Democratic lawmakers made public her testimony to a House oversight panel that Pruitt had her do personal errands for him, including inquiring about buying a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel.

Last year, Pruitt also directed Hupp’s younger sister to reach …read more