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The President is following the hopes and dreams of Americans who lived through the breathtaking Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, as he did – and want to see America lead in space exploration. The obvious goals are the moon – and if possible, Mars.
No president has been more serious-minded about space, or more determined to fulfill promises made – and this president has made a few. No president has been bolder, and in no sector more bold than in space. First, the White House Space Council, then the Space Force, more recently a commitment to beat competitors in space marketing, pushing “Buy America” and then going back to the moon by 2024.
Now comes the zinger .. In Japan, the President went beyond elevated NASA and Space Force budgets, beyond the moon return promise and the DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Challenge. He put his eyes on Mars, creating an interplanetary bridge between idealism and realism, wishes and outcomes, promise and practice. More specifically, President Trump went beyond hoping American launch companies win in near-Earth and racing to deep space.
He expressly pledged, standing beside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, that the United States will be “going to Mars very soon,” and asked international cooperation. He said, “Japan will join our mission to send U.S. astronauts to space, and added that “nothing is more important now than space.”
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Congressional District 6 has its very own champion in this fight
‘The 21st-Century Space Race Is On’
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Michael Waltz, Congress’s first Green Beret, talks about the new Space Force and America’s budding commercial launch industry.
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D-Day veterans, front row, stand on stage during an event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England Wednesday, June 5, 2019. World leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump are gathering Wednesday on the south coast of England to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings
In this June 6, 1944, file photo, members of an American landing unit help their comrades ashore during the Normandy invasion. The men reached the zone code-named Utah Beach, near Sainte- Mere-Eglise, on a life raft after their landing craft was hit and sunk by German coastal defenses.
The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.
The cemetery site, at the north end of its half mile access road, covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of more than 9,380 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations.
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UPDATED: ‘Full-Blown Emergency’
Fred Lucas / / June 05, 2019
“We are in a full-blown emergency, and I cannot say this stronger: the system is broken,” Acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders said in a conference call with reporters.
Sanders was quoted by the Post saying the agency detained more than 680,000 border-crossers in the past eight months, “more than the population of Miami.”
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Several weeks ago, the Mexican investigative journal Contralínea posted a map of Mexico prepared by the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, showing that 80 percent of the country’s 266 districts recently targeted for enforcement by the Mexican National Guard in a new counter-cartel operation are either controlled (57.5 percent) or disputed (23.3 percent) by the cartels. “Only 53 (19.92 percent) enjoy a low level of violence, which means that control is exercised by the authorities,” reported Contralínea on May 4, citing the data on the color-coded map.
Thus, we now see from an internal document of the Mexican government an admission that Mexico has essentially lost control over every important populated area in Mexico outside Mexico City and a few others, and particularly the most sensitive areas of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Our government is fully aware of this dynamic. This map of control was sent out by a federal agency to Border Patrol in a daily intelligence briefing on May 9. CR has obtained a copy of this briefing from a Border Patrol agent who must remain anonymous because he is not authorized to speak to the press.
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"The US president is winning all his bets in the UK"
Donald Trump has called on Britain to leave the European Union without a deal if Brussels refuses to meet its demands, as he urged the government to send Nigel Farage into the negotiations.
Trump told the Sunday Times it was a “mistake” not to involve Farage in negotiations, saying the Brexit party leader had a “lot to offer” and was someone he liked a lot. Trump added: “He is a very smart person. They won’t bring him in. Think how well they would do if they did. They just haven’t figured that out yet.”
The president said the British government had to “get the deal closed”. He said: “If they don’t get what they want, I would walk away … If you don’t get the deal you want, if you don’t get a fair deal, then you walk away.”
The former Conservative foreign secretary Boris Johnson, whom Trump has consistently backed over May, and who he has said would do “an excellent job”, is tipped as most likely to succeed her.
The Brexit party leader, Nigel Farage, another Trump favourite, emerged victorious from the European elections, while the hardest of all Brexits remains a likelihood.
Source: The Guardian (U.K.)
President Trump and First Lady Melania arrived to Buckingham Palace for the official state visit reception and ceremony with HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Lady Parker Bowles.
June 3, 2019