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What Makes a Pope Sign Off on War Today?

August 18, 2014 ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope endorses use of force in Iraq to protect minorities; says UN should approve intervention. — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 18, 2014 That statement from Pope Francis, the current head of the Roman Catholic Church, offers a contrast with that of then-Pope John Paul ...

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Texas Makes a Big Bet on SpaceX

August 6, 2014 To beat out six other competitors, Texas is putting up $2.3 million in cash and invest $13 million in infrastructure developments to bring a SpaceX launch facility to Brownsville. In return, SpaceX will invest $85 million in the launch facilities and, according to Texas’ governor, Rick Perry, create 300 jobs ...

SpaceX Scores an Early Win in its Lawsuit Against the US Government

July 25, 2014 SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket and spacecraft company, has scored a partial victory in its bid to get a slice of government contracting. Court filings show that a federal judge will review a multi-billion-dollar contract that was awarded without competition last year to the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of ...

The Gaza Ground War Doesn't Look Like It Will End Any Time Soon

July 18, 2014 The Israeli Defense Forces have begun sending ground troops into the Gaza strip, in an effort destroy rockets and tunnels used by Palestinian fighters to attack Israel. They’ll be staying for a while. A ground invasion has been expected after the latest escalation in violence between the two countries began ...

SpaceX Just Cleared a Key Hurdle on Its Way to Bidding for Air Force Contracts

July 15, 2014 Update, 7/15: It took four days, but the Air Force now agrees that SpaceX has completed the three flights needed to officially demonstrate it can compete for national security contracts; further technical reviews and audits will continue before full certification is granted. “I applaud SpaceX on achieving the three flights,” ...

The US Air Force Won’t Even Admit It’s Certifying SpaceX to Launch Satellites

July 15, 2014 SpaceX successfully put six communication satellites for Orbcomm, a leading space communications company, into orbit yesterday. The tenth successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is more evidence that the company is ready to compete with proven firms to gain lucrative government contracts, but its battle with US military buyers ...

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The $3.7 Billion Obama is Seeking Won’t Stop the Surge of Desperate Child Migrants

July 10, 2014 Barack Obama has asked US lawmakers to allocate $3.7 billion to improve border security and address a humanitarian crisis that has spurred angry protests: the tens of thousands of child migrants that are being detained trying to cross into the United States from Mexico. But Obama’s plan, which would provide ...

Who’s Behind the Supply of Russian Rocket Engines to the US Is Still a Murky Question

June 27, 2014 The US is issuing ultimatums and threatening to jack up sanctions on Russia, but it appears the limited restrictions deployed so far aren’t always stopping Russians they’re aimed at from doing business in the US. Take the man known as the “Russian Rupert Murdoch,” the oligarch Yuri Kovalchuk. The media ...

The FCC Thinks Netflix and Cogent Have a Point in Their Dispute With the Big Internet Providers

June 20, 2014 Though it doesn’t say it in so many words, the US telecom regulator confirmed some of Netflix’s complaints about the big internet service providers Late last week the Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler announced that its staff would be looking deeper into the world of the internet. In the ...

Today’s a Tough Day for Technology Patent Trolls

June 20, 2014 The US Supreme Court just issued a rare unanimous ruling that will make it harder for technology companies to patent ideas and processes—and harder for patent trolls to force companies to choose between paying up for violating broad patents or facing time-consuming, expensive litigation. The case, between two financial companies, ...