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President Trump's new goal of returning astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024 — five years earlier than planned — is a huge gamble with the prestige of the United States, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman writes.
The last American to set foot on the moon's surface was Eugene Cernan in 1972. That was back when America had a clear purpose in space.
In setting the five-year timeline, Vice President Pence, who chairs the National Space Council, gave stark instructions to an agency that strives to be both bold and relatively risk-averse: "[W]e must focus on the mission over the means."
Reality check: The 2024 deadline would require that NASA, Boeing and other commercial space companies ramp up progress on a host of complex projects.
The technology isn't an issue, experts say.
Money, honey? Earlier this month, the Trump administration sent a new NASA budget to Congress that requests $21.9 billion for the agency. That's a 2% cut for the agency, compared to FY 2019.
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Chinese telecom giant Huawei is poised to claim close to half of the 5G market, nudging the technological center of gravity away from western telecom vendors, Axios' Kim Hart, Alison Snyder and Sara Fischer report.
Why it matters: 5G has one global standard that makes networks interoperable regardless of the equipment vendor.
Fears are mounting about the authoritarian regime's access to the explosion of data that will flow across 5G networks.
Be smart: China's lead in building the next-generation network is seen as a sign of a decline of U.S. tech leadership in the mobile internet, and as a symbolic point of no return for Chinese economic supremacy.
In the Roger Stone case, the government said it had turned over 9 terabytes of discovery — an amount so large that Stone's lawyers said if it were on paper, it would pile as high as the Washington Monument, twice, AP reports.
Mueller's evidence is likely massive:
Boeing hosted 200 pilots and airline officials from around the world at its Seattle-area plant yesterday to preview software upgrades, the WashPost reports:
President Trump called into Sean Hannity's Fox News show last night for 45 minutes, bashing the FBI as "dirty cops," former FBI director James Comey as "a terrible guy," and former CIA director John Brennan as a "sick person." (WashPost)
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, head to head with Hannity at 9 p.m., had an audience of 2.5 million on Monday that was 19% below her Nielsen average this year, AP reports. Viewers slipped to 2.3 million on Tuesday.
It was 2013 and Donald Trump was in Iowa, two years before he announced for president. Back then, the idea of Trump as a real candidate seemed far-fetched. But ABC's Jonathan Karl asked him what his slogan would be.
Karl has covered Trump since 1994, when The Donald gave the New York Post rookie a tour of Trump Tower.
"Do the impending IPOs of Uber, Pinterest, Airbnb, and others mean the bull market is ending?" Bloomberg Businessweek's Michael P. Regan asks.
"Should these and others make it to the stock exchange, 2019 could prove to be one of the biggest years on record for the amount of money raised in U.S.-listed IPOs."
... is now a paint color (a natural green from Clare, a new online brand), per the N.Y. Times' Steven Kurutz ("Prepare for Walls Slathered With Avocado Toast").
Changing baseball ... For a sport that leans so much on familiarity and tradition, things are changing at an unusually rapid pace, AP's Noah Trister writes:
"MLB attendance has dropped for three straight seasons and last year the average fell below 30,000 for the first time since 2003," per AP.
Fun fact: "There's not a single active player left from the 20th century. Not one. Adrian Beltre and Bartolo Colon were the last, the Elias Sports Bureau said." (AP)
"Love Is Fleeting, But Netflix Passwords Are Forever," The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse writes in an A-hed (subscription):
"Many of these lingering connections are born of convenience — it’s time consuming and in some cases impossible to export viewing or listening preferences to a new account."