FROM Joel Achenbach
Congress Questions NASA’s Plan to Redirect Asteroids Last month, a 30-foot wide asteroid passed about four times closer to Earth than the moon. But in February, another small asteroid exploded over Russia and 1500 people were injured by flying debris. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration considers these wake-up calls and has surprised Congress and the space community by proposing what's called the " Asteroid Redirect Mission for next year's budget. Joel Achenbach, who covers science and politics for the Washington Post , has more on the plan — and the politics.
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.