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Earlier this week we got to see an internal memo from October written by the head of Trump's National Space Council asking the Department of Defense for "analysis and recommendations" on how the Space Force should be set up. Apparently the logistics of cutting and pasting assets from all five branches of the military has proved way more complicated than the administration thought, and they're worried it might be just another failure on Trump's expanding list of boondoggles. But the rational warhawks in the Pentagon (DEEP STATE!!1!) don't seem to be on board with Trump's intergalactic MAGA agenda, and they keep fighting back with rules, and bureaucracy, and bullshit.

After the administration admitted it needed an adult, the DOD reportedly gave the White House a list of options to consider that range from "Lost In Space" to "Starship Troopers," per Defense One ...


  1. An Air Force-owned space corps that includes only Air Force assets.
  2. An Air Force-owned space corps that also takes space-related troops and assets from the Army and Navy.
  3. An independent service that takes from the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
  4. An independent service that takes from the three services plus parts of the intelligence community.

The Trump administration seems to be going with with option four. Politico reports a draft directive from Nov. 19 by the White House will order the formation of "Department of the Space Force" that would be in charge of all things out of this world. Aside from creating space rangers and ray guns, the Space Force would be in charge of keeping America safe from Russia, China, the Klingon Empire, and Gort. According to the draft, the Space Force will take resources from all branches of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves, and the national intelligence and cybersecurity communities. It won't, however, use any of the hippy nerds at NOAA, NASA, or the National Reconnaissance Office. In the tradition of our genocidal forefathers, the Space Force is all about manifesting destiny across the cosmos, not exploring it.

There's been a lot of #Resistance in the military since Mike Pence revived the long dead National Space Council and began pushing to militarize space. It's an open-secret that the Pentagon is using malicious compliance to kill the Space Force, regardless of whether or not the threats are science fiction. Initial proposals by the Air Force were said to be grossly inflated at $12 billion, but the Trump administration is famously bad at basic math. They can't argue with guesstimates that, as one former military space official said, charge for "every single cat and dog" in order to make the idea less palatable.

There's been bipartisan support in Congress against Trump's "separate but equal" pet project for months. Republicans lost their biggest booster for militarizing space with the loss of Rep. John Culberson in the midterms, and House Democrats are already saying the program will never get off the ground. With Democrats controlling the power of the purse, it's a safe bet that we won't be putting any "boots on Mars" anytime soon.

[Politico / Defense One]

We're not saying it was aliens, but MONEY US.

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Uh oh, looks like George Conway, husband of Kellyanne, is going to be sleeping on the couch for another week, because they are having That Fight They Always Have, the one where he says her boss (the president) is certifiably mentally unstable, and she's like "nuh uh," and we guess she reminds him that if that so-called certifiably mentally unstable person wasn't president, then she wouldn't be making a government salary for going on Fox News and lying to the American people.

It started this weekend with Donald Trump's latest Twitter rampage, which is still going on, and which avid watchers of Trump's Twitter habits agree seems to suggest that he is real upset about something. Like, more than usual. The sort of upset he gets when Robert Mueller is about to arrest his son, maybe. You know, ALLEGEDLY.

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Hey, while every media outlet is doing exactly the same stupid horse-race political coverage they said nobody should be doing, the actual candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are busily putting forward policy proposals -- the things pundits and voters keep saying they want to know about, at least in between discussions of "likeability" and whether Chuck Todd thinks candidates are bipartisan enough. So hey, here is a cool housing policy idea from Elizabeth Warren, who's trying to out-nerd everyone else with a proposal to make housing more affordable and even redress some of the nation's terrible legacy of housing discrimination. What a weirdo!

Warren outlines her housing proposals here, and we like 'em. There are even linkies to studies supporting her proposals, yay for info geeks! She notes that, for grownup adults, where you live (more precisely, where you can afford to live) has enormous consequences.

Housing is not just the biggest expense for most American families — or the biggest purchase most Americans will make in their lifetimes. It also affects the jobs you can get, the schools your children can go to, and the kinds of communities you can live in. That's why it's so important that government gets housing policy right.

Problem is, the federal government has spent decades getting housing policy very very wrong, from building racial discrimination into housing policy for much of the 20th century, to letting the big banks screw over homeowners and taxpayers as well. And of course, not doing much of anything to address the crunch in affordable housing for low and middle-income people. How's this for some real class warfare, via the supposedly invisible hand of the market:

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