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Pentagon dreams of interstellar travel
The Defense Department first proposed Star Wars. Now it wants Star Trek.
DARPA, the Pentagon research agency that helped foster the Internet, wants someone to dream up a way to send people to a star.
The winner will get half a million dollars for the idea. This month, 150 competitors answered the federal government’s initial call for private-sector cosmic ideas. Officials say some big names are among those interested. The plan is to make interstellar travel possible in about a century.
The Defense Department is known for big spending and big ideas. It devised a space-based missile-defense system in the 1980s known by its detractors as “Star Wars.” Its new trademarked 100-year Starship Study concept comes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA. The agency is spending a total of $1 million on the project. After presentations are made in the fall at a conference in Orlando, Fla., DARPA will decide in November who gets the money.
Obama campaigns with Goldberg, gay donors
President Obama will travel to New York next week to raise money at two events, one featuring entertainer Whoopi Goldberg and the other with contributors from the gay community.
An Obama campaign official confirmed the June 23 fundraisers on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the events. The Goldberg fundraiser is for donors who give in smaller amounts.
Mr. Obama has been busy raising money since he announced his re-election bid in April. He held three fundraisers in Miami this week.
Brown vetoes budget passed by Democrats
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday vetoed a Democratic budget plan approved by the Legislature, warning that if he fails to get the tax extensions he’s seeking it will mean deeper cuts to vital public services.
The Democratic governor said he had a number of concerns about the budget package passed Wednesday by majority Democrats to close California’s remaining $9.6 billion deficit.
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