Andy Weir Steals the Show at House Hearing, Wants Artificial Gravity

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) asked Crusan if Smith was correct that ARM is unjustified. Crusan answered that ARM is needed for developing, testing and operating high power Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), which will be needed for Mars missions. Bridenstine pressed Crusan on that answer later in the hearing, however. Crusan responded that ARM is an "opportunity" to test SEP, leading Bridenstine to stress that it is an "just an opportunity," not "necessary."

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New House Resolution Defends NATO

The resolution is an itemized defense of NATO starting with its role as a bulwark against the Soviet Union during the Cold War and ending with its efforts in fighting terrorism and other modern threats. It also notes the alliance’s contributions in Afghanistan, site of the longest war in American history.

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White House Increases Overtime Eligibility by Millions

Under the new regulation, most salaried workers earning up to $47,476 a year must receive time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours during a week. The previous cutoff for overtime pay, set in 2004, was $23,660.

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Beyer’s amendment forces FAA and DOD to do airspace traffic study on Osprey flights in Northern Virginia

"This is Northern Virginia; it's not the Green Zone," said Rep. Beyer. It literally took an act of Congress to file a noise complaint with the Pentagon.

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