Competing with Uncle Sam’s free space offerings

In the ever-evolving landscape of the commercial space industry, some sectors face a unique challenge: convincing customers to pay for services that the U.S. government provides at no cost. This situation is particularly evident in the realms of space domain awareness and alternative positioning, navigation, and timing (Alt-PNT) services.

Space domain awareness, which involves tracking objects in orbit and assessing potential collision risks or hostile threats, is a critical aspect of modern space operations. The U.S. Space Command offers free access to the Space-Track.org catalog, providing a basic capability to any organization. Similarly, the Alt-PNT sector offers alternative sources of positioning, navigation, and timing data that do not rely on the Global Positioning System (GPS).

At first glance, attempting to sell something that the government provides for free seems like a doomed business strategy. But a recent report by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton finds that both space domain awareness and Alt-PNT are among the most vibrant sectors of the space economy developing impactful technologies for national security.

Eric Lo, head of commercial space integration programs at Booz Allen, noted that traditional defense contractors dominate the military space domain awareness business. However, the Commerce Department’s Office of Space Commerce (OSC) is poised to play a significant role in defining the market.

A civilian space traffic management system currently in development by OSC is being structured with tiers of services. This system will allow users to choose the basic free data but also give companies an opportunity to sell additional value-added services.

CATCHING THE MILITARY’S EYE

For space domain awareness startups, one of the biggest hurdles is simply getting on the government’s radar, Lo said.

He advises startups to be proactive about getting in front of key stakeholders through accelerator programs held at the U.S. Space Force’s TAP Lab (Technology, Applications, and Process) based in Colorado. These programs immerse companies alongside Space Force personnel, challenging them to help solve real operational problems.

There are also growing opportunities for space domain awareness players in the international market, said Taylor Rhoten, a tech scout at Booz Allen.

“What I’ve been hearing across the board from startups is that a lot of their international customers don’t want to be necessarily beholden to a free U.S. service,” Rhoten said. “So they’re actually seeing a lot of demand to build services for allied countries, and that is creating major opportunities.”

In the Alt-PNT arena, companies aren’t aiming to completely replace GPS, which is entrenched across virtually every sector of the modern economy. Instead, Alt-PNT providers are trying to make a compelling case that organizations need a robust backup plan and complementary capabilities that exceed what the legacy GPS constellation can deliver.

The reality is that GPS, while immensely capable, has inherent vulnerabilities. Adversaries can jam or spoof its relatively weak signals, Lo noted. GPS also lacks the redundancy and precision required for the next generation of autonomous vehicles, such as self-driving cars.

THE ANDURIL MODEL

As space domain awareness and Alt- PNT providers chart a path to greater adoption, they could take a page from the playbook of Anduril Industries, the defense technology startup that takes an almost consumer tech approach, Rhoten suggested.

Anduril designs products proactively, betting that the innovative capabilities will resonate with military customers eager to get a competitive edge over adversaries. This strategy seems to be paying off, as in just a few years Anduril has inked U.S. defense contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars for autonomous surveillance towers, counter-drone defenses, and AI-powered command software.

To be sure, selling to the military remains an immense challenge for non-traditional players, especially in sectors where they are competing against government-provided systems. However, there is a growing recognition that traditional procurement cycles simply cannot keep pace. The message to companies is to carve out their niche and attract customers who demand more than the basic capabilities available for free.

This article first appeared in the June 2024 issue of SpaceNews Magazine.

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Day 3 of Hunter Biden's federal gun trial

Judge Maryellen Noreika, right, speaks with lawyers involved with Hunter Biden's trial on Tuesday, June 4, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Federal district Judge Maryellen Noreika is overseeing Hunter Biden’s gun case in Delaware. 

Noreika, a Donald Trump appointee, was confirmed by the US Senate in August 2018 by voice vote. She had the support of both Democratic senators from Delaware. Under the Senate’s blue slip tradition, nominees for district court seats require the support of home state senators to move forward.

Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat, praised Noreika in a statement after her nomination was announced. He described her and another appointee as “seasoned attorneys,” with “impressive trial skills, deep experience in federal practice, and profound respect for the law.”

Before becoming a federal judge, Noreika was a former patent lawyer in Wilmington, Delaware. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1993

Noreika’s political spending has gone to both parties. On the presidential level, federal records indicate that she gave $1,000 to then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination. She later donated $2,300 to the eventual 2008 Republican nominee, then-Arizona Sen. John McCain. She donated to the subsequent GOP nominee as well, giving $2,500 to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012.

Noreika also financially supported Sen. Tom Cotton, a conservative Republican from Arkansas, during his 2014 senate race. She also donated $1,000 in 2009 to the DSCC, the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm.

CNN’s Tierney Sneed, Marshall Cohen and Jack Forrest contributed to this report. 

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Wildfire smoke reached almost every lake in North America in 2019-2021




Wildfire smoke, sometimes drifting from hundreds of miles away, touched nearly every lake in North America for at least one day per year from 2019 to 2021, according to a new study.

Even more significantly, 89% of the lakes in North America experienced smoke for more than 30 days during each of those three years of intense wildfire activity.

“That was surprising, even to us,” says Mary Jade Farruggia, a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in ecology and the environmental science and policy department at the University of California, Davis.

“With this study, we quantified for the first time the scope of the smoke problem. We show that it’s not just a widespread problem, but one that is long-lasting in a lot of places.”

Lake-smoke days

The study introduces a concept the authors call the “lake-smoke day” to serve as a metric for monitoring smoke prevalence at lakes. It refers to the number of days a lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season.

A lake-smoke day metric could help establish a baseline to better understand the extent and intensity of events such as 2023’s persistent blanket of wildfire smoke from Canada that reached the Northeastern United States and crossed the Atlantic Ocean to Western Europe.

The authors established the metric using a hazard-mapping product from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association that quantifies smoke density based on a combination of satellite imagery and ground-based measurements. They also analyzed databases of about 1.3 million North American lakes larger than 25 acres to learn the prevalence and duration of exposure.

“Smoke is widespread, and smoke is pervasive,” says Steven Sadro, a limnologist and associate professor in the environmental science and policy department and senior author of the study published in the journal Global Change Biology. “We knew that by looking out the window and looking at satellite images we see almost every summer. Now we’re starting to quantify it.”

Smoke science

While wildfire has been a consistent and even healthy presence on the landscape for millions of years, the frequency and severity of catastrophic wildfires in recent years is novel compared to previous decades. For that reason, the impacts of smoke on natural systems are understudied.

This study is part of a growing, broader effort to examine how smoke affects lake environments. The authors worked with the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network, or GLEON, to create a working group to share, understand, and communicate these impacts.

They reviewed the known and theoretical impacts of smoke on lakes, such as how smoke can change the amount and composition of solar radiation that reaches lakes. Smoke and ash also can alter the deposition of carbon, nutrients, or toxic compounds. Yet these impacts tend to be lake-specific and highly variable.

“We just don’t know yet how smoke affects food webs, lake ecology, or what the future of these systems will be if there’s an increase in lake-smoke days,” says Farruggia. “I think quantifying the scope of the problem is really the first step. We’re pointing out that this is something we need to manage for across the globe, and not just areas affected by wildfire.”

The research was funded primarily through the National Science Foundation.

Source: UC Davis

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McMaster-backed nurse practitioner advances to runoff in South Carolina GOP primary to succeed Rep. Duncan

Sheri Biggs, a nurse practitioner who won the backing of Gov. Henry McMaster, advanced to a runoff in the crowded race for the Republican nomination to replace outgoing GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District.

Biggs was among seven Republicans in contention, but no true frontrunner emerged ahead of the primary.

Biggs, a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard ran as a “pro-life, pro-Second Amendment lifelong Republican.”

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Sheri Biggs, who is running for the Republican nomination in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. (Sheri Biggs for Congress)

“I’m running for Congress to continue my lifetime of service and treat Washington’s health problem with bold, conservative, servant leadership,” she said on her campaign website.

Jones had been endorsed by McMaster and had also highlighted her commitment to work with former President Trump, although Trump backed another candidate in the race.

“Sheri Biggs epitomizes the greatness of the people of South Carolina — an unwavering belief in God, a commitment to selfless service and a true resolve to fight for our shared values,” McMaster said in his endorsement. 

“While her distinguished military and health care careers are truly admirable, her passion to help heal our nation’s fiscal, mental and spiritual health problems is exactly what we need representing us in Congress. Sheri Biggs will work with President Trump to secure our border, protect tax dollars, defend our conservative values, keep the promises to our veterans and drain the swamp.”

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Duncan decided not to run again for the seat after seven terms. Duncan’s wife filed for divorce last year, accusing him of several affairs.

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Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., walks down the House steps following votes in the Capitol May 25, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“At some point in a career, one needs to step aside and allow others to bring fresh ideas and abilities into the fight for liberty,” Duncan said in a statement in January.

Trump had backed Pastor Mark Burns who also advanced to the runoff, a longtime supporter, in the race. Former Sen. Lindsey Graham staffer Kevin Bishop, state Rep. Stewart Jones and businessman Franky Franco were among those who had also thrown their hats in the ring. 

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The Democratic primary in the 3rd District is between high school science teacher Frances Guldner and Byron Best, who manages a Sherwin Williams paint store in Greenwood.

The district is a mostly rural area in the northern and western part of the state. A Democrat has not won the district since Graham flipped the seat in 1994.

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News on the European election results 2024

Members of European Parliament attend a plenary session in Brussels on April 10.

The European Parliament is the legislative branch of the European Union and one of the bloc’s three main institutions, along with the European Commission, which is the executive branch, and the European Council, which is made up of ministers from the governments of the 27 member states.

The parliament sits primarily in Brussels, Belgium, but moves roughly once a month to Strasbourg, France.

It is the only EU institution where representatives are directly elected, and MEPs pass laws which are applied all over the bloc. In order for any legislation to be implemented, both the council and parliament have to agree.

One of the parliament’s most crucial roles is approving the makeup of the commission, which is ultimately responsible for the political direction of the world’s largest trading bloc, and it has the final say on who is appointed as president of the commission. Currently the top job is filled by Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, who is seeking a second term at the helm.

The parliament also has ultimate approval over the billions of euros allocated in the EU budget. It often has the final word on major policy issues such as the budget, trade and sanctions on foreign nationals.

The parliament can also put major international objectives in the deep freeze. For example, A comprehensive mutual investment agreement between the EU and China is effectively on hold while some MEPs are under sanctions from China. The parliament as a whole has refused to advance the agreement until the sanctions are lifted.

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EXCLUSIVE: War veteran Sam Brown vows to deliver for Americans ‘crushed’ by Biden’s policies after major win

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EXCLUSIVE: Former U.S. Army Capt. Sam Brown vowed to deliver results for Americans “crushed” by President Biden’s policy failures, his first promise after winning a hard fought Senate primary in the crucial swing state of Nevada.

“Look, this is a clear signal that Republicans here in this state are united, not only behind President Trump, but behind me to take on Joe Biden and Jackey Rosen this November,” Brown told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview just moments after the race was called. 

“Americans need hope. Nevadans have been crushed by Biden’s policies. They’ve been supported by Jacky Rosen. And this is a resounding victory. We’re looking forward to going head-to-head and delivering a victory that Nevadans need,” he added.

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Brown said Nevadans would see a “clear contrast” between the America First policies supported by him and former President Trump over the next five months compared to those of Biden, which he said had led to a worsening border crisis, a deteriorating state of the world, and an economy where prices are too high.

“The solutions are clear. We’ve got to secure our border. We’ve got to go after the cartels. We’ve got to ensure that we’re not allowing people into this country that mean to do harm. We’ve got to make sure that the economy is working for all, that there are good jobs, that we don’t have unnecessary inflation, we have an American energy policy that provides security and lower costs,” Brown told Fox. 

“This is a future that’s not too far away. We’re going to deliver it after November.”

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Brown soundly defeated his main primary rival, former U.S. Ambassador Jeff Gunter, by a significant margin, and will head to the general election with solid backing from Trump and national Republicans, who view the Nevada race as one of their top targets to flip from Democrats.

He will now face incumbent Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen, who also soundly won her primary, in the November general election, where Democrats hope her well-financed operation will keep the Silver State firmly blue in a year Republicans are expected to perform well across the country.

Little polling has been conducted on the race, but a New York Times poll released last month showed Rosen and Brown tied at 41% with a number still undecided.

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Democrats hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, and the Nevada race is being viewed as a top flip opportunity for Republicans, along with races in West Virginia, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland and Arizona.

Republicans lost a bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto by less than a percentage point in 2022.

Elections analysts rate the race as either “tilt Democratic,” “lean Democratic,” or a “toss-up.”

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GOP averts disaster in Ohio shocker: 5 takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries

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A couple closer-than-expected races highlighted Tuesday’s elections in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and South Carolina, which put Donald Trump’s endorsement power to the test as he heads toward a rematch with President Biden.

But it was an under-the-radar special election in Ohio that turned out to be the biggest shocker of the night. Elsewhere, Trump-endorsed candidates pulled through against their primary challengers, though at least one of them did so with far less breathing room than he may have hoped. 

Here are five takeaways from Tuesday’s primary results: 

Republicans avoid a disaster in Ohio 

It should have been a drama-free race.

Instead, the special election for Ohio’s deep-red 6th Congressional District turned out to be something of a nail-biter, with the Democratic candidate far exceeding expectations.

The race was triggered following former Rep. Bill Johnson’s (R) decision to resign in January, with the winner serving the remainder of his term.

Johnson had represented the 6th district since 2011, winning reelection in 2022 by 35 points. Trump would have carried the district based on its current makeup by 29 points. 

But GOP state Sen. Michael Rulli only defeated the Democratic nominee, Michael Kripchak, by about 9 points, based on the latest vote count with more than 95 percent reporting. That’s a roughly 20 percent overperformance for the Democratic candidate from what was expected for this district. 

Dave Wasserman, the senior editor and elections analyst of the nonpartisan election handicapper Cook Political Report, attributed the reason for the surprise result to “abysmal” turnout in the district and to Democrats having an advantage with highly engaged voters most likely to vote. 

Even though it didn’t result in a surprise upset, Democrats have reason to be heartened by the results. It’s the latest special election in which the party has performed well — the last example was Rep. Tom Suozzi’s (D-N.Y.) comfortable victory in the February special election to fill the remainder of ex-Rep. George Santos’s (R-N.Y.) term. 

Ohio is still likely a safe state for Trump in November, but the high turnout among Democrats is a positive sign as Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) faces a competitive reelection bid.

McCarthy revenge tour stumbles out of the gate 

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had his first opportunity to get revenge against those Republicans who voted for his ouster with Rep. Nancy Mace’s (R-S.C.) competitive primary

The two-term congresswoman spurred controversy on a few occasions, including her vote alongside conservative House members to boot McCarthy as Speaker and a shift she took from being critical of Trump to supporting him for reelection. She also faced accusations of flip-flopping on major issues and negative headlines over the high turnover in her congressional office. 

All of this helped spur two primary challenges, one from former South Carolina state official Catherine Templeton and the other from nonprofit leader Bill Young. Templeton was seen as the main challenger and ran to Mace’s right, accusing the incumbent of being a “fraud” who is not actually loyal to Trump. 

An additional challenge for Mace in the primary in the three-way race was that she needed to not just place first but secure a majority to avoid a runoff election later this month. But Mace, who had endorsements from Trump and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), comfortably secured a majority, nearly 30 points ahead of Templeton in second as of the latest vote count. 

Groups associated with McCarthy had sought to prop up Templeton to oust Mace as part of a broader effort to unseat the handful of Republicans responsible for him losing his job.

Her easy victory Tuesday is another black eye for the California Republican.

GOP divisions on full display 

Although Mace’s primary received more national attention in the lead-up to the election, her fellow South Carolina Rep. William Timmons (R) ultimately faced a much closer race, underscoring the divisions roiling the GOP. 

Timmons, who has represented the state’s 4th Congressional District since 2019, has had a solidly conservative record in the House and been supportive of Trump, but he faced a primary challenge to his right from state Rep. Adam Morgan (R), who founded and has chaired the far-right Freedom Caucus in the state House. 

Timmons had the support of Trump, Johnson and House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), as well as South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R). But Morgan received endorsements from several of the most conservative members of the House, including U.S. House Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good (R-Va.) and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.). 

Morgan attacked Timmons as a moderate who was not conservative enough in cutting government spending and opposing aid to Ukraine. He also cited Timmons’s support for McCarthy as inspiration for him to run. 

Timmons countered by emphasizing his conservative credentials and his ties to Trump. 

The incumbent held on to win the nomination and almost certainly another term in the red district, but only by a modest 5-point margin, as of the latest vote count. That’s much closer than in 2022, when he prevailed in a four-way primary, and also showed the limitations of Trump’s support.

A pivotal Senate race is set 

Another matchup that will help determine which party controls the Senate in the next session of Congress was set with Sen. Jackie Rosen (D-Nev.) and Republican Sam Brown officially becoming their parties’ nominees. 

Brown, a retired Army captain, was the choice of Senate Republicans’ campaign arm to oppose Rosen, who faced minimal opposition to be renominated for a second term. 

Trump had stayed out of a somewhat crowded field for the Republican nomination for most of the race, but issued a last-minute endorsement of Brown on Sunday. 

Brown defeated former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Jeff Gunter and former state Assembly member Jim Marchant, both of whom tried to promote their ties to the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and accused Brown of not being a true Trump supporter. 

Gunter derided Brown as “Scam Brown” and alleged that Senate Republicans secured Trump’s endorsement for Brown over his own candidacy, but the Senate GOP campaign arm and Trump senior adviser Chris LaCivita both rejected that. 

Brown had already been seen as the front-runner even ahead of Trump’s endorsement and many early votes had already been cast before Trump backed him, but the former president will be able to count it as another endorsed candidate of his who won the primary. 

And importantly, Trump and Brown may need a relationship as the Republicans try to compete in Nevada, a key battleground state in November, simultaneously. 

Trump scores wins with his endorsements 

Trump weighed in on all the key races happening Tuesday ahead of the elections and continued his near-perfect record of congressional endorsements this year. 

Along with Brown, Mace and Timmons, every Trump-endorsed candidate in each of the key races won their primaries, and by larger margins than Timmons. 

In the Republican primary for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District to face Democratic Rep. Jared Golden, Trump-endorsed state Rep. Austin Theriault (R), a former NASCAR driver, easily defeated his fellow state Rep. Mike Soboleski (R). 

And in North Dakota, Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R) overwhelmingly topped Lt. Gov. Tammy Miller (R) in the primary race to succeed outgoing Gov. Doug Burgum (R). Armstrong was the favorite going in with support from Trump, North Dakota Sens. Kevin Cramer (R) and John Hoeven (R) and the state party, but the two-term incumbent Burgum had endorsed Miller. 

Trump’s choice to succeed Armstrong as the lone House member for the state, North Dakota Public Service Commission member Julie Fedorchak, also comfortably won in a crowded field. 

Both Armstrong and Fedorchak will be the favorites to win their respective elections in the ruby red state.

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On this day in history, June 12, 1987, Reagan urges Gorbachev to ‘tear down this wall’

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On this day on June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan’s call to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down the Berlin Wall” became widely considered a defining moment of the Reagan presidency, according to Stanford University. 

The line, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” also came to be a profound statement of the 1980s. 

President Reagan’s “tear down this wall” speech was made following the G7 summit meeting in Venice.

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And as the Reagan spoke, his words were amplified on both sides of the Berlin Wall, reaching both East and West Germans, according to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

President Reagan gave the speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

“Behind me stands a wall that encircles the free sectors of this city, part of a vast system of barriers that divides the entire continent of Europe,” said Reagan.

“Standing before the Brandenburg Gate, every man is a German, separated from his fellow men. Every man is a Berliner, forced to look upon a scar.”

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Reagan went on, “As long as this gate is closed, as long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the German question alone that remains open, but the question of freedom for all mankind.”

He added, “Gen. Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate.”

Said Reagan, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” as the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has recounted. 

For nearly three decades, Berlin was divided not just by ideology — but by a concrete barrier that was a bleak symbol of the Cold War, stated National Geographic.

As the U.S. and the Soviet Union battled for supremacy in space, they were also locked in an equally intense competition on Earth in Europe. 

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“Cold War tensions ratcheted up even further in 1961, when the Soviet-backed government in East Germany began building the Berlin Wall,” notes CBS News. 

“The Berlin Wall was designed to seal off East Berlin from the part of the city occupied by the three main Western powers (U.S., Great Britain and France), and to prevent mass illegal emigration to the West from the Soviet Bloc.”

The Berlin Wall was “erected in haste and torn down in protest; the Berlin Wall was almost 27 miles long and was protected with barbed wire, attack dogs and 55,000 landmines,” says National Geographic.

More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall first divided the city’s East and West — and after President Reagan gave his famous 1987 speech — it was not Mr. Gorbachev but the German people who finally tore down the barrier on Nov. 9, 1989, noted Time Magazine. 

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“The story of the Berlin Wall is one of division and repression, but also of the yearning for freedom — and the events that led up to its toppling are no exception,” says the same source.

“Less than three years after President Reagan’s personal demand to General Secretary Gorbachev, the wall was in fact torn down,” David Trulio, president and CEO of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, told Fox News Digital. 

“A piece of it, formerly an actual instrument of oppression, stands a short walk from President Reagan’s final resting place in Simi Valley, California,” he added, “and is now an inspiring symbol of the vision, moral courage and strength it took to overcome tyranny in the Cold War.”

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Trulio also said, “Since the Reagan Library opened in 1991, millions of people have laid their hands on this chunk of the wall — literally touching a piece of history — and reflected on President Reagan’s contribution to spreading the cause of freedom.”

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Trump-backed incumbent wins red state primary that split House Freedom Caucus

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In a primary that split the conservative House Freedom Caucus, incumbent Rep. William Timmons, R-S.C., fended off a challenge from conservative State Rep. Adam Morgan. 

Prominent members of the House Freedom Caucus were split on who should get the nod to represent South Carolina’s solidly Republican 4th Congressional District in the northern part of the state, which includes Greenville and Spartanburg.

Timmons was endorsed by former president Donald Trump as well as conservative Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Byron Donalds of Florida and Jim Jordan of Ohio. Morgan received the backing of Florida’s Matt Gaetz and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Bob Good of Virginia. Morgan chairs the South Carolina legislature’s version of the Freedom Caucus.

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Timmons raised more campaign cash than Morgan to the tune of $2.4 million to $578,000.

Both candidates said securing the southern border would be their primary focus if elected.

“Border security has got to be on the top of the list. Over 10 million people have crossed the southern border illegally in the last 3½ years. It’s unacceptable. We have to change the course. Our country can’t sustain it,” Timmons said, according to a report from Fox affiliate WSPA.

Timmons will face Democrat Kathryn Harvey and Constitution Party candidate Mark Hackett in the general election on Nov. 5. Timmons won the 2022 general election with 90.8% of the vote.

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