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Congress: "There's absolutely no reason to fund the space-based gravity wave detector because there has never been any concrete scientific evidence of gravity wave phenomena."

The Republicon and Democron particles are reported to have collided, annihilating themselves while releasing a massive excess of overexpenditure. This has resulted in a severe depletion of planetary science projects and the spontaneous creation of a virtual space station with a half-life of 12 years.