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Last week, when not busy torpedoing selected items on the Democratic agenda, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin took time to introduce legislation that would create a national guard component for the U.S. Space Force, the military branch created during the Trump administration.

“West Virginia has a rich history of contributing to achievements in space,” Manchin said in introducing the legislation, citing the achievements of NASA mathematician and “Hidden Figures” inspiration Katherine Johnson and NASA engineer and “Rocket Boys” author Homer Hickam.

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