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Guests: John Batchelor, Marcia Smith, Dr. David Livingston. Topic: The impact of the 2014 mid-term election on NASA budgets & policy. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. John Batchelor and I welcomed Marcia Smith (www.spacepolicyonline.com) to Hotel Mars to discuss the impact of the recently held mid-term elections on space policy, the NASA budget, specific NASA projects, commercial space, and more. We talked about new Senate Republican chairmanships of crucial committees and subcommittees and what this might portend for policy and budgets. We asked Marcia about the survivability of NASA programs such as SLS and the ARM. Other issues discussed included NASA budget caps, a possible space race with China and how Congress might react to such competition, plus an overview of the current Russian-US relationship with space, particularly the ISS. Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog. You can contact Marcia Smith through me or her website.