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The Bos­ton-bound Boys of Sum­mer have be­guiled the bleach­ers with their at-bats and baserun­ning. but Bean Town bet­ter be­ware as Breg­man and his bud­dies bring their best to the ball­park that once was home to the Braves. #Nev­erSet­tle First came the news that the Hub­ble Space Tele­scope tem­po­rar­ily shut down be­cause the de­funct Space Shut­tle pro­gram no longer sends as­tro­nauts into or­bit to per­form rou­tine main­te­nance. Next came NASA’s ad­mis­sion that the al­ready ex­pen­sive and long-de­layed Orion space­craft de­signed to take Amer­i­cans back to the moon prob­a­bly won’t make its sched­uled 2020 launch date. Then came the dis­turb­ing news that we can’t even count on the Rus­sians to give us a ride into or­bit. A Soyuz space­craft blast­ing off for a trip to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion aborted its flight min­utes af­ter launch, send­ing the as­tro­naut and cos­mo­naut on board hurtling back to Earth in what was eu­phemisti­cally de­scribed as a “bal­lis­tic re-en­try.” The Neil Arm­strong biopic “First Man” couldn’t show up in the­aters at a bet­ter time, re­mind­ing us of the pur­pose­ful era when Amer­ica clearly knew how to get the job done in the fi­nal fron­tier. As Hous­to­ni­ans line up to vol­un­teer and do­nate to help the Florida Pan­han­dle re­cover from Hur­ri­cane Michael, we can’t help but re­mem­ber the time when Hous­ton needed help af­ter Hur­ri­cane Har­vey only to get a thumbs down in Congress from four of our fel­low Tex­ans. Three aren’t run­ning for re­elec­tion, but for the re­main­ing politico we’ve re­served thumbs-ex­clu­sive en­dorse­ment: Don’t vote for Mac Thorn­berry. Tex­ans from Amar­allo to Wi­chita Falls should in­stead cast their bal­lots for Demo­crat Greg Sa­gan or Lib­er­tar­ian Calvin DeWeese — two politi­cians who did not kick us while we were un­der 50-plus inches of flood­wa­ter.

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