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Neil deGrasse Tyson channels John Lennon: All we are saying is give math a chance

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Thursday on StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson explained what prompted him to pursue a career in astrophysics and implored others to “give math a chance.”

“I was fortunate because my parents… took us around, we grew up in New York City, to all of the cultural institutions that showed adults doing things that were not your standard professions,” he explained in video uploaded to YouTube. “You get to see just all the things you can be when you grow up. And one of those trips, when I was 9-years-old, we went to the Hayden Planetarium. I am pretty sure the universe called me, that I had no say in the matter, because after that first visit I was hooked.”

Tyson is now the director of the very planetarium that inspired his career — a story he said played well in small towns.

He also encouraged people, especially those interested in science, to not be intimidated by math. Tyson compared math to a foreign language, observing that most English-speaking people wouldn’t assume they were stupid because they didn’t understand Chinese. Like learning a foreign language, learning math took time and was not something that should be quickly given up on, he explained.

“Once you are fluent in math then the universe becomes transparent to you,” he added, “and then the physics becomes that much more empowering for you to know, because when you look up at the night sky you don’t say to yourself, ‘I wonder what is up there.’ You say, ‘Oh, that’s a star, it is burning this bright and it is at that distance and it is turning this fast, it has got these chemicals in it.’ All of a sudden, the world around you becomes your intellectual backyard.”

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Republicans ‘are still scared Mueller might go rogue’: Lawyer who defended Trump official explains GOP’s fear

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Republicans are terrified that special counsel Robert Mueller could harm President Donald Trump during public testimony before Congress, a lawyer who used to represent a Trump official explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Attorney Caroline Polisi, who represented George Papadopoulos, was interviewed on "The Beat" by Ari Melber.

The host played clips pointing out how hard it is for lawmakers to get information out of Mueller during congressional

"What's so interesting here, even in the face of all of this, they’re scared he may go rogue," Polisi explained.

"They’re still a little bit scared of that one percent possibility," she noted.

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Here are 3 things Americans must hear from Mueller’s testimony: Democratic senator

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No one can say with certainty what former special counsel Robert Mueller will tell the American people when he testifies before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

But on Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the broad strokes of what Mueller will be expected to say — and what the American people should be listening for if they are not yet convinced President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.

"Do you think there are Americans out there who still haven't made up their mind on this issue of impeachment, obstruction of justice, collusion and all of that?" Blitzer asked her. "Have the American people moved on?"

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Trump is becoming more hawkish on Iran — and he’s running out of options: report

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So far, one of the only pieces of good news in the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran is that President Donald Trump has been reluctant to use military force, taking his cues in part from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has personally warned him that it would end his presidency — resisting the urges of his most trigger-happy advisers like John Bolton.

Now, however, the president appears to be having second thoughts as it becomes clearer that he will not be able to broker a better deal than President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement, and is starting to view the conflict more hawkishly, reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Monday.

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