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Maher: Debating climate change is like arguing about whether the Earth is flat

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On Friday night’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher railed against Americans’ willingness to embrace myth over science and said that to claim that there is still a debate over climate change is like debating whether or not the Earth is flat.

In a panel discussion that included anti-Creationism activist Zack Copplin, Huffington Post’s Abby Huntsman, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Wall Street Journal columnist Steve Moore, Maher said he’d love to stop calling Americans stupid, but then he keeps seeing polls like a recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey that found that 37 percent of Americans think climate change is a hoax.

28 percent of Republicans still believe that Saddam Hussein was behind the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to the poll, and 22 percent of people who voted for former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) for president believe that President Barack Obama is the antichrist.

Kopplin, 19, said, “The most important poll is the climate change one.” While certain percentages of the U.S. public will always believe in Bigfoot, most of those people are not affecting public policy.

Moore asserted that the debate on climate change is still ongoing.

“That’s a canard, Steve,” said Maher. “There are scientists on the other side, but they’re backed by the American Petroleum Institute.”

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Again, Moore asserted that there’s still a debate about whether the Earth’s climate is changing.

“Should we still debate whether the Earth is flat?” Maher demanded. “That’s not how science works. At some point, you reach a consensus, then debate the next issue.”

“Scientists are wrong all the time,” Moore insisted.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies

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The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.

"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.

"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."

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