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GOP’s Randy Weber feigns interest in science to mock top climate scientist during hearing

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A Texas Republican best known for his Twitter posts criticizing President Barack Obama feigned an interest in science last week to set up a jab at a climate scientist testifying before a House panel.

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) quoted an apocryphal remark, which he attributed to Mark Twain, Will Rogers, or Ambrose Bierce, during a budget hearing Wednesday of the House committee on science, space, and technology that suggested a scientific fallacy.

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“All scientists are only sure about one thing, and that’s that all scientist before them were wrong,” Weber said, and asked the government witness if he’d ever heard that claim.

John Holdren, the president’s science advisor, told Weber he’d heard versions of the remark, but he wasn’t sure who had said it.

“So when you guys do your research, you start with the scientific postulate or theory and you work from that direction forward, right?” Weber said.

Holdren, who recently released a six-page paper debunking the claims of climate change denier Roger Pielke Jr., said that was a generally accurate statement.

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“It depends on what sort of science you’re talking about, but the notion of posing a hypothesis and then trying to determine whether it’s right is one of the tried and true approaches in science, yes,” Holdren said.

Weber, who criticized Obama for “wasting time on a parody interview” earlier this month with comedian Zack Galifianakis instead of focusing on Benghazi, attempted to zing the scientist with his own attempt at humor.

“So I was just wondering how that related, like, for example, to global warming and eventually global cooling,” Weber said. “And I may want to get your cell phone because if we do go through a couple cycles – global warming and then back to global cooling – I need to know when to buy my long coat on sale. You know, I just don’t know how y’all prove those hypotheses going back 50, 100 mill – what you might say thousands, even millions of years, how you postulate those forward.”

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Watch the entire exchange posted online by climatebrad:


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‘Vladimir Putin has something on Donald Trump’: Ambassador Sherman says the Kremlin must have kompromat

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Former Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman concluded on Monday that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin must have "something" on President Donald Trump.

"The latest reporting from The New York Times indicates that the thousands of troops that we have there, that the president moved, are now trapped. They don’t have an actual way out since Turkey has cut off the roads and the exit routes that they might use and so now there is the question of will there be an airlift? How will we get the U.S. troops out?" MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell asked.

"We haven’t had to get troops out like this since the fall of Saigon," Sherman replied. "This is going to be very, very difficult."

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Mick Mulvaney implicated by Trump official who testified before Congress on Monday: report

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Acting White House chief of staff MicK Mulvaney was implicated by a former top National Security Council official during nine-hours of congressional testimony, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The newspaper reported, "In her testimony, she detailed a July 10 meeting she attended with senior Ukrainian officials, then-National Security Adviser John Bolton, and other U.S. officials in which the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, raised the issue of the investigations, the people said."

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Conservative pundit blasts Mattis for not speaking candidly about Trump: He ‘is not a moral hero — he is enabling the criminal to escape’

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When former Defense Secretary James Mattis announced his resignation in December 2018, many Never Trump conservatives lamented the departure of someone they saw as a voice of reason and sanity in the Trump Administration. Those Never Trumpers were anxious to hear what a post-White House Mattis had to say in an interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd that aired on “Meet the Press” Sunday. But conservative Washington Post writer and Trump critic Jennifer Rubin, in her October 14 column, stresses that she wishes Mattis were speaking more “candidly” and frankly about his time in the White House and President Donald Trump’s foreign policy decisions.

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