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Neil deGrasse Tyson slams Florida ban on phrase ‘climate change’: I thought we were better than this

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson slammed the state of Florida in a series of appearances this week over the state’s banning of the words “climate change” from public discourse.

According to the Bradenton Herald, deGrasse Tyson was disappointed and concerned that the U.S. state most at risk to rising sea levels and other effects of climate change would embrace a foolhardy policy.

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Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Rick Scott banned the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in official documents and meetings of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and even had one official suspended for speaking out about climate change during a meeting.

In his Tuesday appearance at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, deGrasse Tyson called climate change an “emergent scientific truth” that semantics and language bans can’t erase.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that deGrasse Tyson slammed the practice of playing politics with science.

“I thought as a nation we were better than this,” he said.

At a press conference in Sarasota, he said, “When you say let’s debate whether or not humans are influencing the climate, you are losing time for debating what to do in the face of that fact. We should be talking about what we’re going to do about this.”

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Regarding Scott and other Republicans’ insistence that climate change is a myth, deGrasse Tyson said, “The science is not political. That’s like repealing gravity because you gained 10 pounds last week.”

Politicians are ultimately not to blame, though, said the 56-year-old scientist.

“I don’t blame the politicians for a damn thing because we vote for the politicians,” he said. “I blame the electorate.”

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Mitch McConnell’s impeachment rules pass by 53-47 vote — here’s what happens next in Trump’s senate trial

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The US Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to set the rules for President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.

By a 53 to 47 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate approved an "organizing resolution" for the trial proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Before approving the rules, the Senate voted down several amendments proposed by Democrats seeking to subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House and State Department.

These are the next phases in Trump's impeachment trial, just the third of a president in US history:

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Chief Justice Roberts admonishes lawyers at Senate impeachment trial

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Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts made his first major intervention in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) finished his closing arguments on why former National Security Advisor John Bolton should testify, the White House team went on the attack. Yelling and demanding apologies, the president's team was more animated than they'd been all night. Roberts then admonished the House and White House on their language.

Claiming the Senate is the "world's greatest deliberative body" -- despite what he had witnessed during 12 hours of the impeachment trial -- Roberts complained about language that was "not conducive to civil discourse."

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White House lawyers begin yelling at Democrats during late-night impeachment trial — after Trump starts tweeting

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President Donald Trump woke up and began tweeting around midnight EST during the Senate impeachment trial over the amendments over the rules. That's when a noticeable thing changed on the Senate floor: Trump's team started yelling.

Nearing 1 a.m. EST Tuesday morning while the president was tweeting about impeachment, his team began attacking Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) personally. They called him a liar and accused him of attacking the president and demanded an apology. After nearly 12 hours this was the first time the White House got even remotely animated after a dull defense of the president.

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