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Neil deGrasse Tyson warns: Get ready for ‘the new normal’ — more ferocious storms and hotter droughts

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson told Larry King on Monday that he had no easy answers for dealing with California’s water shortage, but advised Americans to prepare for “more extremes of weather,” fueled by global warming.

“When it rains, it’s gonna rain heavier,” he said. “When it’s not gonna rain, it’s gonna rain less than it ever didn’t rain before. That’s kind of the new normal we’re gonna have to grow accustomed to. And all evidence points to the fact that it is human-caused influence.”

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“Cold weather will get colder, warm weather will get warmer, wet weather will get wetter?” King asked.

“Yeah, yeah,” the Star Talk host replied. “What happens is, as the temperature rises, more moisture from the ocean gets lifted into the atmosphere. And generally, when we think of weather, we think of storms and things. When you have a storm, there’s more moisture to feed that storm. There’s more heating to drive the convective cells. And so the storm gets more ferocious.”

However, deGrasse Tyson also expressed skepticism over plans by SpaceX founder Elon Musk and other business mavens to pursue privately-funded expeditions to Mars, while also giving credit to the private sector for pushing forward in that arena.

“I can tell you that the first people to do really expensive things — where there’s dangers and people could die and there’s no known return on investment — those are not business people,” he told King. “Those are governments. The first Europeans in the New World were not the Dutch East India Trading Company. It was Columbus, funded by Spain. Then he draws the maps.”

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If he were to ask venture capitalists for money to a mission to Mars without spelling out the return on investment, deGrasse Tyson argued, he would be in for a short meeting.

“Somebody’s gotta go in there with a long view — the longer-than-the-quarterly-report view,” he explained. “Once the patents are awarded and you’ve established what’s dangerous and what’s safe, then you make the business case.”

Watch the interview, as aired on Ora.TV on Monday, below.

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Giggling Fox & Friends hosts gloat over Lewandowski hearing: ‘He gave as good as he got!’

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The hosts of "Fox & Friends" giggled and gloated over Corey Lewandowski's contentious appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager claimed executive privilege over testimony he gave before special counsel Robert Mueller, admitted he had lied in TV appearances and cracked jokes during five hours of testimony -- and the Fox News hosts were delighted.

"He gave as good as he got," said co-host Steve Doocy.

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt was laughing so hard she could barely speak.

"She said the truth shall set you free," Earhardt said, quoting Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) through guffaws. "'Answer the question,' there was no question."

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‘Trump people lie — we know that’: Ex-House GOP staffer shreds Democrats for letting Lewandowski off the hook

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski denounced President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as "rude" and "insolent" -- but her fellow "Morning Joe" panelists ripped House Democrats for letting him off the hook with obstructing their investigation.

Lewandowski turned the House Judiciary Committee hearing into a "circus," Brzezinski said, and panelists agreed he unlawfully claimed executive privilege, and a former Republican House staffer said he should have been charged with contempt of Congress.

"He was a mini Trump," Brzezinski said. "You can speak to Corey Lewandowski in real life, and often you can see someone who doesn't seem like Trump. In front of the cameras, he was playing for an audience of one. He was rude, he was insolent, he was stonewalling and, ultimately, being revealed to be a liar after being shown that he went on a national TV show, Ari Melber, it's not like a camera was shoved in his face, and he chose to lie to the American people."

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Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady

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MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.

"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."

Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.

Watch the video below from MSNBC.

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