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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Ben Carson’s idea of a tithe-like tax plan scares me

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While astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson largely refused to rip Ben Carson during Friday’s episode of Real Time, he did admit to feeling uncomfortable with one of the Republican candidate’s proposals.

“He basically is saying, ‘I want you to pay 10 percent,'” Impact Strategies CEO Angela Rye explained to host Bill Maher. “So his new tax plan is for everyone to pay 10 percent because that’s what you do in church.”

“You know what spooks me a little bit about that?” deGrasse Tyson interjected, before adding that it was Carson’s use of religious doctrine as the basis for an economic platform.

Carson first mentioned the 10-percent flat tax idea this past May, openly stating that it was based on tithing. However, the plan was quickly criticized by economists.

At one point in the discussion, deGrasse Tyson chided Maher for describing the former John Hopkins neurosurgeon as a “smart stupid person.”

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“Maybe he’s smarter than you think, because he’s rising in the polls, so it’s working,” the Star Talk host said. “You’re arguing with a politician as though facts matter to what a politician says.”

DeGrasse Tyson said it was a “luxury” for Maher to criticize Carson when the host was not running for office.

“I don’t beat politicians on the head. You know what I do? I’m an educator,” deGrasse Tyson explained. “So my task is to educate the electorate.”

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“And the rest of us are a*sholes if we’re not running for president?” Maher asked.

“Maybe you should be attacking the people who are voting for him,” deGrasse Tyson countered.

Watch the discussion, as posted online on Friday, below.

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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Seth Meyers plays hilarious fictional Democratic debate — featuring all 20 candidates on stage at the same time

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The host of NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" thought his network did a good job hosting the first round of Democratic debates among 2020 hopefuls, but his "one complaint" was that there weren't enough candidates on stage.

The rules established by the Democratic National Committee required NBC to host two nights of debates, with ten candidates on the stage each night.

Meyers wanted all twenty, so he presented Late Night's version of the debates, where Meyers would pretend to moderate the debate and then splice out-of-context video of the candidates to make it appear as if they were answering his question.

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Don Lemon flabbergasted by brazen lying by Republican Kris Kobach: ‘He lied to your face’

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CNN anchors Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo had a heart-to-heart conversation about racism in America during the handoff between their shows on Tuesday.

"What’s going on with you? I saw you in the makeup room. Your energy is off. You seem down. Is this getting to you, what happened today? With what the president tweeted and how people are reacting?" Lemon asked his colleague.

"Is it getting to me? It hits close to home, to be honest. My grandparents were afraid of people like Trump. Ironically, they grew up very close to one another," Cuomo answered, recounting his family's story of seeking acceptance in America. "It hits close to home."

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