Neil deGrasse Tyson, Call Your Office

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Over at the Federalist, Sean Davis has been slowly but credibly destroying Neil deGrasse Tyson’s reputation as a honest broker, the sort of truth-telling straight-shooter that we need in these dark days of ignorance. Today’s entry is the fourth in an apparently ongoing series of posts in which it is revealed that NDT, as his sciencebro fans call him, is just making stuff up, willy nilly. Here’s Sean:

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is, “Carney: Midterms to be tough for Democrats,” in Politico.

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Remember When ESPN Was About Sports?

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September should be a great time of year for sports fans.

Baseball pennant races getting dramatic. College football already in top form. NFL finally on every channel every other day of the week. And, of course, Fantasy Football in full swing.

It should be a time when Xs and Os are over analyzed and team passions are on full display.

Instead, this weekend was all about substance abuse, spanking, and domestic abuse. And ESPN is loving it. Because addressing these weighty topics makes them feel so very important.

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What the Generals Are Talking About

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Considering the rich and varied menu of threats to our national security on offer these days, the leadership at the Department of Defense—the part of the government meant to secure us from foreign enemies—can at times seem to have misplaced its focus.

Take the curious fact reported in the press over the weekend that General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was heard to say in a “recent meeting” that “combating Ebola” is the DOD’s “number one priority.”

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Boycott ALL the Things!

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One of the mouth-breathing conspiracy theorists at Vice thinks you should boycott the NFL because a couple of NFL employees have had trouble with the law and some of the folks who are paid a great deal of money to play a game that they love of their own free will wind up with brain damage.

The mouthbreather raises a good point! We should hold all of our entertainments to these standards! Indeed, we should boycott all the things.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of they day is “Clinton would get Iowa caucus votes, but Elizabeth Warren also a contender,” in the Des Moines Register.

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BREAKING: Issa requests Ike Memorial Commission to submit new design

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This morning the Free Beacon covered how news organizations were misrepresenting Congressman Darrell Issa’s remarks at the most recent meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission regarding the Frank Gehry-designed memorial to Dwight Eisenhower. Most media outlets reported simply that he supported moving forward with Frank Gehry’s design, but to those of us in the …

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Genevieve Morton Is Excited For the Weekend

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Genevieve Morton has had one heck of a year. She’s racked up some major successes.

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A Most Dangerous World

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One of the more curious features of the Obama worldview is the belief that, a few beheadings here and there notwithstanding, everything out there in the world is going pretty well.

On Wednesday, the president’s remarks on the Islamic State painted a generally rosy picture of the international situation and the American role therein. America is “safer” today as a result of military’s execution of the president’s policies, the president said. In Europe, we have “rallied the world against Russian aggression.” In the Middle East, it was “America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so that they can’t post a threat to the Syrian people or the world again.” In Afghanistan, “our combat mission will end later this year.”

The belief that things are basically fine does not belong only to the president, but also to his supporters and to the “realist” and nonintervention community. For this wing of American politics, the true threats to American democracy are here at home, in the form of economic inequality, racism and associated ills, and a hawkish foreign policy. Note how, in his Wednesday speech, the president mentioned the 2008 financial panic in almost the same breath as he did 9/11. For him and his supporters, it is of equal or—if they are speaking privately—greater importance than al Qaeda’s attacks on the United States. Obama’s foreign policy—with its paper-thin veneer of liberal internationalist rhetoric obscuring an unsubtle preference for America’s global withdrawal—is to leave the world’s problems to international institutions so we can get down to the more important task of nation-building here at home.

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DC School Teacher Minimizes Hitler’s Evil By Comparing Him to Bush

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A 6th grade teacher in Washington, D.C., thought it would be just fine to have students compare George W. Bush to the greatest monster of the 20th century, Adolf Hitler.

Complete with a Venn diagram and a set of snappy instructions, the 11-year-olds were sent home with a pretty clear plan: Show us how our 43rd president is similar to the man who sent millions of Jews to their slaughter.

“Now that we have read about two men of power who abused their power in various ways, we will compare and contrast them and their actions,” began the worksheet. A parent, who is no big fan of W, thought the assignment was out of line, so they posted to Twitter and that got the ball rolling in the media.

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Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

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SENATE: LOUISANA

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is attacking Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy for his opposition to a fence on the Mexican border … a fence Landrieu previously called “dumb” and a mistake to vote for.

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Booing Israel Used to Be in Bad Form

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I have to say, I’ve been a bit surprised by the reaction to Ted Cruz being booed off the stage for defending Israel at a conference of Middle Eastern Christians. Not at the booing itself, mind you (we’ll come back to that in a moment). But the reaction to the booing among certain quarters has been odd. I’m old enough to remember headlines like

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when Democrats booed the inclusion of language about Israel at their national convention in 2012. At the very least, the optics of the national gathering of the Democratic Party booing the Jewish State are terrible. And the optics of a gathering of Arab Christians with connections to various terror organizations and other unsavory, anti-Israel, anti-U.S. regimes who are trying to garner sympathy in the United States booing the invocation of Jewish and Christian unity are similarly terrible. Apologists for the In Defense of Christians conference have suggested that the audience was booing Cruz’s “hijacking” of the keynote address, but I dunno, man. You can watch the video, captured by the Brody File, for yourself here. I’ll tell you what I hear: at first, a smattering of applause accompanied by a smattering of outraged cries. To which Cruz says, “Those who hate Israel, hate America,” which prompts a much more vocal groan of outrage. Then Cruz says, “Those who hate Jews, hate Christians,” prompting even more boos.* Vociferously booing those two rather commonsense, unobjectionable statements means, to me, that there was a sizable contingent in the audience that feels that it is totally fine to denigrate Israel and support America, to denigrate Jews but love Christians. I’m glad a United States senator stood up to that sort of response.

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British Man Takes Sick Leave for Sympathy Pregnancy

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OK ladies, be careful what you ask for.

In the old days a man’s involvement in his wife’s pregnancy was somewhat limited. Beyond the essential role at the very beginning of the pregnancy, the stereotypical role of the dad was best personified by Ricky Ricardo showing up in the hospital waiting room just in time to see “Little Ricky” through the window in the maternity ward.

We’ve certainly come a long way with dads expected to participate in child birth classes, crash courses in diaper duty, and in-room responsibilities during delivery including back rubs, breathing coaching, and even camera work for the un-watchable birth video.

But England’s Harry Ashby has now taken the pregnancy participation thing to a whole new level. He has become the first man in Britain to be awarded paid, paternity sick leave from work for “sympathy pregnancy.”

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