The astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has released a video urging Americans to change how they relate to science. Tyson posted the video on his Facebook page alongside this note: "Dear Facebook Universe, I offer this four-minute video on 'Science in America' containing what may be the most important words I have ever spoken." ... "Science is a fundamental part of the country that we are," he says in the video. "But in this, the 21st century, when it comes time to make decisions about science, it seems that people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not." That shift, he says, is a "recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy." read more
The White House on Monday walked back a key point of President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 election. Namely, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wasn't referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping. "I think there's no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election," Spicer said. "The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities."
Roger Stone, a confidant to President Donald Trump and former adviser to his campaign, acknowledged late Saturday that he had a "back channel" to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, amid mounting reports that multiple advisers to Trump's campaign had undisclosed communication with Russian officials. read more
Jake Tapper deconstructs the Orange Manchild's speech.