Clara Moskowitz, Space.com: If humanity is to survive long-term, it must find a way to get off planet Earth -- and fast, according to famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
In fact, human beings may have less than 200 years to figure out how to escape our planet, Hawking said in a recent interview with video site Big Think. Otherwise our species could be at risk for extinction, he said.
"It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million," Hawking said. "Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward-looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."
Kyle Smith, New York Post: Though Stewart has often claimed he does a "fake news show," "The Daily Show" isn't that. It's a real news show punctuated with puns, jokes, asides and the occasional moment of staged sanctimony.
It contains real, unstaged sound bites about the days' events and interviews about important policy matters.
Stewart is a journalist: an irresponsible and unprofessional one. ... Any standard liberal publication was as likely to contain an unflattering thought about Stewart as L'Osservatore Romano is to run a hit piece on the pope.
The hacks have a special love for Stewart because he's their id. They don't just think he's funny, they thrill to his every sarcastic quip. They wish they could get away with being so one-sided, snarky and dismissive.
They wish they could skip over all the boring phone calls and the due diligence and the pretend fairness and just blurt out to their ideological enemies in Stewart style, "What the fk is wrong with you?"
Mark Hemmingway, Weekly Standard: Even now, under the Affordable Care Act's own definition, over 105 million Americans will find plans in the ACA's [Affordable Care Act's] public exchanges to be "unaffordable" when both premiums and deductibles are taken into account.
Over 13 million employees with employer based coverage 3.0 million with individual coverage, and 10.4 million with family plans are now facing the prospect of "unaffordable" health care.
Associated Press: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he's going to cut nearly $45 million in funding for public schools and higher education in March.
But the governor also suggested that lawmakers could head off the reductions by withholding $54 million from public schools instead.
The Republican governor announced his plans for the current budget cycle Thursday just ahead of a Senate vote on a bill aimed at erasing a projected $344 million deficit.
Kansas law gives the governor the authority to make some budget cuts on his own to keep the budget in balance. read more
Casey Dreier, The Planetary Society: Without a doubt, the new commitment to Europa is the most exciting feature of the President's 2016 budget request for NASA, which was released earlier today. Also notable: a request of $18.5 billion overall for NASA, about $519 million more than it received in 2015 and higher than any request in four years. This increase, I argue, signifies a general acknowledgment that NASA is underfunded given its current mandate. It follows Congress' lead in increasing the budget last year, and proposes continued increases into the near future. read more