Wikipedia editors have removed references to evidence that famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson uses fake quotes, including one that he attributed to former President George W. Bush, in his speeches.
The controversy began with an article by The Federalist's Sean Davis pointing out that Tyson, host of Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" and director of the Hayden Planetarium, confused the mean, or average, of a set of numbers with the median, or midpoint, of a set of numbers in one of his presentations. Tyson may have also used fabricated quotes for unnamed members of Congress and journalists. (Davis could not find the quotes on LexisNexis.)
Tyson responded to the criticism in the comment section by saying Davis misunderstood the context of the speech because he was not there for the whole speech. more >>
Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African-American and 82nd person to hold the post is expected to announce his resignation Thursday, according to Justice Department and White House officials.
President Barack Obama will also make an announcement on Holder's resignation at the White House on Thursday according to The Wall Street Journal.
According to The New York Times, however, Holder, who has served as attorney general since the start of the Obama administration, will not leave office until his successor has been nominated and confirmed. more >>
Executive chairman of Google Eric Schmidt reportedly created serious political fallout for a significant number of legislators Monday when he accused the prominent American Legislative Exchange Council of "literally lying" about climate change in explaining why the company is no longer a member of the organization.
On its website, ALEC says it "works to advance limited government, free markets and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America's state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public."
Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation punctures some of Ken Burns' myth making in the latest PBS series, "The Roosevelts." As this distinguished economist points out, unemployment throughout the decade of the 1930s averaged an eye-popping 15 percent. Even as late as 1941, as the country ramped up its defense spending and millions went to work in war industries, the unemployment rate was still 12 percent. On top of all this, the federal government vastly expanded its reach with a dizzying array of "alphabet soup" agencies — FCC, FDIC, FTC, WPA, PWA, PDQ (oops, that last one is a joke, folks).
Still, this 14-hour infomercial for Big Government Liberalism that bores Steve Moore to tears, I found fascinating. The folks at the government-funded PBS and the National Endowment for the Humanities were hardly going to do a documentary that trashed three of liberalism's greatest heroes — Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
When we look at this series, however, we note that what the Ken Burns team does not celebrate is "lifestyle liberalism." more >>
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued an apology for saying in a recent interview that critics of his pro-Israel comments at an ecumenical In Defense of Christians summit earlier this month only "care" about persecuted Christians when it comes with an "anti-Israel narrative."
"It was a mistake to suggest that critics of my remarks at IDC had not spoken out previously concerning the persecution of Christians; many of them have done so, often quite eloquently," Cruz said Thursday. "It was not my intent to impugn anyone's integrity, and I apologize to any columnists who took offense."
In an interview with World Magazine last weekend, the outspoken Tea Party Republican explained his side of the Sept. 10 mishap that forced him to end his keynote speech early at the In Defense of Christian's Inaugural Summit in Washington, D.C. The IDC was created to promote awareness of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Christian groups from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine were in attendance. Cruz's statement that Christians have no greater ally than Israel was met with boos from a small portion of the approximately 1,000 in attendance. more >>
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has a transforming effect when it is lived out personally, but when the Church tries to do God's work in the world's ways, it is weak, Os Guinness explained in his new book, Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times.
In a Sept. 12 interview with The Christian Post, Guinness argued that Christians in America are too worldly, and if they learn to follow the Gospel and be in the world but not of the world, that will have the power to transform the culture.
Guinness is a popular Evangelical author and speaker, and has written over 30 books. He also founded The Trinity Forum and was on the steering committee for the 2008 "Evangelical Manifesto." CP previously interviewed Guinness about his 2012 book, A Free People's Suicide, and his 2013 book, The Global Public Square. more >>