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March 25, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist best known now as host of Fox's Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosts an annual debate at the Hayden Planetarium in the memory of the prolific science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, who died in 1992.

This year, the topic under discussion was the commercialization of space, specifically: How much risk should businesses assume in space exploration? How can space businesses mitigate risk? How big are the potential opportunities of extraterrestrial resource mining, products, and real estate? What role does government play in the new paradigm of commercial space exploration?

The panelists included a host of space industry luminaries: The Aerospace Corporation president and CEO Wanda Austin; Michael Gold, director of DC operations and business growth for Bigelow Aerospace; John Logsdon, professor emeritus of space policy and international affairs at George Washington University; Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham; Space Adventures president Tom Shelley; and Robert Walker, executive chairman of Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates.

Watch the entire debate below. --John Aziz

9:28 a.m. ET

Bill Clinton has a reputation for being a brilliant public speaker, although his appeal might be quickly wearing off. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow slammed the former president for being un-feminist in his introduction of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention Tuesday night, telling her fellow commentators that, "I think the beginning of the speech was a controversial way to start, honestly, talking about the girl, a girl, leading with this long story about him being attracted to an unnamed girl and thinking about whether he was starting something he couldn't finish, building her whole political story, for the whole first half of the speech around her marriage to him."

Maddow gave the end of his speech an "A+" but went as far as to say "the top of the speech I found shocking and rude." Watch her full justification, below. Jeva Lange

9:08 a.m. ET

Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night by becoming the first woman to be nominated for president by a major American political party. Some in newspaper photo departments around the country, though, might have missed that memo:

Ahem, that was Hillary Clinton making history, not the other "Clinton"…

Yes, sure, Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker for the night. But... really? Jeva Lange

8:56 a.m. ET

When it comes to swiping that company credit card, usually you're just getting a free fancy, schmoozy dinner or commercial airline flight at best. But if you're astronaut Buzz Aldrin, your job required you to take quite the extended business trip — and even interplanetary travel must be formally expensed:

Yes, folks: Even as one of the first two humans to walk on the Moon, Aldrin had to submit to the corporate monstrosity that is bureaucratic paperwork. Kimberly Alters

8:48 a.m. ET

Michelle Obama reminded Americans of the darker side of our history when she spoke at the Democratic convention Monday night of waking up every morning "in a house that was built by slaves." The stirring line, though, was one of hope and progress: "I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn," she went on.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly wasn't having it. The political commentator attempted to "fact-check" Obama's statement by saying that "slaves that worked [on the White House] were well fed and had decent lodgings…So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well."

Of course, the point isn't how "well" some slaves might have been treated, or if there were other workers. The point is, slaves built the White House.

This shouldn't even need to be written, but if you ever feel like defending the use of slaves — don't. Jeva Lange

7:50 a.m. ET

Following Tuesday night's historic nomination of the first woman from a major party for president, you can say we've come a long way as a nation since 1995 — the year that Walmart pulled T-shirts that read "someday a woman will be president" from their shelves, calling the message "offensive":

A Walmart spokeswoman said the company stopped selling the shirts at the only store that had them after one customer complained. The store sold about two-thirds of its 204 shirts.

"It was determined the T-shirt was offensive to some people and so the decision was made to pull it from the sales floor," Jane Bockholt said. She refused to reveal the nature of the customer's complaint. [The Associated Press]

"Promoting females as leaders is still a very threatening concept in this country," the shirt's designer, Ann Moliver Ruben, said at the time. She explained that, according to Walmart buyer Sharon Higginbotham, the message on the shirt went "against Walmart's family values."

(Calle Hack)

After outcry from women's groups, the shirts later returned to Walmart shelves, The Telegraph reports. Jeva Lange

7:25 a.m. ET
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With Hillary Clinton confirmed as the Democratic nominee, Day 3 of the Democratic convention will feature a speech by keynote speaker President Barack Obama, who defeated Clinton in the primaries eight years ago. Obama will reportedly defend his own time in office and promote Clinton as the best chance of extending his legacy.

Vice President Joe Biden, who some thought might step up to challenge Clinton for the nomination this year, will also speak, as will former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who at one point considered a run as an Independent.

America will also meet Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine on Wednesday amid cries of dissatisfaction by Bernie Sanders supporters, who have called him an "unacceptable" pick. Jeva Lange

5:02 a.m. ET

Bill Clinton's speech at Tuesday's Democratic National Convention lasted 41 minutes, but CNN managed to fit it — and some highlights of speeches from Lena Dunham, Madeleine Albright, and mothers of the Black Lives Matter movement, plus the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton cameos — into 97 seconds. If you missed Tuesday's history-making, star-packed convention, you can get a pretty decent sense below of what happened in less time than it took Bill Clinton to discuss his and Hillary's courtship. Peter Weber

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