In other news, former astronaut, senator, and first American to orbit the earth John Glenn passed away today at the age of 95. Here's the New York Times obituary written by the same man who filed the original Times' report on the Apollo 11 landing.
To the America of the 1960s, Mr. Glenn was a clean-cut, good-natured, well-grounded Midwesterner, raised in Presbyterian rectitude, nurtured in patriotism and tested in war, who stepped forward to risk the unknown and succeeded spectacularly, lifting his country’s morale and restoring its self-confidence.
It was an anxious nation that watched and listened that February morning, as Mr. Glenn, 40 years old, a Marine Corps test pilot and one of the seven original American astronauts, climbed into Friendship 7, the tiny Mercury capsule atop an Atlas rocket rising from the concrete flats of Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Glenn was the last surviving member of the Mercury 7 which included Alan Shepard, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Donald “Deke” Slayton, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra and John Glenn.
Meanwhile, Retired General Barry McCaffrey has withdrawn his endorsement of Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn after he read Flynn's tweets which McCaffery describes as "demented."
“But I must admit,” McCaffrey said, “I’m now extremely uneasy about some of these tweets, which don’t sound so much as if they are political skullduggery, but instead border on being demented. So I think we need to look into this and sort our what’s going on here.”
“I think that we need to aggressively examine what was going on with Gen. Flynn and his son, dealing with these transparent, nearly demented tweets that were going out,” he continued. “I think it needs closer scrutiny.”
Among other stories, Flynn and his son have shared the infamous "Pizzagate" fake new story about a child sex trafficking ring headquartered in a D.C. pizzeria.
How far we've fallen.