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GOP House Energy chairman vows to block climate regulations

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Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who will become the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week, indicated Sunday that he would block Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations.

“We are not going to let this administration regulate what they’ve been unable to legislate,” Rep. Upton told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “We’re going to have early, early hearings on this. We’re going to see exactly what their analysis is on its impact on jobs.”

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“There’s also something called the Congressional Review Act, that within 60 days of rules being published, Congress can take this up and with an up-or-down vote, it is filibuster-proof in the Senate,” he added.

The Congressional Review Act was enacted in 1996 and allows Congress to overrule federal regulations issued by government agencies. It has only been successfully used once.

Writing for The Wall Street Journal in an op-ed last week, Rep. Upton and Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, said the EPA’s plan to begin regulating carbon emissions from power plants was “an unconstitutional power grab that will kill millions of jobs.”

“But we checked, Congressman, on your congressional web site, and you say on the web site, ‘I strongly believe that everything must be on the table as we seek to reduce carbon emissions. Climate change is a serious problem that necessitates serious solutions,'” Wallace said.

“So question, is carbon a problem or isn’t it? And if it is, if you’re going to kill the EPA regulation, what is your solution?”

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“We want to do this in a reasonable way,” Rep. Upton responded. “Before the end of the next decade, our country is going to need 30 to 40 more percent more electricity than we use today.”

“I don’t think that we have to regulate carbon to the degree we have a carbon tax or you have a cap-and-trade system,” he added.

The tea party group FreedomWorks launched the website “Down With Upton” because of his past support for banning incandescent light bulbs. In an email announcing the campaign, the group said that “Fred Upton has a Big Government record a mile long, and light bulbs are just the beginning.”

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Intel official who briefed lawmakers on latest Russian meddling targeted for ouster by Trump White House: CNN

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During a discussion on the war on the intelligence community being waged by the Donald Trump's White House, CNN host Victor Blackwell stated that sources speaking with the network stated that the intel official who briefed lawmakers for both parties on new efforts by Russia to meddle in U.S. elections could be on the way out.

Speaking with contributor Lynn Sweet, Blackwell asked about the so-called "purge" being conducted by the White House.

"It sends the signal once again that President Trump is not a respecter of the United States intelligence services with the bigger issue that a permanent director has not been in that office since last summer when Dan Coates was forced out," Sweet explained. "This is a key position, subject to Senate confirmation and Trump hasn't seen fit to have a permanent director for months now."

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Trump’s latest national security adviser is undercutting FBI Director Wray to quash report of new Russian meddling: report

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In a scorching column for the Daily Beast, historian David Rothkopf accused Donald Trump's latest national security director, Robert O'Brien, of undercutting the United States intelligence services and uses his comments about recent reports of new Russian election meddling to make the case that he is contradicting FBI Director Christopher Wray to please the president.

According to Rothkopf, "For just over a century, since America arrived as a major force on the global stage, we have feared that should our enemies defeat us, it would be on the battlefield or via a devastating nuclear onslaught. We never could have imagined that an enemy might take another approach altogether: infecting us with a presidential virus who this week gutted our national security leadership structures like a fish."

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Decoding the Christian paradox: Evangelical historian explains how right-wingers ignore Jesus to support a corrupt and greedy president

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To quote the bumper sticker: "What would Jesus do?"

Assuming that he existed and held the views imputed to him, Jesus Christ would not support Donald Trump.

Donald Trump's behavior, values, policies and their consequences are the opposite of what Jesus Christ represented. Trump has put migrants and refugees in cages and delighted in their suffering. He feels contempt for the poor, the sick, the vulnerable and the needy. He has lied at least 16,000 times. He is corrupt and wildly greedy.

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