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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.

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“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?”

“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.

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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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Trump demands Ukraine whistleblower testify as impeachment inquiry heats up

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Donald Trump demanded Monday that a whistleblower whose warning about the US president's call with Ukraine triggered the impeachment inquiry against him be identified and testify before Congress.

As the president menaced the person who exposed his potential wrongdoing, Trump faced a new setback with his former top Russia advisor, Fiona Hill, sitting for a closed-door deposition Monday before Capitol Hill lawmakers.

Hill served in the National Security Council but left the administration shortly before Trump's July 25 call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

Democrats expect her to share her concerns about Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal, including his ouster of the US ambassador to Kiev Marie Yovanovitch, who testified to Congress last week.

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‘Tighter’: Actress Ellen Barkin praises women impeachment witnesses who have Trump’s ‘balls in their fist’

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Actor and producer Ellen Barkin on Monday celebrated the women who have testified against President Donald Trump in the House impeachment inquiry.

Writing on Twitter, Barkin made reference leaked audio in which Trump said that he could grab women by the genitals because he was famous. She also praised former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and former White House aide on Russia Fiona Hill, who are cooperating with House Democrats and the impeachment proceedings.

"Not gonna be much pussy grabbin with his balls in their fists," Barkin wrote on Monday.

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Bill Barr slammed for his ‘incredibly disturbing’ — and false — attack on secularism

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During a speech at Notre Dame’s law school this Friday, US Attorney General William Barr disparaged the rising tide of secularism in America, saying that a lack of religion is tied to societal ills like violence and drug abuse.

“Basically every measure of this social pathology continues to gain ground,” Barr said, adding that problems in society are the result of “moral upheaval.”

“Along with the wreckage of the family, we are seeing record levels of depression and mental illness, dispirited young people, soaring suicide rates, increasing numbers of angry and alienated young males, an increase in senseless violence and a deadly drug epidemic,” he continued.

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