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General Motors joins call for U.S. to address climate change

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General Motors, the largest US automaker, on Wednesday joined a call for the United States to take greater action on climate change as it said that environmental concerns were critical for business.

General Motors became the first automaker among 40 US companies in a joint appeal for policymakers in Washington to lead a “coordinated effort” against climate change, after the failure of earlier legislative proposals.

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“We want to be a change agent in the auto industry,” Mike Robinson, GM vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs, said in a statement.

GM is the maker of the Chevrolet Volt, the first electric plug-in car on the US market, and has set company-wide goals that includes reducing energy intensity by 20 percent over the decade to 2020.

The stance marks a turnaround. Detroit’s Big Three long protested fuel economy standards and produced gas-guzzling trucks and sports utility vehicles as their Japanese competitors made inroads with eco-friendly cars.

The so-called Climate Declaration, launched in April, also includes major companies such as online retailer eBay, tech giant Intel, coffee leader Starbucks and numerous makers of sportswear.

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The declaration warns that climate change is a real threat and urges action so that the United States can “remain a true superpower in a competitive world,” although it does not endorse specific proposals.

President Barack Obama has vowed new efforts by the world’s largest economy to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for the planet’s rising temperatures and increasingly frequent disasters.

Efforts for nationwide restrictions on emissions have failed in Congress, with lawmakers of the rival Republican Party questioning the science behind climate change and saying that action would be too costly.

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Texas Republicans are abandoning the state’s GOP Speaker: ‘We no longer support him’

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Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released last week by a hardline conservative activist.

Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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The faith of Fox News: How the network’s propaganda warps viewers’ sense of reality

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A longtime sticking point among Fox News employees is their insistent differentiation between its news division, where employees practice actual journalism, and its opinion division, where employees practice actual nativism, spew misinformation, and have been actively campaigning for Donald Trump’s re-election since 2016.  Inside the organization, they claim to believe that the news side is separate from the opinion side, and insist that the audience can tell the difference.

News anchor Shepard Smith once characterized comparing the two as “apples and teaspoons.”

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