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Marco Rubio’s latest global warming denial: ‘There has never been a moment climate is not changing’

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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) asserted on Sunday that he was skeptical of human-induced global warming because there “never has been a moment” when the climate was not changing.

During an interview on Face the Nation, CBS host Bob Schieffer pressed the Florida Republican on whether he really believed that climate change could not be linked to human activities.

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“What I said was that humans are not responsible for climate change in the way that some of these people out there are trying to make us believe for the following reason: I believe the climate is changing because there has never been a moment when the climate is not changing,” he opined. “The question is what percentage of that — or what is due to human activity?”

According to Rubio, attempts to address climate change were pointless because scientists could not prove that any solution would be worth the damage it did to the economy.

“If we do the things they want us to do — cap and trade, you name it — how much will that change the pace of climate change versus how much will it cost our economy?” the candidate asked. “Scientists can’t tell us what impact it would have on reversing these changes. But I can tell you with certainty that it would have a devastating impact on our economy.”

When Schieffer asked him about his opposition to LGBT rights, Rubio argued: “It’s not that I’m against gay marriage, I believe the definition of the institution of marriage should be between one man and one woman.”

“I don’t believe courts should be making that decision, and I don’t believe marriage is a constitutional right,” he added. “I also don’t believe your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people. In fact, the bottom line is that I believe that sexual preference is something that people are born with.”

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Watch the video below from CBS’s Face the Nation, broadcast April 19, 2015.


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‘I think I made a mistake’: Patient who thought pandemic was a ‘hoax’ dies after going to ‘COVID party’

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According to WOAI, a patient in San Antonio, Texas in their 30s has died after going to a "COVID party" — a gathering of people who intentionally expose themselves to coronavirus to see for themselves whether the virus is real.

Per Methodist Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jane Appleby, the patient's final words to the nurse were, "I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not."

“It doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible,” warned Appleby. “I don’t want to be an alarmist and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.”

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Trump balked at full pardon for Roger Stone over fears of Justice Department ‘backlash’: CNN legal analyst

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President Donald Trump's former political strategist Roger Stone claims that he asked for a commutation of his prison sentence, rather than a full pardon, because a pardon would have implied an acknowledgement of guilt whereas a commutation would still allow him to seek for the original conviction to be thrown out.

But on CNN Saturday, criminal defense attorney Page Pate suggested it may have played out differently: Stone may have actually wanted a full pardon, but Trump was spooked out of offering one.

"Page, this situation, I guess, is not entirely surprising. It's been signaled for some time," said correspondent Abby Phillip. "But what is different about this, I think a lot of people were expecting a pardon here. Roger Stone said he wanted his sentence commuted because he didn't want to admit guilt. What is the significance of that?"

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Expert explains how ‘hate speech and disinformation flow on Facebook’

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Janine Jackson interviewed Free Press’s Jessica González about Facebook promoting hate for the July 3, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Janine Jackson: Civil rights and social justice groups have been grappling for years with ways to address hateful speech, harassment and disinformation on Facebook. The issue is on the front burner again, as major companies like Unilever and Starbucks are pausing their ads—the platform’s source of revenue—as part of a coordinated effort to get Facebook to change policies that allow politicians and others to make false and incendiary claims.

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