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Scientists: Ted Cruz knows less about climate science than the average kindergartner

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Climate change is perhaps the most daunting global problem facing humanity. But when it comes to climate science, at least one candidate to lead the world’s most powerful nation is only as informed as the average kindergartner.

A group of climate and biological scientists graded statements made about the environment by candidates. Some, like Democrat Hillary Clinton, performed well. Others — mostly Republicans flunked. But no one performed worse than GOP candidate and Texas senator Ted Cruz, according to the Associated Press.

None of the scientists knew which candidate said what. The contenders for president were identified only by numbers and their comments were graded anonymously.

“This individual understands less about science [and climate change] than the average kindergartner,” wrote Michael Mann, a Pennsylvania State University meteorology professor. “That sort of ignorance would be dangerous in a doorman, let alone a president.”

The scientists point to statements that are plainly false. In August, for example, Cruz said, “If you look at satellite data for the last 18 years, there’s been zero warming. … The satellite says it ain’t happening.”

The opposite is true.

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Florida State University’s James Elsner pointed out that data shows every decade has been warmer than the last since the mid-1900s, the AP reports. Satellite data shows “continued warming over the past several decades,” and 2015 is set to be the warmest year on record.

Also earning the ire of scientists was Donald Trump, who said in September, “It could be warming and it’s going to start to cool at some point. And you know in the 1920s people talked about global cooling. I don’t know if you know that or not. They thought the Earth was cooling. Now it’s global warming. Actually, we’ve had times where the weather wasn’t working out so they changed it to extreme weather and they have all different names, you know, so that it fits the bill.”

Harvard’s Jim McCarthy called that “nonsense.”

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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