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Big Oil-backed group promotes Sarah Palin and Bill Nye as part of climate change panel

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An advocacy group with ties to the oil industry announced that it would host both former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and “Science Guy” Bill Nye as part of an upcoming screening of a climate-skeptic documentary.

This story has been updated. Please see below.

“People who do not believe in American exceptionalism have made this into a campaign issue, so it’s vital that the other side be heard,” Palin told Variety. “I’m very pleased that this is written and spoken in layman’s terms. My dad taught science to fifth and sixth graders, and it was very important to him that science be presented in an understandable way.”

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Palin is slated to be part of “an exclusive panel discussion” on May 2 accompanying a showing of Climate Hustle, a documentary put together by the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT). As Media Matters reported, CFACT has received funding from ExxonMobil and Chevron, as well as an “anonymously-funded” group, Donor’s Trust, that specializes in backing groups denying the existence of global warming.

The event will also feature remarks from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), who chairs the House Science Committee. Late last year, Smith drew attention to himself for accusing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials of altering data in order to create the appearance of global warming.

Former Media Research Center president Brent Bozell will moderate the discussion. Variety reported that Nye will appear during the May 2 event, but it is unclear whether he will be on the panel alongside Palin. Nye has not released a comment regarding his prospective involvement.

Update, 7:43 p.m. EST: Variety reported that, according to a spokesperson for Nye, he was not invited to be on the panel. Instead, footage from an interview involving Nye will be shown.

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SNL imagines Alan Dershowitz and Mitt Romney in hell during impeachment trial sketch

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

The skit began with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about impeachment.

They were then joined by Alan Dershowitz, who spoke of his previous clients, Jeff Epstein, O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bülow.

But Dershowitz suffered a heart attack and met the devil in hell, where he was reunited with Epstein.

McConnell then showed up and thanked the devil for teaching him "that thing with Merrick Garland."

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CNN’s Don Lemon collapses on his desk in laugher as guests Rick Wilson and Wajahat Ali dunk on Trump

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CNN anchor Don Lemon was infected with a case of the giggles Saturday night while discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Lemon was joined by two hilarious guests, New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali and Rick Wilson, the author of the bestselling 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever and the new book Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump -- and Democrats from Themselves.

The three were discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interview with “All Things Considered” host Mary Louise Kelly, where he reportedly demanded she point to Ukraine on a blank map.

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Amy Klobuchar wins endorsement in first in the nation primary from the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) received a big endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.

"If there is to be any realistic challenge to Trump in November, the Democratic nominee needs to have a proven and substantial record of accomplishment across party lines, an ability to unite rather than divide, and the strength and stamina to go toe-to-toe with the Tweeter-in-Chief," the newspaper wrote. "That would be U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. She is sharp and witty, with a commanding understanding of both history and the inner workings of Capitol Hill."

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