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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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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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