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‘All that has happened’: CNN’s Jake Tapper crushes Rand Paul’s lie that climate predictions are wrong

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On Thursday, CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY)’s series of phony talking points defending President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Paul — who was largely agnostic on the question of climate change until he ran for president in 2015 and abruptly veered to the right as he sought donor money — trotted out a number of anti-science arguments to justify withdrawal from the historic climate pact.

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“I can’t imagine a worse agreement for the American worker,” Paul said, claiming that the initiative would cost the U.S. six million jobs and force the country to pay developing nations not to pollute.

“I don’t know what study you’re referring to, Senator,” Tapper said. “Where would these 6 million American jobs come from? It seems like a rather dire prediction.”

“Well, they’re in the energy industry,” said Paul. “A lot of ours have been lost in Kentucky. We’ve lost, you know, nearly 90,000 jobs in the coal industry because of excessive regulation.”

He complained about activists saying, “My goodness, the sky is falling” because the world is billions of years old and the most severe climate change events happened millions of years before the industrial revolution. Climate activists are being “alarmists” he said and want to hobble U.S. business with their talk of lowering the U.S. carbon footprint.

“And if we don’t sign the Paris accord there’s going to be ‘mass extinction?'” he mocked. “That is a ridiculous statement.”

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He then proceeded to tell Tapper how to do his job.

“You need to make sure that your viewers know that most of [climate scientists’] models has been wrong,” Paul said. “They adjust it every year because they haven’t been good at predicting things.”

“But obviously scientists have been predicting for years that the temperatures would go up, that glaciers would shrink, that sea ice would disappear, that oceans would rise, that the sea level would rise and there would be longer and more intense heat waves and all of that has happened, Senator,” Tapper corrected Paul — who ran afoul of controversy in 2013 when it was revealed that he was plagiarizing his campaign speeches word-for-word from Wikipedia. “All of it has happened.”

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Trump personally asked what ‘tanks’ could be used to break up George Floyd protests

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast detailed how President Donald Trump himself has been behind the push to use the military to control the protests against the police killing of George Floyd — to the extent that he actually asked about specific military equipment that would be available for that purpose.

"[Defense Secretary Mark] Esper, along with other cabinet secretaries, stood next to the president during the remarks in the park after participating in an hour-long call with governors in which he said they needed to 'dominate the battlespace' to quell the protests," reported Erin Banco, Spencer Ackerman, and Asawin Suebsaeng. "But three senior Pentagon officials who spoke with The Daily Beast said they viewed the secretary’s comments on the call as a way to publicly show support for the president. They did not expect the department to actually implement a plan that would reflect the president’s rhetoric and force additional troops upon the states."

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FBI has ‘no intelligence’ Antifa was involved in Sunday’s violence at DC protests: report

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Attorney General Bill Barr and President Donald Trump have tried to blame Antifa -- or anti-fascists -- for violence in the protests against police injustice. But the public data has backed up their case, and even their on intel disputes the argument.

"he FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31, according to an internal FBI situation report obtained exclusively by The Nation. That same day, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would designate Antifa a terrorist organization, even though the government has no existing authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization," Ken Klippenstein reported for the magazine.

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NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."

Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?

Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt

— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020

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