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Republican walks back his genocide claim about the Green New Deal — ‘but not by much’

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A Utah Republican is turning to hyperbole and absurdity by declaring the Green New Deal is “tantamount to genocide.”

Axios reported Thursday that top leader Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) commented at a press conference where he went on the attack against the progressive policy that would aim to curb the United States’ responsibility for global climate change.

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“That may be an overstatement but not by a whole lot,” Bishop acknowledged.

The United Nations defines genocide as in Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948). They classify it as the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group…” So, it’s unclear if the Congressman is unfamiliar with actual genocide or the progressive law.

A study from the New England Journal of Medicine released in January predicted a minimum of 250,000 deaths each year that will be a direct result of climate change.

The facts seem consistent with a 2014 report that predicted climate change would bring “malaria, diarrhea, heat stress and malnutrition, killing that many more people annually around the world.”

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The Green New Deal was developed by progressive leaders but is being pushed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).


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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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