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COVID-19 offers lesson on risk of ignoring climate change

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The coronavirus offers important lessons on the need to reduce the threat of climate change.For starters, we’ve learned there is a heavy price to be paid for ignoring repeated warnings from scientists with expertise in their field of study.Researchers at the Global Carbon Project on Tuesday published a report revealing that the Earth can expect a drop of 7% in carbon dioxide emissions this year as a result of the pandemic. It’s the largest decrease in at least 75 years. That’s the good news. But the plunge in carbon emissions shouldn’t be perceived as a silver lining. The decline is temporary….

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Trump ignores stalled COVID stimulus negotiations — as he starts three-day vacation at golf course

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President Donald Trump arrived in New Jersey on Thursday evening to begin a three-day vacation at his Bedminister golf course.

Reporters shouted questions about the stalled stimulus negotiations, but AP White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire reports that Trump ignored the question.

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate adjourned on Thursday, allowing members a three-day weekend.

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Stimulus negotiations collapse as Mark Meadows slammed the table and walked out: Nancy Pelosi

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The White House and Congress remain trillions of dollars apart on the next coronavirus stimulus bill.

Speaking Nancy Pelosi told reporters following a three-hour negotiation meeting that White House chief of staff Mark Meadows slammed the table and walked out of the meeting, to which Pelosi replied that the Trump administration was slamming the table on our children.

Here's some of what Capitol Hill correspondents tweeted following the end of the meeting:

Pelosi: "We're very far apart. It's very unfortunate"

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Senate adjourns until Monday as members leave town without a deal on coronavirus stimulus or enhanced unemployment

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The United States Senate adjourned on Thursday, allowing members a three-day weekend despite the fact enhanced unemployment has expired and there has been no deal reached on the next round of COVID-19 stimulus.

The decision to leave Washington, DC for the weekend comes the same day the federal government reported over 1 million Americans have filed new unemployment claims -- for the 20th week in a row.

The Senate is adjourned till Monday afternoon, with no deal on a new COVID rescue. McConnell cancelled August recess today, but a lot of senators have skipped town anyway.

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