Top oil firms spending millions lobbying to block climate change policies, says report

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Ad campaigns hide investment in a huge expansion of oil and gas extraction, says InfluenceMap

The largest five stock market listed oil and gas companies spend nearly $200m (£153m) a year lobbying to delay, control or block policies to tackle climate change, according to a new report.

Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil were the main companies leading the field in direct lobbying to push against a climate policy to tackle global warming, the report said.

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Vox leader calls for law change so Spaniards can keep guns at home

Wants equal rights for mass murderers in Spain!?!

The leader of the Spanish far-right political party Vox, Santiago Abascal, has called for the country’s criminal code and gun regulations to be reformed to make it easier to own a gun and to ensure people who shoot home invaders are not prosecuted by the law, as is the case in the United States.

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Trump to order colleges to support free speech or lose funding – live updates

Wants Nazi’s, KKK, White Power Proud Boys, INCEL promotion as good guys in Trump’s book!

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Trump to sign controversial executive order Thursday afternoon, while Stacey Abrams reportedly tapped as Biden 2020 pick

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In an interview on Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo on Mornings With Maria, top White House aide Kellyanne Conway declined to weigh in on her husband’s feud with Donald Trump. “I appreciate the president defending what he thinks is unfairness. I’ll leave that up to him. I was raised, though, in a household of strong Italian Catholic women who taught me that you air grievances like that in private.” said Conway.

She also compared her husband’s criticism of Trump to that of others on social media who constantly criticize the president.

“Sure. It’s very unusual. It’s not just unusual. It’s unusual for George, who people know is a very private person who really hasn’t weighed in on many different matters over the years. But, anyway, that aside, of course we’ve talked about it in passing, but he’s the president of the United States. And here’s something I think is so remarkable. Peoples somehow think they have an equal platform to the president of the United States. Not George, but a lot of people out there are constantly attacking the president on Twitter and FaceBook and elsewhere. He’s the president and you’re not. And they somehow trick them into thinking, because we have the same platform — I can — I can just — I’m the same as the president. No, you’re not. He’s the president of the United States.”

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Economic models on Wall Street predict that Donald Trump will win re-election.

Models based primarily on economic data show Trump as favorite due to a strong economy and low unemployment.

“The economy is just so damn strong right now and by all historic precedent the incumbent should run away with it,” said Donald Luskin, chief investment officer of TrendMacrolytics, a research firm whose model correctly predicted Trump’s 2016 win when most opinion polls did not. “I just don’t see how the blue wall could resist all that.”

Models maintained by economists and market strategists like Luskin tend to ignore election polls and personal characteristics of candidates. Instead, they begin with historical trends and then build in key economic data including growth rates, wages, unemployment, inflation and gas prices to predict voting behavior and election outcomes.

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Labour’s been mocked for calling for an election. Now it’s the only way out | Owen Jones

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The Tories’ partisan games have killed so many potential solutions that an election is the best option left

We are being trolled by a prime minister who is prepared to drive a nation into the abyss to preserve the cohesion of the Conservative party. Like a partner who perennially hints at a romantic three-course meal and a possible popping of the question only to give you beans on toast, Theresa May served up another anticlimax with her national address. She provided no exit routes out of a building she has set alight, merely attacking a parliament she forced the electorate to vote for less than two years previously.

It is the most basic statement of political reality to say that Britain’s national crisis has been manufactured by the Conservatives, but it’s one that needs repeating in a media environment rigged in favour of the right. A generation-long Tory power struggle and the disastrous attempts to navigate it by David Cameron and his successor have brought Britain to its knees. The narrative over the coming days will be that the onus is on Labour to accept May’s deal – a deal both remainers and leavers are united in judging to be terrible – or condemn Britain to no deal.

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