Climate activist Greta Thunberg tells Congress 'subsidizing fossil fuel' companies is a 'disgrace'

Greta Thunberg speaks at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, New York on September 23, 2019. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Greta Thunberg said subsidizing the fossil fuel industry is a "disgrace" during a congressional hearing. President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan includes a detail aimed at rolling back US financial support of fossil fuels. The Swedish climate activist said ending fossil fuel subsidies is the "very minimum" the US can do to combat the climate crisis. See more s...
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Oklahoma just passed a law providing protections to some drivers who hit protesters with a car

In this Feb. 11, 2021 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File Oklahoma just passed a bill that would provide immunity to some drivers who hit or kill protesters. The legislation would also punish demonstrators who block the use of a public street or highway. A surge of "anti-riot" bills have been introduced by Republican state lawmakers since summer 2020. See more stories on Insider's business page. A new law in...
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Trump administration officials thought they'd be memorialized in statues for doing such a great job negotiating with China, former Obama official says

China's President Xi Jinping meets with President Donald Trump. Getty A former Obama official recounted early transition meetings with the Trump administration in 2016. He said a member of Trump's circle told him the US was in "an existential struggle" with China. When the administration won, the Trump official said, there would be "statues built in our honor." See more stories on Insider's business page. A former Obama official said Trump administration officials believed they...
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Trump administration thought they'd be memorialized in statues for doing such a great job negotiating with China

China's President Xi Jinping meets with President Donald Trump. Getty Former Obama official Rich Hass recounted early transition meetings with the Trump administration in 2016. A member of Trump's circle told Hass the US was in "an existential struggle" with China, and it was imperative they won. When they did, the Trump official continued, there would be "statues erected in our honor." See more stories on Insider's business page. A former Obama official said that the Trump adm...
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Kamala Harris trip to New Hampshire sparks 2024 White House speculation

Vice President Kamala Harris will be out of Washington on Friday and traveling closer to the border – the Canadian border.
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Chaos and collapse: European football’s not-so-super league – podcast

Plans for a breakaway super league rocked European football this week as fans, politicians and the game’s governing bodies united in fury. After two chaotic days, the whole scheme had collapsed. David Conn looks back on a week of humiliation for football’s richest clubsPlans released on Sunday night for a breakaway European Super League have stunned the world of football and provoked a massive backlash against the clubs involved. Six English teams joined three each from Spain and Italy to announ...
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White House Taps Conservationist to Lead Public Lands Bureau

(Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said it would nominate conservationist Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the Bureau of Land Management.The...
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COVID hospitalizations fall among US senior citizens

By Matthew Perrone and Carla K. Johnson | Associated Press WASHINGTON — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well, dramatic evidence the vaccination campaign is working. Now the trick is to get more of the nation’s younger people to roll up their sleeves. The drop-off in severe cases among Americans 65 and older is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for a...
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World leaders pledge to work to address climate change

By Ellen Knickmeyer, Matthew Daly and Christina Larson | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The leaders of Russia and China put aside their raw-worded disputes with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday long enough to pledge international cooperation on cutting climate-wrecking coal and petroleum emissions in a livestreamed summit showcasing America’s return to the fight against global warming. Neither Vladimir Putin nor Xi Jinping immediately followed the United States and some of its developed allie...
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White House Touts EVs, but Not Backing Gasoline-Powered Phase-Out Date

By David ShepardsonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration wants to spend $174 billion to boost electric vehicles and charging stations but...
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Everything you need to know about the temporary migrant shelter in Long Beach

The Long Beach Convention Center became a temporary migrant shelter on Thursday, April 22, for children who were found at the border without a parent. But what exactly does that mean for the children, the facility and the city? Here’s everything you need to know: How many kids will be there? Officials said anywhere between a dozen and 150 children could arrive on Thursday, and up to 1,000 kids — mostly young girls ages 5 and up — could be housed there overall. How long will the shelter operat...
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White House dances around a big contributor to climate change: agriculture

Biden wants to slash emissions by the end of the decade, but his administration is treading lightly when it comes to the farm industry.
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Biden Administration To Restore California’s Power In Setting Pollution Standards

DETROIT (AP/CBS13) — The Biden Administration is moving to reverse former President Donald Trump’s bid to end California’s ability to set its own automobile tailpipe pollution standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, said Thursday it is proposing to withdraw a rule meant to stop states from setting their own requirements for greenhouse gases, zero-emission vehicles and fuel economy. The change, if approved after the ag...
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California Senate Passes Bill For Supervised Sites For Drug Users

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Instead of putting opioid users in jail, a proposal moving through the California Legislature would give them a place to inject drugs under supervision to ensure they don’t die from accidental overdoses. The California Senate passed a bill on Thursday by just one vote that would allow the programs in two Bay Area cities – Oakland and San Francisco – as well as Los Angeles County. But the bill must still pass the state Assembly before it can go to Democratic Gov. G...
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Sharpton decries ‘stench of racism’ at Daunte Wright funeral

By Aaron Morrison, Tim Sullivan and Tammy Weber | Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Daunte Wright, the young Black man shot by an officer during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, was not “just some kid with an air freshener,” but a “prince” whose life ended too soon at the hands of police, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday during an emotional funeral. Hundreds of people wearing COVID-19 masks packed into Shiloh Temple International Ministries to remember Wright, a 20-year-old father of one w...
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GCHQ chief: west faces ‘moment of reckoning’ over cybersecurity

Jeremy Fleming to say UK must ‘develop sovereign technologies’ and work with allies to ‘build better cyber-defences’ Britain and its allies face a “moment of reckoning” in which secure encryption and other future technologies may no longer be “shaped and controlled by the west”, according to the head of the spy agency GCHQ.In a speech on Friday, Jeremy Fleming will say the UK has to “develop sovereign technologies” and work with allies to “build better cyberdefences” to prosper in the future. Co...
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Top Trump ally Lindsey Graham praises Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for refusing to abolish the filibuster

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Sen. Lindsey Graham explicitly praised two Democratic senators for rejecting their party's efforts to eliminate the filibuster. Graham supported GOP's successful effort to eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominee confirmations. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged his caucus to publicly praise the two Democratic lawmakers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the S...
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Five takeaways from Biden's climate summit

Forty heads of state gathered Thursday for a two-day virtual climate summit hosted by the White House, as President Biden set a new U.S....
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David Cameron kept pushing Bank and Treasury to risk £20bn to help Greensill

Former prime minister sent string of emails to Bank officials and argued firm should be a priority for Treasury fundingDavid Cameron repeatedly pushed the Bank of England and the Treasury to risk up to £20bn in taxpayer cash to help Greensill Capital, just as the lender started to face “significant” financial pressure at the start of the pandemic.The UK’s central bank was urged to provide support to Greensill, including by setting up a fund that would buy loans made by the financial services com...
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HBO Max May 2021 | Movies and Shows That Are Coming & Going

HBO has announced its slate for new additions to HBO Max in May, meaning that we are indeed almost halfway through 2021. Help yourself come to peace with that fact with new original programming like Adventure Time: Distant Lands – Together Again, The Big Shot with Bethenny, and Hacks, all coming to the service next month. RELATED: Angelina Jolie’s Those Who Wish Me Dead Unleashes Intense Trailer May will also mark the premiere of Those Who Wish Me Dead as a same-day premiere on HBO Max and in t...
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Sen. Tim Scott will deliver the GOP response to Biden's speech before a joint session of Congress

Sen. Tim Scott at the U.S. Capitol. Photo by Liz Lynch/Getty Images Sen. Tim Scott will deliver the GOP response to Biden's first congressional address on April 28. See more stories on Insider's business page. South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott will deliver the GOP response to President Joe Biden's speech before Congress on April 28.Biden is planning to make his first remarks to a joint session of congress as he nears his first 100 days in office."Senator Tim Scott is not just one o...
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Study shows how dangerously simple it is to manipulate voters (and daters) with AI

A pair of researchers, Ujué Agudo and Helena Matute of Universidad de Deusto in Spain, recently published a fascinating study demonstrating how easy it is to influence humans with algorithms. Up front: The basic takeaway from the work is that people tend to do what the algorithm says. Whether they’re being influenced to vote for a specific candidate based on an algorithmic recommendation or being funneled toward the perfect date on an app, we’re dangerously easy to influence with basic psycholog...
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5 experts who will vote on the fate of J&J's vaccine believe we should end the pause - and possibly add a warning for women

Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images On Friday, a federal advisory committee will vote on what to do with Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is on pause across the US after six reports of rare blood clots in young to middle-aged women who'd recently been vaccinated. Insider spoke with 5 of the 15 committee members. They said they're eager to end this pause. See more stories on Insider's business page. America's top public health experts are itching f...
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Andrew Yang offended an LGBTQ political group with 'Michael Scott levels of cringe and insensitivity,' report says

In this March 11, 2021 file photo, Democratic mayoral candidate Andrew Yang holds a news conference in the Dumbo neighborhood of New York. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File NYC mayoral hopeful Andrew Yang's pitch to an LGBTQ political club went disastrously wrong, per a New York Times report. Yang grated the members with glib references to gay bars and gay people being "a secret weapon." One member of the club described his pitch as having "Michael Scott levels of cringe." See more stories...
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Democrats urge Biden to stop using local police to enforce federal immigration law

An LED truck displaying messages expressing concern over the continuing mass deportations of Black immigrants drives past the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prior to a #BidenAlsoDeports rally on February 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jemal Countess/Getty Images for UndocuBlack Network Sen. Cory Booker and other Democrats want local police to stop enforcing federal immigration law. In a letter, the lawmakers urged DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas to "immediately terminate...
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Anonymous NatSec Officials: The Cuban Ray Guns Are in Syria Now, Just Trust Us on This

Here we go again with the anonymously sourced claims Russia is trying to fry the innards of U.S. government personnel abroad, using energy guns secretly manufactured using updated Soviet blueprints.Read more...
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Democrats torch the 2-page GOP infrastructure blueprint as 'a slap in the face' and 'a joke'

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images Democrats assailed the two-page GOP infrastructure blueprint, calling it too meager. One Democratic senator said the GOP was "light years" away from their position. The prospect of a short-term breakthrough on infrastructure appeared scant. See more stories on Insider's business page. Democrats had scathing assessments for the two-page Republican infrastructure outline released on Thursday, an early sign that a bipartisan deal wa...
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White House sees GOP proposal as legitimate starting point

The White House on Thursday signaled it would be open to further talks with Republican lawmakers after they proposed a...
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Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith missed vote on the anti-Asian hate crimes bill while attending Daunte Wright's funeral

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., left, speaks with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz before funeral services for Daunte Wright at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, Thursday, April 22, 2021. AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool The Senate passed a bipartisan anti-Asian hate crime bill Thursday in a 94-1 vote. Minnesota's two senators missed the vote because they were attending Daunte Wright's funeral. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Tina Smith both paid their respects at the 20-year-old...
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Biden plans to nearly double the capital gains tax rate to as high as 43.4% for wealthy Americans, report says

President Joe Biden. Andrew Harnik/AP President Joe Biden is eyeing tax increases for some of America's wealthiest, Bloomberg reports. His new infrastructure bill may nearly double the capital gains tax rate, the report says. Tax hikes could run into GOP opposition, as the GOP's put forward its own infrastructure framework. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden plans to propose a capital gains tax rate that is nearly double the current level, Bloomber...
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