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Did Democrats Really Just Make a “Devil’s Bargain”?

This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Americans feeling the heat of climate change will find a lot to like in the Inflation Reduction Act—and a decent bit to criticize. Overall, the climate movement has cheered the bill’s $370 billion climate investment, albeit with reservations about some of its fossil-fuel tradeoffs. My colleague Jordan Weissmann recently addressed some of the more prominent complaints: that the bill requires federal lands and offshore waters utilized for renewable energy development to also be opened up for oil and gas drilling, and that the deal reached with Sen. Joe Manchin included future concessions that could greenlight a West Virginia gas pipeline and ease the process for permitting new energy projects.
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Rudy Giuliani’s Lawyer Knocks Georgia Prosecutors: “I Don’t Know What These People Are Doing.”

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. A district attorney in Georgia has informed Rudy Giuliani that he is a target of a criminal investigation into efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to improperly influence the counting of votes in the state, Giuliani’s lawyer said.
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Why Europeans Say No (Non, Nein, Ne, Nee) to Air Conditioning

This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Three in the afternoon, 91 degrees, and the air conditioning is broken at Les Argentiers, the brasserie that Ivan Rizzi runs on a workaday street in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement. Needs a new motor, the repairman says. Rizzi makes note of that, but decides, for now, not to fix it. Never mind that there’s condensation on his patrons’ wine glasses, or that it’s going to be this hot or worse every day this week.
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Defending Trump on Live TV Is Getting Really Awkward for Republicans

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. After a week of devastating news about former President Donald Trump, Republicans who braved the Sunday morning talk shows had a hard time defending the man who remains the leader of their party. Turns out it takes a little imagination to excuse taking top secret classified information and refusing to return them in accordance with the law, as Trump did.
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We Didn’t Deserve Freya the Walrus

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. Just a few weeks ago, a 1,300-pound walrus named Freya was enjoying the sort of Hot Girl Summer the average pinniped could only dream of. She’d left her native Arctic waters and recently ended up off the coast of Oslo, Norway, where she delighted onlookers and the animal-loving internet by hauling herself onto small boats, eating scallops and mussels, and generally living a life of leisure and glamour.
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Squirrels Do This All the Time. It’s Cool.

This story was originally published by Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It’s baking hot in New York, which can only mean one thing for the city’s small mammal population: It’s splooting season. This past week, with temperatures reaching 95F, the...
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Brian Kilmeade Fesses Up to Posting Fake Image Smearing Judge Who Issued Trump Search Warrant

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. In the fog of misinformation and conspiratorial pontification after the feds searched Mar-a-Lago, Fox News this week aired a particularly noxious image for its millions of viewers. That doctored photo—which showed Ghislaine Maxwell, the convicted sex trafficker and notorious pal of Jeffrey Epstein—giving a foot massage to the judge who approved the search warrant at Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence—was broadcast Thursday on Tucker Carlson’s show, one of the most watched cable news programs in America.
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Trump’s Excuses for Hoarding Classified Documents Are Getting More Absurd

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. continue to come out about the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Donald Trump may have violated the Espionage Act and other laws, the former president’s defenses have only grown more chaotic. Trump debuted his latest alibi late Friday, issuing a statement that claimed he had a “standing order” that declassified all documents from the moment they were removed from the White House and taken to the “residence.”
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Ants That Tend Caterpillars? Millipedes With More Than 1,000 Legs?

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A blind cave-dwelling weevil, an ant that protects the caterpillars of one of Australia’s rarest butterflies, and the first millipede to actually have more than 1,000 legs were among 139 new species described by scientists at CSIRO in the past year.
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The Mar-a-Lago Warrant Shows the FBI Recovered Highly Classified Documents

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. As Friday wears on, the news for former President Donald Trump is getting worse. The search warrant and related documents detailing Monday’s raid on Mar-a-Lago showed that the FBI “removed 11 sets of classified documents, including some marked as top secret and meant to be only available in special government facilities,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Biden’s IRA Targets a Corporate Tactic for Amassing Wealth and Avoiding Taxes. Will It Work?

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. The Inflation Reduction Act—the blockbuster tax and climate reform bill passed by the Senate earlier this week—includes several provisions aimed at forcing corporations to pay a fairer share of their taxes. These include a rule requiring large corporations to pay a minimum of 15 percent of their profits in taxes, $80 billion in additional funding for the IRS to ramp up tax enforcement, and an extension of the 2017 tax bill’s limits on the use of business losses to shrink tax bills.
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The IRA Takes Aim at a Corporate Tactic for Amassing Wealth and Avoiding Taxes. Will It Work?

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. The Inflation Reduction Act—the blockbuster tax and climate reform bill passed by the Senate earlier this week—includes several provisions aimed at forcing corporations to pay a fairer share of their taxes. These include a rule requiring large corporations to pay a minimum of 15 percent of their profits in taxes, $80 billion in additional funding for the IRS to ramp up tax enforcement, and an extension of the 2017 tax bill’s limits on the use of business losses to shrink tax bills.
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Republicans Have No Idea How to Respond to the Latest Reporting on the Mar-a-Lago Raid

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. In the days since the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s home, the Palm Beach club Mar-a-Lago, Republicans have treated it as the tyrannical act of an out-of-control Democratic administration, conspiratorial social media spaces have hummed with talk of revolution, and an armed Ohio man was killed trying to enter an FBI field office. But it’s only in the last day that the why behind all of this drama began to come to light.
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Abortion Was Already Inaccessible on Reservation Land. Dobbs Made Things Worse.

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. Since the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade in June, millions of people have faced new barriers to abortion access: increased wait times, longer distances to travel, and in many cases, an inability to access the procedure altogether. But for many Native people, especially those living on reservation land, these kinds of obstacles feel especially familiar.
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These Youth Climate Activists Are Taking Europe to Court

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Cláudia Agostinho has been going to Pedrogao beach since she was a child. Back then it was a stretch of silver white sand sandwiched between pine trees and sea. Today...
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No, the IRS Is Not Hiring 87,000 New Agents to Go After Ordinary Taxpayers

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. It was inevitable, after the Senate’s recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), that the IRS would come under renewed attack. Republicans loathe taxes and the IRS is an easy target. Nobody likes it much, after all. But somebody has to make sure Americans pay their fair share, or else we end up like Greece.
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Justice Department Moves to Unseal Trump Search Warrant at Mar-a-Lago

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters. The Department of Justice has filed a motion to unseal the search warrant executed by the FBI earlier this week at former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday.
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