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EXTREME WEATHER: Trump’s FEMA pick on climate’s role: ‘I’m not a scientist’

President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency said at his confirmation hearing yesterday that he doesn’t know if climate change is the cause of the increasingly frequent and damaging natural disasters that have strained FEMA in recent years.

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IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: Trump aide says Perry focused on Ukrainian energy, not Biden

Wells Griffith and Fiona Hill were seated on a couch in the White House with a small group of Trump administration officials and their Ukrainian counterparts when they realized two meetings were happening simultaneously in the same room.

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Thoughts on the Lib Dem, Green and Plaid Cymru remain election pact | Letters

The Greens’ electoral alliance with the Liberal Democrats (and Plaid Cymru) risks throwing their eco-socialism out with the remain bathwater (Report, 8 November). Greens have far more in common with Labour. Unlike the Lib Dems, Labour and the Greens support…

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SPAIN: Green New Deal hangs in the balance of Sunday election

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s decision to host the United Nations climate talks in Madrid next month was widely popular at home, but it remains to be seen whether this Sunday’s election will give the center-left leader the mandate he needs to finally implement his party’s Green New Deal.

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ADAPTATION: Richer places add armor, sand. People in poorer ones leave

Storm surge and rising seas threaten homes across coastal communities. But a community’s response to those risks is influenced by multiple factors, including geography, property values, socioeconomic status and racial diversity.

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FLOOD INSURANCE: FEMA delays planned rate hike until after 2020 elections

The Trump administration is delaying until after the 2020 elections a plan to increase the cost of federal flood insurance for millions of people, saying it wants to “protect policyholders” as it adjusts premiums so they better reflect each property’s risk of flood damage.

Why it's OK to disagree about politics

Many friendly get-togethers and family gatherings have been ruined by heated political debates, and the potential for political disagreement makes many of us uneasy. In fact, a poll conducted by PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist found that 58 percent of…