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Dems Prepare For Next Debate

Hillary may face tougher attacks. Bloomberg: “Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley won’t be so kind when they meet on the debate stage later this week. Since the Las Vegas debate, Sanders has adopted a more aggressive stance … O’Malley has signaled that he will take on a sharper edge against Clinton and Sanders alike…”

O’Malley criticizes rivals at meeting with immigration advocates. W. Post: “[He said] Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders each represent ‘the failed thinking of the past’ and have governed with a strategy of ‘poll-tested triangulation.’ … ‘When you listen to the two of them talk about immigration, you can tell they are very much of yesterday’s mindset.'”

Republicans square off tomorrow on Fox Business: “Tuesday’s encounter will be the first GOP debate since CNBC’s on October 29, after which multiple campaigns blasted the moderators for losing control and asking ‘gotcha’ questions … Thus, FBN’s moderators Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo insisted … that they are aiming to be quite different from CNBC…”

Rubio’s budget math doesn’t add up. NYMag’s Jonathan Chait: “…Rubio’s plan would reduce federal revenue by $11.8 trillion over the next decade. The entire Bush tax cuts cost about $3.4 trillion over a decade, making the Rubio tax cuts more than three times as costly … Medicaid, veterans’ health insurance, transportation, border security, and education, not to mention the entire federal anti-poverty budget other than Medicare and Social Security, would have to go…”

Clinton, Trump In TPP’s Path

Presidential candidates worry TPP backers. Politico: “…the booming anti-trade rhetoric animating the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries could complicate the path … [But there’s] no indication yet from the small cadre of pro-trade Democrats that their support for Obama’s trade agenda is wavering in light of Clinton’s opposition.”

Europeans push back against proposed TIPP deal. WSJ: “German TTIP opponents list a litany of potential dangers: the EU won’t be able to prohibit processed foods from the U.S.; Germany would lose its ability to prioritize social issues in public procurement because of market-oriented government-purchasing rules; special courts to resolve disputes between companies and governments would strip Europeans of their sovereignty.”

Pressure Builds On Exxon

Feds may investigate Exxon. The Hill: “The Obama administration is under increasing pressure to investigate allegations that Exxon Mobil Corp. misled the public about its knowledge of climate change. All of the Democratic candidates for president have called on the Justice Department to launch an investigation … Some are also pushing for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to probe whether the company broke federal law.”

“Climate change could drive over 100 million more people into poverty by 2030 says The World Bank.

“Greenhouse Gases Reached Record Highs In 2014” reports Reuters: “Carbon dioxide levels averaged 397.7 ppm in 2014 but briefly breached the 400 ppm barrier in the northern hemisphere in early 2014, and again globally in early 2015 … [said World Meteroloigcal Organization Secretary-General Michel Jarraud,] ‘This is happening now and we are moving into uncharted territory at a frightening speed.'”

EPA to step up car emissions testing. NYT: “Concerned that cheating on vehicle emissions could be prevalent across the automobile industry, regulators in the United States and Canada are significantly expanding their on-the-road emissions tests to cover all makes and models of diesel cars.”

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