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Burning Issues: The U.S. Exporting Climate Change

Kyle Ash, senior legislative representative at Greenpeace, says in this Burning Issues video that there are real dangers that the U.S. will facilitate the extraction of new fossil fuel sources around the world, despite its participation in the Paris climate accords.

Final Blows Before NY Votes

Sanders attacks Clinton as evasive on Social Security, at Long Island City rally. The Hill: “‘I have challenged Sec. Clinton over and over again — does she support raising the cap and expanding Social Security benefits for the elderly and disabled,’ Sanders said. ‘I still have not gotten a clear answer from her.'”

Clinton attacks Sanders as weak on abortion rights. The Hill: “‘When Trump said what he said about punishing women [for having abortions], I was appalled,” Clinton told the crowd of Democratic supporters on Monday afternoon in Manhattan. ‘That is a core issue and when my opponent in this primary said it was a distraction, that he wanted to talk about the real issues, I was appalled again.’ The crowd began booing as soon as Clinton mentioned Sanders’s name.”

Wall Street voters despondent. NYT’s Emma Roller: “In conversations with people who work on Wall Street … a theme emerged: There is a lot of confusion about what’s happening, and no clear favored candidate … Trump has alienated much of the financial sector … [Cruz’s] social conservatism and scorched-earth partisanship are a turnoff … All of the Wall Street employees I interviewed took issue with Mr. Sanders’s view of their industry, but they also confirmed his view that, yes, people who work in the financial sector tend to like Mrs. Clinton.”

Trump Shakes Up Staff

Trump retools as California looms. Politico: “…the GOP front-runner told senior staffers at a Saturday meeting that he wants his recent hires Paul Manafort and Rick Wiley to take the reins in upcoming states, giving them a $20-million budget for key contests in May and June … the moves are increasingly alienating staff loyal to the original team headed by campaign manager Corey Lewandowski … Manafort is planning a heavy advertising campaign in California, a change in strategy for a campaign which has spent relatively little on paid media in most states.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell hopes for contested convention. The Hill: “‘When a nominee gets to 1,237, he will actually be the candidate. If he doesn’t, there will be a second ballot, and about 60 percent of the delegates who are bound on the first ballot will be free to do whatever they want,’ McConnell told a local ABC station Saturday. ‘And I’m increasingly optimistic that there actually may be a second ballot.'”

Paris Climate Agreement To Signed Friday

Climate warning signs as Paris agreement to be signed. Bloomberg: “…Global warming may hit geological hyperspeed within decades. NASA is projecting that 2016 will break the annual heat record for the third year running; Greenland’s ice sheet is experiencing springtime melt weeks earlier than average; and much of West Antarctica is at risk of slipping into the Southern Ocean by 2100, adding a meter to global sea levels … The pact ‘might not be enough, especially in terms of sea-level rise,’ said Rob DeConto, a geoscientist at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst…”

The Netherlands may ban gas-powered cars. The Guardian: “Dutch politicians have voted through a motion calling on the country to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars starting in 2025. The motion has only passed through the lower house of the Netherlands’ parliament, and would need to pass through the Dutch senate to become legally binding.”

Breakfast Sides

SCOTUS looks split on immigration case. The Hill: “Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is typically the court’s swing voter, seemed to side with Texas and the 25 other states arguing the president overstepped his executive authority … ‘It’s as if the president is setting the policy and the Congress is executing it,’ … A 4-4 tie could kill the immigration programs for good. The lower court’s temporary injunction would stand while the states seek to permanently block the president’s actions. The litigation could then span into the next administration…”

Medicare panel pushes plan to crackdown on drug costs. NYT: “An influential federal advisory panel is calling for Congress to force private insurers to rein in rapid increases in prescription drug costs — by cutting some Medicare payments to insurance companies while shielding older Americans from higher out-of-pocket expenses.”

Bloomberg’s Justin Fox explores what’s driving high housing costs: “… some coastal metropolitan areas in the U.S. are generating lots of good jobs but aren’t building enough housing to keep up … The second housing affordability problem is less geographically limited, and more chronic: Millions of Americans can’t afford even the cheapest housing … Rising rents mean federal subsidies don’t go as far as they used to…”

MI Gov. to drink Flint water for a month. NYT: “He said he hoped his decision to drink tap water would ‘alleviate some of the skepticism and mistrust’ that has left many residents scared to drink or even shower … Michigan officials, who have distributed lead-removing filters to residents in recent months, have insisted that those who have received them can safely drink filtered tap water. But many residents have resisted…”

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