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US Climate change fight, White House state dinner: 5 things to know Friday

11:50  20 september  2019
11:50  20 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Trump’s Dorian Tweet Whips Up a Fight Over a Science Powerhouse

Trump’s Dorian Tweet Whips Up a Fight Over a Science Powerhouse SILVER SPRING, Md. — On Friday morning in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., government scientists in khakis and sensible shoes bustled to work — beneath a towering bronze sculpture of a hand releasing seabirds — heading for a small scientific agency caught up in a political mess triggered by President Trump’s tweet about Hurricane Dorian. 

US students to skip school to fight climate change , the Trumps will host their second state dinner and and more of Friday 's biggest news. Morrison said in a statement he looks forward to meeting President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet "to discuss how we can further strengthen our alliance and already close partnership." When the Morrisons and other guests arrive Friday , they will get to see a dressed up White House as first lady Melania Trump oversaw a series of home improvement projects — including some that were long overdue — to keep the well-trod public rooms

2. White House transition. As expected, President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election when the Electoral College voted yesterday. Trump tweets about Bill Barr's departure from White House 01:31. 3. Stimulus. Congressional lawmakers today are set to unveil a .4 trillion spending bill to fund federal agencies until the end of September 2021. Both sides want to jam the bill through the chambers by Friday to avoid another government shutdown, but there's still a question of what, if any, coronavirus relief measures will be attached to it.

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Second state dinner of Trump administration to be held

Just the second state dinner of the Trump presidency will be held at the White House on Friday evening when Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, will be the guests of honor. Morrison said in a statement he looks forward to meeting President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet "to discuss how we can further strengthen our alliance and already close partnership." When the Morrisons and other guests arrive Friday, they will get to see a dressed up White House as first lady Melania Trump oversaw a series of home improvement projects — including some that were long overdue — to keep the well-trod public rooms at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., looking their museum-quality best.

Climate Strike: US students to skip school to fight climate change

Climate Strike: US students to skip school to fight climate change Tens of thousands of high school students in cities nationwide plan to skip class Friday to attend Global Climate Strike marches.

Meantime, climate change will not be on the agenda at next year's G7 summit in the US. The full UN process of exiting the Paris deal can't be completed until a year from yesterday, which happens to be one day after the 2020 presidential election. With White House officials refusing to take questions under oath from House investigators, Democrats released transcripts of prior key testimony, and some details are pretty wild. Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, said she pushed the State Department to defend her amid attacks from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his associates

President Biden will take swift action to tackle the climate emergency. The Biden Administration will ensure we meet the demands of science, while empowering American workers and businesses to lead a clean energy revolution. Racial Equity. President Biden will take bold steps to address the inequities in our economy and provide relief to those who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The President will also work with Congress to pass the American Rescue Plan to change the course of the pandemic, build a bridge towards economic recovery, and invest in racial justice.

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US students to skip school to fight climate 'emergency'

Tens of thousands of high school students in cities nationwide plan to skip classes Friday to attend Global Climate Strike marches calling for immediate action to end climate change. The protests are timed to begin a week of activism at the United Nations, including a Youth Climate Summit on Saturday and a UN Climate Action Summit on Monday. A second strike is planned for Friday, Sept. 27. The events come out of a groundswell of concern on the part of young people that was touched off last August by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Adults are taking part as well: Multiple companies, including Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, Burton and SodaStream are shutting down for the day so employees can attend local marches.

Thousands of students set to join activist Greta Thunberg in youth climate strike in Lower Manhattan

  Thousands of students set to join activist Greta Thunberg in youth climate strike in Lower Manhattan Thousands of New York students will pour into the streets Friday to join a global, youth-led climate strike, alongside peers in cities across the country and world. (Pictured) Students gather for a protest against climate change on Sept. 20 in Nicosia, Cyprus.

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We know that climate change is happening – but there are plenty of things individuals can do to help mitigate it. Here’s your handy guide to the most effective strategies. 1. What is the single most important thing humanity has to do in the coming years – and what does that mean for me? The number one goal? Limiting the use of fossil fuels such as oil, carbon and natural gas and replacing them with renewable and cleaner sources of energy, all while increasing energy efficiency.

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10 Democratic candidates will attend LGBTQ forum in Iowa

Ten Democratic presidential candidates will gather Friday evening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as part of the first public event of the 2020 election campaign to focus exclusively on LGBTQ issues. The LGBTQ Presidential Candidate's Forum, sponsored by One Iowa, The Advocate, The Gazette and GLAAD, will be hosted by Angelica Ross, a transgender activist and actress on FX's "American Horror Story" and "Pose." Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg are all scheduled to be at the event. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Andrew Yang will not be in attendance. This may be the first event featuring the Democratic candidates focusing on LGBTQ issues, but it won't be the last. CNN and LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign announced this week they will partner to host a town hall on Oct. 10.

German government agrees $60 billion climate policy package

  German government agrees $60 billion climate policy package Under pressure from environmental protests and growing support for the opposition Green party, the German government agreed Friday on a 54 billion euro ($60 billion) package of measures for tackling climate change. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the deal hammered out by governing parties during marathon talks overnight would boost the country's contribution to fighting global warming. Europe's biggest economy aims to cut its greenhouse emissions by 55% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.

Climate change is linked to income inequality and injustice, so if your passion is fighting for racial justice, the rights of the poor, or indigenous rights and sovereignty, that works, too. Imagine dense but livable cities veined with public transit and leafy parks, infrastructure humming away to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, fake meat that tastes better than the real thing , species recovering and rewilding the world, the rivers silver with fish, the skies musical with flocking birds.

The White House has given formal approval for President-elect Joe Biden to receive the President's Daily Briefing, a rundown of threats and intelligence developments compiled by the national security community. And yes, it makes for some lovely post- dinner (and 5 Things -writing) listening.

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Box office bonanza: 'Downton Abbey,' 'Rambo,' 'Ad Astra' storm theaters

Film fans get a blazing battle at the box office this weekend as three movies featuring big stars and beloved franchises open nationwide Friday. The big-screen adaptation of adored PBS British period drama "Downton Abbey" will debut, with the original cast. Returning for the first time since the March 2016 series finale, the Crawley family and their servants will welcome King George V and Queen Mary to the famed English manor. In "Rambo: Last Blood," Sylvester Stallone brings Vietnam veteran John Rambo back for a fifth film in 37 years. Expect plenty of graphic violence as Rambo gets pulled back to his lethal calling after a sex-trafficking Mexican drug cartel kidnaps his friend's teenage daughter. Finally, in "Ad Astra," (★★★ out of four, according to our Brian Truitt) Brad Pitt plays an astronaut who goes on a Homeric odyssey in search of his father (Tommy Lee Jones) who most believed died during an expedition to Neptune.

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Alien-themed events begin in Nevada: Will anyone storm Area 51?

Will anyone actually try to storm Area 51 near tiny Rachel, Nevada this weekend? It's unknown. What is known is over 350 first responders, including firefighters and paramedics, will be on site as well as 150 law enforcement officers. But Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee isn't quite sure howthe plan will unfold. "We just don’t have a clue," he told the USA TODAY Network. "I don't think anybody else truly in their right mind would have any idea." What started as a joke on Facebook that went viral turned into a desert festival in Rachel dubbed "Alienstock." (A second event called "Area 51 Basecamp" also takes place Friday and Saturday in Hiko, about 40 miles from Rachel.) Lee is estimating anywhere between 500 to 15,000 people to show up for the event. What happens if someone crosses the boundary to storm Area 51? "A $1,000 fine. Your vehicle could get towed. You’re going to get transported to another area. You’re going to get booked. And it’s going to be your job to get bailed out," Lee said.

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Contributing: Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Climate change fight, White House state dinner: 5 things to know Friday

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Greta Thunberg said this week that former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger offered to lend her his electric car. In clip from the Scandinavian talk show "Skavlan," Thunberg reveals the governator's offer.Thunberg said this week that former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger offered to lend her his electric car. In clip from the Scandinavian talk show "Skavlan," Thunberg reveals the Governator's offer.

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