Watch Mike Pence pack 2 big lies about the environment into a single 20-second clip

Watch Mike Pence pack 2 big lies about the environment into a single 20-second clip

Gaslighting in the service of climate denial. Vice President Mike Pence once described global warming as “a myth,” so his refusal to acknowledge climate change as a threat to the United States during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday wasn’t shocking. But what was somewhat surprising, even by Trump administration standards, was how effortlessly and rapidly Pence lied to make his case. During a single 20-second stretch, Pence pushed two big lies about…

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The cost of an ad-free internet: $35 more per month

The cost of an ad-free internet: $35 more per month

A new bill would tell you how much the ad-targeting data you give to companies like Google and Facebook is worth. Nothing is ever free, especially on the internet. Internet companies collect data about you — what sites you visit, what you buy, what demographic you fit into — in exchange for “free” use of their products, like Google’s Gmail and Maps or Facebook and Instagram. They use that data in part to make your…

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2020 Democrats’ campaign finance pledges, explained

2020 Democrats’ campaign finance pledges, explained

Democratic presidential candidates are rejecting special interest campaign donations. But there is usually a catch. Democrats running for president in 2020 are making a big show of turning away top-dollar donors. Most of these campaign finance pledges sound good, and they are certainly better than not making such a promise. But these are not necessarily airtight safeguards against money buying influence with presidential candidates. “For years, candidates for both parties publicly declared support for limiting…

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Chuck Todd’s Trump interview, and the backlash to it, explained

Chuck Todd’s Trump interview, and the backlash to it, explained

The NBC anchor wasn’t prepared, and Trump took advantage. President Donald Trump’s pretaped interview on Sunday’s Meet the Press is blowing up — but not for reasons host Chuck Todd or NBC would like. At numerous points throughout the interview, Todd let Trump get away with blatant falsehoods and gaslighting. Todd also teed up a number of softball questions for the president, like “Do you think you’ve been more successful in business or the presidency?”…

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