Revealed: Google made large contributions to climate change deniers

Firms public calls for climate action contrast with backing for conservative thinktanks Google has made Trump administration to abandon the Paris Climate Accountability Institute,calculates how much carbon is emitted throughout the supply chain, from extraction to use by consumers. Heede said: “The fact that consumers combust the fuels to carbon dioxide, water, heat and pollutants does not absolve the fossil fuel companies from responsibility for knowingly perpetuating the carbon era and accelerating the climate crisis toward the existential threat it has now become.” One aim of the project is to move the focus of debate from individual responsibilities to power structures so our reporters also examined the financial and lobbying structures that let fossil fuel firms keep growing, and discovered …

NRA sues San Francisco for declaring group a ‘domestic terrorist organization’

Lawsuit accuses city officials of violating the gun lobbys free speech rights for political reasons The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday over the citys recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a domestic terrorist organization. The lawsuit, filed in US district court for the northern district of California, accuses city officials of violating the gun lobbys free speech rights for political reasons and says the city is seeking to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA. It asks the court to step in to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree. Last week, the San Francisco board of supervisors passed a resolution calling the NRA a domestic …

Trump says agreement reached with Guatemala to restrict asylum seekers

Immigrant rights advocates say the safe third country agreement is cruel and unlawful, though it could still be blocked Donald Trump announced Friday that Guatemala was signing an agreement to restrict asylum applications to the US, a move that immigrant rights advocates said was cruel and unlawful. The so-called safe third country agreement would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the US to apply for protections in Guatemala instead of at the US border. Its not yet clear how the agreement would take effect. Guatemalas constitutional court has granted three injunctions blocking its government from entering into a deal without approval of the countrys congress. The announcement came after a court in …

Trump ‘feels badly’ for labor secretary amid calls for resignation over Epstein case

Alexander Acosta accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein, charged with sex trafficking, escape justice 10 years ago by securing a plea deal Donald Trump on Monday defended his labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, from accusations that he helped Jeffrey Epstein, the financier escape justice 10 years ago. Then, Epstein was suspected of similar crimes in Florida, where Acosta was a top federal prosecutor. I feel very badly actually for secretary Acosta because Ive known him as being somebody that works so hard and has done such a good job, said Trump, who previously called Epstein a terrific guy. I feel very badly about that whole situation. But were going to be looking at that, and looking at it very closely. Epstein was …

Mike Pompeo visits Iraq amid rising tensions with Iran

Secretary of state abruptly pulls out of Berlin meeting with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, cancelled a long-established plan to hold talks with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin on Tuesday, and instead travelled to Iraq to show US support for the Iraqi government during rising tensions with Iran. The unusual last-minute schedule change follows brief talks between Pompeo and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of an Arctic Council meeting in Finland on Monday. Pompeo earlier rang the German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, to explain the decision to drop his first meeting in Berlin as secretary of state and promised to reschedule soon. Norbert Rttgen, the chair of …

The Guardian view on the Democratic race: real debate should be welcomed | Editorial

Editorial: The contest for the presidential nomination is wide open, and the political differences are stark For a long time, the prospect of a Trump presidency was unthinkable. For many, even when the votes were counted, it was so appalling and implausible that it took a while to sink in. Now the prospect of a second term is very possible indeed. The stakes in 2020 could not be higher for Americans and the rest of the world: another four years of a man who should never have claimed the Oval Office and has used it to wreak damage at home and abroad or a second chance. The Democrats are now beginning to determine who might best grab that second chance. …

Conservatives take aim at Roe v Wade with ‘extreme’ six-week restriction bills

Heartbeat bills, which would make the procedure illegal at about six weeks into gestation, are misleading and unconstitutional Destinee Marett was less than two years sober when she got pregnant. She already had three children, her first when she was 13 years old. At the time, she was waitressing at a diner in Cleveland, surviving on tips alone. Employers in Ohio pay servers only $4.30 (3.31) per hour, and between taxes and child support her check was often for nothing. I grew up fast, real fast, said Marett, a former felon. This pregnancy was the wrong time, wrong place kind of thing. She found out five weeks into the pregnancy, and had an abortion, as has been every womans constitutional …