Sen. Ben Sasse had some pointed words for Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam—in particular, his statements on abortion. Northam in a Wednesday morning interview said abortion should be permissible up till birth and suggested that, after the baby is born, abortion still might be a possibility that the doctor and mother should discuss. In a tweet, the Nebraska Republican blasted the notion of “infanticide” and said if Gov. Northam can’t figure out that killing a live baby is wrong, he should “get the hell out of public office.” Northam’s comments come just after a Dem Virginia legislator introduced a bill to repeal the state’s restrictions on late-term abortion.
A new report from the Trump administration of all places is being touted as further evidence of climate change’s effects. The National Climate Assessment report, published Friday, claims global warming could cut economic activity by ten percent by the end of the century and raise temperatures by 3 to-12 degrees. But a climate expert is disputing the report, saying on Twitter that it uses cherry picked data that seem designed to exaggerate the dire effects of a warming climate while making it even easier for climate change skeptics to debunk the exaggerated claims. “Embarassing,” tweeted University of Colorado Prof. Roger Pielke Jr.
A White House statement Friday said the report was “largely based on the most extreme scenario” of global warming—kind of like claims in decades past that all life on earth would be dead by now.
—QUOTABLE: “By presenting cherrypicked science, at odds w/ NCA Vol,1 & IPCC AR5, the authors of NCA Vol.2 have given a big fat gift to anyone who wants to dismiss climate science and policy…People are not dumb. Clim chg is real & deserves policy response, but not like this.” -Tweets by University of Colorado Prof. Roger Pielke Jr.
MEANWHILE—Sen. Ben Sasse says that climate change might be happening, but climate alarmists aren’t offering any constructive solutions. The Nebraska Republican told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that reasonable people can debate the topic and extent of the problem, but that’s not happening enough. It’s also a global issue requiring cooperation from climate scofflaws like China, Sasse said.
—QUOTABLE: “What the U.S. needs to do is participate in a long-term conversation about how you get to innovation, and it’s going to need to be a conversation again that doesn’t start with alarmism.” -Sasse
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Senator Rand Paul tells Chris Wallace the Saudi account that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a fist fight at their consulate isn’t believable. “This is just another in the line of long instances of Saudi insults to the civilized world,” Paul said. He called for ending arms sales to the Arab kingdom and reconsidering their status as an American ally.
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Senator Thom Tillis echoed Rand Paul’s sentiment to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press: “In Saudi Arabia, you do not do something of this magnitude without having clearance from the top. We need to find out who that is and hold him accountable,” Tillis said.
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US Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke is walking back his use of the “Lyin’ Ted” epithet he borrowed from President Trump to attack Ted Cruz. Cruz and Trump have made up, and Trump is campaigning for Cruz before Election Day. This week on the campaign trail, O’Rourke said the “Lyin’ Ted monicker” was fitting for his opponent and Trump was right to use it. But under pressure to disassociate himself in any way at all from the Commander in Chief, he apologized to ABC News: “That wasn’t the best phrase for me to use but, you know, I’m — I’m going to do my best to stay focused on the future.”
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Senator Ben Sasse touted his new book, “Them,” which analyzes the deep political divide in the country. The book points to the digital revolution alienating people and removing community associations that until recently kept people together despite political differences.