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The Alex Jones Show / YouTube

Der Spiegel visited Alex Jones' Infowars studio in Austin and had a chat with the (at times, shirtless) man they branded "Donald Trump's propagandist." (Jones is known for calling gay marriage a global conspiracy "to get rid of God," being a 9/11 truther, suggesting fluoridation is government poisoning of the water supply and claiming the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting were child actors.) A look behind the curtain…

  • Jones refers to Infowars HQ as the "Central Texas Command Center and Heart of the Resistance." The water cooler is labeled "Liberal Tears." But it also contains four high-tech broadcast studios to send his message to 3 million people a day, per Jones' claims.
  • He's talked with Trump "several times since the election." The topics? "Freedom and our common goal to destroy our enemies." He adds, "We are two saints of the same zeitgeist."
  • On immigration: "Please forget the Statue of Liberty. It's a symbol of propaganda. We should stop worshipping it and bending down to every Third World population that shows up with TB and leprosy."
  • It's easy to dismiss until you realize that Infowars gets 8 million web visitors each month and Jones has 2 million subscribers on YouTube and more than a million followers on Facebook. His next plan: open a 10-person bureau in Washington with full White House coverage.

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Thousands of John Deere workers hit the picket line this week after the union smacked down a new worker contract from the farm and equipment maker.

Why it matters: There’s a wave of worker angst spreading across the country. They wield new power that’s come with a historic worker shortage.

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Better sensors, more intelligent AI, and the coming wave of 5G wireless could finally fulfill the promise of the smart city.

Why it matters: How we organize, run and power our cities will be increasingly important in the years ahead, as urbanization expands and the damaging effects of climate change compound.

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Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

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A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.