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Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Photo. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Senate Democrats alleged in a new report Thursday that the Trump administration has censored more than 1,400 studies on climate change across the government, Politico reports.

Why it matters: To the extent these claims are accurate, it illustrates the reach of President Trump's moves to stifle established climate science. It's also a sign of how much of a political football climate change has become between the two parties.

Details: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) released a list of over 1,400 climate studies by Department of Agriculture researchers, many of which warn of the potential effects of climate change on the public and on the agriculture sector, specifically. The agency released the studies after Politico reported in June that the USDA had purposefully buried its own researchers' findings.

  • Research included in the Democrats' report lays out the potentially harmful effects of climate change on crop production. The issue is increasingly important for farmers throughout the Midwest who have suffered from extreme weather's toll on harvests.

What they're saying: Stabenow said it is "outrageous" that "critical information for communities, for farmers, for those of us who care deeply about what’s happening to agriculture, these are not being shared with the people who need to know."

The other side: A USDA spokesperson said allegations of the department suppressing findings are false.

  • "We have repeatedly provided the Senate Agriculture Committee with evidence to the contrary, and the department has been transparent and communicative to the committee in response to their questions on research," the spokesperson said.
  • The spokesperson added that "the list of studies linked in the report were provided by the USDA to the committee and are all publicly available."

Between the lines: Climate change has become an increasingly prominent issue in the Democratic Party, with 2020 candidates partaking in climate-focused town halls and forums and releasing trillion-dollar plans to tackle the issue.

Go deeper: G7 highlights Trump's climate isolation

Go deeper

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
2 hours ago - Sports

European soccer is at war

Liverpool celebrating its 2019 Champions League victory. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Europe's biggest soccer clubs have established The Super League, a new midweek tournament that would compete with — and threaten the very existence of — the Champions League.

Why it matters: This new league, set to start in 2023, "would bring about the most significant restructuring of elite European soccer since the 1950s, and could herald the largest transfer of wealth to a small set of teams in modern sports history," writes NYT's Tariq Panja.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
2 hours ago - Economy & Business

2021's expected earnings blowout begins

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

First-quarter earnings so far have been very strong, outpacing even the rosy expectations from Wall Street and that's a trend that's expected to continue for all of 2021. S&P 500 companies are on pace for one of the best quarters of positive earnings surprises on record, according to FactSet.

Why it matters: The results show that not only has the earnings recession ended for U.S. companies, but firms are performing better than expected and the economy may be justifying all the hype.

2 hours ago - Science

NASA's Mars helicopter takes flight as first aircraft piloted on another planet

Ingenuity on the surface of Mars, filmed by NASA's Perseverance rover. Photo: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA successfully piloted the Ingenuity Mars helicopter for its first experimental flight on Monday, briefly hovering the aircraft as NASA's Perseverance rover collected data.

Why it matters: Ingenuity's short flight marks the first time a human-built aircraft has flown on a world other than Earth, opening the door to new means of exploring planets far from our own.