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Elon Musk defended his interactions with the Trump administration on Friday, saying he has been able to use his position on two advisory councils to raise issues such as climate change and immigration.

"That wasn't on the agenda before," he said, speaking at the TED conference in Vancouver. "Maybe nothing will happen but at least the words were said."

Not a big deal: Musk said his role is limited to his participation on two advisory councils. "Theres a meeting every month or two," he said. "Thats the sum total of my contribution."

What else?: Musk used most of his appearance at TED to offer new details on his many projects, including traffic-avoiding tunnels, self-driving cars.

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15 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes.

  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."