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Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) issued a statement on Friday after facing backlash over what she called a “spirited" Green New Deal discussion with students and activists of the Sunrise Movement, which went viral on Twitter.

"Unfortunately, it was a brief meeting but I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear. I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation."

Catch up quick: In a video the youth climate-change activist group, Sunrise Movement posted to Facebook, Feinstein said she doesn't support the GND after the supporters ask her to vote yes.

Why it matters: Many of the activists pushing for the GND — a sweeping proposal to slash greenhouse gas emissions, switch to 100% clean energy sources and ensure universal health care — are young people, with its most prominent proponent being freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

  • The young activists' argument, based in part on recent scientific assessments, is that there is an increasingly urgent need for bold action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and that young generations will be the ones to live with the severe consequences of failing to do so.

Go deeper: The Green New Deal resolution is here

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Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

59 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.