Gary Cohn pauses during a television interview at the White House. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic adviser, will convene a meeting with senior climate and energy ministers from around the world ahead of next week's UN General Assembly meeting, the NYT reports.

Early last month, the administration hinted in a letter that it might not pull out of the Paris climate accord, noting the U.S. "intends to exercise its right to withdraw from the agreement…unless the United States identifies suitable terms for re-engagement."

Our thought bubble: This is the first sign Trump's rhetoric about renegotiating the deal could translate into action. Since Trump announced his intention to withdraw in June, administration officials haven't indicated whether that was mostly rhetoric or a genuine precursor to negotiations.

The meeting is framed as "an informal exchange of views,' and a White House official told the NYT it's intended to help the Trump administration find a way to fulfill Trump's pledge to reduce emissions without harming the economy.

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A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the Justice Department's attempted intervention on behalf of President Trump in writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit against him, after she accused him of raping her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Catch up quick: The agency argued that Trump was "acting within the scope of his office" as president when he said in 2019 that Carroll was "lying" about her claim.

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Pre-bunking rises ahead of the 2020 election

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Tech platforms are no longer satisfied with debunking falsehoods — now they're starting to invest in efforts that preemptively show users accurate information to help them counter falsehoods later on.

Why it matters: Experts argue that pre-bunking can be a more effective strategy for combating misinformation than fact-checking. It's also a less polarizing way to address misinformation than trying to apply judgements to posts after they've been shared.