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Tomorrow marks two years since President Trump announced he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement — and the chasm between science and political action is growing, Axios' Andrew Freedman and Amy Harder write.
Scientists tell Axios they now have:
Since Trump promised to withdraw from the deal:
As Trump announcements go, this one appeared more orchestrated than most, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports:
But behind the scenes, it was an administration-wide scramble. As with many presidential "announcements," this once sprang from intense frustration and boiled over quickly with staff rushing to react.
Between the lines: The White House has made a number of immigration demands of Mexico over the past several months, but Trump has not defined what they need to show him.
The bottom line: Seeing as there's no chance of a "STOP" to illegal migration through Mexico into the U.S., Trump's demand is entirely subjective. The president's next move may depend as much on his mood as anything else.
The auto industry is facing a direct hit from President Trump's threatened tariffs on all goods from Mexico, Axios Markets editor Dion Rabouin reports:
Why it matters: Mexico recently became the No. 1 trading partner with the U.S., and a significant percentage of that trade is completed by auto companies.
The bottom line, per WashPost: "The economic consequences of Trump’s new plan could be swift and severe."
Elite 8: National Spelling Bee too easy for octet of champs ... Faced with a dwindling word list and a group of spellers that showed no weakness, the Scripps National Spelling Bee gave up and declared the eight of them co-champions, the most extraordinary ending in the 94-year history of the competition, per AP.
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Politicians are racing to produce films as an outlet to extend their influence after their Washington careers expire, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Driving the news: Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are in talks to create a production company, Bloomberg reports.
The Clintons wouldn't be the first:
Kami Rita Sherpa, a veteran guide who has summited Mount Everest a record 24 times, describes a macabre effect of global warming — more than 100 bodies of doomed climbers may be on the mountain, per the N.Y. Times:
A group of 1,036 migrants that crossed the border illegally near El Paso is the largest the Border Patrol has ever encountered, AP reports:
Why it matters: The crossing was the latest sign that migrants are increasingly coming in large groups.
FedEx "said it would start offering Sunday deliveries to most U.S. homes, the latest sign that ... online shopping habits are pressuring companies to revamp their operations to fulfill orders almost as fast as they are placed." (WSJ)
"Dog owners spent close to 300 minutes each week walking with their dogs, about 200 more minutes of walking than people without dogs," the N.Y. Times' Gretchen Reynolds writes:
Be smart: "Children whose families owned dogs walked for about 100 minutes each week and played and romped with their pets for another 200 minutes, making them substantially more active than children in homes without dogs."
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