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Atlanta is on track to break the city record for the most 90-degree days in one year, reports AccuWeather.

The big picture: Atlanta is one of several cities in the Southeast to have broken "multiple daily high-temperature records" this month. It's already had 83 days in 2019 in which the temperature was at least 90 degrees, threatening to break the record of 90 days set in 1980 and 2011. The steaming temperatures across a number of U.S. cities are raising cooling costs, as people are forced to use indoor air conditioning for longer than the standard cooling period from May 1 through Sept. 26, per AccuWeather.

Go deeper: Higher temperatures could fuel a global energy demand to stay cool

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Trump revokes ethics order barring former aides from lobbying

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Shortly after pardoning members of Congress and lobbyists convicted on corruption charges, President Trump revoked an executive order barring former officials from lobbying for five years after leaving his administration.

Why it matters: The order, which was signed eight days after he took office, was an attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to “drain the swamp.”

  • But with less than 12 hours left in office, Trump has now removed those limitations on his own aides.

Trump pardons former fundraiser Elliott Broidy

President Trump has pardoned Elliott Broidy, a former top Republican fundraiser who pleaded guilty late last year to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws as part of a campaign to sway the administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.

Why it matters: Broidy was a deputy finance chair for the Republican National Committee early in Trump’s presidency, and attempted to leverage his influence in the Trump administration on behalf of his clients. The president's decision to pardon Broidy represents one last favor for a prominent political ally.

Trump grants flurry of last-minute pardons

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President Trump issued 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of 70 individuals, hours from leaving office early Wednesday, hours from leaving office.

Why it matters: It's a last-minute gift to some of the president's loyalists and an evident use of executive power with only hours left of his presidency. Axios reported in December that Trump planned to grant pardons to "every person who ever talked to me."