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Flames from the Camp fire burn near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration didn't interfere with the content of today's grim report about the damage we're already seeing from climate change. It just released the report in a way that will draw the least attention possible: by putting it out on Black Friday.

  • That's a good way to minimize the impact of a science-heavy report that clashes with President Trump's attitude toward climate change.

Details:

  • Today's report is the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, a congressional mandated report.
  • In contrast to the first volume, released in November 2017, this one contains more information specific to vital U.S. economic sectors, regions and national interests.
  • At times, the report reads like a point-by-point rebuttal to Trump's climate change statements and policies, including his multiple claims that forest mismanagement is the reason why such devastating wildfires have occurred in the West.
  • The report's chapter on the Southwest, for example, cites evidence showing that the area burned during the past several decades "was more closely related to climate factors than to fire suppression, local fire management, or other non-climate factors."
  • It says climate change is also a big threat to U.S. trade and exports, and the approach of not acting on it to spur economic growth will backfire in the end.

Between the lines: On a press call this afternoon, reporter after reporter pressed the Trump administration on who decided the timing of the release and when. Their responses — the scientists stayed silent, and let a spokesperson handle the answers — suggested the timing was out of the scientists' hands.

The bottom line, per the climate report: Lives and property are already at risk in the U.S. due to climate change.

Go deeper:

New climate report warns of increasingly dire risks to U.S.

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DOJ watchdog to probe whether officials sought to alter election results

Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan. 20. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department's inspector general will investigate whether any current or former DOJ officials "engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome" of the 2020 election, the agency announced Monday.

Driving the news: The investigation comes in the wake of a New York Times report that alleged that Jeffrey Clark, the head of DOJ's civil division, had plotted with President Trump to oust acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in a scheme to overturn the election results in Georgia.

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Google's chief health officer Karen DeSalvo on vaccinating America

Google on Monday became the latest Big Tech company to get involved with COVID-19 vaccinations. Not just by doing things like incorporating vaccination sites into its maps, but by helping to turn some of its offices and parking lots into vaccination sites.

Axios Re:Cap goes deeper into what Google is doing, and why now, with Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Google's chief health officer who previously worked at HHS and as health commissioner for New Orleans.

Biden signs order overturning Trump's transgender military ban

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President Biden signed an executive order on Monday overturning the Trump administration's ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

Why it matters: The ban, which allowed the military to bar openly transgender recruits and discharge people for not living as their sex assigned at birth, affected up to 15,000 service members, according to tallies from the National Center for Transgender Equality and Transgender American Veterans Association.