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America's right flank is at war with itself over climate-change science, and the latest battle is this week in Nashville.

Driving the news: The American Legislative Exchange Council, a policy group of conservative state lawmakers and companies, holds a meeting Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. Members of one of its task forces are expected to vote on whether to draft a proposal calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a scientific finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare.

Quoted: Steve Milloy, who runs a website that tries to dispute the scientific consensus that human activity is a major contributor to climate change, said on Twitter Tuesday he hopes to defeat ExxonMobil and other members of the group that have publicly said they oppose any effort to undo the EPA's scientific finding.

"For the record, ExxonMobil is on the side of climate bedwetters. The once sensible company wants EPA to regulate CO2 so it can put small, independent oil & gas firms out of business. Exxon is anti-science, anti-competitive and siding with anti-American greens."

The big picture: Most currently elected Republicans in Congress and corporations are not publicly questioning the scientific consensus on climate change today, though some have pushed such a false narrative in recent years past. Their positions today put them at odds with a loud group of conservative leaders, such as Milloy, who have influence with some Trump administration officials who share their skepticism. Most leaders on the right don't support any major policy to address climate change however, no matter what they think about the science.

Go deeper:

  • Exxon's official opposition of the policy, per The Hill Tuesday.
  • Environment & Energy Daily had this in-depth article a couple weeks ago, and reporter Zack Colman will be on the ground in Nashville for the next two days.
  • Two Democratic senators criticized some of the corporate members of the group in a Washington Post op-ed on Tuesday.

(This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Zack Colman's last name.)

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The Senate on Thursday voted 51-50 — with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie — to proceed to debate on President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely setting up a final vote this weekend.

The state of play: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) forced Senate clerks to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, which took nearly 11 hours and lasted until 2:05 a.m. Friday. The Senate then adjourned and is expected to reconvene at 9 a.m. to debate the bill before considering amendments.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's advisers successfully pushed state health officials to exclude certain data on the number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths from a July report, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday.

Why it matters: The changes resulted in a "significant undercount of the death toll attributed to the state’s most vulnerable population," the WSJ wrote.

Ro Khanna wary of Biden approach on Middle East

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An outspoken progressive Democrat is wary of President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, arguing it’s like “conceding defeat of the aspiration” to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Why it matters: A number of members of Biden’s own party dislike his Middle East strategy, as his administration signals the region is no longer the priority it was for President Obama and his predecessors.

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