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Trump attends the opening of the restored Wollman Rink in Central park on Nov. 5, 1987. Photo: Rita Barros/Getty Images

The decade-long correspondence between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump in the '80s to early '90s will be available for viewing at the the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum starting Thursday.

Why it matters: Jim Byron, executive vice president of the Richard Nixon Foundation, told AP that the letters were “perhaps the best documented relationship that our current president has with any of his predecessors” and “an invaluable contribution to the ever-evolving group that we know as the presidents club."

  • The letters will be part of the museum's "The Presidents Club: From Adams and Jefferson to Nixon and Trump" exhibit and will showcase letters between six sets of presidents, including Nixon and Trump.

What they said: The two presidents touched on recurring themes such as distrust of the media, TV ratings, foreign policy, real estate and more, according to AP, which had an advance viewing of the letters.

  • “I think that you are one of this country’s great men, and it was an honor to spend an evening with you,” Trump wrote Nixon in June 1982, after the two had been spotted together at the “21” nightclub.
  • In 1990, Nixon consoled Trump when his business was going under saying, “Dear Donald — I know nothing about the intricacies of your business enterprises but the massive media attack on you puts me in your corner!”
  • Nixon flattered Trump after his appearance on Phil Donahue’s talk show, writing that Mrs. Nixon "predicts that whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!”

Worth noting: While Trump has adapted Nixon’s “silent majority” strategy for his 2020 re-election campaign, he distanced himself from Nixon during his own impeachment trial.

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64% of people from around the world say climate change is a global emergency, a United Nations poll published Wednesday finds.

Why it matters: It's biggest global survey on climate change ever conducted, with some 1.2 million participants from 50 countries — including the U.S. where 65% of those surveyed view climate change as an emergency.

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A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

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Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.