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Reporter’s Notebook: What to expect from Congress as lawmakers return from recess

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If you’re going to pay attention to Congress, do it now. Lawmakers are on the verge of returning to Washington after a lengthy recess. But the 2020 presidential sweepstakes will soon eclipse everything on Capitol Hill.

President Trump’s 2016 victory represents one of top upsets in American political history. Everyone is bracing for a competitive 2020 campaign after the Electoral College awarded the presidency to Mr. Trump four years ago. Democrats are still months away from sorting out their standard-bearer to challenge the president.

Yes, control of the House and Senate will be in play. At this stage, the Senate is looking like a stronger bet. But the presidential race will dwarf anything in Congress … with a few exceptions.

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For example, if House Democrats truly try to impeach Trump. Or, if there’s another government shutdown, the U.S. attacks Iran or North Korea, Congress actually approves serious gun legislation, or the Dems’ presidential nominee comes from Capitol Hill. The field has remained extensive: Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio.

For the record, if Gabbard or Ryan somehow rallies to erase a seven-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth, Nationals-over-Mets style, then we’ve got a real story.

Impeachment and investigation of Trump and his administration likely will consume a lot of news oxygen in Washington when Congress returns to work next week. Expect to hear a lot about how many Democrats favor impeachment or an inquiry, and where the Judiciary Committee stands with subpoenas for people like former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

There will be lots of chatter about guns, too.

But the House Judiciary Committee must first hold a “markup” session on those bills. The panel is expected to hold a hearing on banning military-style weapons late this month, but the House lacks the votes to pass such a prohibition. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has reiterated that he’s not interested in entertaining legislation unless it’s destined to secure Trump’s signature.

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The House’s legislative traffic for next week doesn’t grab the biggest headlines. The House is tentatively scheduled to debate a bill about the Florida coastline, a measure to protect the “Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain” and legislation dealing with “marine economies.” These plans would bar drilling and impose other environmental protections. A memo to Democrats from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., mentioned guns, but offered no timetable for legislation in the House. Democrats are expected to hold a forum Tuesday to try pressuring McConnell to consider gun measures.

Granted, Democrats clearly have wanted a bona fide outcome when it comes to firearms legislation. But, they also could try using what they’ve seen as McConnell’s recalcitrance on guns as a political opportunity heading into 2020. McConnell is up for reelection. That seat may be hard for Democrats to win. But, the party could deploy guns as a wedge in states with competitive Senate elections in 2020. Such a tactic could help Democrats try to flip seats into their column.

Democrats will attempt to capitalize on this among suburban voters in states which could be in play. Consider Senate Democrats’ efforts to topple Sens. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and David Perdue, R-Ga. Remember that Republicans likely will have to defend two GOP Senate seats in Georgia next year once Republican Gov. Brian Kemp appoints a successor to Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson. Isakson said he’s resigning at the end of the year due to health concerns.

Lawmakers also need to fund the government by October 1.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has been planning to prep four of the annual 12 spending bills in the middle of the month. Those measures would fund the State Department, energy & water programs, the Departments of Labor & Health and Human Services and the Pentagon.

The House has okayed ten of the annual 12 bills, but those bills would be dead on arrival in the Senate. The House would have to compromise with the Senate to come to an agreement on everything. Hoyer’s letter indicated lawmakers would craft a temporary measure to fund the government to avoid a shutdown in less than a month.

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Defense hawks secured a reasonable gain in Pentagon funding in the recent budget accord, but a stopgap plan for the military would constitute something of a setback. Many pro-defense lawmakers backed the budget blueprint earlier this summer because it helped give the Pentagon certainty.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, says he backed the budget package only “because of the incredible benefits that come from stable and predictable funding.”

President Trump’s decision to redirect funding for his border wall from “military construction” projects could prompt Democrats – and frankly, some Republicans – to attempt to harness future repurposing efforts. There have been serious questions as to whether the fiscal reprogramming maneuver is Constitutional. After all, Congress retained the power of the purse, not the executive.

The decision to divert funds drew the ire of Thornberry.

“Rebuilding military infrastructure is a critical part of that recovery and a bipartisan priority. It is important that Congress now restore the military construction funding diverted for border security. Failing to do so only forces our troops to pay for political discord in Washington,” Thornberry said.

But, the biggest decision would how House Democrats approach impeachment. The party’s internal wrestling match over impeachment would open a door for Republicans to lambaste their opponents. Democrats have been dithering on impeachment – and simultaneously ramping things up.

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This would give Republicans an opportunity to portray all Democrats as taking an “extreme” position with impeachment. That could work against Democrats – and, frankly, filter into the 2020 race. As this drags on, the party’s presidential contenders will have to stake out positions on impeachment. Those candidates may not like President Trump, but impeachment is another question.

This is where the Congressional universe would collide headlong into the presidential race in 2020. And, few will pay attention to much else coming out of Congress until the final votes are cast next fall.

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Alyssa Milano to meet with Ted Cruz to discuss gun reform on heels of recent mass shootings

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After engaging in a public spat over gun violence via Twitter following recent shooting rampages in Odessa and El Paso, Texas, among other places, Sen. Ted Cruz and actress Alyssa Milano will try to table their differences as they come together to talk gun reform.

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After last weekend’s fatal gun spree in Odessa, Milano criticized Matt Schaefer, a Texas Republican lawmaker, who insisted that any gun control measures put in place wouldn’t stop a person of “evil intent.”

He further declared on Twitter that “I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period.”.

To that, Milano asked: “Can someone cite which passage of the Bible God states it is a god-given right to own a gun? This guy is unbelievable and is clearly owned by the gun lobby.”

Cruz then replied to the human rights activist that “it is of course not the right to a modern-day firearm that is God-given but rather the right to Life & the right to Liberty. Essential to that right is the right to DEFEND your life & your family.”

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“We don’t agree on this issue. But if we can talk with mutual respect & humility, maybe all of is come together to effect positive change,” she wrote on Twitter on Wednesday evening.

Although details surrounding the meeting have yet to be announced, Milano tweeted in a response to Cruz on Monday that she would be traveling to Washington next week and hoped to live-stream the conversation “so the American people can hear your bulls— 1st hand.”

Cruz responded to the “Charmed” alum’s proposal:

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“I’d be happy to sit down & visit next week about uniting to stop gun violence & about the Constitution,” Cruz wrote. “If we can have a civil & positive conversation — in the spirit of 1 Peter 4:8 as you suggest — despite our political differences, that might help resolve the discord in our Nation.”

Milano has ramped up her political involvement in recent years. In July, she tweeted that she was “feeling hopeless” thanks to perceived inaction by the Republican Party on hot-button issues.

“I keep getting DM’s asking me if I’m ok,” she wrote. “Truth is…I’m feeling hopeless.”

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She continued: “Mass shootings.Corruption.Lies. Racism.Xenophobia.Crimes Against Humanity.

And the Republican Party is not standing up to the tyranny.

It’s a lot.”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy, Joseph A. Wulfsohn and Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

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Scientists monitoring marine heat wave off West Coast which could disrupt ecosystem

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Government scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the West Coast which could badly disrupt marine life.

Five years ago, an expansion of warm ocean water nicknamed “the Blob” by scientists disrupted the marine ecosystem off the West Coast. Now, a similar expanse of abnormally warm water positioned in the same area has threatened to do the same.

The 2014 heat wave saw temperatures spike seven degrees Fahrenheit above average. It led to poor returns on young salmon, more humpback whales becoming entangled in fishing gear as they swam closer to shore, the stranding of young sea lions on the California coast, and an algal bloom that shut down crabbing and clamming in the Pacific Ocean.

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This 2019 heat wave has already seen temperatures rise five degrees above normal.

“It’s on a trajectory to be as strong as the prior event,” said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research scientist Andrew Leising, who has developed a system for tracking and measuring heat waves.

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The warm expanse stretching from Alaska to California is the second most expansive marine heat wave in the last 40 years. Cold water welling up from the depths of the ocean has helped to hold off the warm expanse. But, due to forecasted coastal winds, the upwelling is likely to subdue in the autumn, allowing the heat wave to settle in. It could even move onshore and affect coastal areas, which appears to have already happened along the coast of Washington, according to NOAA.

NOAA fisheries are monitoring on the heat wave, named the “Northeast Pacific Marine Heat wave of 2019,” with the goal of informing managers how the unusually warm conditions could affect their stocks.

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A marine heat wave is not necessarily a direct result of climate change. The causes could include a persistent low-pressure weather pattern that weakens the winds that otherwise mix and cool surface waters, according to NOAA research scientist Nathan Mantua. It’s unclear what’s causing the low-pressure pattern; it could be the earth’s disorderly motion or it could be related to ocean warming or other effects of human-made climate change, Mantua said.

It’s unclear whether this new heat wave will stick around long enough to cause major damage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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New duck-billed dinosaur, Kamuysaurus japonicus, discovered by scientists

A dinosaur that was unearthed from 72-million-year-old marine deposits in northern Japan belongs to a new genus and species, researchers announced.

A partial tail was first found in 2013 in Mukawa Town, Hokkaido, in Japan. Later excavations discovered a nearly complete skeleton that is the largest ever found in Japan.

Researchers named the dinosaur Kamuysaurus japonicus.

In the current study, a group of researchers led by professor Yoshitsugu Kobayashi of the Hokkaido University Museum conducted comparative and phylogenetic analyses on 350 bones and 70 taxa of hadrosaurids, which allowed them to figure out that the dinosaur belongs to the Edmontosaurini clade.

The research team also found that the dinosaur has three characteristics e not shared by other dinosaurs in its clade (a clade is a group of organisms believed to have evolved from a common ancestor): the low position of the cranial bone notch, the short ascending process of the jaw bone, and the anterior inclination of the neural spines of the sixth to 12th dorsal vertebrae.

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This is a reconstruction of Kauysaurus japonicus. (Kobayashi Y., et al, Scientific Reports, September 5, 2019) (Kobayashi Y., et al, Scientific Reports, September 5, 2019)

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The dinosaur was reportedly an adult age 9 or older, measured eight meters long, and weighed four tons (5.3 tons when it was alive).

The study, which was published in Scientific Reports, also shed light on how the clade evolved and may have migrated, with its ancestors eventually spreading across Asia and North America.

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Russian, Italian charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from US aviation company

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A Russian national and an Italian national were charged earlier this month with conspiring and attempting to steal trade secrets from American company GE Aviation, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Alexander Yuryevich Korshunov, 57, and Maurizio Paolo Bianchi, 59, were alleged to have hired consultants for jet engine accessory work between 2013 and 2018 who used trade secrets owned by GE Aviation when they created their report to pass off as their own, the DOJ said. GE Aviation is a subsidiary of General Electric and is based in Ohio.

“Throughout the consulting, employees allegedly used trade secrets owned by GE Aviation to create the technical report. The effort focused on accessory gearboxes made by Avio Aero, which are external engine components that provide power to systems such as hydraulic pumps, generators and fuel pumps,” the department explained. The employees were current or former employees of GE Aviation’s Italian subsidiary.

The employees’ report said “the holders of patent and intellectual property obtained as a result of the work are […] the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation,” when GE Aviation actually owned the intellectual property.

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Korshunov previously served as a public official in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was an employee of a Russian state-owned company, according to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, which was unsealed Thursday. He was arrested Friday at the Naples International Airport in Italy.

The affidavit said Korshunov met with the employees at the Paris Air Show in June 2013, and in Milan in 2014, so they could discuss the report.

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Korshunov was employed at United Engine Corp (UEC), which included the subsidiary Aviadvigatel – a branch of the Russian state-owned company, the DOJ said.

The State Department of Commerce noted last year that Aviadvigatel had acted “contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

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Bianchi was a former director at one of GE Aviation’s Italian subsidiaries and was responsible for business in Asia, China and Russia. He later worked for Aeronova in Italy.

Korshunov and Bianchi could each face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Russian, Italian charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from US aviation company

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A Russian national and an Italian national were charged earlier this month with conspiring and attempting to steal trade secrets from American company GE Aviation, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Alexander Yuryevich Korshunov, 57, and Maurizio Paolo Bianchi, 59, were alleged to have hired consultants for jet engine accessory work between 2013 and 2018 who used trade secrets owned by GE Aviation when they created their report to pass off as their own, the DOJ said. GE Aviation is a subsidiary of General Electric and is based in Ohio.

“Throughout the consulting, employees allegedly used trade secrets owned by GE Aviation to create the technical report. The effort focused on accessory gearboxes made by Avio Aero, which are external engine components that provide power to systems such as hydraulic pumps, generators and fuel pumps,” the department explained. The employees were current or former employees of GE Aviation’s Italian subsidiary.

The employees’ report said “the holders of patent and intellectual property obtained as a result of the work are […] the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation,” when GE Aviation actually owned the intellectual property.

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Korshunov previously served as a public official in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was an employee of a Russian state-owned company, according to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, which was unsealed Thursday. He was arrested Friday at the Naples International Airport in Italy.

The affidavit said Korshunov met with the employees at the Paris Air Show in June 2013, and in Milan in 2014, so they could discuss the report.

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Korshunov was employed at United Engine Corp (UEC), which included the subsidiary Aviadvigatel – a branch of the Russian state-owned company, the DOJ said.

The State Department of Commerce noted last year that Aviadvigatel had acted “contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

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Bianchi was a former director at one of GE Aviation’s Italian subsidiaries and was responsible for business in Asia, China and Russia. He later worked for Aeronova in Italy.

Korshunov and Bianchi could each face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Former McConnell aide: Kamala Harris’ support for eating less red meat would get panned at NFL opener

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Comments by presidential contender Kamala Harris about reducing red meat consumption to help the Earth may not go over well at Thursday’s NFL season opener, according to Josh Holmes.

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears might be the two teams with fan bases whose iconic eats wouldn’t mesh well with theidea advanced by Senator Harris, D-Calif., Holmes suggested Thursday on “Special Report.”

“We were joking in the break about what tonight’s football crowd between the Packers and the Bears would think about such a proposal,” he said.

“A large swath of the middle of this country would find that — and almost everything that was said last night during that climate conference –absolutely incredibly out-of-touch.”

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During the town hall — a marathon event on CNN focused on Democratic presidential hopefuls’ ideas to combat climate change —  Harris was pressed by moderator Erin Burnett on whether she’d support changing dietary guidelines to specifically reduce red meat.

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“Yes. Yes, I would,” she responded. “There has to be also what we do in terms of creating incentives that we will eat in a healthy way.”

Holmes, a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., added that Harris’ comments on red meat reduction weren’t the only notable notions to come out of the town hall event.

“I was shocked that you could actually accrue that many political liabilities in one several-hour sitting,” he said.

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“What I did see, from the highlights, looked to me like an awful lot of people who are going to have trouble getting elected in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, the entire Midwest really.”

Later Thursday, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers travel to Chicago to take on Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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Charleston, SC, mayor: Dorian flooding impact ‘significant,’ but ‘not as a significant as we thought they would be’

The mayor of Charleston, S.C., John Tecklenburg, said Thursday that the impact of Hurricane Dorian was “significant,” but that “the impacts from flooding were not as a significant as we thought they would be.”

Speaking with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on “Your World,” Mayor Tecklenburg said: “We had a little more wind than expected, but we had less water than we expected and that was a good thing. Flooding was our No. 1 concern.”

Charleston sits on a peninsula that is prone to flooding even from ordinary storms.

On Thursday, Hurricane Dorian started to make its way toward the Carolinas, bringing tropical storm conditions along the South Carolina coast and flooding in Charleston while the threat of tornadoes loomed in North Carolina.

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Flooding was reported in Charleston, S.C. early Thursday as Hurricane Dorian neared the area. (Fox News)

Dorian decreased in force to a Category 2 storm as it swirled in the Atlantic Ocean. It had previously hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane before making a northward turn up the East Coast.

South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster, issued a mandatory evacuation for coastal counties, which went into effect at noon on Monday.

On Thursday afternoon, the governor’s office announced that the evacuation order had been lifted for three counties but remained in effect for five counties, including in Charleston.

Even though Tecklenburg acknowledged Thursday that the impact wasn’t as bad as had been anticipated, he told Cavuto: “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

“Governor McMaster was absolutely right in what he did,” Tecklenburg said, responding to some backlash from people who did not agree with the governor’s evacuation order.

Tecklenburg went on to say: “He ordered everyone to leave. Probably about half the folks left, the others hunkered down and were safe indoors and were pretty respectful to stay off the streets as we asked them, so I haven’t had a single report of anyone being injured in my city, which I feel great about.”

TORNADOS HIT CAROLINAS AS HURRICANE DORIAN FLOODS CHARLESTON; 200K WITHOUT POWER

Although flooding and wind in Charleston weren’t nearly as bad as feared, Dorian toppled about 150 trees, swamped roads and brought down power lines, officials said.

Near Charleston, part of the metal roof of a James Island church blew off.

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Debris blankets the landscape in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor, Abaco, Bahamas, Thursday, The storm’s devastation has come into sharper focus as the death toll climbed to 20 and many people emerged from shelters to check on their homes.  (AP Photo/Michael Weissenstein)

Dorian apparently spun off at least one tornado in North Myrtle Beach, damaging several homes. North Myrtle Beach is about two hours from Charleston.

Another twister touched down in the beach town of Emerald Isle, N.C., mangling and overturning several trailer homes. No injuries have been reported so far.

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Starting over Labor Day weekend, Dorian pounded the Bahamas with winds up to 185 mph and obliterated entire neighborhoods. At least 20 people were reported dead in the Bahamas because of Dorian.

Fox News Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former EPA official: 2020 Dem candidates off base on climate change, taking cues from AOC

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The 2020 Democratic contenders are taking their cues from freshman New York congresswoman  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s far-left wing of the party when talking climate change, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official Mandy Gunasekara alleged Thursday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with co-host Sandra Smith, Gunasekara said that climate change is an important issue, but she didn’t agree that it’s an “existential threat to humanity” as Democrats assert.

On Thursday, CNN held a seven-hour town hall on climate change with some of the 2020 presidential candidates, covering a range of topics from clean energy solutions to the high cost of some Green New Deal variants.

All the candidates vowed aggressive action if elected.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden called climate change “the single greatest concern.”

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., said tackling climate change is a challenge “on par with winning World War II,” or “perhaps even more challenging than that.”

On “America’s Newsroom,” Gunasekara said President Trump is being “pragmatic” with his approach to the issue.

“What voters should know is that President Trump is taking action to address this very issue,” she said. “So, he’s taking a very pragmatic approach that balances economic growth with environmental protection.

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“One of the main things he’s done is set the first-ever greenhouse gas standards for existing coal-fired power plants premised on taking coal plants into the future — not putting them out of business. Because he understands that having a reliable and affordable source of energy is key to continuing to grow the economy.”

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Juan Williams: Joe Biden had lackluster climate change town hall because of ‘moderate’ persona

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Former Vice President Joe Biden gave a less-than-exciting performance at a CNN climate change town hall Wednesday evening, according to Juan Williams.

Biden comes off as more moderate and deliberate than progressives Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who seem more passionate about the topic, Williams said Thursday on “The Five.”

“I don’t think he did all that well at the town hall because he comes across as moderate,” he said.

“He comes across as, ‘Well, here’s an idea,’ and, ‘I’m thinking about this,’ and ‘We don’t need the details because, generally, we’re thinking about it.'”

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Co-host Jesse Watters appeared to partially agree with Williams, in that Biden is seen as much more moderate than competitors like Warren, Sanders and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

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“You can be moderate, but you can also still be passionate,” he said.

On “The Five,” the panel also reacted to Biden being tripped up by a question from an audience member regarding a fundraiser he is headlining.

A man asked Biden why he is holding a fundraiser with Andrew Goldman, a Houston natural gas company executive.

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Initially, Biden claimed Goldman is not a “fossil fuel executive.”

At the town hall, Biden slammed President Trump for pulling out of the Obama-era Paris climate accord, saying he’s “dead wrong on basically everything across the board.”

“We’ve got to start choosing science over fantasy here,” Biden said.

“The fact of the matter is that what he did by removing the United States as the leader of the Paris climate accord — he, in fact, dissipated enthusiasm across the board.”

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