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Colorado climate change protesters arrested for demonstration at State Capitol

At least 38 people were arrested and forced out of the Colorado State Capitol on Thursday for urging climate change action during the annual State of the State address.

Numerous protesters, many affiliated with the Extinction Rebellion and Sunrise movements, were seen being dragged out of the building in handcuffs.

They were taken into custody on charges of trespassing, disrupting a lawful assembly and obstruction of a peace officer, according to the Denver Police Department.

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A Denver Police Department officer leads away one of several anti-fracking protesters who interrupted the State of State speech by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in the State Capitol Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Just minutes before Colorado Gov. Jared Polis arrived at the House of Representatives in Denver, some protesters in the upper chamber put up signs and were heard chanting anti-fracking slogans.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis waits outside the chambers of the House of Representatives to be introduced and deliver his State of State speech in the State Capitol Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A large banner reading “NO MORE SACRIFICE ZONES” was draped over the railing while a protester was heard shouting “Ban fracking now!”

“I’m here to exercise my First Amendment rights in the face of a climate emergency,” another protester told police before he was lifted from his chair and dragged him out of the upstairs area of the chamber by both arms.

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In his address, Polis said his administration has made great progress on climate change, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions and creating of a new office to aid workers impacted by the shift of clean energy, according to Westworld. The protesters felt the governor needed to do more to shift away from fossil fuels, the outlet reported.

Hours after the demonstrators were arrested, Colorado Sen. Julie Gonzales went on Facebook to share her thoughts on the issue.

“To the protesters: I appreciate your sense of urgency for climate action,” she said. “I hope you continue to participate in the ‘inside’ game of politics (attending and testifying at committee hearings, working to pass legislation, and voting, assuming you are able to do so), and in so doing abide by the rules of the game.”

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A GoFundMe page was set up following the protesters’ arrests to assist them with legal support and bail money. It raised about $8,000 in a period of 12 hours.

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Bus plunges into Iranian ravine killing at least 19 people, reports say

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A bus fell into a ravine in northern Iran on Friday, killing at least 19 people and injuring 24, according to Iranian state news agency ISNA.

The brakes on the bus reportedly failed as it was traveling in the Veresk area of Mazandaran province, located roughly 80 miles east of Tehran, officials said.

Among the victims were a pregnant woman and four children under the age of six, the outlet said.

UKRANIAN AIRPLANE LIKELY SHOT DOWN BY MISTAKE BY IRAN JOINS LIST OF AIR DISASTERS DURING CONFLICT

The vehicle was heading from Tehran to the city of Gonbad, located roughly 310 miles northeast of the capital, when the crash took place, according to the Entekhab newspaper.

An image on social media captured the bus laying on the side of the road with its windows shattered, while a video showed medical personnel attempted to rescue survivors from the deadly scene.

Iran has one of the worse road safety records in the world, with 15,000 people killed annually in traffic accidents, according to the country’s National Disaster Management Organization.

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Back in November, 28 Afghans were killed when two vans collided with each other in the southeastern region of Iran, the BBC reported.

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During Iran Speech, Trump Demonstrated That He Is Not Well – The American public has a right to know about the physical health of the commander-in-chief.

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Enormous ‘Megafire’ In Australia Engulfs 1.5 Million Acres

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A New South Wales Rural Fire Service large air tanker drops fire retardant on the Morton Fire burning in bushland close to homes at Penrose, south of Sydney, on Friday.

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A pair of massive bushfires in southeastern Australia has merged into a “megafire” engulfing some 2,300 square miles — a single blaze more than three times as large as any known fire in California.

The merged fire, which straddles the country’s most populous states of New South Wales and Victoria, measures nearly 1.5 million acres, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. It is just one of some 135 bushfires in Australia’s southeast that have claimed the lives of at least 26 people, killed more than a billion animals and damaged or destroyed nearly 3,000 homes.

Since September, the unprecedented bushfires have swept through an area larger than Massachusetts and New Hampshire combined.

NASA has released an animation showing how smoke from the fires has reached the lower stratosphere and traveled as far away as Chile.

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Meanwhile, more than 30,000 people attended a protest in Sydney to denounce the government’s handling of the crisis and to call for action on climate change.

The protesters directed their ire at Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose coalition government’s policies have rejected a link between Australia’s unprecedented drought and fires crisis and climate change.

However, the prime minister said this week that his government would launch an inquiry to examine whether there was any connection between the fires and climate change. Asked whether he expected the current fire crisis to become commonplace in Australia because of climate change, he replied: “The links and implications here have been acknowledged.”

Morrison, who has also found himself on the defensive for taking a Hawaiian vacation with his family while the fires raged, also said Friday he had ordered the military to be on standby to help firefighters.

“I’ve given them very clear instructions that they are to stand ready to move and support immediately,” he said. “In the event that they are needed in the wake of what we hope we will not see today, but we must prepare for today.”

Authorities in Australia on Friday urged a quarter of a million people in Victoria to leave their homes amid erratic winds and soaring temperatures, even as there was welcome rain in some parts affected by the fires.

Helicopters dropped supplies to towns at risk of being cut off and C-130 tankers unleashed torrents of fire retardant.

Fire crews were preparing for what they believe will be a difficult night as the wind shifts and ramps up to 50 miles per hour. In parts of the fire-affected countryside, temperatures pegged out at 104 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday.

Firefighter Andrew Beville, who was battling the Morton fire on the outskirts of the town of Penrose, near Wingello, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he wasn’t sure what would happen when the blaze reached the town.

“We just want to survive the night,” he said.

Towns south of Sydney, including Eden, Batemans Bay and Norwa were warned by New South Wales Rural Fire Service to be prepared for another onslaught, The Associated Press reports.

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In neighboring Victoria, premier Daniel Andrews told reporters he was thankful that there were at present no one unaccounted for and no communities cut off in his state.

“Now, all of those things can change and that is perhaps the most powerful reminder that we have to remain vigilant,” he said. “Please, listen to the warnings and do as you are asked. If you are told to leave a community, and you can leave, then you should leave.”

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The conservation group WWF-Australia estimates that 1.25 billion animals have been killed in the fires and says it fears that some species, such as the glossy black-cockatoo and the knee-high kangaroo, face extinction.

Meanwhile, the government says the loss of livestock from the fires will exceed 100,000 animals.

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AOC doubts Trump will take on fossil fuel firms: ‘I think he’s in their pocket’

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a few words to say about President Trump on Wednesday evening as she was leaving the Capitol in Washington – mostly about what Trump should be doing about climate change.

“He needs to get his act together,” the New York Democrat and co-author of the Green New Deal said when approached by a reporter from TMZ. “He needs to stand up to the fossil fuel corporations and the fossil fuel industry. He has to stand up to Big Oil, to Big Gas … but I think he’s in their pocket.”

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Trump and other Republicans have argued that many efforts undertaken by climate activists have called for unnecessary or costly regulations. In addition, the president has long voiced support for the nation’s coal industry, and last June the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a plan to roll back emissions rules for the industry that were implemented by the Obama administration.

Earlier in the brief conversation, Ocasio-Cortez spoke about the “horrifying” fires raging across Australia and used that as a jumping-off point for broader comments about climate change in general – even though nearly 200 arson-related arrests in Australia since the start of wildfire season have raised doubts about how many blazes were the result of climate change.

“I’m going to live in a world that’s fundamentally altered by climate change. So is Greta [Thunberg, the teenage climate activist from Sweden], so is every young person,” she told TMZ.

“The younger you are,” she added, “the more of our lives and our futures are going to be impacted by this.”

She argued that many young adults have become anxious about whether to have children, given issues related to climate change.

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“Just because we want to make sure we’re bringing our kids into a healthy world, and a stable future,” she said.

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Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is a multitrillion-dollar proposal that she claims would reduce carbon emissions while also boosting the economy.

In November, she and Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed for president, unveiled what they called the Green New Deal for Public Housing, covering topics such as solar panels and community gardens.

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Tom Del Beccaro: On Iran, understanding these 9 things is crucial

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President Trump took the extraordinary step of killing an Iranian general. The deadly missile strike followed escalating Iranian provocations. Predictably, the American left says Trump did the wrong thing.

However, on this serious matter, these nine points should never be forgotten.

Iran’s goal. For decades now, Iran has wanted to be THE military power in the Middle East. Yes, it wants its brand of Islam to be paramount but it really wants to be the preeminent military power in the region and for other countries to bow before it.

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Iran’s old plan. Iran’s plan USED to be: First and foremost, get a nuclear weapon and the region would bow, and second, fund terror in the region to weaken foes and scare off others.

Iran’s new plan. At the end of Bush 43’s second term, a fragile coalition held Iraq together. It required delicate negotiations to keep a U.S. presence so that Iraq did not descend into chaos.

Instead, the Obama administration effectively abandoned Iraq prematurely. Iraq weakened significantly and Iran saw the power vacuum and rushed to fill it. Iran’s Middle East hegemony plan changed to emphasizing making conventional war gains in the region and seeking to rule by proxy – including gaining control over Iraq.

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That is why the Obama/Iran deal was so bad. It gave cash to Iran (up front and over time by lifting sanctions) to pay for conventional war gains.

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American policy had to change to stop Iran. It was right to change policy and rip up the Iran deal because it was allowing Iran to achieve its objectives and endanger the world.

Soleimani had to be stopped. Soleimani was rightfully declared a terrorist for his decades of killing in the region. He was reportedly involved with attacks that included the killing of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, the bombing of the U.S. barracks in Beirut, and the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. He is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and countless others in the Middle East.

Soleimani also masterminded Iran’s Middle East military rise. Trump was right to stop him and thereby stop Iran from making further gains in Iraq and therefore the entire region.

Democratic politicians who blame Trump first are useful idiots. During the height of the Cold War, many on the left blamed America first for every wrong act taken by Russia. The left’s logic went that Russia acted badly because America provoked it. It was a total fallacy.

In time, those who espoused that came to be called useful idiots for the Russians because they helped the Soviet cause.

Today, the Democratic politicians who are rushing to criticize Trump publicly fulfill a similar role for Iran. It is not enough to say Soleimani was a bad guy while questioning the authority to undertake the killing.

Iran takes any measure of partisan press and uses it to defend itself and foment violence against American interests in the region and around the world. Today, many Democrats are helping the Iranians do that.

Washington Democrats are hypocrites. The Obama administration dropped tens of thousands of bombs to kill terrorists and didn’t consult Congress with each new target. Democrats didn’t complain.

Trump had been patient enough. Iran’s escalation of hostilities warranted a significant escalation in the U.S. response. Trump did not overreact to Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone, nor to Iran’s oil field strikes. Attacking a U.S. embassy, however, is a far different matter.

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Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “It is an eternal truth that acquiescence under insult is not the way to escape war.” In other words, appeasement is not an effective foreign policy. Sending cash to Iran was not an effective foreign policy. Allowing Iran to attack a U.S. embassy by proxy and not responding dramatically would not be effective, either.

It was time to fight back against Iran, not pay the regime off. That will eventually result in a weaker Iran and a safer world.

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Live Updates: Ukraine Presses Allies for Evidence on Iran Plane Crash

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President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine pleaded with the United States and other Western countries on Friday to release the evidence that a Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed shortly after takeoff in Iran had been shot down.

Mr. Zelensky said the possibility that a missile had downed the Ukraine International Airlines plane on Wednesday, killing all 176 aboard, “cannot be ruled out but is not currently confirmed.”

Hours later, Mr. Zelensky’s spokeswoman said the president had met with U.S. Embassy officials in Kyiv and received “important data that will be studied by our specialists.” He was scheduled to speak with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at 8 a.m. Washington time on Friday, she said.

American and allied officials said on Thursday that they had intelligence that surface-to-air missiles fired by Iranian military forces shot down the Boeing 737 minutes after it took off from Tehran, headed for Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.

The jet crashed hours after Iran fired ballistic missiles at American targets in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the leader of a powerful branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and was bracing for a possible American response.

Mr. Zelensky has pledged to get to the bottom of what happened, cutting short a trip to Oman immediately after the crash and dispatching a team of 45 Ukrainian experts to Tehran.

On Friday, Mr. Zelensky made it clear that Western governments, allies in his country’s conflict with Russia, had not shared the evidence that led them to believe that the Ukrainian jet had been shot down by Iran.

“The version that a missile hit the airplane cannot be ruled out, but currently cannot be confirmed,” Mr. Zelensky said in a statement posted to Facebook on Friday morning. “Given the latest announcements made by countries’ leaders in the news media, we call on our international partners — first and foremost the governments of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain — to provide the data and the evidence concerning the catastrophe to the commission investigating its causes.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain both said Iran had probably shot down the plane by accident. President Trump said he suspected that the downing of the plane had been the result of “a mistake on the other side.”

An American official told The New York Times that the United States had a high level of confidence that a Russian-made Iranian air defense system had fired two surface-to-air missiles at the plane.

The crash of the Ukrainian jet has presented Mr. Zelensky, a 41-year-old comedian who swept to a stunning victory in the presidential election last spring, with the most urgent crisis of his short tenure.

Already caught up in American domestic politics amid the impeachment spectacle on Capitol Hill, Mr. Zelensky must now navigate the geopolitical showdown between two longtime adversaries: the United States, Kyiv’s most powerful partner, and Iran.

“Our goal is to ascertain the undeniable truth,” Mr. Zelensky said in his statement on Friday. “We believe this is the responsibility of the whole international community before the families of the dead and the memory of the victims of the catastrophe.”

The Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office issued a public request for help from Canada, seeking information from intelligence agencies about a possible missile strike.

Iran has maintained that there was no evidence that the plane was struck by a missile and doubled down on that assertion on Friday, despite western officials pointing to intelligence suggesting the passenger jet was accidentally hit by a missile.

Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization chief, Ali Abedzadeh, speaking during a Friday news conference, urged caution and said that nothing could be determined until the data from the black boxes was analyzed and said statements made by other nations were politically motivated.

But, he added, what could be said was that the plane had not been hit by a missile and was likely on fire before it crashed. He also urged nations with intelligence on the crash, namely the United States and Canada, to share that information with Iran.

“We cannot just give you speculation,” Mr. Abedzadeh said in footage televised and translated on Iranian state television. “So far what I can tell you is that the plane has not been hit by a missile, and we have to look for the cause of the fire.”

Hassan Rezaeifar, the head of the Iranian investigation team, said during the same news conference that it could take more than a month to process the data recovered from the flight recorders and that the investigation could take up to two years. He also noted that Ukraine, France, Canada, and Russia have all said they are willing to assist Iran with the data extraction, and Tehran will send the black box to one of these countries if it fails to retrieve the data.

Normally, Iran has the capacity to download black box data, but Mr. Rezaeifar said that since the devices had been damaged, it would be difficult to extract information.

“We need special software and hardware which are available in our country, but if we fail to extract the data due to the damages of the black box, we will get help from other countries,” he said.

The black box will begin to be evaluated on Friday, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported, “to assess and check whether it is possible to reconstruct and analyze the information inside the country.” State television aired footage that it said showed the two black boxes that were recovered from the crash site.

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The New York Times has obtained and verified video showing the moment a Ukrainian airliner was hit in Iran.CreditCredit…Screenshot from video

Footage verified by The New York Times appears to show a missile fired from Iranian territory hitting a plane near Tehran’s airport, the area where a Ukrainian jet crashed on Wednesday.

As investigators work to determine an official cause of the accident, the video offered new clues about the crash, which came hours after a violent confrontation between Iran and the United States.

A small explosion occurred when what appears to be a missile hit the plane above Parand, a city near the airport, but the plane did not explode, the video showed. The jet continued flying for several minutes and turned back toward the airport, The Times has determined.

The plane, which by then had stopped transmitting its signal, flew toward the airport ablaze before it exploded and crashed quickly, other videos verified by The Times showed.

Visual and audio clues in the footage also matched flight path information and satellite imagery of the area near where the plane crashed.

France’s aviation investigation authority said on Friday that it had been invited by Iran to take part in the investigation into the crash of an Ukrainian plane near Tehran this week.

A spokesman for the authority, known by its French acronym B.E.A., or Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses, said France was getting involved because the jetliner’s engine had been designed by CFM, a joint venture between GE Aviation, an American company, and Safran Aircraft Engines, a French one.

“No further assistance has been requested at this point in time,” the spokesman said, adding that Iranian aviation authorities were the lead investigator in the case.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s foreign minister, did not say on Friday whether the country had proof that the jetliner had been shot down by Iranian missiles, but said that France was “available” to help with the investigation.

“Before the speculation, we must establish the truth in conditions of utmost transparency,” Mr. Le Drian told RTL, a French radio station. France, one of the signatories of the Iranian nuclear deal, is now trying to salvage it by acting as a go-between for Iran and the United States.

Anton Troianovski, Megan Specia, Aurelien Breeden, Christiaan Triebert, Malachy Browne, Sarah Kerr and Ainara Tiefenthäler contributed reporting.

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