WASHINGTON (AP)– Beto O’Rourke opened his Democratic governmental project this past week with a call to action on international warming that misrepresented the science. From Iowa, he claimed scientists are united in believing the world only has a lots years to turn the tide on climate modification, which is not rather their view.

In Washington, an exasperated federal judge fact-checked the “no collusion mantra” recited by President Donald Trump and his partners as they try to dispel suspicions that people from his 2016 project and Russia worked together to tilt that election. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, while sentencing former project chairman Paul Manafort, reminded her courtroom– and indirectly the president– that Manafort’s trial was unrelated to questions of collusion with Russia.

” Court is one of those locations where realities still matter,” Jackson stated. “The ‘no collusion’ mantra is simply a non sequitur.”

That didn’t stop the refrain. “Again that was proven today, no collusion,” Trump tweeted.

An appearance at some of the political rhetoric of the previous week:


O’ROURKE, on international warming: “This is our last opportunity. The researchers are absolutely unanimous on this. That we run out than 12 years to take exceptionally vibrant action on this crisis.”– remarks in Keokuk, Iowa, on Thursday.

President Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his presidency, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. (March 15)

THE REALITIES: There is no scientific agreement, much less unanimity, that the world just has 12 years to fix the problem.

A report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Environment Modification, drawn from the work of hundreds of researchers, usages 2030 as a prominent standard due to the fact that signatories to the Paris contract have actually pledged emission cuts already. However it’s not a last opportunity, tough due date for action, as it has been analyzed in some quarters.

” Happy to clear this up,” James Skea, co-chairman of the report and professor of sustainable energy at Imperial College London, told The Associated Press. The panel “did not state we have 12 years left to save the world.”

He included: “The hotter it gets, the even worse it gets, however there is no cliff edge.”

” This has been a persistent source of confusion,” agreed Kristie L. Ebi, director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the University of Washington in Seattle. “The report never ever said we just have 12 years left.”

The report forecasts that global warming is likely to increase by 0.5 degrees Celsius or 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit in between 2030 and 2052 “if it continues to increase at the current rate.” The climate has currently warmed by 1 degree C or 1.8 degrees F since the pre-Industrial Age.

Even holding warming to that level brings damaging effects to the environment, the report stated, however the effect increases greatly if the boost in the global average temperature level approaches 2 degrees C or 3.6 degrees F.

” The earth does not reach a cliff at 2030 or 2052,” Ebi informed AP. However “keep adding greenhouse gases to the environment and temperature levels will continue to increase.”

As much as environment scientists see the necessity for broad and instant action to resolve global warming, they do not concur on an imminent moment of truth.

Cornell University environment scientist Natalie M. Mahowald informed the AP that a 12- year amount of time is a “robust number for trying to cut emissions” and to keep the increase in warming under existing levels.

But she said strategizing unduly dire repercussions is not “helpful to solving the problem.”



TRUMP, on Manafort’s sentencing to a second federal prison term: “I can just inform you one thing: Again that was proven today, no collusion.”– remarks Wednesday to press reporters at the White House.

THE FACTS: There was no such evidence because trial or in Manafort’s other trial. Whether collusion occurred was not a subject of the charges against Manafort. It’s one of the main problems in a separate and continuing examination by unique counsel Robert Mueller.

In the event that produced Manafort’s first prison sentence, he was founded guilty of tax and bank fraud related to his work encouraging Ukrainian politicians. Judge T.S. Ellis III neither cleared nor linked the president, instead stressing that Manafort was “not prior to this court for anything relating to collusion with the Russian federal government.”

Trump neglected that point later, tweeting: “Both the Judge and the lawyer in the Paul Manafort case specified loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia.” Trump misquoted the lawyer as well as the judge.

On Wednesday, Jackson sentenced Manafort for misinforming the federal government about his foreign lobbying work and for encouraging witnesses to lie on his behalf. Again, the case did not turn on his leadership of Trump’s project. “The examination is still ongoing,” she noted, scolding Manafort’s attorneys for bringing up the “no collusion” refrain throughout the trial.

The two judges sentenced Manafort to 7.5 years entirely.

Just Like other Americans who were close to Trump and have been charged in the Mueller probe, Manafort hasn’t been implicated of participation in Russian election interference. Nor has he been cleared of that suspicion. The very same is true of Trump.



TRUMP: “Because 1976, presidents have actually declared 59 nationwide emergencies. … The only emergency Congress voted to withdraw was the one to secure our own nation. So, consider that: With all of the national emergencies, this was the one they don’t desire to do. And this is the one, possibly, they must most do.”– Oval Workplace remarks Friday after banning the congressional resolution seeking to overrule his declaration of a border emergency situation.

THE TRUTHS: His statement was not the only one designed to secure the nation.

President Barack Obama declared an emergency in 2009 to secure the nation from the swine flu, which had actually killed more than 1,000 people and spread out to 46 states before he took that action. The H1N1 flu stress was linked to more than 274,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths in the U.S. in between April 2009 and April 2010.

It enabled the activation of emergency plans, such as moving emergency clinic offsite to keep those contaminated with the infection far from other emergency clinic clients, and it had Republican assistance. Unlike Trump’s order, it was not developed to maximize cash that Congress had already refused to spend.

A lot of nationwide emergency situations declared by presidents have actually been directly drawn, developed to protect U.S. interests in foreign countries, frequently in reaction to crises breaking abroad.


TRUMP on border security: “We’re capturing record numbers of people.”– drug-trafficking meeting Wednesday.

THE FACTS: One major record has been broken– the variety of migrant families arrested for crossing into the U.S. unlawfully. Other records have not.

More than 76,000 migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last month, more than double the number from the same duration last year. The majority of were families being available in increasingly big groups.

Total varieties of Border Patrol arrests were the highest in 12 years, but not the greatest ever.

The annual numbers are far from a record. About 400,000 people were arrested for crossing the border illegally in the last budget plan year, simply one-quarter of the 1.6 million in2000 That is the record.



TRUMP: “The Phony News photoshopped images of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places. They are only getting more deranged with time!”– tweet Wednesday.

THE TRUTHS: No, there’s no evidence that the news organizations Trump likes to call the “Fake News” doctored photos of Melania Trump to peddle the fallacy that a stand-in took the very first lady’s place in Alabama recently or other locations at other times. Some wrote about the fakery, spread out by a mix of satirical, gullible and anti-Trump individuals online, and Trump’s tweet provides more visibility than they would have had otherwise.

Amongst them, The Guardian writer Marina Hyde tweeted in October 2017 that she was “definitely persuaded Melania is being played by a Melania impersonator nowadays.” She followed up with an admission that she had indulged in a “parallel fake universe” in which she fantasized that the first girl had gotten away to small-town Missouri and was volunteering at a shelter for refugees.



TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO, on favorable train control: “Absolutely nothing occurred on this up until we came into workplace. And I would like some credit for that.”– remarks Monday to reporters.

THE FACTS: Her comment that absolutely nothing was done on favorable train control prior to she took control of the Transportation Department is not real.

The Federal Railroad Administration took an aggressive posture on the braking technology under the Obama administration. After an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia in 2015, the agency’s administrator, Sarah Feinberg, pushed railroads to move faster on installing positive train control, which has been offered for years. The GPS-based innovation is developed to automatically slow or stop trains that are going too fast and can take control of control of a train when an engineer is sidetracked or immobilized.

Congress had mandated that railroad companies set up the braking innovation by 2015, after a 2008 Metrolink crash in California eliminated 25 people. But the rail industry encouraged Congress to push back the installation deadline to 2018, while enabling railroads to make an application for an extension up until 2020 in some situations.

Feinberg stated she would not accept additional delays and had her agency post quarterly updates about each railroad’s development on her agency’s site.

She cautioned railroads that any extensions beyond the 2018 due date would just be considered if the railroads might show they made a good-faith effort to meet the required. She also told railways to submit plans that defined their in-depth schedules for the braking systems and alerted that the agency could fine them up to $5,000 each day if they didn’t submit the required strategies.

In contrast, Chao was noncommittal on the deadline at her confirmation hearing, stating she required to be briefed on the technology.

Information supplied by the FRA reveals that by the end of 2016, favorable train control was in operation for 16 percent of freight railroads’ needed route miles and 24 percent of passenger railways’ needed path miles. As of December 2018, it was operating for 83 percent of path miles for freight railroads and 30 percent of guest railways’ needed route miles.

The miles completed under the Trump administration developed on the foundation that had been set out under Obama.



TRUMP, on previous FBI attorney Lisa Page: “Comey testified (under oath) that it was a ‘unanimous’ decision on Crooked Hillary. Lisa Page transcripts show he LIED.”– tweet Wednesday.

THE TRUTHS: Nothing in Page’s testimony to your house Judiciary Committee in 2015 indicates that previous FBI Director James Comey lied about his investigative group’s choice not to advise charges against 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Clinton in her handling of an email server while secretary of state. A transcript of Page’s testimony was launched by the panel’s top Republican this previous week.

Trump is proper that Comey did testify to your home Oversight and Federal Government Reform Committee in July 2016 that the decision on no charges was unanimous among his investigative group.

In the newly launched transcript, Page said the investigative team determined it did not have “sufficient proof” versus Clinton to bring a charge of “gross neglect” in her handling of emails.

Page did keep in mind there was some “smack talk” by higher-level FBI officials revealing a desire to “get” Clinton. “So I know senior FBI authorities speaking to subordinate FBI officials on the Hillary Clinton investigative team who unquestionably had anti-Hillary belief, but who likewise said: You need to get her or– again, I do not have a specific quote– however like we’re relying on you, you understand,” Page said.

However Page likewise kept in mind that none of those authorities remained in a position of authority over the investigation any longer.



TRUMP, on how he stood at his Scottish golf resort, Turnberry, on the eve of the Brexit referendum and forecasted that the British would vote to leave the European Union: “I forecasted it was going to take place and I was ideal and individuals laughed when I predicted it and they won by about two points. And I was standing out on Turnberry and we had an interview and individuals were shouting. That was the day in the past, if you keep in mind. I think you existed. And individuals were screaming and I said, ‘No, I think it’s going to take place.’ And individuals were shocked I made the prediction … because President Obama made the opposite forecast. And I was right.”– remarks Thursday at White House.

THE FACTS: As when he has actually told this story previously, Trump is mixing up his predictions and his days. A month before the vote, he did forecast properly that Britain would vote to leave the EU. The day after the 2016 vote– not the day before– he forecasted from his Scottish resort that the EU would collapse because of Britain’s withdrawal. That remains to be seen.


Associated Press authors Colleen Long, Eric Tucker, Michael Balsamo, Chad Day, Mary Clare Jalonick and Jill Colvin in Washington and Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.


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