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The Daily BeastSep 22, 2019
Tapper Corners Mnuchin: Wouldn't You Find It Inappropriate If Obama Asked Ukraine to Investigate Trump's Kids?
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin found himself in a rhetorical trap of his own making on Sunday when CNN's Jake Tapper cornered the treasury chief as he defended President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

During his appearance on State of the Union, Mnuchin immediately deflected when pressed by Tapper as to whether or not it was common for presidents to push foreign leaders to investigate their political rivals, pivoting instead to Biden's claim he hasn't spoken to his son about his business dealings.

"I haven't heard that and I think you're speculating on what the president said," the Trump official said. "I would say these are confidential discussions between two foreign leaders but I think the bigger issue is Biden came out this weekend saying he never had any discussions with his son. His son came out and said he had had business discussions with his father so I think that the real issue is not what the president said, but what, indeed, did Biden's son do."

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The Daily BeastSep 20, 2019
Yes, Virginia, There Are Republicans Who Care About Climate Change
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastEarlier this year, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a bombastic young Trump supporter, unveiled a response to the Green New Deal that recognizes that it "is the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green Real Deal to…achieve robust, economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reductions." Whether this was a sincere olive branch or a head fake is unclear.

But the rhetoric suggests that there are some Republicans who take these issues seriously and raises the possibility of bipartisan compromise—which is more than Democrats who bother to show up at MSNBC's climate forum can be expected to offer. 

This time, though, there will at least be some competition. Among the candidates participating in the forum will be Republican Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, whose attendance raises an interesting question: Can the party that gave us Theodore Roosevelt and the EPA offer a climate vision that falls somewhere between out-and-out denial and throwing $16 trillion at the problem?

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