A White House climate change report released Tuesday is packed with dire warnings about how America is already suffering from the disastrous consequences of rising temperatures. Yet a huge share of the public will likely greet the news with either an emphatic shrug, or a raised eyebrow.
And there's the problem for Obama when it comes to his oft-promised "pivots" to address climate change: A bunch of Americans either don't care about the issue, or think it's overblown.
Only about one-third of Americans say they worry a "great deal" about climate change, per Gallup. Meanwhile, the share of adults who think the threat of global warming is exaggerated has risen over the past two decades. And as global warming skepticism has evolved into a cottage industry — especially on the right — more and more Americans have decided the phenomenon isn't even real.
Hillary Clinton has burned Donald Trump with stern words and with humor, but on Friday her campaign took its audaciousness to a whole new level by waltzing right into the heart of enemy territory: Trump Tower.
Filming in and around the Tower, Clinton campaign staffers Jess McIntosh and Zac Petkanas investigated the manufacturing locations for Trump's clothing line, revealing that the items were made at a range of locations outside of the U.S., from South America to Africa to Asia.
To add insult to injury, the pair then stood on the sidewalk outside Trump Tower to ask passersby where they thought the Trump-branded clothing had been made:
— Ian Sams (@IanSams) July 1, 2016
"Turns out Donald Trump only wants to make America great again if he can't make it cheaper elsewhere," McIntonish burns at the end. Ouch. Jeva Lange
With Chipotle still struggling to get back on its feet after a string of E. coli and norovirus outbreaks, the burrito chain is now facing another setback. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.'s chief creative and development officer, Mark Crumpacker, has been put on administrative leave after he was indicted in a New York City cocaine bust.
Crumpacker, one of the company's top four executives, was found to be one of 18 alleged buyers in the Lower East Side drug ring, and he has reportedly been charged with "a single count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, which is a misdemeanor offense," The Wall Street Journal reports. The charges became public Thursday.
"We made this decision in order to remain focused on the operation of our business, and to allow Mark to focus on these personal matters," Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told The Wall Street Journal of the decision to put Crumpacker on leave. "Mark's responsibilities have been assigned to other senior managers in his absence."
While the charges don't have anything to do with Chipotle itself, the indictment of the man who has been the face of Chipotle's comeback efforts doesn't necessarily bode well for the company's image repair, analyst Brian Vaccaro of investment company Raymond James told Bloomberg. "This news creates some headline risk that could temporarily negatively impact same-store sales trends," Vaccaro said. Becca Stanek
Samantha Bee stormed onto the late night comedy scene and has taken no prisoners with her signature and undiscriminating outrage. Part of her success — Full Frontal currently has twice as many viewers as The Daily Show — certainly comes from her writers' room. Thanks to a blind application process, Bee ended up with a team that was 50 percent female, 30 percent nonwhite, and entirely unafraid of taking sexism and racism head-on.
In a recent profile of Bee, Rolling Stone offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what Full Frontal's writing room looks like when it's firing on all cylinders. The writers, including Jo Miller and Bee's husband, Jason Jones, were working with a clip from last July, in which Rep. Keith Ellison warned a panel that Trump could get enough momentum to be a political threat. "I know you don't believe that," George Stephanopoulos had mocked while The New York Times' Maggie Haberman blurted, "Sorry to laugh!"
Then Bee's team got to work:
"Hahahahahaha," Bee had guffawed in rehearsal, addressing the pundits frozen on the screen behind her. "Not as sorry as you'll be in 12 months."
"I don't know, I think we need a more outraged sentiment here," says Jones. "'It's your job to prognosticate. You're fucking terrible!'"
"'It's funny 'cause we're white'?" Miller tries. "'Hahaha, you suck at your job'?"
"'Hahaha, you could've helped to make this a reality that didn't happen,'" suggests Bee. "'You could've stopped this, hahaha.'"
A woman sitting next to Bee says, "They give him so much fucking coverage."
"'Hahaha, we've given him 20 million in free advertising,'" Jones throws out.
"No, how many billions has it been?" asks Miller. She types on her laptop. "Two billion. New York Times. That's in March!" She types more. "It's $3 billion now." She pauses. "'Hahaha, that'll never happen unless people like you give him $3 billion in free advertising!'" Bee narrows her eyes and nods. [Rolling Stone]
An internal Central Intelligence Agency report on the 2004 arrest and detention of Khaleed al Masri admits that the agency held the German citizen for months after it was confirmed he had no connections to terrorism.
Initially abducted by Macedonian police while on vacation, Masri was handed over to the CIA in January 2004 and taken to one of the agency's black sites, a secret prison in Afghanistan. By Masri's account, the CIA drugged him for transport and tortured him while he was in their custody, administering a nonconsensual anal exam. The CIA's report denies allegations of torture, but does admit that Masri was held in a "small cell" with only "some clothing, bedding, and a bucket for his waste."
Once the agency realized that Masri's passport and story were genuine, his release was delayed because the CIA did not wish to admit error. Finally, in May 2004, Masri was released in Albania. He returned home to Germany to find his family had left the country because they did not believe they would see him again.
An Italian paper has published the first glimpse of former Pope Benedict's forthcoming memoir, and it's a doozy. The Last Conversations, which will be released Sept. 9, represents the first time ever that a pope has reflected back on his pontificate after it was over — Benedict, of course, being the first pope in six centuries to resign when he did so over health concerns in 2013.
In the memoir, Benedict claims that he struggled against the influence of a "gay lobby" in the Vatican. He alleges that the group was made up of four or five people that sought to sway the Vatican to their agenda, but that he was able to "break up this power group." While the Catholic church opposes homosexuality, Reuters notes that "rights campaigners have long said many gay people work for the Vatican and Church sources have said they suspect that some have banded together to support each other's careers and influence decisions in the bureaucracy."
Benedict also confesses his own "lack of resoluteness in governing" in the memoir, Italy's Corriere della Sera reported, although the former pope maintains he was not pressured to resign. He said that he was "incredulous" when the cardinals picked him to succeed Pope John Paul II and "surprised" when he when they chose the current Pope Francis to replace him in 2013. Jeva Lange
If you increasingly agree with Bernie Sanders' complaint of being "sick and tired of hearing about [Hillary Clinton's] damn emails," despair: The State Department has petitioned a federal court for a 27-month delay in releasing the messages, a timeline which could well stretch the email drama through at least October 2018.
The department claimed it previously miscalculated the time and effort required to comply with the relevant FOIA requests, which it says "involve significantly more material, which is significantly more complicated, than the parties had originally anticipated."
To be fair, this 27-month timeline is an improvement over State's estimate in a separate Clinton email case. There, the department said it would need fully 75 years to process and release emails between Clinton and just three of her aides, a schedule which would see transparency achieved long after everyone who sent the emails is dead.
After Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday in an interview with NPR that Bernie Sanders was "going to endorse" Hillary Clinton, it seemed like — at long last — the time had finally come. But not so fast, Sanders said in an interview later Thursday on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes. While Sanders acknowledged that he had indeed talked to Biden about "three weeks ago," he said that he is still "trying to work with Secretary Clinton's campaign on areas that we can agree on" before making the big endorsement.
"We are working with the Clinton campaign, trying to be able to come forward and say to my supporters out there, 'You know what? Here's the progress that we have made,'" Sanders said. "I hope that we can reach that goal. We are not there at this moment."
Watch Sanders' comments about the long road towards endorsing Clinton below. Becca Stanek