3 Things To Know Today

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1 Biden Addresses Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events

President Biden is pledging to tackle climate change through executive actions due to inaction in the 50-50 Senate. The White House says he's still considering a declaration of a national climate emergency. The effects of an emergency declaration are unclear. Speaking in Massachusetts, Biden tallied recent climate change and extreme weather events, calling it a "clear and present danger." He said climate change is an existential threat and a "code red for humanity." Biden cited western wildfires and extreme heatwaves across the U.S. He said extreme weather hurts businesses. Meanwhile, it’s not clear how much this will help Mr. Biden politically. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, his approval rating is hitting a new low. Just over 31% of American adults approve of the job the President is doing and 60% disapprove. More than 70% don't want Biden to run for a second term.

2 Devastating Heatwave Across The United States

Think you’re hot? You’re not alone - the United States is being hit with a scorching heatwave that’s causing record temperatures across the country. In fact, 28 states issued heat warnings yesterday, while on the same day, Oklahoma and Texas reached temperatures of 115. Most of the Midwest is expected to reach ten degrees higher than average for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service (NWS) is also issuing their own excessive heat warnings in states like Arizona, California, Nevada, and several others. For the record, heat advisories now stretch from the East to the West Coast – and power grids are being pushed to the limit. If you’re cranking the AC, officials are suggesting setting your unit to 78-degrees…to give the infrastructure a break.

3 Jan. 6 Committee Prime Time Hearing Coming Up Tonight

The House Committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol is set to hold a prime time hearing tonight. What’s on tap? Overall, a minute-by-minute accounting of what then-President Trump did that fateful day for more than three-hours. We’ll also hear from two former White House officials: Matthew Pottinger, who served on former President Trump’s National Security Council, and White House aide Sarah Matthews. Both resigned shortly after the attack – Pottinger? He says the moment that Trump tweeted that “Pence should have had more courage” – is the moment he decided to quit. We’re also supposed to hear more from former Trump attorney Pat Cipollone, who has already corroborated much of what former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified to. What does Mr. Trump have to say? Not much. At last check on his Truth Social account, Trump was remarking about his late first wife, Ivana, who was laid to rest yesterday.

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