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Episode Info: As an unusual late season blizzard slams the Northeast, the White House continues to deploy a blizzard of disinformation in hopes of disparaging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the wake of its finding that some 24 million Americans will go without health care coverage by 2026 under the Republicans' proposed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ('ObamaCare'). But it appears the White House had reportedly made similar estimates on their own concerning the imperiled GOP legislation. The non-partisan CBO is just the latest of many key institutions now under fire by Republicans.  David Roberts, climate and politics journalist from Vox.com, joins us today to discuss the recent comments made on CNBC by Donald Trump's EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, pretending that he doesn't know that scientists determined long ago that carbon dioxide is the primary driver for man-made climate change.  But outrage over those comments, and Pruitt's dismissal of basic science facts misses the point, Roberts explains. The issue is not about facts or science, but about the Republican Party itself and their on-going assaults on our nation's institutions -- from science to government to academia to journalism to, yes, the CBO. Finally, speaking of climate change denial: Some very encouraging news when it comes to renewable energy in the U.S. (don't tell Donald Trump or the Republicans) and some bad news in court for Sec. of State and former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson...Read more »

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