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    Obama's Final Presser; Hottest Year Ever; More Confirmation Hearings

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    It was another hugely busy news day on today's BradCast. But, as usual, we try, at least, to keep our eyes not on the shiny objects, but on the stuff that actually matters. Wish us luck. Among the stories, we cover on today's show...

    • President Obama's final press conference as President of the United States, on Chelsea Manning; Trump; Russia; Cuba; Israel and the need to preserve a free press and protect democracy;
    • The World Meteorological Organization declares data from NOAA, NASA, the UK, and the European weather and climate center, as well as other datasets, all find that 2016 set the record for the hottest year ever recorded on Planet Earth. It was the third year in a row to shatter the record, posing what scientists categorize as a "profound threat to both the natural world and to human civilization;
    • Billionaire charter school proponent Betsy DeVos, Trump's nominee to become Secretary of Education, gets hammered by Democrats in her U.S. Senate confirmation hearings. She was unphased;
    • Oklahoma Attorney General, climate science denier, and enemy of the EPA Scott Pruitt faces tough questions at his confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate, as Trump's nominee to head…yes…the EPA. He was also unphased.;
    • Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report with at least some good news in our increasingly pretend world;
    • And listeners call in with a few time capsule messages for the future…from the final days before Donald Trump will have become President of the United States…

    All of that and much more on today's BradCast…

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    Chelsea Manning, Education, Nuclear Power, extreme weather, Global Warming, Climate Change, 2016 US Presidential election, GOP, Republicans, Democrats, NASA, Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump, Oklahoma, United States, Russia, Cuba, California
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