Midday open thread. Study: climate change intensifying hurricanes. Kicking Whitmer's eco-order

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is Executive Time

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:

Trump wants to make 2020 about ‘socialism’? Please proceed, by Ian Reifowitz 
Green New Deal rollout renews battle in Congress over climate change, by Sher Watts Spooner
Defying Trump’s false dichotomy of “Vengeance or Vision,” by Frank Vyan Walton
There is absolutely no doubt that we can pay for Medicare for All and we better! by Egberto Willies
Black History Month. Gloria Hayes Richardson led a movement, by Denise Oliver Velez
Trump accidentally gets it right on expanding legal immigration, by  Jon Perr 
Fear and loathing in America, by Mark E Andersen 

In party-line vote, Michigan House says no to Gov. Whitmer’s broad eco-executive order:

The state House voted 58-51 on Wednesday to reject a sweeping environmental executive order signed Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in a move Whitmer denounced as an irresponsible vote against clean drinking water.

Lawmakers said they didn’t have a problem with Whitmer restructuring the Department of Environmental Quality as the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, but they strongly oppose the governor’s decision to abolish industry-dominated panels that would review environmental rules and permit decisions under a law passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder just last year.

• Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Does the McConnell amendment provide a justification for military operations against Iran?

MIDDAY TWEET

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Matt Whitaker is astonishingly disrespectful. He’s also way out of his league. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee just put him in his place. “Mr. Attorney General, we are not joking here and your humor is not acceptable.” pic.twitter.com/VbI5rxgfTn

— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) February 8, 2019

In key primary states, some Democratic activists worry about Sen. Warren’s ancestry troubles: 

Many Democrats continue to defend the Massachusetts senator, believing the questions have been overblown or used against Warren unfairly. Yet with so many candidates in the Democratic field, some say she will have to show soon that she can shake it off, given voters’ intense focus on finding a candidate who can defeat… Trump.

“She needs to get everything out and hope that’s the end of it,” said Judy Reardon, a New Hampshire environmental activist, who is a former Democratic state legislator and top staffer to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and is generally complimentary of Warren.

Scientists say in new research that hurricanes in the Atlantic are intensifying and climate change is a key culprit.

Famed British actor Albert Finney dead at 82:

Albert Finney, who forged his reputation as one of the leading actors of Britain’s early 60s new wave cinema, has died aged 82 after a short illness, his family have announced. In 2011, he disclosed he had kidney cancer.

Having shot to fame as the star of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Finney received five Oscar nominations, but never won, and refused a knighthood.[…]

Born in Salford in 1936, Finney grew up the son of a bookmaker as part of what he called the “lower middle class”. Encouraged by his headmaster at Salford Grammar school, Finney got a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he found himself in the same class as Peter O’Toole and Alan Bates.

Making the case for the four-day work week: “Productivity barely suffers when workweeks are shortened or even just compressed,” says one labor expert.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: ZOMG Bezos Enquirer Saud-owned Arabia Ronan Farrow! In other news: How did St. Jude’s find its way into the SOTU? How to explain a 10 year, 450% rise in guns found by TSA. Whitaker disarms that subpoena. Incoming Trump immigration hypocrisy.

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