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Midday open thread: Seder to return; climate models underestimate warming

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is Donald Trump and Team, starring in ‘Spy Stories for Dummies’:

Comic by Ruben Bolling -Donald Trump and Team, starring in 'Spy Stories for Dummies'
If Donald Trump serves out his full term, he has 1,139 days left in office.

Marriage equality arrives in Australia:

Australia’s Parliament passed a bill on Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage following a long push for marriage equality. […] Only four members of parliament voted against the the legislation.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a supporter of marriage equality, had committed last month to passing the bill before Christmas.

“This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect. For every one of us this is a great day,” Turnbull said on Thursday.

MSNBC reverses course on decision to fire Sam Seder over tweet:

“I appreciate MSNBC’s thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for their own toxic, political purposes,” Seder said in a statement to The Intercept. “We are experiencing an important and long overdue moment of empowerment for the victims of sexual assault and of reckoning for their perpetrators. I’m proud that MSNBC and its staff have set a clear example of the need to get it right.”

Service dog briefly causes havoc at performance of Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.”

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Ford plans to move its electric SUV operation from Michigan to Mexico:

Ford Motor Co. is changing gears again on its production plans in Mexico, revealing it now plans to build a small electric-powered sport utility vehicle south of the border instead of at a Michigan factory.

Sending the electric vehicle to Mexico, where labor costs are lower, will help the business case for the costly model. It also risks raising the ire of President Donald Trump, who had been sharply critical of an earlier plan by Ford to build a small car factory in Mexico that the company ultimately canceled.

32 photos of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Study: The most-used climate models are underestimating global warming:

“The basic idea is that we have a range of projections on future warming that came from these climate models, and for scientific interest and political interest, we wanted to narrow this range,” said Patrick Brown, co-author of the study [published in Nature]. “We find that the models that do the best at simulating the recent past project more warming.”

Using that smaller group of models, the study found that if countries stay on a high-emissions trajectory, there’s a 93 percent chance the planet will warm more than 4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Previous studies placed those odds at 62 percent.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Many people are saying there was something wrong with Trump’s speech. Moore’s still out there, as Franken exits. A KITM explainer on impeachment resolutions. Armando previews the last DNC Unity Commission meeting. (You can meet him there!)

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