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Ivanka Trump to Meet with Al Gore on Climate Change

NY TIMES

She may not have a formal policy role, but Ivanka Trump has her father’s ear — and now Mr. Gore has hers.

The Trump transition team announced on Monday that one of the president-elect’s closest advisers, his daughter, will meet with the man bearing the Inconvenient Truth on human-caused climate change.

Meantime, hundreds of scientists are telling Mr. Trump in a new letter that climate change is real and needs to be addressed.

“We urge you to decide if you want your Presidency to be defined by denial and disaster, or acceptance and action,” says the new letter, which will be sent on Tuesday and has already been signed by some 700 scientists and academics from related disciplines. The letter lists six steps the president elect can take to help protect the nation’s “economy, national security, and public health and safety.”

Getting Mr. Trump, who has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, to turn around on the issue might not be as unlikely as his public statements would make it seem. It may come down to who has his ear last.

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis may have led the 1st Marine Division during the invasion of Iraq and later oversaw the campaign for Falluja, but he now thinks the Iraq War was a mistake.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” the president-elect’s choice to be secretary of defense told a conference in California, according to an audio tape obtained by The Intercept, “we will probably look back on the invasion of Iraq as a mistake — as a strategic mistake.”

Perhaps not coincidentally, Mr. Trump — his boss, should he be confirmed by the Senate — had a similar change of views on the war, though the president-elect has famously insisted he always opposed the invasion.

Ben Carson for housing secretary.

Mr. Trump selected Carson, a formal rival for the Republican presidential nomination, to be his secretary of housing and urban development, despite Mr. Carson’s lack of experience in housing policy.

The president-elect said:

“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”

The housing mortgage market has been largely under federal control since the Great Recession and the collapse of the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have been under federal receivership for nearly a decade.

Mr. Trump said during the campaign that America’s inner cities were wastelands of violence and depravity. Mr. Carson, if confirmed, will have his work cut out for him.

Mr. Carson’s spokesman has said that the former neurosurgeon did not have the management experience to run an entire federal agency.

Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the minority leader, was not pleased with news of the appointment:

“Dr. Ben Carson is a disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice to lead a department as complex and consequential as Housing and Urban Development.

“Our country deserves a HUD secretary with the relevant experience to protect the rights of homeowners and renters, particularly in low income and minority communities, and to ensure that everyone in our country can have access to safe and affordable housing without facing discrimination or homelessness.”

Fake news, but real bullets.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, the man who was said to have entered a Washingtonpizzeria armed and looking for a pedophile ring run by Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, is expected to appear in D.C. Superior Court at 1 p.m.

Mr. Welch, from Salisbury, N.C., was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for firing his gun inside Comet Ping Pong.

The gunman entered the restaurant that had been the target of harassment after a fake news article said it was the base of a child abuse ring, firing his weapon before being arrested on Sunday and escalating fear in what is normally a quiet neighborhood.

The episode in northwest Washington severely escalated what had already been a tense period after false rumors began to spread that the restaurant was somehow tied to a child abuse ring run by Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Podesta.

That might sound far-fetched, but it led to dozens of threats against its employees by email and on social media.

Even the son of retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, picked to be Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, was still trafficking in the so-called Pizzagate conspiracy theory Sunday night.

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