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“Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord makes clear that the United States is not only abdicating its role as a world leader but is staking a claim as one of the great threats to global progress. Last year, the world’s nations came together out of urgent necessity and agreed with near unanimity to work together in combating the most pressing crisis of our time. The President’s decision to now reverse course betrays our allies, undermines our credibility, and exacerbates a global catastrophe. There are no winners in this decision. America’s influence will now dwindle, the climate will continue to wreak havoc, and — despite the myths perpetuated by the President and his anti-science allies — our economy will suffer tremendously. Doubling down on denial will not bring back coal jobs, and the bliss of this ignorant misstep will be short-lived once the dire consequences begin to take their toll.” [Congressman John Yarmuth]

Last week, Russ Whitney’s electricity meter in Scott County started running backwards. The Newtown Pike homeowner completed construction of a solar array that converts sunlight into electric current — enough to power his 2 1/2 -story, 3,190-square-foot home. [H-L]

Quitting the Paris Agreement will have steep political and economic costs. But for an embattled president, it does do one thing: It fulfills a campaign promise popular with his base, and appeases the members of his administration who are ideologically opposed to anything that smacks of globalism or environmentalism. [HuffPo]

The findings, published in Nature Climate Change, detail how every state and several hundred cities or metro areas could be affected, including Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Nashville. [C-J/AKN]

Shifting from his previous blanket denials, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Thursday that “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved in cyberattacks last year to help the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump. [NY Times]

When it comes to health care, Americans may be having buyer’s remorse. More people approve of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, than the alternative health bill passed this month by House Republicans, according to a poll published Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. [WFPL]

This treasonous pigfucker and his supporters (like Scott Jennings) are more dumb than you thought. The Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russia two diplomatic compounds, near New York City and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, from which its officials were ejected in late December as punishment for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Then-President Barack Obama said Dec. 29 that the compounds were being “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes,” and gave Russia 24 hours to vacate them. Separately, Obama expelled from the United States what he said were 35 Russian “intelligence operatives.” [WaPo]

The Madison County School Board voted unanimously to an across-the-board 1.5 percent salary raise for its employees last week. [Richmond Register]

Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Guardian has been told. [The Guardian]

Unemployment rates rose in 83 Kentucky counties between April 2016 and April 2017, fell in 28 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, [Ashland Independent]

Remember THIS when the New Naz… Republican Party of Kentucky, headed by flesh blob bigot Mac Brown, praises Donald Trump’s decision to abandon efforts to combat climate change. They’re enabling civil war around the globe and empowering terrorists. [MMFA]

Morehead officially has its newest city planner and building inspector. On Monday, Morehead City Council unanimously confirmed Mayor Jim Tom Trent’s request to hire Rodney Fouch, 50, of Morehead, to fill the vacancy surrendered by Beth Day earlier this month. [The Morehead News]

When the city of Toledo temporarily lost access to clean drinking water several years ago after a bloom of toxic algae, the Environmental Protection Agency sent scientists from its Office of Research and Development to study health effects and formulate solutions. [ProPublica]

When Bill Hughes went to fight in Iraq in 2003, members of his Army unit lined their vehicles with scrap metal, sandbags and bulletproof vests to protect themselves from roadside bombs. By the time his younger brother Ryan Young was in Iraq in 2008, the vehicles were made of a high-purity aluminum alloy that was much more effective at absorbing the blast. [H-L]

Donald Trump has granted ethics waivers to at least 17 of his top White House aides, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, in addition to four former lobbyists. The waivers, released by the White House late Wednesday but granted on various dates, undermine Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington. [HuffPo]

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