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House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) on Thursday issued new subpoenas to the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts seeking documents related to their probes into ExxonMobil, reinvigorating the panel's investigation into those states' efforts.

But it looks like the stalemate between Smith and the attorneys general will continue, as both officials plan to ignore the chairman's demands for information on their efforts to determine whether Exxon misled investors regarding climate change.

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Over the course of nearly 80 minutes Thursday, President Donald Trump berated the press, boasted of his electoral victory, denied that his aides had contact with Russia during the election and claimed that he is the "the least anti-Semitic person that you have seen in your entire life."

The impromptu press conference in the White House East Room was a classic Trumpian spectacle: Loud, chaotic, and, perhaps, designed to distract. But a handful of meaningful moments during the event escaped widespread scrutiny.

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