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The Guardian newspaper in England reports that some of the world's top public relations firms no longer will work with “climate change deniers.” Proving yet again that the first casualty of public relations is the truth. ... Speaking of PR, the FBI is looking to hire a company to grade the news coverage it receives as either “positive,” “negative” or “neutral,” The Washington Times reports. It's a fairly standard practice among private companies looking to burnish their image and avoid negative publicity. So, based on the findings, will the FBI cater to “friendly” reporters and ignore the questioning ones? ... President Obama was against the Export-Import Bank before he was for it. Six years ago, Sen. Barack Obama called it what we've repeatedly called it — “little more than a fund for corporate welfare,” reminds The Washington Free Beacon. But Friday last, the president chided Republicans not wanting to renew its charter. Why Mr. Obama flip-flopped is the question he doesn't appear willing to answer. ... Secretary of State John Kerry says farmers are suffering from “unpredictable rainfall patterns” caused by climate change. Excuse us, Mr. Secretary, but that's been a part of farming since the first farmer.

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