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Democrats in tough elections this year are feeling queasy about the controversial Lincoln Project, which announced a slew of hot-button races it plans to insert itself into.

“This year, the broad authoritarian movement coursing through the Republican Party is putting democracy’s very existence on the ballot,” the organization said in a blustery May 5 press release. “To defeat this threat, The Lincoln Project announced the most crucial races to the survival of democracy in the United States.”

The statement came along with a map of 2022 targets, which included governor’s races in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona; Senate openings in Ohio, New Hampshire and Nevada; and a slew of the Democrats’ most vulnerable House members.

The Lincoln Project drives their truck with a digital billboard around New York in Nov. 2020.
The Lincoln Project drives their truck with a digital billboard around New York in Nov. 2020.
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“Pls no,” tweeted Izzi Levy, spokesperson for Democrat Tim Ryan, who is running for the Senate in Ohio against GOP nominee J.D. Vance.

“The first rule of campaigning is do no harm and that’s what every outside organization’s goal should be and the Lincoln Project fails epically in that mission,” said one senior Democratic House staffer, adding that the group has little to offer beyond jazzing up Twitter activists.

The Lincoln Project, a political action committee formed in 2019 by Trump-hating former Republicans, became widely beloved among “resistance” Democrats during the 2020 election for their bare-knuckle video ads which frequently went viral.

The Lincoln Project has announced their plans for upcoming elections.
The Lincoln Project has announced their plans for upcoming elections.
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The group’s fortunes soured after John Weaver, one of their founding members, was forced out when he was busted for allegedly sexting with young men and sexual harassment. The PAC hired the law firm Paul Hastings LLP to conduct a review which found “no evidence that anyone at The Lincoln Project was aware of any inappropriate communications with any underage individuals at any time prior to the publication of those news reports.” Critics called it a whitewash.

The Lincoln Project found itself in more hot water during the 2021 Virginia governor’s race after they admitted staging a fake white supremacist rally in an attempt to smear GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin. The scheme backfired, and Youngkin was elected.

With Democratic control of the House hanging by a thread, the Lincoln Project is hoping to wade back into Virginia on behalf of two of the party’s most embattled incumbents. Reps. Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger.

The group's fortunes soured after John Weaver, one of their founding members, was forced out.
The group’s fortunes soured after John Weaver, one of their founding members, was forced out.
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“We’ve received no contact and we will continue running a race on the issues that are most important to Coastal Virginians.” Luria’s campaign manager Katharine Fegley told The Post regarding the Lincoln Project.

“My message to them – if I were Spanberger or Luria — is please send money but stay busy elsewhere,” said Larry Sabato, University of Virginia political scientist, adding that both races were highly competitive and the presence of the controversial PAC was “probably not helpful”

“Sending people with Tiki Torches was a bad idea and it would be a worse idea this year,” Sabato said.

The Lincoln Project did not respond to request for comment.


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Ari Emanuel to marry Sarah Staudinger in St. Tropez this weekend

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Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel will seal his latest deal this weekend.

Sources confirmed to Page Six that Emanuel — the hard-charging inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold character on the HBO hit “Entourage” — will tie the knot with designer Sarah Staudinger in a star-studded ceremony in St. Tropez, France.

Conveniently, the nuptials will coincide with the end of the nearby Cannes Film Festival.

Insiders told Page Six that guests are already headed to the wedding location for the upcoming festivities.

While the guest list currently remains under wraps, Emanuel is known to rep A-list names including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Christian Bale, Whoopi Goldberg, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron, Larry David and Joaquin Phoenix. He also previously represented Donald Trump in his “Apprentice” days.

On the family side, his brothers are former mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel and bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel.

The couple got engaged last May, we exclusively reported.
The couple got engaged last May, Page Six exclusively reported.
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Meanwhile, Staudinger’s fashion line, Staud, has celebrity fans including Kendall Jenner, Lizzo, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie.

Page Six exclusively revealed last May that Emanuel and Staudinger got engaged. They started dating in 2018, after he and his first wife, Sarah Addington, filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage. They reportedly separated in 2014, and have three kids together.

Emanuel, 61, and Staudinger, 33, broke up in 2020, then reconciled around the start of 2021. He popped the question after his company, Endeavor, debuted on the stock market, a source told us at the time.

The wedding will coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
The wedding will coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
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The Brentwood, Calif., home he shared with Addington went on the market last year for $25.9 million, while he bought a 2-acre Beverly Hills estate for $27.5 million in October 2020.

A rep did not comment.

The Wrap was first to report on the Emanuel wedding.


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Heat trapped by greenhouse gases reached highest level yet in 2021, scientists say

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Greenhouse gases emitted by human activities trapped much more heat in 2021 than they did three decades ago, according to scientists.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an update to its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index on Monday. The index is used to provide a measurement of the amount of heating greenhouse gases are causing.

In 2021, the index reached a value of 1.49, which is 49% more than 1 value that is assigned to 1990 – the year of the Kyoto Protocol, one of the earliest binding climate change agreements signed by 192 countries. The value of 0 is assigned to the beginning of the industrial revolution in 1750.

Carbon dioxide levels

According to scientists, carbon dioxide is the most abundant of the green greenhouse gases and grew by 2.6 parts per million last year. The level has risen by 61 ppm since 1990, and accounts for 80% of the increased heat shown in the AGGI.

“CO2 is the main player because it stays in the atmosphere and oceans for thousands of years and it is by far the largest contributor to global warming,” said Pieter Tans, senior scientist at NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory.

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Carbon dioxide grew by 2.6 parts per million last year.
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Methane sources still not clear

Methane, or CH4, is another greenhouse gas that drives climate change, but scientists are still trying to understand what is causing its increase.

Scientists said CH4 levels grew by 16.9 parts per billion in 2021 – the fastest observed increase since the early 1980s.

The nature of its increase is important to understand because it warms the earth 30 to 90 times more than an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide. However, it stays in the atmosphere a much shorter amount of time than CO2 – decades compared to millennia. 

According to scientists, the increased methane may be coming less from fossil fuels and more from wetlands, agriculture and landfills.

“We should absolutely target man-made methane emissions — especially those from fossil fuel —  because it is technologically feasible to control them,” said Xin Lan, a scientist from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. “If wetlands are giving off more methane because of warming and changes in global precipitation caused by rising CO2 levels, that’s something we can’t control directly, and that would be very concerning.”

Other gases being monitored

There are a total of 19 greenhouse gases that are monitored by scientists. While carbon dioxide and methane make up the bulk of these gases in the atmosphere, another one called nitrous oxide, or N2O, comes in third.

According to scientists, N2O levels are primarily the result of the use of fertilizer for agriculture.

“We can find alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuels, but cutting emissions associated with producing food is a very difficult task,” said Stephen Montzka, the GML scientist who leads the AGGI report each year.

The remaining 16 greenhouse gases make up about 4% of heat that has been trapped since 1750, according to scientists.


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Two victims of Texas school shooting being treated at military hospital

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Two victims in Tuesday’s shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, are being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, a defense official said.

“This is a reminder of the extraordinary care the military health system can provide when called upon,” said Seileen Mullen, acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, at a congressional hearing about the military health system.

“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Mullen added.

Brooke Army Medical Center is in San Antonio, which is about 85 miles from Uvalde, where the shooting took place.

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman barricaded himself inside a classroom at Robb Elementary School, and killed at least 19 children and two teachers.

Additional information wasn’t immediately available about the ages of the two victims being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center, their condition, or whether they are military connected.

Robb Elementary School
19 children and two teachers were killed in a shooting at Texas Robb Elementary School.
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“We appreciate the work you’re doing at Brooke in Texas to help us with a tragedy of tremendous proportion, watching innocent children being gunned down with assault weapons. Congress needs to act to do something on that,” said Rep. Betty McCollum, chairwoman of the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.

“Thank you for taking care of them,” McCollum added. “We know that they are in good hands.”


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