On ABC's This Week, White House adviser Larry Kudlow questioned the latest UN climate report—and Sen. Bernie Sander's wasn't letting it go. "The comments ... that Larry Kudlow made are so irresponsible, so dangerous that it's just hard to believe that a leading government official could make them," says Sanders, per the Hill. "We have 12 years." Indeed, the report warns that Earth must cut emissions by 45% before 2030 or risk a spike of 2.7-degrees Fahrenheit. Kudlow had questioned what the Economist calls a "meticulous" survey of over 6,000 studies: "Personally, I think the UN study is … way, way too difficult," says Kudlow. "I won't say it's a scare tactic but I think they overestimate." For more around the Sunday dial:
- Missing journalist: "How can we criticize [Russian President] Putin for killing journalists if we allow an ally to do the same?" says Sen. Marco Rubio on CNN's State of the Union about America's response to the apparent murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, per Business Insider.
- Kanye: "I thought it was like another episode of The Kardashians featuring Donald Trump. It was embarrassing," says Donna Brazile on This Week about Kanye West's visit with President Trump, per ABC News. "... It's about a black man who did not know his history, who went out there and repeated bad stereotypes about black people."
- China: "You tell me." So says China's Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai when asked on Fox News Sunday who advises Trump on trade, per the Washington Post. "Honestly, I've been talking to ambassadors of other countries in Washington, DC, and this is also part of their problem."
- Voting law: "This is simply a redux of a failed system that is designed to both scare people out of voting and make it harder ... for them to vote," says Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams on State of the Union about her state's "exact match" voter ID law, per Politico. The law requires state ID forms and voter registration forms to be an exact match for a person to vote.
- Pelosi: "The person who is the most unpopular national figure is Nancy Pelosi. And the Democrats are hiding her," says GOP pollster John McLaughlin on AM 970 in New York, per the Hill. "The president needs to take her on and expose her because she stands for higher taxes, open borders, fewer jobs."
- Climate, again: "I think Republicans need to be at the forefront [on climate change] if we want to keep our place and keep our seats," says Sen. Jeff Flake on This Week, per ABC News. "I hope that we can move along with the rest of the world and address this."
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