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Morning Reads: More Jobs from Renewable Energy Than Fossil Fuels; RNC’s Hispanic Media Head Quits

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Morning Reads: More Jobs from Renewable Energy Than Fossil Fuels

Workers put solar panels down during an installation May 3, 2016, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

New jobs for a more diverse group –> Heather Smith at Grist: “Jobs in solar energy now outnumber jobs in coal mining and the oil and gas industry added together, says a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Solar may be taking away old jobs, but it’s offering new ones. That’s especially true for women. IRENA found that the renewable energy sector employs more women than oil, gas, and coal.”

Walkouts over Trump –> After telling co-workers she was uncomfortable with Trump as the nominee, the head of Hispanic media relations for the Republican National Committee, Ruth Guerra, is leaving for a new job at a super PAC. The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns: “Ms. Guerra, 28, joins a handful of other RNC aides who have left the party or started looking for new work since Mr. Trump became the party’s presumptive nominee. Discontent with Mr. Trump runs deep among Republican strategists and staff members, particularly with younger ones.”

Related: At Slate, William Saletan calls on voters not to let Trump get away with his open appeals to racism, such as last week’s attempt to smear Gonzalo Curiel, the Mexican-American federal judge hearing a fraud case against Trump University. “Trump’s attack on Curiel is a warning,” Saletan writes, “not just about who Trump is but also about how blasé we’ve become. On Sunday, Trump’s chief strategist, Paul Manafort, and his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, were interviewed on major network news shows. Neither one was asked about Trump’s tirade against the judge. Meanwhile, Republican senators shilled for Trump as usual. Overt race-baiting has become normalized.”

And: A PGA tour event held for 54 years at a golf course currently owned by Donald Trump is moving this year because it cannot find a new sponsor. A spokesperson admitted to Karen Crouse of The New York Times that the Trump name might have something to do with their problem. Kicker: The tournament will now be held near Mexico City.

False equivalence –> As we mentioned yesterday, it has dogged coverage of this election cycle — Trump’s daily lies and distortions being likened to Hillary Clinton’s email mess. Eric Alterman in The Nation: “Why do so many reporters and pundits blame ‘both sides’ when only one is responsible? The reasons are myriad and multifaceted. First, there is the old-fashioned loyalty to ‘objectivity.’ No matter what the context, reporters feel compelled, for the record, to offer an opposing view in what journalists call a ‘to be sure’ paragraph.”

So, what’s the latest on those emails? –> Josh Gerstein for Politico: “US District Court Judge Ketanji Jackson ordered the US Agency for International Development to produce a set of messages to the Republican National Committee by July 11 and to come up with a timeline by July 19 for disclosure of the remaining records… The requests appear to focus on Clinton critics’ claims that the activities of the Clinton Foundation and of some former aides to the Clintons improperly influenced official business at the State Department and USAID.”

Really stupid censorship –> “The State Department acknowledged Wednesday,” Carol Morello at The Washington Post reports,  “that someone in its public affairs bureau made a ‘deliberate’ request that several minutes of tape be cut from the video of a 2013 press briefing in which a reporter asked if the administration had lied about secret talks with Iran. The embarrassing admission by State Department spokesman John Kirby came three weeks after another spokesperson insisted that a ‘glitch’ had caused the gap, discovered only last month by the reporter whose questioning had mysteriously disappeared.” That reporter was James Rosen from Fox News.

“Money merry-go-round” –> Newly released emails show that executives at big banks have pushed hard for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and specifically for a provision that could allow corporations to undermine government protections for consumers’ health, safety and financial security. Kathy Kiely has that story at our site.

Al Shabaab’s latest attack –> Reuters: “A suicide car bomber crashed into a gate outside a hotel frequented by lawmakers in the center of the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday and the attack was followed by gunfire, killing 15 people, police said. Police said among the dead were two lawmakers… Al Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping forces in 2011. But it has remained a potent threat in Somalia, launching frequent attacks aimed at overthrowing the Western-backed government.”

Stalking the streets –> Here’s a strange story: The highest-ranking career civilian in the Defense Department’s public affairs office apparently has been engaging in misguided vigilante justice, first by placing an anonymous note on a nanny’s car — “I know you are misusing this visitor pass to park here daily…” — and then stealing the nanny’s license plates. Eventually, he was caught on a video camera while attempting another theft. According to John Woodrow Cox at The Washington Post, the culprit “agreed to a deal on Tuesday that would lead to the case’s dismissal if he pays $1,000 in restitution, performs 32 hours of community service, remains out of trouble for the next 10 months, and stays away both from the nanny and the woman for whom she works.” For what it’s worth, DC’s Department of Transportation told The Post that the nanny wasn’t doing anything wrong.

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