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Can the American auto industry actually win the future? The Administration is considering a proposal that would double the current federal fuel-economy standard and would require cars and light trucks to guzzle gas at an average rate of 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025.

The Big Three auto companies were not thrilled by the news — a G.M. executive said they were “tough goals” on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal — but it’s still too early to tell how much effort they’ll put into weakening the new standard before it is formally proposed in September. The United Auto Workers union, which normally fights high standards, has made clear that they’ll stay on the sidelines for now.

Last week, Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) chided the administration after they hinted to mid-level officials that his hometown industry would have to face harsher rules. A spokesman for the White House told The Detroit Free Press that nothing was yet set in stone. “We are ramping up engagement with auto companies, members of Congress, labor unions and others as this important proposal is developed,” the spokesman said in a statement.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Rep. Lauren Boebert

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Not unlike Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado is a far-right MAGA Republican who has gone out of her way to court controversy since being sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2021. The 35-year-old Boebert, a QAnon supporter and conspiracy theorist, is running on a pseudo-populist platform in her 2022 reelection campaign. But journalist Abigail Weinberg, in an article published by Mother Jones , demonstrates that Boebert’s image as a “straight-talking small-town business owner” is a sham.

“A close look at Boebert’s past reveals cracks in the narrative she’s built,” Weinberg explains. “And for several people who worked at her restaurant and know her personally, Boebert’s American dream has been more like a ‘nightmare.’”

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