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The chairman of the House science committee is pressuring Commerce Secretary Penny Prizker in his ongoing quest to root out political machinations in a government study that erased previous beliefs about a pause in global warming.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, sent the letter Wednesday asking Pritzker to force the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to comply with a subpoena he sent last month. Smith is seeking communications by government employees who were connected with the study, including scientists and other people related to the study's release.

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