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■ The mu­sic video for the No. 1 hit song “Des­pac­ito” has hit a record — it has be­come the most pop­u­lar clip on YouTube of all time with more than 3 bil­lion views. YouTube an­nounced Fri­day that Luis Fonsi’s ubiq­ui­tous song with Daddy Yan­kee has sur­passed pre­vi­ous record holder “See You Again,” the song by Wiz Khal­ifa and Char­lie Puth from the Fu­ri­ous 7 sound­track. “Des­pac­ito” be­came an in­ter­na­tional smash hit this year, top­ping the Bill­board Hot 100 chart. The record-break­ing video does not in­clude the pop­u­lar remix with Justin Bieber; that ver­sion has been viewed more than 464 mil­lion times. The video is also the most “liked” video on YouTube.

■ Former Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore said he tried for months to per­suade Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to take cli­mate change se­ri­ously — and thought there was a pos­si­bil­ity that Trump would come around, un­til Trump an­nounced that he would pull the United States out of the Paris agree­ment in June. “I thought, ac­tu­ally, there was a chance he might come to his senses,” Gore told late-night tele­vi­sion host and co­me­dian Bill Ma­her. “But I was wrong.” Gore made an ap­pear­ance Fri­day on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Ma­her to pro­mote his sec­ond doc­u­men­tary about the threat of cli­mate change, An In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth to Power. His Power-Point-heavy first film, An In­con­ve­nient Truth, be­came a sur­prise hit when it came out in 2006 and is one of the high­est-gross­ing doc­u­men­taries in his­tory. The two movies have book­ended Gore’s ef­forts over the past decade to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about cli­mate change. Gore told Ma­her that, yes, he had vis­ited Trump Tower in De­cem­ber at the in­vi­ta­tion of Ivanka Trump to talk to the then-pres­i­dent-elect about cli­mate change — and that the “con­ver­sa­tion con­tin­ued af­ter he went into the White House.” Though his ef­forts would prove to be fruit­less, Gore said he was heart­ened by at least one devel­op­ment that fol­lowed Trump with­draw­ing from the Paris agree­ment. “When he made his speech pulling out of Paris, I re­ally was con­cerned that some other coun­tries might use that as an ex­cuse to pull out them­selves,” Gore told Ma­her. “But the very next day, the en­tire rest of the world re­dou­bled their com­mit­ment to the Paris agree­ment, as if to say, ‘We’ll show you, Mr. Trump.’”


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