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Jim Lehrer Reportedly
‘Seething’ Over Criticisms
Of Debate Questions, Lack
Of Diversity Among Moderators

Mediaite, by Noah Rothman

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Posted By:JoniTx, 10/2/2012 5:07:08 PM

PBS host and debate moderator, Jim Lehrer, is ‘seething’ over criticisms already being directed at the Commission on Presidential Debates according to a report in the New York Times. From the topics to be discussed to the racial and demographic makeup of the moderators, many of the CPD’s choices have come under intense scrutiny. Lehrer is, reportedly, having none of it. The CPD and the debates are already coming under fire from critics who do not see enough diversity in the lineup of moderators or the topics up for discussion. The moderators for the three presidential debates and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mre, 10/2/2012 5:09:37 PM     (No. 8905083)

Oh, did poor little Jimmy get his wittle feewings hurt?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/2/2012 5:10:12 PM     (No. 8905087)

Some call it "Seething"
Some call it "Hissy Fit"
I call it "Own it Loser!"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 10/2/2012 5:11:31 PM     (No. 8905089)

I dunno.
With Candy Crowley alone, you have the obese, mentally challenged and transgender minorities covered. What the hell else does this guy want?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 10/2/2012 5:14:38 PM     (No. 8905097)

Lack of diversity? You're damn right!
I want Glenn Beck and Mark Levin asking the questions!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 10/2/2012 5:21:58 PM     (No. 8905111)

I have never understood the rationale for debate commissions, moderators, arbitrary questions, and all the rest of the window dressing. If Lincoln and Douglas et al. could debate without all the extras surely moderns could do so as well. The extra baggage just gets in the way and distorts the view of the candidates. It converts the debates into a weird combination of a TV quiz show and a beauty pageant.

It would be far simpler and much more informative merely to give the candidates a forum with a few simple rules and let them have at it, i.e. each other. There is too much process and too little content to the present format, regardless of who the "moderators" are.

Abolishing the question and answer format would also eliminate the ever present possibility of cheating by advance preparation from leaked questions.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bpl40, 10/2/2012 5:24:25 PM     (No. 8905114)

Ofcourse there is no diversity. They are all Communists!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: avikingman, 10/2/2012 5:25:14 PM     (No. 8905116)

Methinks, Jimmy protests too much.

Remember in November.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: horacer, 10/2/2012 5:25:36 PM     (No. 8905117)

Jim Lehrer's probably the only competent moderator. It would be stupid to replace him for diversity's sake.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/2/2012 5:29:34 PM     (No. 8905126)

I like Jim Lehrer. Where is all the vitriol coming from? Are some of you confusing him with Bill Moyers? Now, HE's a man to dislike.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: RosietheObserver, 10/2/2012 5:30:22 PM     (No. 8905130)

I don't know why we need debates anyway. Especially when we know the media will give Obama a "Win" no matter what.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: laotzu, 10/2/2012 5:35:34 PM     (No. 8905145)

They're concerned about tribal diversity characterized by genitalia and melanin, of course. Political diversity remains off the table.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: miceal, 10/2/2012 5:38:54 PM     (No. 8905155)

I WILL NOT waste my time watching these slow motion train wrecks....

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mathman, 10/2/2012 5:39:19 PM     (No. 8905156)

Jim Lehrer.
Jim Liar.
Obama Public Media.
Don't bother to watch the debate.
Obama has already won the debate.
He is THE WON.
Get it?
It is over.
He has been re-immaculated.
We don't need ballots in November.
We have the lame-stream media to tell us what to think.
The America I know is a country full of folks who do not like to be pushed around.
Are you one of the 91%
The 91% are the non-respondents to polls.
With 91% non-response, all polls are without meaning.
I am mathman. I know about these things.

DO NOT BELIEVE THE POLLS!


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Reply 14 - Posted by: geneinnyc, 10/2/2012 5:42:29 PM     (No. 8905164)

I'm actually surprised that Romney let the debate preparers get away with appointing such a stacked deck of moderators and topics. Couldn't he demand that at least one of the debates be moderated by, say, Brit Hume?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Keekng, 10/2/2012 5:45:29 PM     (No. 8905175)

They should have picked Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin as moderators.....Glen Beck as a back up.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ocho reales, 10/2/2012 5:46:58 PM     (No. 8905182)

Let him seethe. Want diversity? How about Arthel Nevill or Charles Payne, both African Americans from Fox. Want Asian minorities, how about Melissa Lee from CNBC or Betty Lu from Bloomberg. The criticism is correct. It's all white and liberal. While Lehrer is the least offensive of the three for the first debate they could have done a whole lot better.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Scribelus, 10/2/2012 5:49:53 PM     (No. 8905189)

The Lehrer person is outraged because his absolute right to dominate, which was arrogated by his ilk decades ago, has been challenged. A sort of lese majeste'.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: RightShoe, 10/2/2012 5:51:36 PM     (No. 8905194)

I read the article. What a joke Lehrer is. If you think Obama is narcissistic then jump back!

He said he was outraged by suggestions that he was a “safe” and uninspired choice to moderate

I could moderate this debate and do a much more respectable job than any of the talking heads that have been assigned the task. Heck, any one of us L-Dotters would do a better job.


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Reply 19 - Posted by: Kurto, 10/2/2012 5:58:37 PM     (No. 8905208)

Liehrer, propagandist not journalist could never make it at FOX NEWS. He would not be fit to sweep the mail room.

R&R should listen to those of us who have been calling for an end of taxpayer money going to PBS & NPR. Romney can issue a blanket reversal of ALL of 0's executive edicts on day one. On day two he can close down the 'public TV & radio' branch of the demoRAT campaign, permanently.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Cog, 10/2/2012 6:08:15 PM     (No. 8905230)

Safe and reliable Jim Lehrer will safely and reliably ask Gov. Romney questions about abortion, same sex marriage, don't-ask-don't-tell, Obamacare contraception and that should safely and reliably fill up the allotted time for questions on "domestic policy." Debt, deficit, gun-running, exploding insurance premiums, death panels, gas prices and the "lesser issues" will just have to wait until 2016.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: GOPlease, 10/2/2012 6:13:30 PM     (No. 8905247)

Lehrer asked John Kerry “You've repeatedly accused President Bush - not here tonight, but elsewhere before - of not telling
the truth about Iraq, essentially of lying to the American people about Iraq. Give us some examples of what you consider to be his not telling the truth.”
Want to bet that Jim "I have no bias" Lehrer asks Romney this question about Libya and Obama?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 10/2/2012 6:15:20 PM     (No. 8905252)

Peering into our crystal ball at the upcoming debate:


Lehrer: Mr President, ketchup or mustard on your hot dog?

Obama: (reading from TelePrompter) Your're assuming Michele will even let me have a hot dog!

(Crowd roars with laughter and applause)

Lehrer: Gov Romney (crowd boos), how dare you run against the greatest President this country has ever had?

Romney: Bias? What bias? (crowd boos)

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Don Scott, 10/2/2012 6:15:43 PM     (No. 8905254)

#5 has it absolutely right! These are not debates just Q&A sessions. You want questions? OK each candidate should be able to ask the other candidate whatever he wants.
I hope, if Romney senses a setup, 'gotcha' question that he refuses to answer it. Newt did that in one of the debates and came off looking very good.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/2/2012 6:16:23 PM     (No. 8905257)

The reason that the media is so pleased as punch about hosting these debates is that they believe they push up the viewer numbers thus making off all their political ads.

As for Jim Lehrer, he is just covering all his liberal bases.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: RightShoe, 10/2/2012 6:20:40 PM     (No. 8905265)

Let's give Jim a big trophy for being the Greatest Debate Moderator in All of Human History. Then, maybe, he'll go away.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Muggins, 10/2/2012 6:21:06 PM     (No. 8905268)

Romney is a gifted debater. If the questions are slanted against him, he'll use it to his advantage. The moderators will be judged on their fairness, and if they fail to pose tough questions to the President, it will show.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: john56, 10/2/2012 6:22:32 PM     (No. 8905271)

Was this before or after Jim delivered his questions to Obama? Obama needs about a day or so to have the right answers.

You know, he needs to get them in the right order or it will sound like Johnny Carson's Karnack the Magnificent (without the laughs).

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Reply 28 - Posted by: faldo, 10/2/2012 6:23:37 PM     (No. 8905273)

Put the candidates on soap boxes under the bright lights outdoors and let them deal with each other for two hours...just like Obama's hero, Honest Abe.

We would learn more about their character and unflattering habits; we could view them dealing with flies and moths--beats a moderator and media flacks.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Janjan, 10/2/2012 6:24:34 PM     (No. 8905276)

Let him seethe. With the current crop of Pravda journalists foisting their political leanings on everyone daily what was he expecting? That we would bow down in awe at their debate moderators? They were probably all hand picked by Valerie Jarrett.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ebuilder, 10/2/2012 6:29:31 PM     (No. 8905285)

For Mr. Leher: "Mr. President, you have said the United States is a post-Christian country. Then you just said 'The future does not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.' So my question is, 'Just who the hell you do think you are?'"

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Reply 31 - Posted by: franq, 10/2/2012 6:31:12 PM     (No. 8905292)

There were no left-handed, red-headed white males. Racism!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Northlander, 10/2/2012 6:31:44 PM     (No. 8905294)

I might believe the debates were more objective if the panels included people like Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson or Mark Levin. Until that happens they're nothing more than a bunch of liberal hack journalists fighting to protect their boy.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 10/2/2012 6:50:16 PM     (No. 8905334)

Lehrer hasn't been all there for five, ten years now, should have retired with his buddy MacNeil who was always the smarter one anyway.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Reilly, 10/2/2012 7:18:18 PM     (No. 8905394)


David Rodham Gergen was the Conservative on McNeil/Lehrer. The conservative. Then he took a job in the Clinton Administration. That was the last day I watched.


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Reply 35 - Posted by: JimS, 10/2/2012 7:23:33 PM     (No. 8905408)

Make Dr Thomas Sowell a moderator if you want diversity

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Reply 36 - Posted by: thelmalou, 10/2/2012 7:26:48 PM     (No. 8905411)

I find it hard to picture Jim Lehrer seething over anything. A trifle irked, maybe, but not seething.


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Reply 37 - Posted by: vesicant, 10/2/2012 7:28:08 PM     (No. 8905412)

Poor wittle baby. Did ums get a boo boo?

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Reply 38 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 10/2/2012 7:48:19 PM     (No. 8905439)

To paraphrase Dorothy Parker:

"Do you mind if I seethe?" "I don't care if you burn."

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Reply 39 - Posted by: 4Justice, 10/2/2012 7:48:45 PM     (No. 8905440)

They don't care about diversity of ideology. They only care about the "racial and demographic makeup of the moderators" -- which should be completely IRRELEVANT!!

I can just see these idiots trying to create their perfect "diversity":
Okay, we need a token poor moderator, a token black, a token Asian, a token LGBT, a token womyn, a token Native American, a token rich WASP, a token cannibal, a token shaman, a token muslim, a token....

Ugh!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 10/2/2012 7:59:51 PM     (No. 8905454)

Doesn't this mincing queen realize that "diversity" never ever extends to ideology...

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Reply 41 - Posted by: nonsense, 10/2/2012 8:01:25 PM     (No. 8905457)

Two thoughts:
1. get someone gutsy from Univision
2. Jack Nicholson saying, "You can't handle
the truth".

We will find out tomorrow night.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Britvah1, 10/2/2012 8:32:17 PM     (No. 8905503)

Debates meaningless to me at this point. Romney can drop his pants and moon the whole country for all I care & I will still vote for him.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Penney, 10/2/2012 9:25:20 PM     (No. 8905603)

America will be watching the debat tomorrow night, ...AND this media panel's performance.
(Only the debaters will be new. -We've already redundant modus apperandi!)

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Penney, 10/2/2012 9:28:12 PM     (No. 8905610)

(We've already observed decades of the dem-biased media's redundant modus opperandi.)

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/2/2012 11:07:07 PM     (No. 8905776)

Why no Fox moderators?
Dems will pull the football away at the last second, and the Charley Brown Republicans will fall on their ass yet again.
Does the GOP never learn?

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Reply 46 - Posted by: broken01, 10/3/2012 12:10:42 PM     (No. 8906750)

Aw poor little and I mean little Jimmy got all wee weed up. I will be watching the debate tonight jut to see what questions will be asked by this putz to Governor Romney. We all know that Lehrer would love nothing more than to ask the Gungan softball questions but we will see. Now about diversity. How about someone good from Fox News moderating like Hannity or Charles Payne.

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Posted By: JoniTx- 3/29/2014 2:21:53 PM     Post Reply
The past couple of weeks have marked a turning point in American ugliness as the mob has turned its full fury on first lady Michelle Obama. From criticism of her trip to China to a recent “tell-all” by former White House assistant press secretary Reid Cherlin in the New Republic about Obama’s allegedly tyrannical behavior, the gloves have been removed. As described, she was a perfectionist — super-attentive to detail and laser-focused on advance planning. And this is bad because? Worse, according to a former (anonymous) staffer, there was no barometer for meeting Obama’s high standards. “The first lady having

Influential Republicans
working to draft Jeb Bush
into 2016 presidential race

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Washington Post, by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 3/29/2014 11:42:28 PM     Post Reply
Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy. Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.

Student, 20, sues for $40MILLION
after being hauled from her car at
gunpoint and arrested for buying beer
underage when she only bought WATER

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Daily Mail [UK], by Peter Rugg    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 3/29/2014 1:17:21 PM     Post Reply
A University of Virginia student arrested by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents who wrongly believed she´d illegally bought beer when in fact she only had bottled water is seeking $40 million in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Elizabeth K. Daly, 21, alleges malicious prosecution, six counts of assault and battery and failure to appropriately train ABC agents in the suit which names the state and seven agents involved in her arrest. (Snip) Daly claimed she attempted to flee from the agents because neither were in uniform, one pulled a gun, and the other tried to smash her car window with a flashlight. ´My

´Vast Majority´ of Romney Donors
Want Jeb Bush Run in 2016

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/30/2014 8:32:22 PM     Post Reply
A "vast majority" of Mitt Romney donors, establishment pooh-bahs, and an anti-conservative consultant who is the epitome of permanent political class want former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run for president in 2016. Bush was in Las Vegas this week meeting with Sheldon Adelson, and, according to the Post, "many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet." One bundler even said that a "vast majority” of "Romney’s top 100 donors would back Bush." The Post also noted that in the meantime "Bush’s

6 Big Unanswered Questions
About Obamacare

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Reason Magazine, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/29/2014 12:24:14 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare supporters are taking a bit of a victory lap today after yesterday’s administration announcement that six million people have signed up for private plans under the law, equaling the revised projection put out by the Congressional Budget Office after the botched launch of the exchanges last October. It’s a weak cause for celebration, given that success, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, was originally "at least" seven million people getting covered under the law by the end of March. And as an Obamacare factoid, the six million sign-ups figure just doesn’t tell us all that much

Did Justice Kagan embarrass herself
during the Hobby Lobby oral arguments?

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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/30/2014 9:41:50 AM     Post Reply
If Betsey McCaughey is correct (and I bet she is, because she has not only read the entire ObamaCare bill, she has written a book about it), Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan publicly humiliated herself during the oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby case, revealing that she either did not read the law, or failed to comprehend it if she did so. Writing in the New York Sun, McCaughey lays out what is wrong with the Justice’s declaration about Obamacare: she asserted that the statute itself mandates provision of birth control. Not one word in the Affordable Care Act guarantees health plans will cover birth control products.

Obama ´sucked less than Romney´: Former
Sen. Bob Kerrey, a DEMOCRAT, uncorks a
Nebraska-sized tornado on the president,
slamming him for health care lies and*

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey thinks President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat, was re-elected in 2012 because he ´sucked less´ than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The Nebraskan straight-talker told MailOnline in an exclusive interview that Obama isn´t up to the job of bringing liberals and conservatives to the table to rescue America´s slowly choking entitlement programs. And Obama, he said Wednesday in his Manhattan office, knew full well he was lying when he promised that the Affordable Care Act would allow Americans to keep insurance plans they liked. ´He had to know he was misleading the audience,´ Kerrey said

Bill Clinton rewrote his speeches to praise
Hillary as he begun affair with Monica Lewinsky

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Daily Telegraph (U.K.), by Joanna Walters    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/29/2014 7:43:39 PM     Post Reply
President Bill Clinton´s guilty conscience over his affair with Monica Lewinsky – and a desire to repair his shattered reputation by using the State of the Union address – set his speechwriters an unenviable task, newly released archive papers reveal. The former president appeared to be trying to butter up his wife, Hillary Clinton, out of guilt – or perhaps to fool her – before the scandal broke. And he was determined to try to convince the American public afterwards that he was still of a high moral character. The latest batch of documents from the Clinton Library covering his presidency in the

Panel’s Warning on Climate
Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

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New York Times, by Justin Gillis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/30/2014 9:03:23 PM     Post Reply
YOKOHAMA, Japan — Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, concluded that ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or


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