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While we've made some progress addressing climate change, dispute and paralysis have been all too common. Even among those who accept that global warming is real, there's disagreement about what it all means, how to talk about it and how to respond. Guest host Terrence McNally explores what we can do in terms of both prevention and adaptation. How do we realistically deal with the politics and economics in order to get things moving? Also, debt ceiling negotiations continue, and an end to the military policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Banner image: Max, a red nose pitbull, cools himself in the Columbus Circle fountain during a heat wave on July 12, 2011 in New York City. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory as the heat index is expected to reach 100° in New York City. Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images


The Climate Fix

Roger Pielke Jr.

Making News Debt Ceiling Negotiations Cont… 7 MIN, 38 SEC

With 12 days left until the Treasury begins to run short of cash, are we getting any closer to raising the debt ceiling? House Speaker John Boehner dismissed rumors of a deal. Democrats rebelled against the possibility that an agreement might include no immediate tax increase. President Obama insisted any deal must include both cuts and revenue, and the "Gang of Six" senators continued to offer their plan as the only bipartisan option. David Lightman is national correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.

David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers (@LightmanDavid)

Main Topic Climate Change: Is the US Fiddling while It Burns? 34 MIN, 29 SEC

Record-high temperatures were recorded in at least 168 US cities yesterday, and today is expected to get even hotter. Over 130 million Americans are living under excessive heat warnings. That crippling heat wave may or may not be attributable to global warming but, in the past month, a series of reports predict global climate change will have profound consequences for people's livelihoods, health and security. What does the latest data tell us? What effects are we experiencing now and what can we expect in the near future? Perhaps, most importantly, how can we deal wisely with the growing threat of climate change in a time of partisan political gridlock and economic distress?

John Fialka, ClimateWire
Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Roger Pielke, Jr., University of Colorado
Andrew Dessler, Texas A&M University (@AndrewDessler)

Reporter's Notebook End Is Near for Military Ban on Gays 8 MIN, 30 SEC

Under a law passed late last year by Congress, the repeal the 1993 law known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will go into effect 60 days after the Defense Department and President agree that military readiness will not be harmed by doing so. The betting is that even as we speak, President Obama is about to accept the recommendation of Secretary Leon Panetta to officially end the ban on military service for openly gay men and women. Are there still obstacles to implementation in the field? Mark Thompson is national security correspondent for Time magazine and contributes to its "Battleland" blog.

Note: Late Friday, the President signed a certification, ending DADT.

Mark Thompson, Time magazine (@MarkThompson_DC)

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