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“It was a collective failure on part of the global leaders. For me, the biggest disappointment was my own country. Had they passed the climate legislation, the end result of Copenhagen climate conference could have been different. There would have been dramatic chances of success of the summit,” Mr. Gore said, adding, “There are six anti-climate lobbyists for every member of the Senate. They believe that by deceiving people and creating false doubts about climate science, they can delay the legislation.”

Meanwhile, organizers at the Cancun summit have sartorial recommendations: “Taking into consideration Cancuns warm weather, the host country and the Secretariat have exempted their staff from having to use a jacket and tie. Therefore, the dress code during the COP16/CMP6 will be casual smart. The host country suggests the use of a ‘Guayabera’ shirt, which is traditional attire in the South East region of Mexico.”


With the uproar over airport pat-downs in full squeal, Inside the Beltway indulges in, well, we’re indulging in something here. Behold, a spate of theoretical Transportation Security Administration bumper stickers — these the least prurient of the lot — now making the rounds online, at and elsewhere:

“We handle more packages than the USPS”

“Can’t see London, can’t see France unless we see your underpants.”

“We are now free to move about your pants.”

“It’s not a grope. It’s a freedom pat.”

“If we did our job any better, we’d have to buy you dinner first.”

“Only we know if Lady GaGa is really a lady.”


- 90 percent of Americans say it is possible for political candidates and campaigns to be “aggressive but respectful.”

- 72 percent say elections and campaigning are more negative, 23 percent say they are “about the same.”

- 64 percent say incivility in politics “hurts democracy.”

- 63 percent say the tone of politics have become “less civil” since President Obama took office.

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