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Obama gets tough on climate, tells Congress to act or he will

President Obama warned Congress that it must tackle "dangerous carbon pollution" in a pointed State of the Union address describing Superstorm Sandy and other natural disasters as no "freak coincidence." The speech establishes a clear turning point for a president who treated climate change tentatively during a re-election campaign that featured a rare autumn hurricane with record storm surges and a blistering drought -- all coming during the nation's warmest year. It also accelerates the momentum on the issue that Obama began three weeks ago in his inaugural address, according to observers.

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Sen. Rubio responds that 'government can't control the weather'

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida's rising Republican counterweight to President Obama's middle-class appeal, challenged the president's climate and energy policies head-on last night, couching the White House's regulatory posture on carbon dioxide as a job-killing strategy that undermines the security of ordinary Americans.

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