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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the past year through June 2012 has been the hottest year in the continental U.S. since modern record-keeping started in 1895. Above, New Yorkers flocked to Coney Island to try to beat the heat in early August. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Climate 'Weirdness' Throws Ecosystems 'Out Of Kilter'

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Rep. Paul Ryan has made changes to social safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security — often called "entitlements" — a key part of his political agenda. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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With Ryan's Ascent, A Few Thoughts On 'Entitlement'

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