Expecting morally serious debate from any would-be Republican presidential contender is like waiting for a check from a deadbeat.
Speaking to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Obama said "no nation is immune" from what he described as the "one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other."
Every presidential election cycle heats up quicker than the last, with the dismaying inevitability of Christmas marketing in May.
A look at the day's political happenings, including August fundraising totals for both presidential candidates and Jon Stewart's latest epic takedown of Fox News.
Bill Clinton will not stand in the way of his wife becoming Barack Obama's secretary of state. The former president has agreed to nine conditions. Most notably, he will release the names of the 208,000 donors to his foundation and will submit future speeches and business deals to State Department and White House ethics reviews.