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After Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) last week said that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rushed the publication of its June climate study, Science, the research journal that published the research, rebutted the congressman's claims this week.

"This paper went through as rigorous a review as it could have received," Ginger Pinholster, the chief communications officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the group that publishes Science, told the Washington Post in an interview published on Monday. "Any suggestion that the review was ‘rushed’ is baseless and without merit."

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NATO ambassadors are urging Turkish officials to resist escalating tensions with Russia after downing a Russian warplane.

In a private briefing, Reuters is reporting a handful of NATO allies expressed frustration the Turkish government chose to act so aggressively when it might have tried an alternative response like sending a plane to direct the Russian aircraft out of Turkish airspace.

"There are other ways of dealing with these kinds of incidents," one diplomat told Reuters.

Reuters, however, is reporting that no one "defended" Russia's alleged aggression as they asked Turkish officials to retain "cool-headedness."

President Obama called on Russia and Turkey to take steps to halt any military escalation after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that allegedly entered its airspace Tuesday.

"Turkey–like every country–has a right to defend its country and its air space. I think it is very important right now that both the Russians and the Turks are talking to each other," Obama said at a White House press conference with French President François Hollande. Obama added that his "top priority" is ensuring "this does not escalate."

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