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In drought-stricken Central Valley, Obama calls for cooperation

In drought-stricken Central Valley, Obama calls for cooperation

FRESNO—President Obama on Friday warned against thinking of water as a “zero-sum game” and urged regional players to push beyond politics in solving supply problems. On a dusty afternoon spent with politicians and farmers, Obama argued against pitting agricultural interests against urban ones, or north against south. “We’re going to have to figure out how to play a different game,” Obama told participants in a round table Friday afternoon. “We can’t afford years of litigation and no real action.” Still, he said, he had no intent of wading into water politics, joking that he wanted to “get out alive.” While in town,...

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