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It will have to be paired down to meet his criteria. But, yes, I think In the end, they probably will get some kind of infrastructure package. All right. That is NPR's national political correspondent, Mara Liasson, with the latest on the infrastructure talks, which have ended, We agreed that that's a verb. We can go with the talks that have ended between President Biden and Republican Senator Shelley Moore capital today. Thank you, Mara, You're welcome. Drought is intensifying across the West. Almost half the country's population is facing dry conditions. But it's more than just one bad year. Hotter climate is also shrinking water supplies, and that is posing a fundamental threat to water systems that millions of people rely on NPR's Lauren Sommer has more. A few weeks ago, Arizona water officials held a public meeting that everyone was hoping wouldn't happen. The reason we're meeting today is that Lake Mead is 38% Full Lake Mead, the largest reservoir on the Colorado River and in the country, for that matter, has been plummeting. This summer is expected to drop to its lowest point since it was first filled So Ted Cook, who manages the Central Arizona project, which supplies Colorado River water in the state. Trying to prepare everyone, So this is a is a painful reduction. Their water supply would be cut by about 30%, which would be partially made up for with groundwater and conservation. But the announcement wasn't a surprise. This is a day we knew would come at some point. The writing has been on the wall because of decisions that go back a century. Stained with the soil of five states. The river cuts deep into the desert. There was no way for cities from Denver to Los.

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